Math 3 Syllabus

 Buchanan High School

Math 3 Syllabus


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Welcome to the new 2017-2018 school year. I believe that the education process is a combined effort between school, student and home.  If at any time you see your child struggling please contact me.   My web page and the math department’s web page can be accessed through Buchanan High School’s website. The best way to stay in contact is through e-mail.

Suggested Supplies

3 ring binder or Notebook, paper (including graph paper), pencils (including colored), highlighters, scientific calculator, whiteboard markers, and computer/internet access.


Book:  Prentice Hall Math 3 Common Core , Pearson Integrated High School (available on request)

Online;  Patrick JMT;  Khan Academy

Semester 1

  • Unit 1 – Writing & Graphing Functions
  • Unit 2 – Analyzing Functions: Absolute Values & Inequalities        
  • Unit 3 – Polynomial Functions: Quadratic Functions 
  • Unit 4 – Rational Functions
  • Unit 5 – Statistics 

        Semester 2

    • Unit 6 – Radical Functions
    • Unit 7 – Parabolas & Circles
    • Unit 8 – Trigonometry
    • Unit 9 – Logarithms

    Description of Math 3
    Math 3 is part of the foundation to prepare students for higher-level courses such as Advanced Math and AP Calculus.  This course will focus on the extension of elementary functions using multiple representations (graphical, numerical, algebraic and verbal) including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.  This course also covers elements of trigonometry, the study of statistics will be introduced, and geometric modeling.

    How to succeed in this course

    The following is a list of things that you can do to get the most out of this course.

    • Participate actively in class discussions.
    • Learn by doing, not just watching.
    • Expect that there will be things you don’t get immediately. Learn to be persistent in your thinking and your problem solving.
    • Before coming to class, think about what your questions are. Ask questions during class discussions, in your group, and outside class.
    • Seek help from your teacher, classmates, and other sources such as the Math Lab.
    • Do homework every day. Don’t get in a cycle of falling behind and catching up.
    • Pay attention to what work is expected. Don’t skip anything. When absent, catch up promptly.

    Behavior expectations

    A productive and respectful classroom atmosphere is essential for learning. Individual behavior can support or undermine the learning environment. To make our classroom work well, here is what is expected of you:

    • Be ready to begin class when the period starts.
    • Listen silently when it is someone else’s turn to talk. (This is especially important in a large class.)
    • Bring your notebook, supplies and homework to class daily.
    • Follow all school rules.



    70 % Tests and Final

    30 % Quizzes and Assignments



         89.5%-100%                    A

         79.5%-89.4%                   B

         69.5%-79.4%                   C

         59.5%-69.4%                   D

                                   59.4% and below              F


    The assignments will be evaluated on completeness, accuracy and neatness.  Late work will be accepted for partial credit but is due no later than the day of each unit test.  Homework is assigned nearly every class period and due the following class period.  Homework is expected to be done by the student.  My expectation is that you will do your own work and will neither give nor receive unauthorized assistance on assignments for this class.  Failure to do so is considered cheating.  


    Tests will be given at the end of each unit.  With comprehensive final exams at the end of each semester.  If a student misses a test due to an absence, they will be required to make up the test the following class period or schedule a time outside of class to take the test within one week of the  original test date.  Your lowest test grade taken prior to the final will be replaced with the final exam if it benefits your overall grade.


    Students must complete all homework assignments in a given unit in order to be allowed to retake the test for that unit. TWO retakes are allowed per semester if the original score for the test is below 70%.  Whatever score the student earns on the retake test will replace the original test score whether it is higher or lower. All test retakes, for a maximum of 70%, must be completed prior to the next Unit Test. Retakes will not be available for Semester Finals.


    The use of electronic devices (i.e. iPods, cameras and cellular phones) is considered to be disruptive to the educational process. Parents should not expect their students to read/send text messages or receive calls during class time. Electronic devices are to be turned off and put away (not visible) during class time, unless permission is given by the teacher.  Visibility of unauthorized electronic devices will result in confiscation of the device and assigned detention.  Upon continued offenses, a parent/guardian will be required to retrieve the electronic device from Student Services.  (Refer to the Parent/Student Handbook pgs. 51-52 Ed. Code 51512)



    All work (homework, classwork, quizzes, assessments,…) is expected to be done by the student. My expectation is that you will do your own work and will neither give nor receive unauthorized assistance on any and all work for this class.  Failure to do so is considered cheating.  (Refer to the Parent/Student Handbook pg. 51)



    Although every effort has been made to be complete and accurate, unforeseen circumstances arising during the semester could require the adjustment of any material given here. Therefore, teachers reserve the right to change any information on this syllabus, when unforeseen circumstances occur. These changes will be announced as early as possible so that students can adjust accordingly.