Pre-AP Precalculus

Welcome to Pre-AP PreCalculus.  I am thrilled that you will be joining me this year in class.  I expect that you will contribute your best work and effort each day, and bring a positive attitude to class.  This will be a busy year for you, but a fun and exciting one as well and I am glad to be a part of it.  Now, let’s get to work!

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Dr. Todd Reimer
Email: treimer@bisdmail.net

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Precalculus is the preparation for calculus. The course approaches topics from a function point of view, where appropriate, and is designed to strengthen and enhance conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning used when modeling and solving mathematical and real-world problems. Students systematically work with functions and their multiple representations. The study of Precalculus deepens students’ mathematical understanding and fluency with algebra and trigonometry and extends their ability to make connections and apply concepts and procedures at higher levels. Students investigate and explore mathematical ideas, develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations, and use technology to build understanding, make connection between representations, and provide support in solving problems.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Semester 1:

Functions and Their Graphs

Polynomials and Rational Functions

Exponential & Logarithmic Functions


Semester 2:

The Unit Circle  

Trigonometric Identities & Equations

Analytic Trigonometry

Additional Topics in Trigonometry

Conics

Polar and Parametric Equations

Sequences, Series and Probability


SUPPLIES
Each student will need the following supplies daily:

  • Pencils

  • Spiral Notebook OR Binder


The following supplies are requested and greatly appreciated but not required:

  • TI-83 plus or TI-Nspire, or higher graphing calculator for home use (I have a set for class use) – not required but highly recommended.  If you are to purchase one, please be aware if it allowed for use during SAT, ACT, etc.  For any questions, please contact me.  Also, there are many good graphing calculator apps available for smart phones.  

  • 1 box of tissues


GRADES
1. Summative Assessments (Tests) 60%
2. Formative Assessment (Quizzes) 40%

(15% of your semester average will come from your final exam.)


CLASSROOM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Tardies:

Students who are late to class will be marked as tardy. Students who are tardy more than five times during a six week grading period will receive a detention. Detentions will be assigned for the the fifth and tenth tardy. They will receive DMC at the fifteenth tardy. Students who fail to attend detention will be assigned DMC. Tardies will be reset to zero at the beginning of each six week period.

Excessive tardies, or failure to attend detention, may result in a truancy citation.

Being more than fifteen minutes tardy to a class will result in the student being marked as absent.

Food/Drink/Bathroom:

There is to be absolutely NO food or drink in class with the exception of water with a cap.

Under normal conditions, students should use restrooms before school, during passing periods, and after school. Students experiencing a medical problem, which necessitates special arrangements, should consult with the teacher/nurse regarding the matter.  

Cell Phones:

Cell phones are NOT allowed for use in class.  Students will be allowed to use cell phones on occasion at my discretion, however if it is being used during the lesson, it will be taken up and subject to be picked up in the main office at a cost of $15.  


Late Work and Make up Work:


Students will receive two school days per day absent from class to complete their make-up work.  However, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work. Students should make every possible effort to be in class to receive guided learning instruction and peer interaction.

Students who do not pass a summative assessment will have the opportunity to take a re-test.  There is a 3-day period in which the students may earn a maximum grade of a 70%.  


ACADEMIC HONESTY


In the case of academic dishonesty, such as cheating on an exam or copying an assignment, will result with a zero and may result in a referral to the appropriate principal.


TEXTBOOK


Larson, Ron. Precalculus with Limits. Texas Edition. Cengage Learning, Boston, Ma., 2014.


TUTORIAL SCHEDULE

The Centennial Math Department provides tutorials before school (8:00 - 8:30 AM), during 4th, 5th and 6th period lunches, and after school (4:20 - 4:50 PM).  Students need to check the posted schedule and have the opportunity to receive help from any available teacher.  My tutorial times will be posted in my room and in the math workstation.  

If you are ever having trouble with any of the class expectations, please do not hesitate to ask questions.  I am here to help you be successful!