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Stewart Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th edition ($119.75) ... PreCalculus lays the foundation for a college level math class and is essential in honing ...



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Course Description PreCalculus lays the foundation for a college level math class and is essential in honing your mathematical skills to be able to understand higher mathematics. Throughout the year, the focus of the class will be on “connecting the ideas” from this math class and previous math classes taken not mere memorization of concepts. A strong emphasis will be placed on logical thinking, problem solving abilities, and graphical interpretation. The topics that will be covered are the basic principles of functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, polar coordinates, vectors, systems of nonlinear equations, conic sections, sequences and series, and limits (if time permits). Tardies & Attendance You are expected to be on time every day which means in your desk ready to begin when the late bell rings. If you are not in your seat, then you are tardy and will be sent to the office for a pass. Every fourth tardy is an absence. Supplies Required 1. 3 or 5-Subject Composition Notebook (for notes only) 2. 3-prong folder or 1-in. binder (for homework, class work, warm-ups, and handouts) 3. Paper (loose-leaf and graph) 4. Pencils and Erasers 5. Red Pens (for corrections – NO SHARPIES OR MARKERS) 6. Straight edge/Ruler 7. Graphing Calculator: TI-84 or TI-Nspire 8. Highlighter and Post-It Notes (optional) Note: You can use a 1.5 or 2 in. notebook with five sections: Notes, Projects & Handouts, HW, CW/WU, and Voc. This notebook should be dedicated to MATH ONLY. Grading Policy A = 100-93 B = 92-85 C = 84-77 D = 76-70 F = 69-0 • I use the point grading system. (Points earned ÷ Points possible) × 100% • The points for assignments will be assigned as follows: Homework Completeness: 0-5 Graded Homework: 10-30 Warm-Up: 5-20 Class Work: 20-40 Quiz: 10-50 Test: 50-150 Exam: 100 Project: 25-100 • All assignments must be done in pencil. • Parents and students can use the Power School Webpage Link to view grades: Tutoring Attend tutoring when necessary to get a better understanding of concepts taught in class. Do not fall behind – all math concepts build upon previously learned concepts. Help is available on: Tuesdays and Fridays during Activity Period 12:59-1:22 pm Mrs. Miles, Room 110 or Math Lab, Room 111 Thursdays after school 3:15-4:00 pm Mrs. Miles, Room 110 Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices According to the DCSD cell phone policy, during the school day (from the time a student arrives on campus until the end of school) the cell phone must be turned off and cannot be visible. If your cell phone is taken it will be turned into the office. Keep all electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, headphones, and electronic tablets, etc.) turned off and stored away in your book bag. Class Rules 1. Be prompt 2. Be prepared 3. Be positive 4. Be productive 5. Be polite

