Algebra III Syllabus
Mrs. Willard 2011-2012
Instructor: Mrs. Patrice Willard Phone: (636)733-3100 ext: 43063
Webpage:https://staff.rockwood.k12.mo.us/willardpatrice Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
Text: “Algebra for College Students”; Blitzer, 2009
Welcome to Algebra III. This algebra course is designed for the student who will continue to Pre-
Calculus or is college-bound. This course will include new topics and applications of some topics
addressed in Algebra II. Topics in this course will include sequences and series, conic sections, non-
linear systems, logarithms, and functions. Calculators will be used when appropriate.
1. Students are expected to come to class prepared (with your book and a pencil daily) and be on time.
2. Treat all others with respect.
3. Effort will go a long way.
4. Maintain lines of communication.
5. Treat this class as a college-level class
Practice is important in learning mathematics and should be completed on the day assigned. Homework
will be checked for completion and recorded as a 0 (less than 50% complete), 1 (as least 50% complete)
or 2 (every problem completed). These scores will not be calculated in the grade however, they will
determine if you get the quiz or test incentive for the chapter. These opportunities will be at the teacher’s
discretion and may vary.
Quizzes (20%) & Tests (80%) :
Quizzes and Tests will be given to assess where you are in terms of being proficient in each particular
concept. These assessments will be announced several days in advance, so if you are absent the day
before or the day of, you are required to take the assessment the day you return. If you are absent, it is
important you arrange to make-up quizzes and tests during study hall, before school, or after school rather
than during our class time.
I encourage anyone who needs additional help to see me outside of class as I am available on certain
days for additional help. In addition, our math department will be available before school, after
school, and during the school day in the AcLab.
Core Curriculum Objectives
CCO I deals with the principles of sequences and series which includes:
Recursive and explicit forms of arithmetic sequences
Recursive and explicit forms of geometric sequences
Sum of a finite arithmetic or geometric sequences
Sum of an infinite geometric series
CCO II deals with the principles of conics and solving nonlinear systems
Equations in general and standard from
Key characteristics of the conic, such as center, radius, asymptotes, foci, axis, symmetry lines,
Graphing conic sections and their translations
Solve nonlinear systems using a variety of methods
CCO III deals with the principles of logarithmic and exponential functions which includes:
Graphing exponential functions
Composition and inverses of functions
Properties of logarithms
Solving logarithmic and exponential equations
Applications of exponential growth and decay
CCO IV deals with the principles of polynomial and rational functions which includes:
The factor theorem and the rational root theorem
Graphing polynomial functions
Evaluating polynomial functions
Finding minimum and maximum values
Zeros of a rational function
Vertical and horizontal asymptotes
Behavior of a function as x approaches positive or negative infinity
Graphs of rational functions
Check Infinite Campus frequently to keep up with your progress.
Please review Eureka High School handbook if you have any questions.