• PreCalculus

This course includes fundamental concepts of algebra; equa­tions and inequalities; functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; conics; and the Binomial Theorem.  It also includes Trigonometry:  right triangle and circular function approaches to trigonometry, graphs of trig functions, trig iden­tities, conditional equations, right and non-right triangle appli­cations of trigonometry, inverse trig functions, trigonometry of complex numbers, including DeMoivre’s Theorem, polar coor­dinates and equations, and parametric equations.

We will use the Glencoe Advanced Mathematical Concepts (Precalculus with Applications) textbook.

This class has the option of being taken for CWI credit:  Math 143 first semester and Math 144 second semester.

I will compute Semester Work Grade as follows:

• Homework AND "Not-a-Quiz": 10%
• Tests: 70%
• Final Exam: 20%

MATH REQUIRES PRACTICE – JUST LIKE A SPORT!

YOU DO NOT LEARN BY WATCHING SOMEONE ELSE DO IT, SO EACH STUDENT SHOULD EXPECT A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF HOMEWORK.

SELF-CONFIDENCE BUILDS AS YOU PRACTICE EACH DAY.

Every assignment is necessary for enhancing student learning.  Since math is a sequential discipline, I recommend that each student do their utmost to stay current with the assignments, so that they have a better understanding of the material.  (New lessons build on the lesson from the day before, so getting behind on assignments causes BIG problems.)   Every student will also have the option to learn from their mistakes  by taking the time to redo every homework problem that they miss.   By learning from mistakes, they will gain necessary practice and confidence.

Calendars will be distributed every two weeks.  They will describe what will happen in class and what the assignments are.

Many powerpoint presentations and the Study Guide and Practice worksheets are on my website.

I am excited to get to know each student and share my passion for math with them.

I plan on helping each one have a memorable and successful year of learning.