HS Pre-Calculus

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT - QUIZ INTENSIVE WEEK
From  November 18 - November 22, 2019, we will take a series of quizzes to help determine where you stand in the course. 

The quiz schedule is as follows:
Monday - Unit 6 Conic Sections
Tuesday - Unit 5 Matrices
Wednesday - Unit 1 Introduction to Trigonometry
Thursday - Unit 3 Law of Sines/Cosines
Friday - Unit 2 Inverse Trigonometry & Course Mastery Diagnostic

  • NO quiz will be given on identities (Unit 4) at this time. NO make-ups will be given if a quiz is missed.
  • Students who are exempt from these quizzes will be able to see this information in Infinite Campus under the quiz category.
  • All students will receive updated test sub-scores Friday evening based on the Course Mastery Diagnostic. You may choose to use the diagnostic test score OR the adjusted post test score to count toward your final grade. I suggest that you choose whichever grade is higher.
  • Students who are not passing the course by November 22nd will be given further instructions privately. ALL failing students must report to school on Friday, November 22, 2019 to receive these instructions. You may also wish to have your parent come to parent teacher conference night on November 21, 2019.

Our Current Warm - Ups can be found here: SAT Practice 2015 Set 1


Week 1 (Unit 1)
P.2 The Coordinate Plane
Pythagorean Theorem Review and Solving for Missing Sides of Right Triangles
4.2 Trigonometric Ratios on Right Triangles pg. 360
4.2 Solving for Missing Sides of a Right Triangle Using Trig Ratios and an Angle (Read pg. 365 Example 5)
4.2 Cosecant, Secant, and Cotangent Relationships pg.360 (Also see the green box on pg. 445 and the "Cofunction Identities section on pg. 446")
4.2 Finding trigonometric values if given the value of only one trig ratio (Read pg. 362 Example 3 and pg. 376 Example 7)
4.7 Brief overview of the inverse sine, inverse cosine, and inverse tangent functions (Arcsin, arccos, arctan)

Week 2 (Unit 1)
4.1 Angles and Degree vs Radian Measure pg. 350-351
4.1 Degree/Radian Conversions pg. 353
4.2 Meaning of Angles in "Standard Position" and Drawing Such Angles pg. 360
4.3 "Unit Circle" Values Down to Pi/6 pg. 380. Students will practice filling in the degree and radian values on a unit circle
Co-terminal Angles (pg. 370-371) and finding Reference Angles (Also, here is a video in radians)
Trigonometry Applications (Word Problems, look at pg. 365 Example 6)
Mid Level Word Problems Handout

Week 3 (Unit 1)
4.3 Meaning of "Unit Circle" pg. 377. Filling out the coordinates on a unit circle.
Special Right Triangles (Figures 4.9 and 4.10 on pages 361 and 362)
4.3 Applying Trigonometric Ratios to Angles in Standard Position (Extension of Trig Ratios to All Real Numbers) pg. 373 (Examine pg. 372 Figure 4.24)
Using Reference Angles (Side Note: I don't love this video as memorizing the unit circle is fine as long as you know how the values were obtained, BUT, it does explain how reference angles are used.)
All students are responsible for having the first three handouts completed by Monday

Week 4 (Unit 1)
Academic Recovery Period Begins
1.2 Function Behavior
4.4 The Graphs of Sine and Cosine (Sinusoidal Functions. Please refer to the class handout rather than the textbook for these graphs and their intercepts.)
4.4 The Behavior of Sine and Cosine (pg. 384 and 386)
4.5 The Graph of Tangent (Please refer to the handout for the graph and information on intercepts.)
4.5 The Behavior of Tangent pg. 396
4.4 Identifying Amplitude, Phase Shift, Midline, and Vertical Shift in Sinusoidal Functions (pg. 386-390)
4.4 Graphing Transformations on Sine and Cosine (pg. 386-390)
4.4 Modeling Using Trigonometric Functions: A guide
Unit 1 Review

Exam 1 TUESDAY September 3rd, 2019
Academic Recovery Period Ends

Week 5 (Unit 2)
Brief Discussion of "one-one" and the Horizontal Line Test
Restricting Domains to Make a Function Invertible (See in class handout)
4.7 The domain and range of the inverse trig functions
1.5 Finding the Inverse of Functions (page 131 Example 7. Advanced: Example 4)
4.7 Properties of the inverse sine, inverse cosine, and inverse tangent functions (Arcsin, arccos, arctan)
Meaning of "Principal Value" and How Calculators Report Solutions

Week 6 (Unit 2)
4.8 Trigonometry Application Problems (Find Trig Review Packet Word Problem Solutions Here) 
4.8 Angles of Depression and Angles of Elevation (Read page 425 and Example 1)
5.1 Solving Trigonometric Equations (See Example 7 on pg. 450 only, for other examples, refer to "Solving Trig Equations Worksheet" Notes #1, #8, #9)
Finding Solutions on [0,2pi) vs. Finding Solutions "Everywhere"

