Honors Precalculus Syllabus
Scott Druker – Room 224
before school usually; after (see me when)
This course is specifically designed for students who have successfully completed Honors Algebra 2, or students who, completed an Algebra 2 course, have a recommendation from a teacher, and of course have the interest and qualities to handle an honors course. Students must be able to move beyond rote understandings, learn at a faster pace, and handle more challenging problems. It will provide an in-depth study of all topics essential to the study of AP Calculus, specifically BC. Students will be able to problem solve, reason and justify, make connections, and communicate mathematically as they solidify their knowledge of families of functions in two and three dimension. Special emphasis will be on Rational, Exponential, Logarithmic, Logistic, Trigonometric and Inverse Trigonometric functions from numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches. We also cover Sequences, Series, Parametric, Polar, Finance, Vectors, DeMoivre’s Theorem, Binomial Theorem, Probability, and Math Induction.
Online text - DWFK: Precalculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic 8th edition; classroom set available
Chapter 1 – Functions
Chapter 2 – Polynomials and Rationals
Chapter 3 – Exponential and Logarithmic
Chapter 4 – Trigonometric Functions
Chapter 5 – Analytic Trigonometry
Chapter 6 – Applications of Trigonometry
Chapter 7 – Systems of Matrices
Chapter 8 – Analytic Geometry: Two and Three Dim.
Chapter 9 – Discrete Mathematics
Chapter 10 - Intro to Calculus (Focus on limits)
In addition to myself and the textbook, it is strongly recommended to look at what the web has to offer; documents, videos, etc., for review and a different perspective which many times is helpful.
Graphing calculator: TI-83 Plus or higher is required. If looking to purchase, a TI-84 Plus CE is highly recommended.
You are expected to conduct yourself with academic integrity. Refer to school handbook for specifics.
Tests and Final 65%
Assignment will be from the book, board work, and worksheets.
In class assignments due same period and/or homework due beginning of next class; may or may not be collected; vary in points. Write section, page, and problems. Should have steps and circled answer. Any problem that requires a formula, should have general formula stated first, appropriate substitution then procceed to answer.
Quizzes: Individual or group, vary in points
Tests: At end of each unit or chapter; usually 100 pts
Final: Final given at end, cumulative; 150 pts
No retakes on quizzes, tests, and final and makeups may be a different version, scope, and length.
Test Makeups (excused):
Must be done within one week and arranged. If not you will be scheduled for Monday makeup day.
Every student is an important member of this class. You are expected to actively participate, stay engaged, and discuss ideas. You will need to apply knowledge and move beyond rote understandings.
Be respectful of people and people's stuff. Be academically responsible.
You are expected to be in class. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what was missed and pickup materials. If assignment in out of book, unless you come in for clarification or help, I assume you are learning the material on your own and would expect for you to turn in the new assignment and old assignment next class.
There will be times in class where you are allowed to use your chromebook and/or phone for educational purposes; otherwise, cell phone/chromebook will be taken away with increasing consequences.
For this class, they need to be placed in your bookbag or phone caddy when not in use.
Food and Drink:
Water and a snack are allowed in class. You are not allowed to come in class and eat lunch because you ran out of time going to get lunch.
For your safety, you are expected to let me know if you are leaving class for a sporting event, appointment outside of school (should have slip from attendance office), see counselor, see the nurse, or going to the bathroom. There will be a sign out sheet for this class.