•  Course Description:

    This course is designed to prepare the student for Calculus and to help the student gain a deeper understanding of algebra and geometry. Topics to be covered first semester include trigonometric identities, trigonometric functions, and analytical trigonometry. Topics to be covered second semester include polynomials and matrix operations, complex numbers, conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, probability and statistics. The use of scientific and graphing calculators is expected.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Algebra II or with consent of the instructor.


    Credit:  0.5 credit per semester (weighted)


    Instructional Philosophy:

    I believe that students can optimize learning in an environment that promotes cooperative learning, individual accountability, and critical thinking skills.  We will accomplish this through development of the 8 mathematical practices and the common core content standards.


    Required Text:

    Pre-Calculus with Limits textbook


    Required Materials:



    Notebooks –Notes need to be kept in a separate location from other subjects


    Behavior Expectations:

    MacArthur General are Respectful, Responsible, Resilient, and Resourceful:



          Understand and follow school policies.

          Talk respectfully and appropriately to your teacher, your peers, and any substitutes.

          Listen to others when they are speaking.

          Follow directions the first time.

          Have integrity—Be honest, credible, and reliable.

          Keep your hands and feet and other objects to yourself.  (KHAFOOTY)





          Be on time.

          Wear the correct uniform.

          Have no electronic devices visible.  This includes cell phone, ear buds/head phones, and MacBook, unless specifically directed by the teacher.

          Stay in your assigned seat.

          Return borrowed materials to the correct location. 

          Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.

          Do not engage in horseplay.

          Keep your hands off of the glass.



          Maintain a positive attitude.

          Stay actively engaged in class.  Do not put your head down.

          Persevere in doing your work.

          Do your own work.  Do not share your work, copy someone else’s work, or cheat on your  




          Come to class prepared—Bring your pencil, paper, calculator, MacBook, …

          Use classroom time wisely.


    Hall passes are for emergency use ONLY. Students deserve the maximum amount of time with me during their class period.  I will therefore ensure that all students are in my classroom as much as possible.  I will not give passes to the counselor, community, locker, etc., during my class time.  I will be more than happy to inform the necessary party of their needs so they may go during their lunch, before school, or after school. Students are urged to use the restroom before the class starts.


    Course Units:


    Semester 1

          Trigonometric Functions (4 weeks)

          Graphing Trigonometric Functions (4 weeks)

          Analytic Trigonometry (4 weeks)

          Vectors & Other Trigonometric Functions (4 weeks)


    Semester 2

          Functions and Their Graphs (4 weeks)

          Polynomial and Rational Functions (4 weeks)

          Exponential and Logarithmic Functions (3 weeks)

          Sequences, Series, and Probability (5 weeks)


    Essential Learning Outcomes:


    Semester 1

          Students will solve any triangle through a variety of means to find missing sides, angles, and area (law of sines, identities, law of cosines).

          Students will analyze key features of trigonometric functions graphically, numerically, analytically, and in the written word.

          Students will utilize the unit circle, radians, vectors, and trigonometric functions to model and evaluate real-world and mathematical problems.

          Students will verify, simplify, apply, and solve trigonometric functions or equations.


    Semester 2

          Students will analyze key features of families of functions (linear, quadratic, cubic, square roots, absolute value, and rational) graphically, numerically, algebraically, and in written format.

          Students will analyze exponential and logarithmic equations graphically, numerically, analytically, and in the written word.

          Students will solve problems by selection and evaluation of the correct sequence or series.


    Learning Standards:

    For a complete list of the mathematical common core standards please visit:



    For a complete list of the eight mathematical practices please visit:



    Grading Policy:

    My grades are weighted as follows:

    20%  =   Homework - almost daily - assignments will be graded on completion and accuracy.

                            – 10 points each

    20%  =   Quizzes – weekly Friday quizzes will be given to assess the week’s material

    60%  =   Tests – approximately 4 unit tests will be given per semester


    Late Work: You will have TWO (2) late work homework passes per semester.  The late work must be turned in WITHIN ONE WEEK of the due date for full credit. Late homework, if not using a pass, may be done or graded homework redone (if less than a 70%) for a maximum of one letter grade raised within one week of the original due date.


    Make-Up Work: It is your responsibility to find out what you missed when you were absent from class.  You have two days to complete make-up work for every one day you have an excused absence.  This includes tests and quizzes.  Failure to make arrangements will result in a zero. I follow school policy with unexcused absences: no credit will be awarded.  I will mark unexcused absences with UNEX online.  If you have any questions about an unexcused absence, please contact your community.  If you are absent the review day before the test, you are still expected to take the test the following day.


