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Pre-Calculus Syllabus

Kimberly Summey – Instructor


Goal:  To help each student reach his/her highest potential in Pre-Calculus.


Text:   Precalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach, by Larson, published by Cengage Learning


Topics of Study:  University School’s Pre-Calculus course is aligned to the Tennessee State Standards for Mathematics.  For more information on the state mathematics standards, visit


Materials:      A notebook dedicated to Pre-Calculus

                        A pencil and eraser (for assignments)

                        A pen (for grading and corrections only)

                        Paper (Notebook paper and graph paper)


                        TI-84 calculator


Calculator:    The TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is required for all high school mathematics courses.  We will use calculators throughout this course for both in-class assignments/activities and homework.  The TI-84 Plus will be allowed on many assessments in this class, and it is approved for use on the End of Course mathematics exams in Tennessee and the ACT Exam.  Students are expected to bring their calculator to class daily.  Please see me if you are unable to purchase the TI-84 Plus.  If you choose to use a graphing calculator other than the TI-84, it will be your responsibility to learn the appropriate key strokes.


Grading:        Each assignment will be assigned a specific point value.  Each Quarter Grade will be calculated by finding the percentage of points earned of the total possible points. 


1st Semester Grade:  1st Quarter 45 %

       2nd Quarter 45 %

       1st Semester Exam 10 %


2nd Semester Grade:  3rd Quarter 45 %

        4th Quarter 45 %

        2nd Semester Exam 10 %


Final Grade:    1st Semester 50 %

      2nd Semester 50 %



Homework:   Homework will be assigned regularly.  Students are expected to attempt all assigned problems and ask questions about homework as it is discussed in class.  Homework, along with the list of objectives for each section, should serve as a study guide for quizzes. Quizzes should serve as a study guide to tests. Tests should serve as a study guide for Quarter and Semester Exams.


Extra Assistance:      Mrs. Summey is available in the math lab three days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday).  Students are encouraged to attend the math lab, as needed.  The schedule for the lab is posted at the front of Mrs. Summey’s classroom near the door. If Mrs. Summey is absent, the math lab will be closed.


Statewide Dual Enrollment Course: Students enrolled in Pre-Calculus will take the Statewide Dual Enrollment Exam near the end of the year.  Students earning a 75 or better on the exam will be awarded college credit at their Tennessee public college of choice.




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