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Welcome to Pre-Calculus
Precalculus Syllabus

Precalculus is the preparation for calculus. The course approaches topics from a function point of view, where appropriate, and is designed to strengthen and enhance conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning used when modeling and solving mathematical and real-world problems. Students systematically work with functions and their multiple representations. The study of Precalculus deepens students' mathematical understanding and fluency with algebra and trigonometry and extends their ability to make connections and apply concepts and procedures at higher levels.

The topics covered include:
1. Polynomial Functions
2. Rational Functions
3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Equations
4. Trigonometry
5. Systems and Matrices
6. Conic Sections
7. Vectors
8. Parametric Equations
9. Limits and an Introduction to Calculus

To understand the information it is necessary to continuously practice your skills. Mathematics is not a course one can learn by simply observing the teacher. Each student must willingly invest the time and effort needed to understand the material and do assigned exercises for skill development.


MATERIALS AND CALCULATORS:
Students are expected to bring a pencil, eraser, Binder or Spiral notebook, and loose leaf paper with them to class each day. The use of a graphing calculator is required, and a classroom set is provided to students while in school. All work must be completed in pencil – I will not grade papers that are done in ink or marker. Students will not be allowed to leave class to retrieve items they should have brought to class.


Grading:
Minor grades – 40% Major grades – 60%
Semester Exam – 15%

Homework/assignments:
Homework will be checked daily and graded. Full credit is given if the student attempts every problem and shows all work. No credit will be given for just the answer!

Expectations:
• Come to class with a smile and a good attitude
• Be on time and prepared for class. This means that students are to be at their desk working on their warm-up when the class starts
• Students will not be allowed to leave the room for any reason. Go to the restroom before coming to class.
• Participate in class activities until dismissed by the teacher. The bell does not dismiss the class. The class will be dismissed by instruction of the teacher.
• Arrange to make up missed work the first day back from an absence. Borrow and copy any notes that were missed.
• During teacher directed instruction: Pay Attention. Please do not talk, sleep, horse around, get up from your desk or do homework from another class while I am teaching the lesson.
• During independent work time – Work Responsibly. Follow directions the first time, use inside voice as you help each other and walk to designated areas-no running or out of seat without legitimate reason.
• Cell Phones – I will take it up and you can get it from the office. I encourage parents not to text your student during class periods. If you must contact them, please wait until lunch. My classes require students to be able to focus and that does not happen when they see a light on their phone saying they have a message. If it is an emergency, please call the front office – 936-336-6483.


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