    Grading Scale:

    100-90%             A

    89-80%               B

    79-70%               C

    69-60%               D

    59%  >                F


    MacArthur High School Incompletes and Revisions Policy Statement

    The expectation is for all assignments to be completed and turned in on the date the assignment is due.  Incomplete work on assignments or revisions to assignments cannot be accepted unless arrangements are made with the teacher. Retakes and revisions on assessments may be accepted at the sole discretion of the teacher, with the exception of instances involving academic dishonesty (see Academic Dishonesty Policy).  Prior to assessment retake opportunities, all incomplete assignments, revisions, and/or additional assignments may be required. Arrangements need to be made with the teacher for retakes or revisions immediately.  Due to the extensive planning that may need to take place on the part of the teacher, re-takes and revisions, times for retakes, and any modifications required are at the discretion and convenience of the teacher.






    MacArthur High School Assessment Procedures and Testing Environment

    ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS & EXPECTATIONS:  At MacArthur High School, student assessments are taken very seriously, since it is the only measure of student progress and achievement.  To guard the integrity of the assessment, to ensure the results are a measure of the student’s progress or achievement and no one else’s, to establish an academic atmosphere for the assessment, and to aide the teacher in monitoring the assessment, the following guidelines have been established:

       All electronic or communications devices (cell phone, smartphone, iPhone, iPod, mp3 player, or other media player, or gaming system) should be turned off and out of sight (other than permitted calculators or laptops) during the assessment.  If the device is SEEN or HEARD during the assessment, the student’s assessment and answer sheet may be collected and NOT scored.

       Any food or drink, including water, is not permitted in the room during the assessment (unless approved in advance with a note from the nurse for medical reasons).

       Students should already know that restroom passes are for emergencies only.  Students are to use the restroom during passing period and not during class time.  Should a student need to leave the room for a restroom break, extra time will not be allowed on the assessment.

       Behavioral expectations of the student:  The following behaviors are prohibited during the assessment.  Students may be dismissed; their answer document will be collected and may not be scored if they are found:

      Continuing to work on an assessment after time has been called.

      Looking at another student’s assessment or answer document.

      Giving or receiving assistance, sharing or exchanging information about the assessment by any means, real or electronic, during the assessment.

      Attempting to remove assessment materials, including assessment questions or answers, from the room by any means, real or electronic.

      Having or using any electronic device after tests have been distributed.

      Using a prohibited calculator or laptop.

      Using unapproved assessment aids (notes, books, or any cheat sheets, etc.).

      Not following instructions or abiding by the rules.

      Exhibiting confrontational, threatening, or unruly behavior.

      Creating a disturbance.


    Final Exams:

    Final exams are an important end of semester assessment and must be taken seriously.  They count for 20% of the semester grade.  Final exams are cumulative and reflect the learning that has occurred during the semester.  Should a parent have a need for their student to take the exam early, it is ultimately the

    responsibility of the student to work with their teachers.  The student will need a written request signed by a parent and the community administrator before working out arrangements with the teachers.  Students with IEPs will follow IEP accommodations, even if the final exam is taken early without needing parent and community administrator permission. Due to the extensive planning that may need to take place on the part of the teacher for exams to be given early, times for early exams and any modifications required are at the convenience of the teacher.  Make-up times are built into the exam schedules.  It is strongly encouraged that the student takes advantage of those resources, rather that early exams.


    Academic Dishonesty Policy

    Should it be discovered that a student is cheating on any assignment or assessment, the student shall receive a zero with no option for a retake.  Actions that constitute cheating include, but are not limited to:

      Giving or receiving assistance, by any means, real or electronic during an assessment.

      Sharing or exchanging information about the assessment by any means, real or electronic, during the assessment.

      Attempting to remove assessment materials, including assessment questions or answers, from the room by any means, real or electronic.

      Having or using any unapproved electronic device after assessments have been distributed.

      Using unapproved assessment aids (notes, books, cheat sheets, electronic applications, etc.).

      Deliberate misrepresentation of work.

      Integrating the intellectual work of another person (including another student) into one’s own class work without giving proper credit.

      Copying another person’s work (including another student) and claiming it as one’s own.

      Restating a text or passage without citing the authorship of the original work.




          Instructor may amend syllabus at any time up to his/her discretion.






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    attached syllabus and course guidelines for Honors Pre-Calculus at MacArthur High School.  I understand my responsibilities as a parent/guardian.




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    MacArthur High School, have read and understand the attached syllabus and course

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