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 Identities Graphing and Using Inverse Trig Functions Polar Graphs Vectors and Projectile Motion Semester Two Vectors and Trig Rational Functions Limits and Continuity Derivatives 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 Type Homework Completion Homework Accuracy Description 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 AND Tests 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. Weight 10% These assignments will be graded for accuracy and partial credit will be given. 20% Though we must encourage completion of assignments, students must learn to work towards accuracy and mastery at home. Daily homework quizzes to measure mastery of concepts covered in the homework. Quizzes Assessment Form Major Projects - Both formal and informal assessments - Individual and group quizzes - Pop quizzes or evaluations in the middle of class 20% - 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. 50% - Projects will include experiments, presentations, and family albums.