Honors Pre-Calculus Syllabus

Mr. Swanson


Stanwood High School,

Church Creek Campus

Room 16

Phone: 629-1300 x2216





Students will build upon their previous knowledge and skills in mathematics to learn the foundational skills of advanced mathematics that will prepare them for high school calculus and college mathematical study



By the end of the course, students will be able to work with:

-           Linear and Quadratic Functions

-          Polynomial and Rational Functions

-          Exponential and Logarithmic functions

-          Analytic Geometry

-          Trigonometric Functions, Equations and Applications

-          Triangle Trigonometry

-          Linear Systems and Matrices

-          Sequences, Series and Probability

-          Limits of Functions

-          Basic Derivatives

Students will also be able to use sound mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills to solve problems; and communicate their mathematical thoughts to their peers and teacher.


Materials Needed:

-          a spiral notebook or composition book for notes

-          paper to do assignments on (this can come out of the spiral notebook)

-          appropriate writing utensils

-          the textbook:  Pre-Calculus with Limits (we will be checking this out of the library)

-          a calculator:  scientific is ok, but a graphing calculator is strongly recommended


General Rules and Expectations:

In this classroom you are expected to act responsibly.  This includes, but is not limited to:

-          Arriving on time each day, ready to work.

-          Participating in classroom discussions.

-          Using class time appropriately

-          Treating others and their ideas with respect.

-          Acting in a manner appropriate to young adults.

-          Leaving your personal business out of class.  (Example: NO CELL PHONES!!!)

-          You will not be listening to personal music devices while in this class.

-          And generally following all school rules.

Failure to abide by these few expectations will result in a few consequences including a warning, parental involvement, detention, and/or a referral to an administrator.

Tardies and Absences

You are considered tardy if you are not in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.  Tardies will be dealt with according to the school policy.  If you are absent for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to get the material and make up work.  Absent work will be handled as per school policy.


Daily Assignments and Homework Checks

Assignments will be assigned nearly every section as Honors Pre-Calculus (and most other areas of math) cannot be learned and mastered without a bit of practice.  You are expected to have each assignment completed by the due date and you will be responsible for the material contained in that assignment, this may be checked with a short quiz (homework check) on the assignment at the beginning or end of the next class.  However, assignments can be turned in until the day of the test for full credit.  No late work will be accepted after the test day.  Assignments are generally worth 2 points and are graded mostly for completion.  It is your responsibility to check your answers and make any corrections before you turn them in.  If an assignment is not done to at least 80% completion, it will be returned without a score on it.  You may still finish it and turn it in before the test for credit.  Any assignment below 80% is considered incomplete and missing.



I do not tolerate cheating of any kind and I do not give much help during a test.  Tests are an assessment of your abilities on the specific area being covered.  You will not be able to retake tests in this class.


Grading Policy:

Grades will be broken into the following three categories: Homework, Quiz (Homework Check), and Test.  The grades will be determined by the total points earned.  Homework assignments are worth 2 points each, Homework Quizzes are 10 points each, and Tests are each worth 100 points.


Grading Scale:



100 – 92.5%  A


92.49-89.5%  A-

89.49-87%  B+


86.99-82.5%  B


82.49-79.5%  B-

79.49-77% C+


76.99-72.5%  C


72.49-70%  C-

69.99-65% D


<65%  F




Progression Next Year

At the end of this year, you will have two possible options for AP Calculus, either AB or BC.  We will decide at the end of the year which course would be better for you.


This class will move quickly through most of the topics that you worked on last year in Algebra 2 and will add in a few new chapters of Trigonometry and an introduction to Calculus.  It can be a fairly challenging class, but it can also be a lot of fun as it begins to open the door into a much bigger mathematical world.  I believe that with your help and enthusiasm we will be able to cover these topics in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


                                                                                    Mr. Swanson