Syllabus for Mrs. Bain’s PreCalculus Class Materials:
Every day: book, pencil, notebook, calculator Graphing Calculator: TI-83 through a TI-86 . Math Department policies stipulate the model of calculator that we teach with. At this time, I am unable to help you with calculator issues if you choose to purchase a Casio, or TI models above a TI-86.
Materials to be given to Mrs. Bain first week of class: 1 box of tissues 5 dry erase markers
Text: Demana, Waits, Foley, & Kennedy (2004). Precalculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic. Pearson Education, Inc.
Classroom Behavior: Students are expected to show common courtesies at all times to all teachers and other students. I am very strict about dress code and school rule compliance.
Homework assignments available on northlandprep.org, my NPA web page. The week’s assignments are also listed on the board at the front of my room. Previous night’s homework reviewed at the beginning of each class, then collected. Notes are given in the form of Power Point Presentations. The week’s notes will be available on my NPA web page. I highly recommended that you print these out before you come to class – in whatever format works better for you (3 to a page, 6 to a page, etc.) I will not print these out for you at school. If you are absent, it will be your responsibility to retrieve these materials. Quizzes will be given every 2 or 3 sections in the text book (usually valued at about 25 points). A chapter exam will be given upon the completion of each chapter (usually valued at about 50 points). Writing Prompts will be assigned about every 2 weeks. The WP’s are technical writing assignments relevant to topics being currently studied. o Format for WP: double spaced, handwritten, writing prompt re-stated within the first paragraph, no pronouns, spelling and grammar important o WP’s worth 10 points
Name, and assignment title (e.g. p. 647 1-25 odd) should be listed at the top of each page. Each HW assignment worth 2 points o Assignment must be done in pencil. o All problems must be attempted – we will review any problems that you have difficulties with. o HW will be collected once we have reviewed the assignment. o Perpetually late HW will earn you lunch detentions
Specific math expectations o Every answer must be “identified” (y = 100 ants). o Solutions should either be “boxed” or otherwise identified (I often underline mine). o All answers that require rounding should be rounded to the third decimal place. o All units should be included. o Problems that require an “exact” solution should not be rounded, which usually means “no calculator”. o Any formulas used should be listed within the problem, in their original state (without values substituted in – you often receive points for using the correct formula).
Grading Policies: All late work will receive a 50%. Students traveling for school activities (sports, music, OM, Mock Trial, etc) are expected to
turn their work in the next school day (school policy) unless previous arrangements have been made with me. Assignments turned in by the end of the day that they are due are not considered late, though a lunch detention will be served if not completed by the beginning of class. Missed quizzes and exams will not be assessed late points. You will not be allowed to correct your exams and quizzes for additional points. You will receive the grade that you earned. I do not give any extra credit – unless it is an extra problem that is available to everyone on a quiz or exam. If you are unsatisfied with your performance in the class, you might consider seeking me for additional help on the material! IEP/504 Testing Expectations: All students will start their exams in my classroom, without the aid of additional materials. Upon the completion of the class period, testing items will then be taken the resource room (or other previously arranged testing locations) where additional time may be sent on exams (depending on specific IEP and 504 accomodations). All assessments are expected to be completed within one week of the original testing date, or a zero will be given for the assessment.
My main goal besides teaching you cool math skills, is to improve your work ethic, and sense of personal responsibility toward your education. I will do everything possible to help you be successful - if you do the work that is assigned, seek help if you don’t understand a topic, and are proactive about your educational needs. Due to coaching commitments, I am not available much after school from Aug through the first of November. I arrive at school most days by 7:15AM, and I strongly encourage students to seek help before school starts. I usually conduct review sessions before chapter exams and finals. These are done after-hours, and are not mandatory.
Cheating: Not Tolerated! Will result in a grade of “0” for the work in question .
Cheating includes, but is not limited to: copying another student’s answers on homework, test or quiz; or giving answers to another student on homework, test, or quiz; using outside sources on an exam.
Calculation of Semester Grade:
Each quarter’s grade is worth 40% of the semester total. The final is worth 20% of your semester grade.
Mrs. Bain reserves the right to make additions, deletions, and modifications to the syllabus and course requirements with reasonable notification to the enrolled students.
Mrs. Bain’s e-mail address: [email protected]
Material Covered: A major focus of the course is the twelve basic functions: the identity function, squaring function, cubing function, reciprocal function, square root function, exponential function, natural logarithm function, sine function, cosine function, absolute value function, greatest integer function, and logistic function. Students learn to analyze the graphs of these functions, learn the general characteristic of families of functions, and apply this knowledge using real-world data. Emphasis is placed on equation solving and modeling with these functions. After the general overview of the twelve basic functions, students focus on an in-depth study of polynomial, power, and rational functions, exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions and their applications in real-world situations. Next, the emphasis shifts to trigonometry – the functions (and their graphs), and analytic trigonometry. The latter involves trigonometric identities and applications of the trigonometric functions using the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines. The focus shifts to vectors, parametric equations, polar equations, solving systems (with a focus on matrix operations), analytic geometry (primarily conic sections and their applications in science), and discrete mathematics. This final topic includes the binomial theorem, probability, sequences and series, mathematical induction, and statistics, both graphical and algebraic.