B. E. S. T academy High School Mathematics Department



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B.E.S.T Academy High School

Mathematics Department

Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Accelerated Pre-Calculus Course Syllabus

Teacher: Dr. K. Bowers E-Mail Address: kbowers@atlanta.k12.ga.us

Room: 165 Phone Number: (404) 802-4950
Description: Pre-Calculus focuses on standards to prepare students for a more intense study of mathematics. The critical areas organized in seven units delve deeper into content from previous courses. The study of circles and parabolas is extended to include other conics such as ellipses and hyperbolas. Trigonometric functions are further developed to include inverses, general triangles and identities. Matrices provide an organizational structure in which to represent and solve complex problems. Students expand the concepts of complex numbers and the coordinate plane to represent and operate upon vectors. Probability rounds out the course using counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
Course Prerequisite: Accelerated Analytic Geometry B/Advanced Algebra
Textbook: Precalculus - Mathematics for Calculus 5th Edition published by Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning
Course Outline:

Units

Topics

Number of Weeks

1

Conics

2 – 3 weeks

2

Trigonometric Functions

3 – 4 weeks

3

Trigonometry of General Triangles

3 – 4 weeks

4

Trigonometric Identities

2 – 3 weeks

5

Matrices

4 – 5 weeks

6

Vectors

5 – 6 weeks

7

Probability

5 – 6 weeks


Required Materials:


Grading Procedure:

Class Work/Participation 30%

Homework/Notebook 10%

Performance Based Assessments 25%

Quizzes 20%

Midterm/Final 15%



Grading Scale:

A: 90 – 100 B: 80 – 89 C: 70 – 79 F: 0 - 69


Tutorials: Students may receive additional help at after school tutorial on Monday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:30pm.


Attendance / Makeup Work: Due to the rigor of the course, it is extremely important that the student does not miss class. Excessive absences may seriously affect performance in class and jeopardize your chances of successfully passing the class. The student is responsible for making up his/her work, which is due the following class period after the student returns to school.
Class Expectations:

  • Students are expected to attend class regularly and on time. The students are considered tardy if they are not in class when the bell rings and he will have to sign the tardy log.

  • Students are expected to bring proper materials to class every time.

  • Students are expected to participate, take notes, ask questions, complete assignments, and follow classroom policies and procedures.

  • Students MUST show their work and explain their reasoning! Credit will not be given for assignments that do not show necessary work.

  • Students are expected to ask questions if the topic is not understood.

  • Students are expected to work from bell to bell. This means that everyone is expected to work on math for the entire 90 minutes


Class Policies:

  • Students will be treated with respect in class. Students will not be allowed to disrespect the teacher, each other, or themselves in class. This includes but is not limited to inappropriate gestures, sounds, comments, facial expressions, and clothing.

  • ONLY ONE warning will be given regarding misconduct in class. Subsequent instances of misconduct will lead to a parent contact or referral to academy leader.

  • Students are to remain attentive at all times. Sleeping in class is NOT acceptable.

  • Cheating will result in an immediate grade of zero or a split of the score depending on the assignment.

  • Students will adhere to the school’s dress code.

  • The use of cell phones in class is permitted ONLY when authorized by the teacher. Any person caught

using an unauthorized electronic device during school hours will have his/her device confiscated.
ALL STUDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO LEARN IN AN ENVIRONMENT CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING. Consequences and corrective measures are assured for those students who fail to adhere to the school policies and class procedures.
Extra Help Hours: Math tutorials will take place every Monday from 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm.
Important Dates:

4.5 Benchmarks week of:




Sept. 2, 2014

Oct. 6, 2014

Nov. 10, 2014

Dec. 15, 2014

Jan. 26, 2015

Feb. 23, 2015

Mar. 23, 2015

Apr.27, 2015




Mid/End Semester Dates



Oct. 8, 2014 - Midpoint of Semester 1
Dec. 19, 2014 - End of Semester 1

Mar. 13. 2014 - Midpoint of Semester 2


May 22, 2014 - End of Semester 2





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