Advanced Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
Instructor & Contact Information:
Amanda Youell and John Cooper
[email protected] ; [email protected]
Course Description:
Students enrolling in Pre-calculus should have a very solid background in algebraic skills, a working
knowledge of linear, quadratic, and polynomial functions, and a willingness to work hard. Successful
completion of summer homework is mandatory to confirm that mastery of the necessary algebraic concepts
is evident. Throughout the course, a TI-83 /TI-84 graphing calculator along with appropriate computer
software will be used to offer alternative solution methods and to enhance the visualization of mathematical
concepts. The first half of the course will deal with trigonometry and the second half will be devoted to study
of limits and derivatives in the calculus book. Pre-calculus is a rigorous course that fully prepares the student
for college level calculus.
Semester One
Unit Circle/Radians
Graphing Trig Functions
Using Trig Functions as Models
Graphing and Using Inverse Trig Functions
Polar Graphs
Vectors and Projectile Motion
Semester Two
Vectors and Trig
Rational Functions
Limits and Continuity
Applications of Derivatives
Length of Unit of Study
2 weeks
3 weeks
1 week
2 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
2 weeks
The order in which the above units will be covered may be modified as the demands of the course dictate.
The Calculus textbook will be required starting with the Unit on Functions/Limits/Continuity. Students
should have their Calculus textbooks no later than the start of the Second Semester. Seniors are not required
to purchase the calculus book and will be given copies of sections we will cover. They are still required to
participate and are responsible for the material covered.
Required Textbooks:
Hungerford, Thomas W., Irene Jovell, and Betty Mayberry. Precalculus: A Graphing Approach. 2002, Holt,
Rinehart, and Winston: Austin.
ISBN: 0-03-056511-1
Finney, Ross L., Franklin D. Demana, Bert K. Waits, and Daniel Kennedy. Calculus: Graphical, Numerical,
Algebraic 3rd ed. 2007, Pearson Education: Boston.
ISBN: 0-201-44140 0
Grading Policy
Daily preparation for class that
involves work from the PreCalculus textbook, Calculus
textbook, and other worksheets.
Announced in advance, these
assignments will be more
cumulative homework
assignments. Students are allowed
to use their notes, textbook, and
other resources from class to
complete these assignments.
Larger quizzes to measure a
collection of concepts or topics.
Unit Tests covering the material of
the most recent unit
These assignments will be graded for
attempted completion on the day that
they are due. At the beginning of each
class, the teacher will assess each
student’s work and give a grade on a
scale from 0-10 representing the
percent of the assignment the student
honestly attempted.
These assignments will be graded for
accuracy and partial credit will be given.
Though we must encourage
completion of assignments,
students must learn to work
towards accuracy and mastery at
Daily homework quizzes to
measure mastery of concepts
covered in the homework.
Assessment Form
Major Projects
- Both formal and informal assessments
- Individual and group quizzes
- Pop quizzes or evaluations in the
middle of class
- Free response and multiple-choice
tests. Questions may be similar to
homework or quizzes, or may require
assimilation of several concepts to
construct a new idea.
- Projects will include experiments,
presentations, and family albums.

Advanced Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry