bookHonors Precalculus Syllabus


Mission Statement of Oak Mountain High School:

The mission of Oak Mountain High School is to create an atmosphere of excellence where all students are encouraged to achieve their academic, creative, and physical potential through dynamic instructional methods, extracurricular experiences, and relationships among students, staff, parents, and the community.

Course Description:††††††††††††

††††††††††††††† Precalculus is a college-preparatory course, which is required for the Advanced Academic Diploma.This course will prepare students for future studies in calculus and college mathematics.The textbook to be used is Precalculus-Enhanced with Graphing Utilities by Prentice Hall Publishers.Many topics introduced in Algebra II with Trig are studied more extensively in precalculus.There is emphasis on graphing functions and relations from the equation, polynomial theory, conics, logarithms, vectors, matrices, exponential equations, and limits.A more complete study of the unit circle and trigonometry is undertaken as well as many topics from calculus.



††††††††††††††† Three ring binder, loose leaf paper, pencils, Scientific Calculator (TI-83 or TI-89) I will not be providing any calculators for student use.It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that he or she brings a calculator on a daily basis to this class.If a student shows up to a test without a calculator, he/she will not be provided one by the teacher.



††††††††††††††† Tests and quizzes:We will test each Friday and the concepts covered for the week. The students will be told the topics to be covered on the test.Tests will be given on either Wednesday or Friday of each week.Make-up sessions for missed tests will be given when a student makes arrangements for the test with me.Tests can be completed from 3:00-4:00 in the afternoon or 7:00-7:30 during the mornings.†† It is the studentís responsibility to make sure that any missed test is made up within the specified time limits.If a test is not made-up within one week of the original test date, a zero will be given.


††††††††††††††† Assignments:Student assignments will be graded for both completeness and accuracy.Homework is a necessity. The curriculum is challenging and fast-paced.This class is intended to get students prepared for AP Calculus AB and BC.Therefore, the workload in this class is demanding.Homework will be assigned daily and the resulting practice is most important to success in the course.Homework assignments will be discussed before they are taken for a grade.Homework must be completed on the same sheet with the studentís notes.If homework is turned in without notes, no credit will be given for the assignment.Homework checks will be done daily.Any assignment that is not turned in on the due date will result in a zero unless it is excused through the office.Sharing work with another student or using another studentís work as his/her own will result in a zero on the assignment and the reporting of the student to the administration and necessary honor societies.



Attendance Policy:

††††††††††††††† Absences:Each student has two days to bring an excuse for days absent.Students will have two days per absence to complete missed work.No work will be made up for unexcused absences.


Honors students will often be involved in academic & extra-curricular field trips & school business activities.However, too many absences of any type are detrimental to successful performance in honors classes where the pace of the class is faster in order to prepare students for the next level of demanding mathematics.Parents & students are asked to be selective in their requests for absences & consider the following:

  • Any class work missed must be made up to the teacherís specifications and timeline
  • Field trips and school business activities can be separated into those required by the curriculum (i.e. band & athletics) and non-essential activities
  • Students must take responsibility for their choices.A student should have gotten the notes from a fellow student and attempted to understand the material when a lesson is missed before coming to get help. Understand that when you make a decision to be absent that the teacher does not become your personal tutor.The teacher will assist you in getting work made up within the same before or after school times afforded other students.


Parents should encourage their children to be balanced in their activities & academics and not become overly committed


Class Procedures:


**Students will be expected to take notes and write down all example problems presented on the board. Homework must be completed on the same sheet with the studentís notes.If homework is turned in without notes, no credit will be given for the assignment.Students will have opportunities to present problems from homework assignments or work examples presented in class for extra credit points.Students are responsible for retrieving their graded assignments from the side counter on a daily basis.The trays will be cleaned on a weekly basis, and the teacher is not responsible for any assignments that the student leaves in the trays, which may get discarded.Major tests will not be placed in the trays.Students will receive these on an individual basis.Once the student has had the opportunity to see his/her grade, the tests will then be collected by the teacher and filed in the studentís personal file for future reference.


Bring Your Own Device Policy:

Students will be allowed to bring electronic devices (ipad, phone, etc.)to honors precalculus to be used for mathematical educational purposes (calculator, graphing app, notes...) only.Students will not be allowed to use these devices in honors precalculus to work on assignments for other classes or to use them for noneducational purposes (texting, phone calls, emails, gaming, social networkingÖ).If a student becomes defiant about directives given concerning digital use or uses the device for means other than mathematical educational purposes, the consequences could range from a Class I to Class III violation.ABSOLUTELY NO USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON TEST DAYS.



Class Rules:

†††††††††††††† 1.Be in class on time and in your seat when the bell rings.

†††††† †††††††††††††† Immediately begin quiz or review questions when the bell rings.

†††††††††††††† 2.Be ready for class when the tardy bell rings.

††††† ††††††††††††††† a. Go to the restroom before class.†† Don't wait until class has begun.

†††† †††††††††††††††† b. Get water before class.

††††† ††††††††††††††† c. Sharpen pencil before class.

††††††††††††††† 3.COME TO CLASS PREPARED.Bring your paper, textbook, calculator, pencil and brain everyday.

††††††††††††††† 4.BE RESPECTFUL AT ALL TIMES.You will be expected to do the following:

†††† †††††††††††††††† a. Do not disturb other students (this includes talking at inappropriate times)

††††† ††††††††††††††† b. Talk only with the teacher's permission - only one person may talk at a time

††††† ††††††††††††††† c. Raise your hand when wishing to ask a question or make a comment

††††† ††††††††††††††† d. Be attentive and on assigned task

††††† ††††††††††††††† e. Be cooperative with your teacher and classmates

††††† ††††††††††††††† f.Refrain from sleeping (sleeping is head on desk or eyes closed)

††††† ††††††††††††††† g. Listen and follow directions at all times

††††† ††††††††††††††† h. Refrain from using foul language

††††††††††††††† 5.ABSOLUTELY NO CHEATING IS ACCEPTABLE.Cheating includes letting someone copy your ††††††††††††††††††††† work, as well as copying someone else's work or sharing answers in any form.

††††††††††††††† 6.Food, drinks, candy, gum, or backpacks are not allowed in the classroom.

7.Abide by all school and county rules.

*We will work from bell to bell.No student is to gather around the door before the teacher dismisses the class. A detention will be assigned for this behavior.


Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior:

††††††††††††††† 1.Verbal warning

††††††††††††††† 2.Written warning/conference and a parent note sent home

††††††††††††††† 3.Second write-up and a phone call to parents

††††††††††††††† 4.Third write-up with after school detention

††††††††††††††† 5.Fourth write-up with an office referral






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