• Advanced Precalculus


    Units Include:

    Functions and Graphing
    Quadratic Functions
    Polynomial Functions
    Rational Functions
    Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
    Sequences and Series
    Trigonometric Function Properties
    Applications of Trigonometric Functions
    Analytic Trigonometry
    Polar Coordinates
    Counting and Probability

    Prerequisites: Adv. Algebra 2 and Adv. Geometry or the recommendation of an Algebra 2 teacher.


    Precalculus – Enhanced with Graphing Utilities, 5e ; Sullivan, Sullivan.
    This textbook is optional. If you would like to use the textbook as a resource for extra explanation and practice problems, you will be given the opportunity to sign one out for the year.


    If you don't already have your own, you will be issued a TI graphing calculator. Please take good care of it, you are responsible for its safe return in the spring.We are also asking that you be responsible for keeping working batteries in your calculator. PLEASE keep the lid on your calculator when in your backpack to prevent damage to the screen.

    Classroom Expectations:

    1. Please be respectful to your peers and to me. Respectful behavior includes promptness, honesty, and kindness.
    2. Please be responsible for your learning by participating in class activities, communicating with your classmates, and completing assignments to the best of your ability.
    3. Cell phones should not be accessible when tests or quizzes are in your possession.


    Your grade will depend on the following categories:

    Learning Target Quizzes: (25% of the Marking Period Grade) Each Unit will have a list of learning targets. You will be given two opportunities to show mastery for each learning target during the unit. The first opportunity will be an in class quiz. The second (optional) opportunity will be available after you have demonstrated extra review on a particular learning target and will be done outside of class time (likely, before school). Your higher score on these two opportunities will be counted toward this category grade. Quizzes will be given quite often, but will always be announced. Retakes must be completed before the Unit Test.

    Unit Tests: (65% of the Marking Period Grade) Tests are comprehensive assessments of course units. These assessments will allow you to demonstrate understanding and application of unit learning. Tests will occur two to three times during a marking period and will be announced at least one week in advance. Because the Learning Target quizzes will help you determine strengths and areas of need in preparation for the assessment of the unit, retakes for Unit Tests will be limited to one each marking period. An appointment for review must be made within a week of the original exam date, and the retake must be made within two weeks of the original exam date (or two days before the end of the marking period if the two week period overlaps marking periods). The score on the retake will go in the gradebook.

    Formative Assessments: (5% of the Marking Period Grade) This category is composed of graded assignments that help you improve your understanding of course concepts. Most commonly, these will be Khan Academy modules, but may include other activities where graded feedback is given.

    Class and Homework: (5% of the Marking Period Grade) To encourage practice and homework completion, you will be given 2 points for each completed section in your course packets. This work will be checked every time you take a Learning Target quiz. If you have not completed the work, you can earn half credit by completing the section before the Unit Test.

    A note about homework:

    Doing homework responsibly is one of the best ways to ensure mastery of the material. We will post selected answers and complete solutions for most assignments (in two separate documents). You should first attempt to do the problems without looking at the solutions. When you complete a problem, check the answer. If the answer is incorrect or you have difficulty with a problem, then consult the solutions. Please make sure you check your homework before the next class. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, but because you have access to the solutions, we will not spend much class time going over homework.


     If you miss a test or quiz because of an excused absence, it is your responsibility to take the make-up in a timely fashion. See the student handbook for late work policies.

    Final Exam:

    This exam will count as 10% of your final cumulative grade. It will be given in two parts, a mid-term and a final.


    I hope this will be a fun and successful year for all. I am looking forward to working with you!

Last Modified on August 23, 2018