• 2017 Honors PreCalculus Syllabus

    Course Expectations Sheet

    Honors Pre-Calculus 2017-2018

    Equivalent to MAT 152 (FALL) & MAT 182 (SPRING)

    Instructor: Mr. Bret Cutler


    Instructor Information: My email address is cutler.bret@cusd80.com

           Course Website: https://az01001175.schoolwires.net/Domain/8978


    Course Overview and Rational:

    This course is intended to prepare students for AP and IB Calculus and carries honors credit; therefore, the workload is of an honors course. This course will emphasize the following topics: functions, mathematical modeling, exponential and logarithmic equations, discrete mathematics, and trigonometry. Students may elect to take this course for dual credit. It is imperative that you understand that this is a college-level course and that the standards are high. Be prepared to work at this level all year.


    College Credit Options:

    Dual Credit: Chandler High School in conjunction with Chandler Gilbert Community College (CGCC) offers high school students dual credit opportunities. Students who simultaneously enroll in Pre-Calculus at CHS and CGCC take the course at the high school for credit at both institutions. Students must take the ACCUPLACER test and earn a specific score determined by the Community College in order to be eligible for dual enrollment. Students must maintain a minimum of a “C” average in this course and pay a tuition fee to CGCC in order to be eligible to enroll in this course for college credit. Six college credit hours (3 credits per semester) are earned upon successful completion of this course. MAT 152 College Algebra/Functions is the course equivalent for first semester. MAT 182 Plane Trigonometry is the course equivalent for second semester. Tuition fees and enrollment information for all courses offering dual credit will be announced at a future date. There will not be any final exam exemptions for dual enrollment students.


    CLEP Test: College Algebra test will be given at the end of the school year. The fee for this test is approximately $80. This test is optional and may earn the student College Credit upon successful completion.


    Required Materials:

    Math Binder/Homework DAILY                      Graph paper

    TI-83 or TI–84 graphing calculator                 Paper

    3-ring binder (1 or 2 inch) and Dividers          Student ID (upon request)

    Pencil and pen (blue or black ink)                   Highlighter and red/green pen



    The only grades that will be on your permanent transcripts are your semester grades, not the nine-week grades. Prior to the final exam, your grade will be determined by the following:

    Tests                           50%                

    Quizzes                        20%

    Homework/Classwork    20%

    Participation                 10%


    Tests & Quizzes:

    A test will be given at the end of each unit. Approximately 5 or 6 tests will be given each semester. The number of quizzes for each unit will vary depending upon the length of each unit.

    To be fair to all individuals, students who miss a scheduled test or quiz day will be expected to make up that particular exam in a timely manner. Immediately after missing the scheduled exam (the first day back to school after being absent), the student will make live contact (in person – no voice mail, no e-mail, no handwritten notes) with the instructor to schedule a make up exam. Failure to make this contact with the instructor may result in a loss of points on the exam. The instructor will then assign an appropriate date (within two days) for the exam to be made up. In addition, your instructor reserves the right to give an alternative assessment.

    Any student caught with a cell phone in their possession during a test or quiz will receive a 0 on that test or quiz.



    Students are expected to turn in their homework assignments on time. You MUST show all work in order to receive credit on their assignments. If you have an excused absence, it is your responsibility to hand in any previously assigned work and get any missed work. If you are going on a field trip, you’ll need to get the work before you leave. Field trips do not excuse you from completing assignments on time. Homework is graded for both effort and accuracy, so be sure to come in for help if you are not understanding the homework. Homework is not an option - it is a requirement for success in this class!



    You are expected to be on time to class, be present daily (unless officially excused), and to actively participate in daily discussions. Participation grades include collected Warm Ups and Closure activities, Class Activities and Presentations, Group Assignments, and Completing Investigations. If you are expected to come in for help due to low grades, lack of effort, or absenteeism and you do not show for extra help, your participation grade will be affected.


