Class Syllabus

    Precalculus A

    Teacher:         Pam Caba

    Room:             305

    E-Mail:            pcaba@asd5.org


    Materials:       Paper



                            Calculator – TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator


    Homework (10% of grade)  

    There will be an assignment each day and each assignment is worth 5 points.  In order to receive the entire 5 points the assignment must be complete, turned in on time, and have work shown.  Since all answers to assignments will be provided, a paper with only answers, and no work shown, will not be accepted. There will be a warm-up at the beginning of each class.  Warm-ups need to be done on the warm-up handout and turned in every two weeks (10 points)


    Tests (60% of grade)

    A test will be given at the end of each chapter (100 pts), as well as a final comprehensive test (200 pts) at the end of each trimester. Students are allowed only one retake per trimester on chapter tests. In order to take advantage of a retake, students must meet with the teacher prior to taking the retake and provide adequate evidence that they have done additional practice. All test retakes must be completed within 2 weeks of the chapter test being returned.



    Quizzes (30% of grade)       

    There will be one or two quizzes per chapter. No quizzes may be dropped. However, if a student’s test score is higher than a quiz score, the quiz score will be replaced with the same score as the chapter test.



    Late work/Make-up work

    All late work from a unit must be turned in up to one week after the chapter test.  Late work will earn reduced credit.  Missed work or tests from excused absences will be made up upon your return to school.  The normal time allowance for make-up work is one day per day of excused absence.



    Grading:         A:         100-93             A-:       92-90              

                            B+:      89-88               B:         87-83               B-:       82-80

                            C+:      79-78               C:        77-73               C-:       72-70

                            D+:      69-68               D:        67-60

                            F:         59-0


    Tests= 60% H.W. = 10% Quiz =30%




    ELECTRONICS POLICY – Electronic devices will be used in the classroom for specific activates. If a student violates the electronic use policy by using their device when it is not appropriate, the following consequences will occur.


                First Offense: Warning. Student will turn device off and put it away

                Second Offense: Teacher takes device, calls home and detention.

    Third Offense: Device and student sent to office with referral for INSUBORDINATION. Phone must be picked up by a parent.



    The student is responsible to attend all classes (unless excused for a school activity) and actively engage in the day’s lesson.  The student’s attendance in the class is crucial to the student demonstrating proficiency in the subject.  Excessive absences (more than 10 excused or unexcused) may cause the student to be ineligible to earn credit in the class.  Unexcused absences may be regarded as truancy. An absence is defined as any class session missed, or when a student is more than ten (10) minutes late, with the exception of Advisory where a five (5) minute tardy would constitute an absence.



    Where to go for extra help

    I am available in my room every day before school, during advisory and after school. If possible, please let me know in advance if you are coming in for help after school. If I am not available, there are always other teachers who are around and willing to help.



    First Trimester Topics

    Prerequisites – Linear equations; Linear inequalities; Lines in the Plane; Solving Equations Graphically, Numerically, and Algebraically; Solving Inequalities Algebraically and Graphically. (10 days)

    Functions and Graphs (Chapter 1) –Modeling and equation solving; Functions and Their Properties; Twelve Basic Functions; Building Functions from Functions; Parametric Relations and Inverses; Graphical transformations; Modeling with Functions. (15 days)

    Polynomial, Power, and Rational Functions (Chapter 2) – Linear and Quadratic Functions and Modeling; Power Functions with Modeling; Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree with Modeling; Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions; Complex Zeros and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra; Graphs of Rational Functions; Solving Equations in One Variable; Solving Inequalities in One Variable. (15 days)

    Exponential, Logistic, and Logarithmic Functions (Chapter 3) – Exponential and Logistic Functions; Exponential and Logistic Modeling; Logarithmic Functions and Their Graphs; Properties of Logarithmic Functions; Equation Solving and Modeling; Mathematics of Finance. (20)

                Comprehensive Final