• Trout Lake School

    Class Expectations

    for PreCalculus 1 (MA 153) and PreCalculus 2 (MA 154)

    Mrs. Fink



    Course Description

    This rigorous course extends concepts of Algebra II while introducing various topics of college algebra. Topics include functions, conic sections, the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, matrices, sequences and series, polar coordinates, exponential and logarithmic functions. Topics from trigonometry include circular functions, graphs and applications. Graphing calculators are used to enhance the understanding of realistic applications through mathematical modeling and to aid in the investigation and study of functions, equations, and inequalities. Students may choose to take this course for college credit through Central Washington University. A grant is available for Trout Lake juniors and seniors that will pay for 10 college credits for the 2020-10 school year. Students may also choose to pay for the course at a reduced rate of $55 per credit.


    Units of Study:

    1st Semester (MA153)

    Unit 1: Linear Functions/General Function Review

    Unit 2: Quadratic Functions

    Unit 3: Polynomial and Rational Functions

    Unit 4 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

    Unit 5: Conic Sections

    2nd Semester (MA154)

    Unit 6: Intro to Trigonometry and Trigonometric Functions

    Unit 7: Trigonometric Identities and Applications of Trigonometry

    Unit 8: Polar Coordinates and Complex Numbers

    Unit 9: Limits (If time)


    Course Objectives/Outcomes

    • Students will be able to identify characteristics of functions including intercepts/zeros, domain, range, if symmetry exists, maximum/minimum values and asymptotes.
    • Students will be able to graph functions using transformations of the appropriate parent function.
    • Students will choose an appropriate function and use it to model a real-life situation. They will then apply this model to solve problems.
    • Students will determine the value of the trigonometric ratios of special angles and their related angles without a calculator. They will then apply trigonometric identities, Law of Sines and Law of Cosines to find the value of other trigonometric ratios as well as solve application problems
    • Students will perform operations with vectors in the coordinate plane and apply vectors to practical problems.
    • Students will use a graphing calculator to investigate and identify characteristics of polar equations. They will identify classical polar curves and use formulas to convert coordinates and equations from rectangular to polar or vice versa.


     Distance and Hybrid Learning

    Whether we are in school or distance learning, students are expected to log onto Google Classroom daily for announcements, notes/videos of lessons, online resources, answer keys, assignments and due dates.

    I will be creating packets of work for each unit to ease the transition to distance learning as it is needed. Each packet will list all of the assignments for the unit and contain all of the needed worksheets. If we are totally online, the packet will also contain all of the quizzes and the unit test.

    While we participate in distance and hybrid learning, all lessons/notes will be posted onto Google Classroom and we will have scheduled online help sessions via Google Meet each week. There will be due dates for quizzes, tests and the sections of unit HW log that will be posted in Google Classroom. Students may email or post in google classroom in order to ask questions or submit assignments. Individual help sessions will be available upon request.  

    Students may work together to help each other understand worksheets and book work.  It is expected that all quizzes and tests are completed without outside help from any other people or the internet.  If a student receives help on a quiz or test from an outside source, they will receive a zero on the assignment. Students who habitually cheat on assignments will be referred to an administrator and may risk losing credit for the course.


    Supplies Needed for the Course

    -Textbook: Blitzer PreCalculus (4th edition)


    -TI-84plus Graphing Calculator with batteries/charger

    -3-5 Graph paper notebooks

    -One section in a 3 ring binder with dividers.                       

     -Pencils and extra erasers     



    Grades will be determined by a cumulative point system.  To calculate your grade, simply divide the total points the student earned by the total possible points. Students and parents can check grades at any time by logging into Skyward.   

    Unit Tests = 100 points each             

    Quizzes = 10 – 50 points each, depending on length and difficulty.

    Homework = 5 points each (if checked only for completeness)

    Unit Progress Tracking/Reflection = 10 points each     

    Other Cumulative Review Assignments,SAT Practices = 15 -100 points. 

