Course Syllabus

PreCalculus CP

Mr. Larry Holloman

Room K204

Course Information

This course is designed for students needing a fourth math course and who plan on a university major that will require Calculus.

The course content includes a study of functions—polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric—matrices, complex numbers, vectors and conics.


Instructional Media

The textbook for this course is PreCalculus: Common Core Edition, by Carter, Cuevas, Day & Malloy. Students should bring this to class every day. Students will also make use of applications on their laptops, so those should be brought to class daily as well.

Notes, calendars, old tests, links to helpful sites and other materials can be found at my web site:


Methods of Assessment

Assessment Categories: Major, Minor, Practice, Exam

Major Items will include tests (there will be one at the end of each instructional unit)—large, announced, high-stakes, graded items. These account for 50% of each quarter grade.

Minor items will include quizzes and small assignments—smaller, unannounced graded items. These account for 30% of each quarter grade.

Practice items are homework checks—smaller, regularly occurring, announced items. These account for 20% of each quarter grade.

The Exam is a comprehensive assessment that accounts for 20% of the semester grade.


Grading Procedures

Each piece of graded work carries a possible point value. The grade for a particular piece is work is found by dividing the earned points by the possible points. The grade for the quarter is found by averaging 50% Major Items, 30% Minor Items and 20% Practice Items. The final grade for the course is found by averaging 40% first quarter, 40% second quarter and 20% exam.

All graded work (except exams) will be returned to the student—usually within two or three days.

Any graded work done in pen will not be counted (i.e., assigned a grade of zero).

A student who disagrees with a particular grade may appeal in writing to me. Any adjustments are solely at my discretion. Re-takes will be administered for Major Items according to school policy.


Late Work Policy

Late work is generally not accepted. If you believe that there are circumstances that warrant an exception, please schedule a conference with me.


Extra Credit

Very few (if any) extra credit opportunities will be offered. Students who wish to improve their grades should make an appointment with me for additional help.


Materials Needed

(1) A notebook. A 3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper is recommended, but not required.

(2) An ample supply of pencils (pens are not allowed!).

(3) A graphing calculator. While I do have a class set, it is important that students have their own in order to practice when away from the classroom. Instructions for generating a virtual graphing calculator on student laptops will be posted on Google Classroom.

Extra Help

I am available for extra help before and after school on Tuesdays. Students must make an appointment to receive extra help. Students will need to see me to have a pass written in order to come for before-school appointments.

The demanding pace of this course will make it difficult to catch up if a student falls behind—it is imperative that students seek help immediately when they encounter difficulty with a topic. DO NOT WAIT!


Sequence of Topics

A Review of Functions

Properties of Functions

Rational Functions

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Right Triangle Trigonometry

General Trigonometry

Trigonometric Identities

Systems of Equations and Matrices

Complex Numbers




Classroom Management Plan

Student Expectations:

Students will follow all district and school rules.

Students will bring all materials (textbook, pencil, paper, graphing calculator, charged laptop and charging cable) to class every day.

Students will neither eat nor drink (except water) in the classroom.

Students will use the restroom outside of class time. Students will be allowed four “free passes” for class time bathroom trips during the semester. To use these, donít ask to go—just get up, take the bathroom pass at the door, and go! For each trip after the fourth, you will be assigned Break Time detention. After four Break Time detentions, a referral will be sent to the administration.


Disciplinary Consequences:

For violations of classroom rules—

1st Offense: Warning

2nd Offense: Break Time Detention, Parent Contact

3rd Offense: Administrative Referral


More severe violations—disrespect, or interfering with instruction—will result in immediate removal from class and an Administrative Referral.