    Expectations, Procedures, and Tips for Success:

    • Appropriate and respectful use of electronic equipment. Absolutely no cell phone/Ipod/MP3 player personal usage during class. There may be times when you may use smart phones for educational purposes.
    • Be prepared for class by doing the assignments and bringing the required materials (have questions ready)
    • Listen respectfully
    • Appreciate differences in each other
    • Each member present is responsible for the energy level and tone of the class
    • We start and end class on time (Be punctual and present for the entirety of the class). Tardiness (being swept), ditching, chronic absenteeism will not be accepted nor tolerated- see below for more on Sweeps and Attendance
    • Work with other students whenever possible. Do not let someone just copy down what you have worked hard to understand! Help them learn instead.
    • Read the textbook and study the examples that are provided
    • Contact me if you have problems with the course as soon as the difficulty begins
    • Treat teachers, peers, visitors, and property with respect.
    • Check Infinite Campus regularly for your grade. It is your responsibility to know your grade at all times
    • Keep a working portfolio that includes:
      • Notes and Handouts
      • Homework and group work
      • Returned tests
    • Be PRO active not RE active.
    • All school rules apply in this class.



    Sweeps/Unexcused Absences:

    If you are swept, you must come to see me at the beginning of your LUNCH or at the end of 6th period the day of being swept. If you don’t show and make live contact with me, whatever was done that day (homework checked in, quiz or test taken), will result in a zero. If your absence is unexcused, whatever was done that day (homework checked in, quiz or test taken), will result in an automatic zero.



    Daily attendance is very important! You are responsible for all material presented in class.  Cooperative learning is a big part of the class. Your group will suffer if you miss in-class activities. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to get your make-up work and check in what was due the day you missed.  Unexcused absences will result in a zero for those days’ activities. Parents need to call the attendance office at (480) 812-7703 to excuse absences.  



    Hall Passes:

    There is a sign out sheet located in the front of the room. You are to get permission from me first, then sign the sheet and take the hall pass. You must have this pass with you at all times while you are out of my class. If you abuse this privilege, you will no longer be able to leave the classroom during class time. It is always best to use the facilities before class as there are times when instructional time takes the entire period and you don’t want to miss what is being presented.


    Tutoring & Office Hours:

    Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:20-3:15 in Rm 422.


    As an additional tutoring aid you can find some high-quality videos and practice at http://www.khanacademy.org/ or www.PatrickJMT.com.





    Chandler Gilbert Community College required information


    Statement Regarding Outcomes and Assessment

    The faculty and programs at CGCC are dedicated to effective teaching and successful learning with emphasis in the following areas: communication, critical thinking, literacy, and personal development.


    Periodically, students will participate in formal and informal assessment activities that will help faculty improve programs and teaching strategies. These activities are designed to facilitate student growth in whatever combination of the above outcomes applies to a course.


    Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities are required to register for services in the Disability Resources and Services (DRS) office in the Student Center at the beginning of the semester. Do not wait to visit the DRS office if you want support with any CGCC classes. The DRS office will meet with you to determine accommodations based on appropriate documentation. Therefore, faculty members are not authorized to provide or approve any accommodations for students in this class without

    written instructions from the DRS office. This must be on file before any accommodation will be provided. You can contact the DRS office at (480) 857-5188.


    Information on Learning Center

    The CGCC Learning Center's mission is to support students' academic learning by providing free tutoring and resources to reinforce and supplement classroom instruction and to assist CGCC students to achieve academic success. All Learning Center services are free to students currently enrolled at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. At the Pecos Campus, the Learning Center is located on the second floor of the Library, rooms LIB227, LIB228, LIB229 and LIB237.  At the Williams Campus, the Learning Center is located in Bridget Hall, rooms BRID114 and BRID115. The Learning Center also provides instructional support resources in the form of videotapes, software, and print materials. For a schedule of tutoring hours, additional information, or assistance, students should contact the Learning Center at (480) 732-7231, or visit our website at http://www.cgc.edu/lc .


    Statement Concerning Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is defined as presenting the work of another as one’s own. More than four consecutive words from a source other than the writer constitute plagiarism when the source is not clearly identified in appropriate documentation format. From the CGCC Student Handbook, “Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.”





    I understand that this syllabus can be changed at any time. You will be given ample notice of any changes during class and through our website (above).


    I have read and understand the classroom expectations for College Algebra/Functions and Trigonometry 2017-2018 (Honors Pre-Calculus).




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