Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Precalculus Syllabus

Precalculus Syllabus

Mrs. Cuer (Rm. 192)
Phone Number: 652-3000 Ext. 7192
Daily Materials: Text, notebook, pens/pencils, TI-83 Plus Calculator

Course Description

The Precalculus course will cover topics listed below. The course will also require the knowledge of the TI-83 Plus calculator.

1. Functions and Their Graphs
2. Polynomial and Rational Functions
3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
4. Trigonometric Functions
5. Analytic Trigonometry
6. Additional Topics in Trigonometry
7. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
8. Matrices and Determinants
9. Sequences, Series, and Probability
10. Topics in Analytic Geometry
11. Analytic Geometry in Three Dimensions
12. Limits and an Introduction to Calculus

Student Responsibilities

Students must be prepared, with supplies and assignments, and be on time to class daily. Everyone in Mrs. Cuer’s classroom will be respectful and courteous to one another. If a student chooses not to follow through with their responsibilities, disciplinary measures will be taken.
Tardiness: Every three tardies will result in a discipline referral. If tardiness becomes a problem, a parent/guardian will be contacted.
Absences: Students are responsible for making up any missed notes and assignments. If a student is absent for a test or a quiz, it is that student’s responsibility to request a suitable time for a make-up test within three days. If the test or quiz isn’t made up within the allotted time, then a zero will be assigned for a grade.

Grading Policy

A student’s marking period grade is determined through a mix of tests, quizzes, homework assignments, and active participation. Students will have the opportunity to earn a maximum number of points in each area listed above and the total of the points they earn will be divided by the total possible number of points to determine their average for each marking period.

Tests, Quizzes and Projects

Tests and quizzes will be given often as we move through the Precalculus curriculum. Note: if a student is absent the day before a test or quiz, they are expected to complete the test or quiz as it is scheduled, if no new material was learned on that day. Also, there are no retakes on test or quizzes.


Homework will be assigned on a daily basis. Students are expected to complete the assignment within the allotted time frame and are assessed based mainly upon effort. Late assignments will not be accepted (unless there are extenuating circumstances, in which case the student or parent/guardian should speak with me privately). If a student is absent and a homework assignment is given that day, the student should see me immediately upon return to school to get the assignment. (Even if the student doesn’t have my class that day!) They will be given an extra day to complete it, if needed. It is important for students to complete assignments, as they are a means for deeper understanding and further exploration within a topic.


Participation includes any of the following forms: answering questions, asking questions, class discussion, board work, group work and preparation for class (materials & assignments).

Final Grade

A final grade for the course will be found by averaging five grades, the four quarters and a cumulative final exam.

Extra Help

Extra help is available! I am available at various times throughout the school day and will also stay after school for additional help. Be sure to let me know if you plan on coming in for help so I can make sure I am available that particular time and day. There is also the Academic Center, room 138, where students can sign in for extra help throughout the day.