PRE-CALCULUSTRIGONOMETRY2012-2013COURSE GUIDELINESANDEXPECTATIONSINSTRUCTORCATHERINE YSLASEmail: Catherine.email@example.com
CLASSROOM RULES AND EXPECTATIONSRESPECT... Students in this class are expected to treat other students and the teacher respectfully at all times. Respect therights of other students to learn, ask questions, and be different. Respect the right of the teacher to teach without having tostop class to enforce discipline. We all have to work together and students are expected to be helpful and encouraging at alltimes. Make sure you come to class prepared to learn and be ready for the challenge of learning new things. Sabino HighSchool’s Code of Conduct will be adhered to.MATERIALS... Students are expected to be in class on time, ready to work, attentive, participate in class and have theproper supplies with them. No passes to lockers will be given. Materials that should be brought to class are:a) Textbook b) Pencils, Eraser c) Timetracker/Plannerd) Math Assignment Calendar e) Homework f) Notebook paperg) Graph Paper h) 3-ring binder with section dividersi) Highlighter j) white board marker k) 3x5 index cardsl) Graphing Calculator – (TI-84 or TI-84+ or TI-Nspire are the models being used at Sabino and at several colleges anduniversities, TI-86 and TI-89 are a little more complicated to use and not always allowed on tests). Casio graphingcalculators are ok, but you will need the instruction manual to help you find the where functions are located. Graphingcalculators are to be used to supplement your learning and will not be allowed on all assessments. If you cannot obtain agraphing calculator, you will need to make arrangements to use a graphing calculator before school. The bookstore alsohas a few calculators available to check out. There are also graphing calculator apps that you could use at home.TARDIES AND ABSENCES... Sabino High School’s tardy and attendance policies will be adhered to. You must be inyour seat with your homework out and working on the bellwork when the bell rings or you will be marked tardy.Credit may not be given to students who miss classwork due to unexcused tardies or unexcused absences. If you have to belate, make sure you have a late pass. 3 or more tardies earn you a 30 minute late detention to be served before school or atlunch and a T on your report card, 5 or more tardies will earn a U on your report card. TUSD Board Policy JE-R is enforcedat Sabino. Students with 10 or more excused absences may lose credit, students with 10 or more unexcused absences will losecredit for the course. Board Policy JE-R is summarized in more detail in the Student Handbook.HALL PASSES… Hall passes are only given for emergency trips. Visit the restroom before class begins.MAKE UP WORK... It is your responsibility to schedule and make up any missed work. Assignment calendars foreach unit are given to all students at the beginning of the unit. Work can also be given in advance for a planned absence. Ifyou have an excused absence you will have a day to make up missed homework. If you have an unexcused absence,homework will be marked down 40% as late. This means it’s still worth doing since some points are better than none. If youhave an excused absence and miss a test or quiz, you will need to make special arrangements for a make-up test or quizimmediately upon returning from the absence. These can be taken before or after school, during class, during lunch, or astudy hall period. Make-up tests and quizzes must be taken within one-day of the absence as no new material waspresented. If you are absent on review day, you will still take the on its scheduled date. This also means if you areabsent the day of the test, you will need to take it the next day.CHEATING... Don’t. Any student caught cheating will a) receive a score of “0” on that assignment; b) your parents will benotified; c) your counselor will be notified; d) the principal will be notified and appropriate consequences will be enforced.SCHOOL MATERIALS... Classroom furnishings and other materials in the room are not to be written on, played with, ordamaged in any way. Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to work with various computers and/orcalculators. Responsible care by students using this equipment is expected. Students caught damaging the equipment orusing it improperly (unauthorized CD’s, games, programs, or internet access, etc.) will not be allowed to use them for theremainder of the class period. If there is continued abuse or unauthorized use, students will be given related assignmentswithout access to the computers. Parents may be liable for damage to school property as outlined in the TUSD handbook forstudent rights and responsibilities.
