• Pre-Calculus Semester 1 Course Syllabus

    Mrs. Owens


    Prerequisite:  C or above in Algebra 2B


    Course Description:

    Pre-Calculus is a course designed to expand on the concepts from Algebra 2 so that students can be prepared to study Calculus in high school or college.  During first semester, the analysis of functions will be studied in depth. These function types include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and non-trigonometric periodic functions. This analysis includes finding points of intersecting with the x- and y- axes, vertices and points of inflection.  Students should be prepared to work hard, take notes, ask questions, and seek extra help when needed. 


    Student Expectations:

    Video conferencing is a way for us to come together as a class during online learning.  When we are together online, here are our class norms:

    • Be on Time - check your tech before class starts and have all supplies nearby.
    • Turn Your Camera On - check your surroundings, make sure the lighting is good, and dress appropriately.
    • Mute Yourself - be sure to mute your microphone when joining the video conference.
    • Participate - stay focused, pay attention, and be an active participant.
    • Chat Responsibly - only post class related questions and comments in the chat.


    The Course Curriculum Includes:

    Chapter 1: Relations, Functions, and Graphs

    Chapter 2: More on Functions

    Chapter 3: Quadratic Functions and Operations on Functions

    Chapter 4: Polynomial and Rational Functions

    Chapter 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions



    Grades will be calculated using a weighted average in the following manner:

    Notes/Warm-ups  20%

    Homework/Classwork  20%

    Quizzes  20%

    Tests  30%

    Final Exam  10%

    In order to earn full credit, you must show ALL of your WORK.  Full credit will not be given for assignments and assessments that have answers only, unless stated otherwise.



    If you are absent, you have 3 days to make up and turn in all of the work that you missed from that day.  Please check your "To Do" List and the Modules for the work that you missed.  If you are absent the day of a test, you will take a make-up test at the next class meeting.  Students who are truant (have an unexcused absence) on the day of a test, well earn a zero and will not be allowed to make it up.


    Extra Help:

    It is important that everyone learns what I am teaching so that they can be successful.  Please ask questions regularly during our class meetings or email me if it is outside of class time.  Keep in mind, that I do not typically check emails after 3:30, so anything sent after that time will not be answered until the next day.



    Even though we are online, you will be doing a lot of your work by hand and collaborating with other in the class.   At every class meeting you should have:

    • paper
    • something to write with
    • scientific calculator
    • working camera on your device (if you do not, please go to the library to check out a chromebook)
    • working microphone on your device (if you do not, please go to the library to check out a chromebook)


    Please feel free to contact me if you have questions and/or concerns.

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Leslie Owens