Onekama Consolidated School

2008 – 2009

Precalculus ~ Room 346

Syllabus and Summary




*      On time and ready to work

*      Prepared with tools (pencil, paper, notebook, text, scientific calculator, journal) and a good attitude

*      Please leave food, beverages, all electronics, and any other distracters in your locker or at home

*      Be respectful


Insubordination of any sort will not be tolerated and will result in immediate RTC procedures.




*      Problem of the Day (2-3 minutes) ~ Each day as the student enters the room there will be a mathematics problem on the front marker board. The students should copy this problem into their Math Journal and solve the problem to the best of their ability. Each problem will be aligned with the current Michigan High School Content Expectations and will give the students an opportunity for practice and discussion. The students should keep these Problems of the Day separate from classroom notes and ever ready to turn in for assessment.

*      Collect/correct homework (2-10 minutes) ~ Homework will be assigned each day and will be turned in at the start of class the next day. We may correct some or all of this as a group; often students will turn in their work for teacher assessment.

*      Introduction to the new lesson (10-20 minutes) ~ Lecture, discussion, notes, examples, anecdotes, interactive learning, …

*      Guided Practice (10-20 minutes) ~ Students practice new problems while classroom help is available.

*      Independent Practice (30-45 minutes) ~ Students practice new problems as well as review problems from the text (University of Chicago Mathematics Project – Precalculus and Discreet Mathematics, Scott, Foresman and Company, 1992)




Course grades will be determined by combining the scores from each of five areas: Homework, Quizzes, Tests, Math’s Journal, Participation.


*      Homework ~ daily opportunities for points

*      Quizzes ~ may be announced or unannounced; usually covering material recently read by the student and problems recently encountered by the student

*      Tests ~ two or three per marking period; always announced at least a week in advance and covering more material (a whole chapter) than a quiz

*      Mathematics Journal ~ journal entries will include each Problem of the Day as well as regular writing exercises

*      Participation ~ students earn daily points for preparedness, participation in classroom discussions and events, helpfulness, and attitude; students involved in the RTC process forfeit all Participation points for that day



Students will study the following topics during the year:


*      Logic

*      Graphs of functions

*      Sequences and limits

*      Operators on and composition of functions

*      Integers and Polynomial

*      Rational relations and functions

*      Trigonometric relations and identities

*      Recursive and Explicit formulas

*      Polar coordinates

*      Complex Numbers

*      The Derivative

*      Combinatorics

*      Graphs, paths, and circuits

*      Vectors

*      The Definite Integral






I am blessed to be here in Onekama and appreciate the opportunity to work with your sons and daughters in the classroom. I look forward to meeting all of you and to a wonderful school year. Please feel free to stop in and visit any time; if you ever have questions you can call (231) 889-4251 x301 or email


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September 2008