Exam 2 THURSDAY September 12th, 2019

Week 7 (Unit 3)
How Many Triangle are Possible? (A note on ambiguous cases. Here is another short video.)
5.5 Law of Sines (Main Goal: Set up two ratios and equate them. There should only be ONE unknown. Once this is accomplished, do the algebra!)
5.6 Law of Cosines (As a note, try not to use rounded numbers on your way to a solution. This results in a loss of accuracy.)
Homework: pg. 484 #4, #8 and pg. 494 #2, #14

Week 8 (Unit 3)
5.6 Area of General Triangles (Generally, the area of a triangle equals half of the product of the lengths of any two sides and the sine of the angle between them. Area = (1/2)bc*sin(theta) where theta is the angle between sides b and c)
5.6 Heron's Formula
Exam 3 FRIDAY September 27th, 2019

Week 9 (Unit 4)
What is an identity?
5.1 Fundamental Identities: 
        Basic Trigonometric Identities: Review of Reciprocal Identities and Tan(theta) = sin(theta)/cos(theta) pg. 445 Green box
        Pythagorean Identities pg. 446 Green box
5.4 Multiple Angle Formulas (Double Angle Formulas)

Week 10 (Unit 4)
5.4 Multiple Angle Formulas (Half Angle Formulas)
5.1 Simplifying expressions using identities pg. 448 Examples 3,4, 5, 6, and 7
5.2 Proving Trigonometric Identities (Basic) Video
5.1 Solving and Simplifying Trigonometric Equations Revisited (We have more tools now! This is just Example 1 from this YouTuber, but there are more Examples on the side.)
Fall Break October 10-14
Exam 4 TUESDAY October 15th, 2019

Week 11 (Unit 5 Matrices - 2.5 weeks)
P.4 Equations of Lines
P.4 Graphing Lines
P.4 Finding solutions to linear systems of equations by graphing
7.1 Solving Systems of Two Equations (Substitution Method Review) 
7.1 Solving Systems of Two Equations (Elimination Method Review)
7.2 Introduction to Matrices (Converting Equations to Matrices, Square Matrices, Row & Column Vectors, Element (i,j) of a Matrix, Dimensions, Compatible Matrices)
7.2 Matrix Algebra (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication by a Scalar)
7.2 Zero Matrix and the Identity Matrix
Weekend Homework: Do the first 3 assignments on Matrices in Ck-12. Afterward, please read the Matrix Multiplication section (pg. 582-583) of 7.2 in your textbook. Of course, it is good practice to read the complete chapter as I teach. :) But I am only assigning 582-583 as required reading.

Week 12 (Unit 5 Matrices)
7.2 Transposing Matricesk
7.2 Manipulating Data with Matrices (See Example 5 in the text for the class demonstration)
7.2 Finding the determinant of a 2X2 matrix (3X3 matrix)

Week 13 (Unit 5 Matrices)
Exam 5 WEDNESDAY October 30, 2019

Week 13 Review Content (Time Permitting)
Methods of factoring (Factoring, Quadratic Formula, Completing the Square, Taking Square Roots)
Finding solutions to general (non-linear) systems of equations algebraically
Finding solutions to systems of equations involving circles and lines algebraically

Week 14 (Unit 6 Conics - 2 weeks)
P.2 Equations of Circles pg. 18
P.2 Graphing Circles pg. 18
8.2 Ellipses Graphing Ellipses
Can you match the equation to the graph of the ellipse?
8.3 Hyperbolas Graphing Hyperbolas

Week 15 (Unit 6 Conics)
Exam 5 FRIDAY November 15, 2019

Week 16 (Unit 7 Vectors - 2 weeks)
6.1Introduction to Vectors pg. 502-506
6.1 Drawing the resultant vector 1. Analytically (Algebraically) 2. Parallelogram Law 3.Tail to Head
6.1 The standard unit vectors i and j and finding unit vectors (time permitting) pg. 506-507
6.1 Finding component forms of vectors given magnitudes and Direction Angles pg. 507-508
6.1 Finding direction angles
6.1 Bearings (Example 7) and word problems involving vectors

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY - Vectors Assignment due before class on December 2, 2019

Week 17 (Unit 7 Vectors)
6.2 Dot Products and Angles Between Vectors (Here is a short video) Classwork: page 467 of this document #1-8, 25-38, and 43-46
P.6 Complex (Imaginary) Numbers
P.6 Operations on Complex Numbers
6.6 Introduction to Complex (Imaginary) Numbers (Worksheet)
6.4 Polar Coordinates vs. Rectangular Coordinates
Converting Between Polar and Rectangular Coordinates
Exam 7 MONDAY December 9, 2019

Week 18 (Unit 8 Probability - 1 week)
Basic Probability Concepts Review
Expected Value (Video)

Week 19 (Course Review & Finals Week)
Final Exam Study Guide You may skip #19, 23, 24. On the diagnostic, you may skip 12
Please consider taking AP Calculus