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Shorecrest High School 20112012
Academic Plan for Precalculus
Teacher:
Ms. Patty Mitchell
Email: patty.mitchell@shorelineschools.org
Textbooks:
1) Precalculus:
Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic
, AddisonWesley, 2011
2) Precalculus
Collingwood and Prince (University of Washington Math 120 course book)
Note: The UW book can be downloaded as a free pdf from
http://www.math.washington.edu/~m120/
or students can buy a paper copy from the teacher for $18.
Course Summary:
This course will help you to further develop your
problem solving skills
and
mathematical endurance
to prepare you for Calculus and other college level mathematics courses.
The class is modeled after the
University of Washington Precalculus (Math 120) class
, with the intention of giving you an introduction to the
culture and rigor of a typical college math class.
The graphing calculator will be an integral part of your
learning process as you strengthen your understanding of the connections between algebraic, verbal, graphic
and numeric representations of mathematical situations.
You will also work on increasing your ability to
understand written math explanations and to write and orally explain mathematical reasoning. You will plan and
carry out projects that apply and extend the skills learned in class. You will be expected to work independently
and with others. It is common to spend an hour or more doing one problem from the UW text. Students learn by
active participation
; it is very unusual for a student to learn simply by watching the instructor.
There is a
significant increase in student autonomy and responsibility in PreCalculus.
Students will be expected to
address confusion immediately and always be looking for ways that they can delve deeper into the topics
presented.
Who Should Take This Course:
This class is designed for students who have achieved at least a B in Algebra 2. If students have
achieved lower than that in Algebra 2, they need to be prepared to put in the extra work outside of class to be
successful.
Functions and Statistics is another highlevel math course option for those that feel they are not yet
ready for Precalculus.
Earning College Credit:
Note that ALL students will be completing the same assignments and tests, regardless of their intentions
to pursue college credit.
In order to obtain 5 credits in Math 120 at the University of Washington (in addition to your Shorecrest
High School credits), you need to:
1) Pay $344 in tuition by September 30
th
, 2011
2) Obtain a passing grade (D or higher) using the UW grading percentages below:
Cumulative Final Exam (end of the year) 40%
Chapter Tests & Quizzes 35%
Homework Effort 15%
Homework Learning Checks 5%
Participation 5%
Note that these percentages are different than the percentages (listed below under “Grading Policy”)
used to obtain your Shorecrest High School Grade.
Your UW grade is only relevant if you have applied for
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