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PreCalc CP

Hello and welcome to my CP PreCalc page!  Below, you'll find all sorts of information regarding our class, including a description, class expectations, progress reports, curriculum, and standards.  The following topics are covered on this page:

Course Description

This course is an extension of Algebra II with the emphasis in Trigonometry and introductory calculus topics. All major areas covered in Algebra II are reinforced at a greater depth with additional applications aided by the use of the graphing calculator. The course is designed to encompass all those topics necessary to be successful in a college calculus course.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • use slopes of lines to write and graph linear equations in two variables.
  • analyze graphs of functions according to characteristics such as domain, range and continuity.
  • identify transformations of functions.
  • find arithmetic combinations and compositions of functions.
  • find inverse functions.
  • use long division, synthetic division and rational zeros to sketch and analyze graphs of polynomial functions.
  • determine the domain and asymptotes of rational functions and sketch their graphs.
  • recognize, evaluate and graph exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • use properties of logarithms, to solve exponential and logarithmic equations.
  • evaluate trigonometric functions, use fundamental trigonometric identities, sketch graphs of trigonometric functions and evaluate inverse trigonometric functions.
  • use trigonometric identities and formulas to solve, evaluate, simplify, and verify trigonometric expressions.
  • write the component forms of vectors, perform basic vector operations, find direction angles of vectors and find the angle between two vectors.
  • write the standard form of the equation of a parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola, and identify conic sections.
  • write sets of parametric equations and write equations in polar form.

Class Expectations

  • For my expectations of classroom norms and evaluation guidelines, please see this sheet, which will be handed out and reviewed during the first day of class.
  • Here's an FAQ that might help as well.
  • Homework expectations can be found here.
  • In addition to these expectations, I will closely follow those set out in the Student-Parent Handbook.

Progress Reports

  • I will be handing out progress reports that will show you your current grade, and all the details behind that grade, either at the beginning of each eight day cycle or just after tests and quizzes (depending on what makes more sense at the time).  
  • Your grade will be calculated based on a number of components, including
    • Assessments (including pop quizzes),
    • Class participation (group exercises, presentations, participation, attendance, attitude), and
    • Homework & SAT Packets
    • Projects
  • Each of these components will make up a certain percentage of your overall grade.  For the guideline percentages, please either see the brochure or come see me.

  • Note:  I will not discuss grades during the school day.  If you have questions, please make an appointment to see me either before (7:00am - 7:30am) or after (2:30pm - 3:20pm) school.


  • Textbook: Houghton Mifflin, Precalculus (7th Edition), Larson, Hostetler. (ISBN 978-0-618-64345-5)
  • Curriculum document


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