Honors Precalculus 2013 - 2014

Ms. Alyssa Pierce Email address: alyssa_pierce@cds.ed.cr Tutoring available Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00pm Textbook: Precalculus: Enhanced with Graphing Utilities by Michael Sullivan

Course description:
Topics of study in this course include in-depth analyses and extensions of content introduced in Algebra 2 (polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions), as well as new material such as analytic geometry, triangle trigonometry, trigonometric graphs and identities, polar coordinates, vectors, sequences and series, and statistics and probability. Emphasis in this course will be placed on using technology such as graphing calculators and computer applications, as well as preparing students for AP Calculus AB. Students are expected to have strong algebra skills and mature study habits to be successful in this course. A TI-83+ or TI-84+ graphing calculator is required.

Course expectations:
    BE RESPECTFUL- Students are expected to listen silently to the speaker (teacher and classmates), raise their hands to be recognized or to get out of their seats, and stay alert and on-task at all times. COME PREPARED- Students are expected to bring all class materials, come to class on time, and complete homework assignments daily. PUT IN YOUR BEST EFFORT- Students are expected to participate and be engaged in class at all times. FOLLOW ALL SCHOOL POLICIES- Students are expected to follow all school policies regarding cellphones, ipods, and food in the classroom. They are also expected to adhere to the CDS Honor Code.

Attendance:
Attendance is critical for successfully completing this course and mastering its content. According to CDS policy, students must have 9 or fewer class absences per semester in order to receive course credit. If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to get the assignment and turn it in the day after you return to class. You are encouraged to check Edline, contact classmates, or email Ms. Pierce to get the assignment if necessary. In addition to attending class regularly, you are also expected to be on time. You must be in your seat when the bell rings to be considered “on time.” If a student has three unexcused tardies in one semester, he or she will receive after-school detention.

Materials: You will need to bring these items to class EVERY DAY:
     Pencil Graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-83+ or TI-84+) Binder or notebook with paper for taking notes Textbook Laptop- Students will be required to take notes on paper, but laptops will be used for certain activities

Grading:
 (25%) Homework, Warm-ups, Class Work, and Participation: All students are expected to complete the warm-up, all class work, and participate regularly to receive full credit for the day. Homework will be assigned and graded most class days. Students must attempt every problem, turn in their homework on time, and show all work to receive full credit. Listing answers is not enough! All homework must be neat and orderly. Students are allowed to work together on homework, but will not receive credit for copying. Late work will be accepted one day late for half credit for an excused absence. (25%) Quizzes: Quizzes are assessment tools to check a student’s progress throughout a unit. These will occur once or twice a chapter and can be announced or unannounced. (50%) Tests and projects: Tests and projects are end-of-unit assessments used to check a student’s mastery of the content. If you have an excused absence the day of a test, you should plan on making it up as soon as possible, in accordance with the school policy. Students who score below 75 on a test may be eligible for a re-test at the discretion of the teacher. The score on the re-test will be averaged with the original score for a maximum of 85.

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