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Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a challenging, relevant curriculum

and varied activities in a safe environment.

Burlington High School Mathematics Department

Pre Calculus (Hon) (236) Course Syllabus 2012-2013


Contact Information
Brian McNeill Burlington High School Math Dept Chair (781) 270-2933 Email: mcneill@bpsk12.org Or: bdmcneill7@gmail.com Twitter: @bmcneill7

Online Resource: http://bhshonorsprecalc.wikispaces.com I. Course Overview


Pre Calculus is a challenging course which enhances and extends the skills learned in Algebra II, provides a complete course in Trigonometry, and introduces some of the concepts seen in Calculus. Much of the course focuses on the mathematical concept of function, with special emphasis on linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, periodic and trigonometric functions. Other topics covered include conic sections, sequences and series, polar coordinates and triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on modeling real world applications. The graphing calculator (TI-84) will be used regularly to enhance and facilitate the understanding of solutions to problems. Students will learn when and how to use technology but will also be made aware of its limitations. This course will help prepare students to take the Mathematics SAT IIC, both level I and level II, and the new SAT I exam introduced in the spring of 2005. It also provides the necessary mathematical background to succeed in upper level science courses, for example, AP Chemistry and AP Physics. II. Successful Learning To be successful in this course, you must attend all classes and be attentive and involved in throughout the class. You should do all homework assignments completely and on time. Homework allows you to practice and learn the concepts introduced in class. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. You learn math by doing math. You should keep an organized notebook (traditional or electronic) and do your homework in the notebook. This will help you to review in preparation for tests and final exams. You should ask questions during class discussions and/or come for extra help after school if you do not understand the material presented. Successful completion of this course will meet the requirements for the SAT II Math IC or Math IIC exam.

Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment.

Burlington High School Mathematics Department III. Student Learning Expectations Students will be able to: employ current technology to investigate, create, communicate and produce apply a variety of problem-solving strategies obtain, evaluate, analyze, and apply data read critically and write effectively in mathematics demonstrate self-control and respect for all individuals exhibit responsible citizenship IV. Expected Outcome When you have completed this course successfully you will have the tools necessary to pursue AP Calculus. You will be able to express mathematical ideas by talking and writing about mathematics using correct mathematical language. You will be able to use technology to help you model problem situations in a variety of ways. V. Topics/Content The following topics are developed and studied in this course: Linear and quadratic functions Polynomial functions Linear and quadratic inequalities Functions Exponents and Logarithms Conic Sections Trigonometric functions Trigonometric equations and applications Triangle trigonometry Trigonometric addition formulas Polar coordinates and Complex numbers Sequences and Series Vectors Matrices Introductions to limits and derivatives VI. Assessing Progress Quarterly grades are based on performance on tests (50%), homework assignments (20%), and quizzes (30%). Tests You can expect 3 5 major tests per quarter. The day before the test is usually reserved for review of the material to be tested. Each test will have bonus problems for those

Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment.

Burlington High School Mathematics Department students who finish early. Graphing calculators will be allowed on most tests but sometimes all or part of a test must be done without a graphing calculator. Labs Twice each quarter, you will receive a long-term assignment which I call a lab. These assignments usually involve the graphing calculator and may be on topics not covered in class. You may ask for help on the lab material from other people or the teacher. You are encouraged to work together. On the due date a quiz will be given in class to determine whether you understood the material. The grades of the two labs are averaged and counted as a test grade. Quizzes Occasionally, you may have short quizzes if the material warrants. VII. Classroom Expectations You are expected to be in class on time and maintain proper class decorum. You should bring your graphing calculator to class each day. You should be attentive and involved in class, always being respectful of the teacher and each other. You must complete all homework assignments and labs when due. You must take responsibility for your learning. You must ask questions or obtain extra help when you are having difficulty with the material. VIII. Homework /Makeup Policy Homework is assigned almost every night. It is checked for completion at the beginning of class. Homework must be done when it is assigned. If you are absent you must get and complete the assignments. Tests or quizzes missed due to authorized absence must be made up within a week. Extenuating circumstances, such as long-term absence, will be handled on an individual basis.