The learning goals in this class are:
 to have the prerequisite skills needed for calculus studies.
 to achieve a competitive score on the mathematics portion of the SAT.
 to meet the schoolwide academic expectations for which the mathematics department is responsible.
At the conclusion of this course, you should know:
 Transformations of parent functions
 Polynomial functions: analysis and graphs
 Rational functions: analysis and graphs
 Exponential and logarithmic functions
 Radian measurements of angles
 Angular velocity
 Trigonometric functions and applications
 Vectors
 Conic sections
 Sequences, series, and applications
... and be able to:
 manipulate and solve various algebraic expressions and equations.
 analyze and graph polynomial and rational functions.
 use transcendental functions (logarithmic and trigonometric) for solving problems.
 explore sequences and series.
 use a graphing calculator as a tool for analysis and problem solving.
These resources will be used to facilitate your achievement of the above goals:
 Book: PrecalculusMathematics for Calculus 6e by Stewart, Redlin and Watson
 Internet (homework and other course information can be found at http://math.grenfellmusic.net)
 SAT and Accuplacer Practice Problems
 Computer Presentations
Assessment methods will include:
 Tests: These assessments are given at the end of each unit of study.
 Quizzes: These are more frequent and smaller assessments.
 Projects: One or two projects will be assigned each quarter. These are usually indepth, practical applications of recently introduced skills.
 Homework: Most assignments will be completed using an online homework system called WeBWork (links to this system are on Mr. Grenfell's webpage). If a student does not have access to the internet, he or she can request hard copies of the assignments. Each assignment stays open for multiple days. Questions can be emailed to Mr. Grenfell using the WeBWork system, but these questions may not get answered until the next school day. Because of this, starting an assignment the night before it is due will eliminate extra help opportunities.
 Midterm and Final Exam
The grades for each quarter will be computed as follows:
 Tests: 40%
 Quizzes: 30%
 Projects: 20%
 Homework: 10%
The final grades will be computed as follows:
 First Quarter: 20%
 Second Quarter: 20%
 Midterm Exam: 10%
 Third Quarter: 20%
 Fourth Quarter: 20%
 Final Exam: 10%
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