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Expectations 1. Be respectful to your teacher and classmates. 2. Be quiet during the announcements. 3. There is to be NO FOOD OR DRINK in the room at any time. 4. Come to class ready to work and learn every day, and have a positive attitude about learning PreCalculus. 5. Participate, sit up, and be on task at all times. 6. Remain in your seat. Raise your hand to ask or answer a question or to get out of your seat. 7. Take notes daily during lesson instruction. The rule for note taking: If I write it down, it is important!!! Copy all examples and the steps that are shown. 8. Work with your pair-share partner or in a group. 9. Be organized. Do not stuff papers in your book bag or textbook. 10. Turn in work that is your own. Cheating will not be allowed. 11. Study for all quizzes and tests. Make flash cards, review notes, and do extra practice problems to make sure you know each concept. 12. Always do your best (read, try, think, discuss the math, correct mistakes, and ask questions). iPad Rules 1. Use only the iPad that you were assigned to. 2. Carry the iPad with two hands to your seat and lay it flat on your desk. 3. Always sit down when using the iPad. 4. Double click the home button and close all applications before using the iPad. 5. Turn the iPad’s screen off and place it face down on your desk when the teacher is talking. 6. Be gentle when tapping the screen. 7. Do not change any of the settings or play with the buttons on the iPad. 8. No banging, slamming, or hitting the iPad. 9. Use only the apps or websites that the teacher asks you to use. 10. Do not have food or drinks near the iPad. 11. Let your teacher know when the battery is less than 20% or if there is a problem with the iPad. 12. Be responsible for the iPad checked out to you. Daily Procedures 1. Sharpen pencil before the tardy bell. 2. Check out the iPad if needed for the day. 3. Read the daily outline on the board and take out your supplies. Place your composition book (or binder) under your desk until it is time to take notes. 4. Be quietly in your seat working on your warm-up/starter activity as soon as the bell rings each day. 5. Place your closed book bag on the floor in front of your desk so that the aisle will be clear for others to walk freely. 6. Check your homework with a red pen. If you do not have your homework, then copy the answers on looseleaf paper to turn in when the assignment is collected. 7. On Tuesdays, you will have SSR so bring a book with you to read. When the Bell Rings to End the Period: 8. Make sure that you have copied your homework assignment in your agenda. 9. Return all borrowed materials to the teacher. 10. Pick up all books, paper, trash, etc. Consequences 1. Verbal Warning 2. Conference between teacher and student 3. Parent Contact #1 4. Parent Contact #2 5. Referral to the office (Serious infractions are dealt with immediately in this way.) Homework In mathematics in order to learn the skills, you must PRACTICE the skills. Homework is assigned daily. Always write your name, date, period, section number, page number, and problem numbers at the top of the page. You must attempt every problem for credit. Use your notes and textbook examples to help you with your problems. Show work like the examples to receive full credit. Please work your problems down, which makes it easier to read, grade, and to make corrections on. Underline, circle, or box your final answer. Homework will often be checked for completeness. Grades will range from 5 to 0. A 5 indicates that you attempted all problems with work shown like the notes examples. A 0 indicates you did not do your assignment, missed an assignment and did not make it up, wrote answers only, or made very little attempt. Expect some of your homework to be graded for correctness. No late homework will be accepted unless you are absent.

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Class Work You will practice concepts by completing assigned problems on the board, from the textbook, or on a worksheet. It is important that you are studying and doing your homework so that you will be able to complete your class assignments. Some assignments will be done with a partner or in a group. Assessments: Quizzes, Tests, and Exams Expect weekly quizzes, about 2 – 3 per chapter. Quizzes are expected to be complete in 20-25 minutes. If you have a drop the lowest quiz grade pass, it cannot not be used until the end of the quarter after all quizzes have been taken. Expect tests every two weeks. They are given at the middle or end of a chapter. Tests are expected to be complete in one class period. A cumulative nine weeks test will be given at the end of Quarters 1 and 3. A cumulative exam will be given at the end of each semester. The midterm exam given at the end of semester one (or S1) will count for 10% of the S1 grade. The final exam given at the end of the school year will count for 20% of your final grade. Projects Throughout the year there will be projects, some of which will require a computer. There are computers in the computer labs and the library, which are available during study periods and before and after school, if one is not available at home. Make-Up Work When you are absent, you have five school days to make up any work. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed. If you miss a homework assignment, a test, a quiz, project or a significant class work assignment for any reason, you are expected to make it up. Generally, you will be given up to one week from the day you return to make up that assignment. For example, if you are out of school on Monday and return on Tuesday, you have until the following Tuesday to make up your work. Incomplete work will count as a 0. Quizzes and tests may be made up, before school, after school or during study periods. If you are absent the day before a scheduled quiz or test and no new material is covered, you will take the quiz or test with the class as scheduled. If you are absent the day of a quiz or test, you will take the quiz or test when you return. If you are absent more than one day before the quiz or test, you will have the five make up days to make up the quiz or test. Participating on a field trip does not give you extra time to make up work. Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty (cheating) is a serious problem and occurs whenever submitted work is not uniquely your own. Examples of academic dishonesty can range from (but are not limited to): • Copying someone’s homework • Texting answers to a test • Storing information on your graphing calculators • Discussing answers to a test with someone who hasn’t taken the test yet • Purchasing an assignment or having someone else complete your assignment • Looking at someone else’s paper All assignments and assessments that you do for this class are expected to be your own original work. When students turn in work that does not match one of the items listed above, academic dishonesty (cheating) has occurred. Anyone caught cheating on homework, quizzes, tests, exams, class work, or projects will be given an automatic zero, which cannot be replaced, and the parent will be contacted. What can you expect from Mrs. Miles? • A clear lesson and assignment • As much personal attention as I can give during the class time and tutorial time • To be available for help • Respect and trust

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