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Woodmont High School

Precalculus Syllabus

Spring 2010


Instructor:   Mr. Timothy Ellenburg

Credit:    1 graduation unit

Course schedule:   4th Block (2:12- 3:45)

Planning:   2nd Block (10:24-11:54)


Course Description:

Precalculus is a program of mathematical studies focusing on the development of the student’s ability to understand and apply the study of functions and advanced mathematics concepts to solve problems. The course will include an in-depth study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Other topics studied are sequences, series, vectors, conic sections, parametric equations, and polar curves. Emphasis is placed on active participation through modeling, technology lab activities, group activities, and communication in mathematics.  Students are expected to use technology, including graphing calculators, computers, and data-gathering equipment throughout the course. Graphing calculators should be an integral part of all instruction.

Recommended Prerequisites:

It is recommended that a student successfully complete Algebra 2 before taking Precalculus. Students who need a stronger background could follow Algebra 2 with Algebra 3 and then Precalculus. Algebra 3 is not part of the defined program and will need to be taught as an innovative approach course.

Course Outline:

  1. Functions and Their Graphs
  2. Polynomial and Rational Functions
  3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  4. Trigonometric Functions
  5. Analytic Trigonometry
  6. Additional Topics in Trigonometry

·         Law of Sines

·         Law of Cosines

7.  Sequences and Series


Required Text:   

Larson / Hostetler Precalculus Sixth Edition

Materials Needed

  1. 3-ring binder and loose-leaf paper (or notebook with supplementary folders)
  2. graph paper
  3. ruler
  4. graphing calculator (Students may check out TI-83 calculators from the media center.)




Assessment/Calculation of Grades:  

Student progress is assessed during each nine-week period over the semester.  A student’s progress is reported as a grade based on the South Carolina grade reporting system:

93 to 100% = A     85 to 92% = B     77 to 84% = C     70 to 76% = D     0 to 69% = F

A student must earn a minimum grade of 70% in order to receive credit for this course.

Student progress is cumulatively assessed each nine weeks in the following areas:

Unit Tests, Midterm Exam and Projects                        60%

Homework/Classwork and Quizzes                              40%    


Quizzes and unit tests will be given for each unit.  All unit tests will be announced at a minimum of two days before they are given.  More detail concerning grading policies will be discussed in class.

Homework:   Daily assignments will be given and checked at the beginning of the next class. Homework is not optional. 


Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 – 5:00

Any morning with a days notice

2nd  lunch by appointment 

Students are asked to let me know in advance if the plan to come.

Make-Up Policy:     Any missed work must be made up within 5 school days.  If a test has been announced prior to the student’s absence, the student should be prepared to take the test on the first day s/he returns.  All missed tests are to be made up during lunch, before school, or after school.  It is the responsibility of the student, not the teacher, to make necessary arrangements for make-up work.

Attendance/Tardy Policy:   To receive credit, students may not miss more than 5 days per semester in this class.  Refer to the Parent-Student Handbook for more details.  The following is the tardy policy for Woodmont:

                                                1st                                Verbal warning

                                                2nd                                Verbal warning

                                                3rd                                Parent Contact

                                                4th                                Teacher Detention

                                                5rd and subsequent        Referral to the office                            

Classroom Expectations

  1. Come to class prepared.  (paper, pencil, book, and homework)
  2. Be seated and ready to work when the tardy bell rings.
  3. Be respectful of yourself and     others.
  4. Refrain from eating, drinking, and chewing gum in the classroom.

      5.   Do your best and ask for help if needed. 

Communication:   It is very important to have communication between the instructor, student, and parents.  I may be contacted by calling 355-8987 and leaving a voice message, e-mail at , sending notes, or scheduled conferences.