    Midterm and Final Exams = 200 points 

    Required Online Check-ins/Google Meets (distance learning only) = 5 points each

    Grading Scale

    94 – 100       A         80 - 82         B-           65 – 69        D           

    90 – 93         A-           77 - 79         C+           60 - 64         D-

    87 – 89         B+          73 – 76        C             Below 60      F

    83 -  86         B         70 – 72        C-   

    Homework/Assignment Policy

    To receive credit for a homework assignment the student must:

          1) Complete the entire assignment as listed on the HW log. (This may also include taking notes).

          2) Show work for problems as demonstrated in class. This pertains to all assignments, including 

              quizzes and tests.Failure to show work will result in loss of credit for those problems even if the 

              answers are correct.

          3) Have the assignment completed and in class when it is due.

          4) Maintain a homework log to be turned in for a grade the day of the unit test or as otherwise posted    

              in Google Classroom. Although homework is usually graded for completeness, it is left to the 

              teacher’s discretion to collect HW (or other assignments) and assign a grade based on correctness.


    Make Up Work

             Students should email me when they are absent to request the makeup assignment(s) and notes be posted to Google Classroom. If a student knows they will be absent in advance for an appointment or vacation, please let me know as soon as possible so we can plan ahead together. Students are required to make up all classwork and homework.  The assignments are due the next class day unless other arrangements are made with me.  It is the student’s responsibility to come in for help or schedule a Google Meet to receive any necessary assistance from me.  Quizzes and tests must be made up upon the day of return unless other arrangements have been made. It is very important that students do not fall behind in math class because it is extremely difficult to catch up!!


    Attendance and Unexcused Absences

             Good attendance is crucial in all mathematics courses.  Often, the material learned during a lesson is needed for the following lesson.  Any students who are absent more than twelve times, for any reason, in a semester may lose credit for the course.  It is the parent’s responsibility to request a hearing as outlined in Policy 3313.

             Many students may be absent due to a field trip or an extracurricular activity, such as a sporting event. It is that student’s responsibility to turn in any assignments and take any quizzes or tests before leaving for the activity.  It is also the student’s responsibility to obtain the notes and assignment for that day.  Failure to do any of these things will result in a zero for all of the activities.

    The Covid-19 pandemic may require that a student quarantine for multiple school days.  I understand that it will be challenging for students to keep up with the class, but it is imperative that they do their best not to fall behind. I will post work, notes and videos on Google Classroom to help students keep up with the rest of their class.  I will also be happy to hold help sessions on Google Meet for students who cannot come to school. Please encourage your child to communicate their needs with me when they are absent. 


    Tardy Policy

             A student is tardy to class if they are not in their assigned seat when the bell rings.  Students will receive a warning for the first unexcused tardy.  On the second unexcused tardy, he or she will receive a detention.  Any more than two tardies per marking period will result in an administrative referral.  Please keep in mind that three tardies are equivalent to one class absence. A student who is tardy also risks having any grades that are recorded during their absence entered into the gradebook as a zero.

    Extra Help

             Extra help is available before school or during lunch.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with me before coming (to make sure that I am available at that time) as well as arrange the necessary transportation to or from school.  I am not available while I am teaching other classes. If students need help when they are absent from school, they can request a google meeting with me to go over notes and assignments.


     Student Conduct

             Students are expected to follow all rules, regulations, and procedures in the Student Handbook at all times. Students should always use self-discipline and show utmost respect to the teacher and their classmates. Students are always expected to be prepared for class, participate in all activities and complete all assignments. Email should be checked twice daily for copies of notes, worksheets and announcements.  Failure to comply will result in appropriate disciplinary action such as a call or email home, detention, or referral to an administrator.


    Cell Phones/Electronics Policy

             Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be placed in the hanging organizer by the door to my room when they come in for class. The phone must stay in the organizer for the entire class period unless a student receives my permission to retrieve and use their phone. Any violations of the policy will result in confiscation of the device and an administrative referral.  Students may use their Chromebook during class to use their e-textbook or when given permission to check email, Skyward, or listen to music.