PRE-CALCULUS/TRIGONOMETRY COURSE SYLLABUSCOURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES... Pre-calculus is exactly what the name says. It is the course prior tocalculus. It is sometimes called college algebra. Trigonometry is loosely translated as the study of triangles. There are manythings we can do with triangles and it will take an entire semester to learn most of them. These are challenging, fast pacedcourses designed to give some theory and allow you to apply what you learn to some realistic problems. For example: Whenwe study trigonometric graphs, we draw the graphs, write the equations for them, and them alter their characteristics to modelthe volume of air in your lungs as you breathe, or the depth of the water at the beach as the tide roll in and out. Math is a verypowerful tool. Having learned the fundamentals of higher mathematics, you will be prepared to handle the applications in thefields of science, business, industry or whatever your career choice may be. Should you choose a career that is not mathrelated, your understanding of higher math will still allow you to communicate and collaborate with those who do. A highschool education that exposes you to the basics in many disciplines is not only good but necessary in today’s global society.TOPICS TO BE COVERED... The course covers: functions and graphs, polynomials, exponential and logarithmicfunctions, sequences and series, systems of equations and inequalities, degrees and radians, trigonometric functions, angles,trigonometric identities, inverse functions, trigonometric equations and their various applications.GRADING PROCEDURE... In this course, students try to earn as many points as possible. Points are given for eachclassroom assignment, all homework assignments, tests, quizzes, computer/calculator lab work, and Fast Five activities.Grades are given each quarter according to the standard scale below. Mid-quarter progress grades are also given according tothis scale. The semester grade is based on the point total accumulated by a student over both quarters.90% or more of the total number of points = A (excellent)80% - 89% of the total number of points = B (above average)70% - 79% of the total number of points = C (average)60% - 69% of the total number of points = D (below average)Below 60% of the total number of points = F (failing)A sample semester grade may look like this:Test1 Test2 Test3 Test4 Project HW Total GradePossible 100 100 100 100 50 100 550Debbie 84 92 86 99 45 90 496 AAshton 84 92 86 99 45 60 466 BDebbie earned 496 out of a possible 550 points which is 90%. She gets an “A” that grading period. What happens all toooften is a student does minimal homework (60%). In Ashton’s case that would give him 466 points and an 84% which is a“B.” It may seem as though each homework assignment is not worth very much, but points accumulate and as you can see,doing only 60% of the assignments dropped Ashton’s grade six percent and from an “A” to a “B.”In addition to a final exam in Trigonometry, there will be a final project. You will take all that you have learned during theyear and apply it to something of your own making. You will create a problem, write it up as a story, solve it, and present itto the class. Together these will account for 15 to 20 percent of your semester grade.CLASSWORK... Classwork is guided practice done as a class or in small groups under the supervision of the teacher. Itmay involve problems on the board which are done as part of a lesson or help introduce a lesson. It may be review workbefore a test or a quiz. Classwork may also involve review problems done at the beginning of class to help the teacher as wellas the students to determine whether important concepts were mastered. When work time is given, the volume of anydiscussion must be low. If a student does not work efficiently during time given in class for that purpose, no credit will begiven for that assignment, regardless of whether it is completed later. Keeping a notebook with all the in-class examples andhomework is required and will be given a semester grade based on completeness and organization.
DAILY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS... Completing your homework is the most important thing you can do tolearn the concepts! MATH IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT. You must participate. It’s like anything else you want to dowell. You have to practice every day! I will provide you with practice problems every day. By completing yourhomework, you will be able to determine if you have mastered the concept or if you need extra help. It is very important thatyou keep up with the assignments because PreCalculus and Trigonometry are courses that build upon your previous learning.Homework counts for approximately 12-15% of your semester grade.Homework is work assigned from the textbook or worksheets that relate to what is being studied in class. It is usuallyadditional practice involving current concepts covered in class or review of previous material. Homework is assigned forevery class and will be corrected and collected the following day. To get full credit for each assignment, it must 1) BE ONTIME, 2) BE COMPLETE and CORRECT- I will be reasonable here as corrections can be made and the assignment turnedback in for full credit, 3) BE ORGANIZED NEATLY AND LABELED APPROPRIATELY (Name, date, per., teacher,section #, page #)Students will have a chance to ask questions about the homework in class or before school. Keep all of your homework, theyare excellent study guides for quizzes and tests!Students can also refer to the internet sites:http://college.hmco.com/mathematics/larson/precalculus/5e/students/index.htmlhttp://college.cengage.com/mathematics/larson/precalculus/7e/student_home.html has practice tests for each sectionwww.hotmath.com This year’s Sabino password is sabermathwww.edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/cyslasfor help outside of class.LATE HOMEWORK - a complete assignment will be accepted only one day late for half credit, otherwise no credit will begiven.EXTRA CREDIT... Is very rare. There will only be one or two extra credit homework assignments each semester.POSTING GRADES – Grades are posted a least once per week on the TUSD Stats Parental Login Pagehttps://tusdstats.tusd.k12.az.us/paweb/utility/Accounts/Login.aspx Please remember the Sabino Math Department policy ofearning less than 60% of the homework points will result in the dropping of a letter grade on the report card and is notreflected on this website.SCHOOL RULES regarding dress code, cell phones, pagers, cosmetics, headphones, etc. will be enforced.Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at school.Email: Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.orgI am looking forward to having a wonderful school year!
