Welcome to Honors PreCalculus! Weekly Calendar - A DAYWeekly Calendar - B DAYHonors PreCalculus is a fast paced and rigorous course, and numerous concepts will be covered. The honors mathematics curriculum is extremely demanding. It is important that students understand mathematical concepts daily as concepts continue to build upon one another. Active participation in class consists of thorough note-taking, in-depth thinking, and problem solving. It is essential that active participation and maximum effort are put forth at all times.
*loose-leaf paper in a 3-ring binder
*textbook (bring to class daily)
*graphing calculator (TI – 83/84 Plus)
Students are strongly encouraged to use and bring their own calculator to class on a daily basis. Some tests and quizzes will be taken without the use of a calculator.
Grades will be computed as follows.
60% - tests (average of approximately 3 hour-long tests per quarter)
30% - quizzes (average of approximately 3 hour-long quizzes per quarter)
10% - participation (determined by homework checks and class activities)
Letter Grade Equivalents:
90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
0 – 59 F
Please note that both a midterm exam and a final exam will be administered for this course. The midterm exam will count as two test grades for the second quarter average, and the final exam will count 20% of your course grade.
**Grades will be computed by the numeric average using the 100-point scale.** The semester average will be the average of the final numeric grade for first and second quarters. The final course grade will be the average of the final numeric grade for each of the four quarters. This average will make up 75% of the final course grade.
Whereas quizzes are usually skill based, tests will require application of the skills. Both types of assessments will mirror problems assigned as homework. Class participation includes recitation, cooperative group work, board work, taking notes, and questioning.
Grades will be based on demonstrated mastery of concepts and development of skills. Grades in NCWISE will be updated regularly during each grading period in order for students and parents to continually monitor academic progress.
First Quarter – Prerequisite Chapter – Chapter 2 (Algebra Review, Translations of
Functions, Compositions and Inverses of Functions, Quadratic Functions, Polynomial Functions, Rational Functions)
Second Quarter – Chapters 3 - 4 (Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Modeling of
Third Quarter – Chapters 4 - 6 (Graphing Trigonometric Functions, Trigonometric Identities and Equations, Trigonometric Formulas, Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, 2-Dimensional Vectors)
Fourth Quarter – Chapters 9 and12 (Sequences and Series, Limits, Introduction to
Thursday from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
This course is not hard, but it will become overwhelming and very difficult if homework is not done in a habitual and thoughtful manner. Students can't let a job or socializing interfere with their studies. Everyone runs out of time once in a great while, but to repeatedly fail to do homework is inviting disaster.
I take the responsibility of teaching my students very seriously. I care about them, and I respect them. My goal is to instill in each student that I teach, not just math facts, but a respect for mathematics, and the confidence to master it and any other obstacles that life happens to toss in their way.
Let’s have a great year!