PreCalculus Honors AB is designed for students planning to
take AP Calculus AB. This course, while maintaining strict, traditional mathematical content, will incorporate technology to graph and analyze functions, solve equations, analyze data and
draw scatter diagrams and find curves of best fit. Through the use of technology, the student
will learn to recognize patterns, visualize, explore, model and connect
mathematics to various disciplines. Theis course will include the following topics:
Functions and Their Graphs
Polynomial and Rational Functions
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Trigonometric Functions
Analytic Trigonometry
Additional Tropic in Trigonometry
Applications of Trigonometric Functions
Polar Coordinates and Graphing
Topics in Analytic Geometry
Sequences and Series
Limits and an Introduction to Calculus
PREREQUISITES:
Students enrolling in this class should have earned an "A" or "B" in Algebra II Honors AB or an "A" in Algebra II
(College Prep). Topics will include graphs and equations, functions and their graphs,
polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry,
applications of trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, analytic geometry, sequences and series, induction,
problem solving and modeling, real world applications,
limits, and data analysis.
TEXTBOOK:
The textbook for this course is PreCalculus With Limits-A Graphing Approach, by Larson,
Hostetler, and Edwards, Houghton Mifflin Company, 4th Edition, copyright 2005. Cost: $95.37
TEXTBOOK WEBSITE:
The website is www.college.hmco.com. Click on "students", click on "Mathematics";
Find your textbook under "Precalculus".
MATERIALS NEEDED:
Graphing Calculator (TI-89 is
recommended. The TI-83 Plus is acceptable.),
Notebook
(for organization of notes, homework, and
journal entries)
Pencils
Straight Edge
Paper
Graph Paper
Optional Material:
Colored paper and pencils--the
world is much prettier in color.
EVALUATION:
Grades will be based on some or all of the following:
Tests and Quizzes,
Homework, Board Problems,
Notebook Assignments, Journal, Group Work, Authentic Assessment, Class
Participation and Behavior. According to school policy, the Knox County
PreCalculus Honors AB End of Course Exam will count 15% of the final grade.
In addition, The FHS Math Department believes that students must be able to use graphing technology
to analyze functions, to do linear regressions, and to make predictions. However, students must not
become dependent on technology for traditional mathematics and computations. To encourage students
not to be dependent on their calculator, exams will include a non-calculator section and a calculator section.
Each section will include both multiple choice and free response questions. The format also aligns with the Knox
County End of Course Test and the AP Calculus AB Advanced Placement Exam, which students in this class will take next year. Tests
may also include questions from prior chapters so that students will constantly need to review their materials. Quizzes may sometimes
be given without a calculator and may be given in two parts.
HOMEWORK QUIZZES:
To receive all of the homework points for homework quizzes, daily problems, and Board Problems, the correct solution and documentation must be written
clearly on the paper and turned in.
GRADING SCALE:
93-100 A
85-92 B
75-84 C
70-74 D
BELOW 70 F
HOMEWORK:
Excellence
in mathematics cannot
be achieved without
a certain amount of practice.
Homework is a necessary part of this practice.
Homework to mathematics is like football practice to the big game.
You cannot win unless you
practice! You cannot do mathematics if you do not do your homework!
ASSIGNMENTS:
Students will be given an assignment sheet for each chapter.