HOMEWORK FORMATYou should turn in your homework everyday. It should be clearly organized and easy to read. You must copy the problemand show all your work for full credit. Below is an example of how your homework should be formatted.1. Work all non-graphing problems on lined paper. If graphing is required, use graphing paper and draw, label, andscale the axes. Use a straightedge to draw all lines. Work problems vertically down the page. You may use atmost 2 columns.2. Use pencil or erasable pen to work problems; erase mistakes rather than crossing them out. Write legibly and neatly;box or circle your answers. Use equal signs or approximation signs when appropriate. Word problems requireword answers, including units of measurement. If your paper cannot be easily read, in part or as a whole, it will bereturned to you ungraded.3. Answers must be justified. Copy the problem (except word problems), state the answer appropriately, and justify theanswer either with algebraic steps or a written reason (such as referring to a theorem, formula, definition, rule, orproperty by name.)4. To submit your work, staple separate sheets together in the upper left-hand corner, then fold in half lengthwise. Onthe outside of the paper, in the corner with the staple, print your name, class, period, assignment, and date.Failure to include this information may mean that your paper will be returned without a grade.Homework assignments are worth at least 2 points each.
PRECALCULUS / TRIGONOMETRYCLASS GUIDELINES & EXPECTATIONSSIGNATURE SHEETMy child and I have read and we understand the guidelines and expectations regarding behavior and work to be done in thisclass.(PLEASE PRINT)Student’s Name:_______________________________________________________Student’s Signature: ____________________________________________________________________(PLEASE PRINT)Student’s e-mail address___________________________________________________Date_________________________________________________Please circle the number indicating the period that you are in this class:1 2 3 4 5 6(PLEASE PRINT)Parent’s Name:_______________________________________________________Parent’s Signature: ___________________________________________________________________Date:_______________________________________________________________________________Please list phone number(s) and an e-mail address where you may be contacted weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.Parent Phone number(s): (H)_________________________________(W)_________________________________(Cell)________________________________(PLEASE PRINT)Parent e-mail address____________________________________________________
Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry Rights and ResponsibilitiesThis class will be different from previous math classes in that it is not considered a minimum for graduation. It is a rigorousclass for students continuing on to college. As a result, the material will be presented at a pace closer to that of a college class.The class will cover material faster; a week in Intermediate Algebra may be a day in Pre-Calc/Trig. At the same time we willdelve more deeply into the material then in previous math classes, working to make connections with Calculus whenappropriate. To be successful in this class, students will need to become active learners which means taking theinitiative to read the textbook, ask questions, practice concepts by doing the homework and showing all steps of theirthought process, study with a partner, use the web sites, and ask more questions. Students will be held responsible fortheir own learning and should not solely depend on the teacher to learn the material to perform well in the course. Studentsnot accustomed to active learning will need to develop new learning strategies. It is not unusual for some students to earn oneletter grade lower than the one earned in Intermediate Algebra. Students are, therefore, encouraged to make best use of theavailable resources and be aware of their expectations for their success in this class.Students should expect to:1. Have the material explained as clearly as time allows2. Have approximately one hour of Homework each night3. Have access to extra help in tutor room before school (7:05-7:30)Students are expected to:1. Do their homework daily and ask questions2. Read the textbook and come prepared to class.3. Take notes and use them.4. Use the precalculus internet sites www.hotmath.com andhttp://college.hmco.com/mathematics/larson/precalculus/5e/students/index.html andhttp://college.cengage.com/mathematics/larson/precalculus/7e/student_home.html outside of class asresources for extra help and test preparation5. Prepare for tests and quizzes effectively (cramming to review the night before is not a recipe forsuccess. Therefore you should constantly look back at previous assignments and keep the conceptsfresh in your mind)6. Take the initiative in finding out and understanding their grades in a timely manner (use the TUSD parental Stats webpagehttps://tusdstats.tusd.k12.az.us/paweb/utility/Accounts/Login.aspx7. Find and work with a study partner from this class.Parents are expected to:1. Take the initiative in asking their children about grades and exam scores to supplement the progressand grade reports sent home every 4.5 weeks.2. Use the TUSD Parental Stats webpage for updates on student grades and homework completion.https://tusdstats.tusd.k12.az.us/paweb/utility/Accounts/Login.aspx3. Encourage their child to seek help during school hours and to use the internet sites www.hotmath.comhttp://college.hmco.com/mathematics/larson/precalculus/5e/students/index.html outside class whenthey need help at home4. Be aware that their child will have at least one hour of HW each night. This, for most students, will notinclude the time needed to prepare for tests and quizzes.I have read and understood the rights and responsibilities for this class. In addition, I have seen, read, and understood theother rules and procedures sheet.Your signature:____________________________________________________________Parent signature:___________________________________________________________________