Syllabus for Honors Precalculus
Mrs. Janet Taylor, Teacher
Telephone: 464-4430 Voice mailbox: 4553
Prep time: 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.
Textbook: Precalculus with Limits, Larson, 5 edition
Precalculus is a dual enrollment class offered at Windsor High School. All of trigonometry
and many topics from College Algebra are covered. A student may not receive college credit for both
College Algebra and Precalculus, since there are considered to be equivalent in college degree
Students have the opportunity of earning 5 hours of college credit through Jefferson College
if they meet the college course requirements and pay the tuition cost. The requirements for
acceptance for college enrollment are as follows: 1) a score of 23 or higher on the mathematics
subsection of the ACT test, or a score of 66 or higher on the algebra subtest of the Compass Test,
which will be given by Jefferson College to any interested student; and 2) a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or
higher for your high school classes.
Unit Circle Exam – Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
Trig Graphs Exam – Thursday, Oct. 11. 2012
End of 1st Quarter
Analytic Trigonometry Exam – Thursday, Nov.8, 2012
Triangles and Vectors Exam – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
Final Exam over Chapters 4-6 – Dec. 20 or 21, 2012
End of 1st Semester
Polynomial and Rational Functions Exam – Thursday, Feb. 14. 2013
Exponential and Logarithms Exam – Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013
End of 3rd Quarter
Sequences and Series Exam – Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013
Parametric and Polar Equations Exam – Thursday, April 18, 2013
Conic Sections Exam – Thursday, May 9, 2013
Final Exam over Chapters 1 – 9
Technology involving graphing calculators will often be used in this class. Recommended calculators are
TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus. Both of these calculators are allowed on the ACT exam. Calculators are
available for use in the classroom, but are not available for checkout. Consider purchasing one of these
calculators for use at home to complete your assignments.
It is suggested that you keep a neatly organized 3-ring binder notebook for this class. It is helpful to save
1) Class notes; 2) Class handouts; 3) Homework; and 4) Tests, quizzes, and other assessments for final
review and use in future mathematics classes. Completeness, organization, and neatness will be checked.
Homework will be collected daily and checked for completion. You will receive 4 points if ALL WORK IS
SHOWN, all problems are attempted and the assignment is turned in on the due date. If you finish most of
the assignment, then you’ll receive 3 points. You will receive 2 points if half of the assignment is
completed. If you have attempted to try the assignment or have only copied down those problems I’ve done
in class, you’ll receive 1 point. One point will also be deducted per day for the first two days following the
due date and after that the maximum points an assignment can earn is 2 points. I will answer questions over
3 homework problems at the beginning of each class. I am also available for help before or after school.
Please put your name and assignment pages on each paper and list the solutions to the problems in
numerical order. Please use pencil on all assignments and tests.
Notes are worth 4 points per day and are collected the day following the completion of these notes.
In you are absent, check your assignment sheet in your group folder. If the assignment was a worksheet, it
will be enclosed in the group folder. For excused absences, you will have one day for each day missed to
make up the work for full credit. All homework, projects, or assignments will be accepted for late credit up
until the day of that unit’s test. It will count for half-credit.
A unit exam will be given approximately every 3 weeks. Check the Important Dates Schedule for tentative
test dates for the 2012 – 2013 school year.
Tests, quizzes, and projects will count for 75% of your quarter grades. All homework and notes will count
for 25% of your quarter grades. Final exams are comprehensive and count for 20% of your semester grade.
Expectations and Responsibilities
1. Be responsible for your learning. Access your understanding and communicate your concerns.
If you need extra help outside of class, I am available in my classroom from 7:00 – 7:25 each morning and
will stay after school for help. You may also email me or leave a voice message.
2. Show mutual respect at all times.
3. Be on time.
Your 2nd tardy is a warning, and for the 3rd and subsequent tardies, you will receive detention(s) or ISS as
stated in our school policies.
4. No electronic devices such as cell phones, ipods, mp3 players, etc. are to be used during class time for
5. Be attentive during teacher explanations and class discussions.
Precalculus is challenging and requires extra effort to master. Concepts are being covered at a fast rate. Do
not misuse our class time by sleeping or working on homework from other classes.
6. Academic honesty is expected at all times. Any dishonesty will result in a “0” grade for all persons
Failure to meet these expectations will result in student-teacher conferences, detentions, parent contacts,
and other interventions, if the problems persist.
Instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus at any time.
Precalculus covers the College Algebra and Trigonometry topics required for enrollment in
Calculus. Topics include functions, inverses, logarithms, trigonometry, vectors, systems of equations,
matrices, polar coordinates, sequences, and conic sections.
Major Objectives of Precalculus
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Find the domain and range of a function.
2. Find the maximum or minimum value of a quadratic function.
3. Find the inverse of a function.
4. Graph a polynomial function.
5. Find all zeros of a polynomial function.
6. Use the change of base formula to evaluate a logarithm.
7. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations.
8. Find trigonometric functions of / 4, / 3, and / 6.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of the trigonometric ratios of a right triangle.
10. Use the laws of sines and cosines to solve a triangle.
11. Solve a trigonometric equation.
12. Multiply and divide complex numbers in trigonometric form.
13. Perform the vector operations of addition, subtraction, scalar multiplication and dot products.
14. Solve systems of linear equations in two and three variables.
15. Perform the matrix operations of addition, subtraction, scalar multiplication, and matrix
16. Evaluate determinants of 2 x 2 and 3 x 3 matrices.
17. Convert rectangular coordinates to polar and polar coordinates to rectangular.
18. Demonstrate an understanding of arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
19. Expand a binomial expression.
20. Graph conic sections.
These objectives will be assessed on the final examination.