Precalculus Syllabus

Course Description:

Precalculus combines concepts of trigonometry, geometry, and algebra that are needed to prepare students

for the study of calculus. The course strengthens students’ conceptual understanding of problems and mathematical reasoning in solving problems. Facility with these topics is especially important for students who intend to

study calculus, physics, other sciences, and engineering in college. The main topics in the Precalculus course are complex numbers, rational functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses, inverse functions, vectors and matrices, and parametric and polar curves.

Grades/Grading Criteria:

Grades will be calculated using the category weights listed below and the following grading scale.

 - Quizzes - 40%

 - Unit Tests - 30%

 - Assignments - 15%

 - Final Exam - 15%

A= 90% and above

B= 80% - 89.9%

C= 70% - 79.9%

D= 60% - 69.9%

F= 0% - 59.9%

Quizzes assess a specific concept or skill.  Students may retake a quiz one additional time to improve their grade on the quiz.  The retake score will replace the original score.  Unit tests consist of quizzes and other unit objectives.  Unit tests can not be retaken.  Assignments consist of in-class work, out-of-class work, and class participation.

If your final grade is a borderline grade (i.e. 79.5% or 88.9%), your performance throughout the whole semester will be examined in determining the final grade.  DO NOT ASK FOR YOUR GRADE TO BE ROUNDED UP!!!

Attendance/Make Up Work:

Assignments must be complete with all work shown for a student to receive full credit when the assignment is due.

Late work will only be accepted for partial credit for one week past the original due date.

It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for makeup and absence work in a timely manner.  Email, Remind, messaging, website, and homeroom are appropriate ways to contact the teacher.  Students will be allowed two school days for each day of absence (up to five days) to make up the work they missed. An absence does not excuse the student  from the work missed.  Students are accountable for all assignments and assessments.

Please note: Failure to make arrangements and/or make up a missed quiz or test due to an absence before the makeup deadline will count as your first and/or second attempt.

Academic Honesty:

The students of El Diamante High School are expected to demonstrate the belief that personal integrity is basic to all solid achievement and that it is the responsibility of the school to maintain a climate in which honesty is expected and valued. Cheating is an obstacle to achieving this goal. With regard to schoolwork, cheating is defined as obtaining or providing any help on an assignment or test where the intent was that the student completes the assignment or test by themselves.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. To plagiarize is to take ideas or words of another person and pass them off as one’s own. This applies to written material, and materials or information from Internet sources. Students are expected to provide adequate documentation as to the source of information used as an indication of academic honesty. Teachers reserve the right to use appropriate methods (Internet) in order to confirm the authorship of papers turned in by students.

The teacher’s professional judgment will determine whether cheating has occurred. Students shall not give an instructor cause to consider their actions dishonest. If it is determined that a student has cheated or plagiarized, the student will be subject to disciplinary consequences as outlined in the VUSD Conduct Code. Sources: Board Policy 5131.p – Administrative Regulation 5131.9a

Required Texts and Resources:

  • Textbook: Integrated Math 4, McGraw Hill, 2012.  ISBN: 978-0-07-663855-0
  • 100-page composition notebook

Optional items:

  • dry-erase markers
  • scissors
  • glue/tape

A graphing calculator is not required, but may be helpful for completing assignments at home.  Desmos and Geogebra are free online graphing calculators with free mobile applications if needed outside of class.

Classroom Rules/Procedures:

Class Norms:

  • Come prepared and on time.
  • Respect others.
  • Make an effort.
  • Keep your work area clean.
  • Use technology appropriately.
  • Stay focused and on task.

Food is allowed in class as long as it is not a disruption.  Mr. Fjelstrom is allowed “unlimited samples” of any food eaten in class.

Restroom usage should only take place during independent work time (not during direct instruction or the first/last 10 minutes of class).  Ask permission before leaving class.

Teacher Information

My name is Mr. Fjelstrom (pronounced “fell-strum”) and I have been teaching for 23 years.  I am married to Mrs. Fjelstrom (who teaches English here at El D) and we have 3 sons (ages 19, 16, and 11).  We live in Kingsburg.

Room #: 352

Phone #: (559) 735-3501 ext. 1352

Email: jfjelstrom@vusd.org or jfjelstrom@vusd.us 

Website: http://nonstopmathfun.com 

Course Curriculum:

Semester 1:

Unit 1: Function Characteristics

Unit 2: Rational Functions

Unit 3: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Unit 4: Introduction to Trigonometry

Semester 2:

Unit 5: The Unit Circle

Unit 6: Trigonometric Applications

Unit 7: Vectors and Matrices

Unit 8: Complex Numbers and Polar Equations

Unit 9: Conic Sections