Course Proficiency

MAD255 Precalculus Honors


Students who have exhibited high ability in mathematics and who have earned the

recommendation of the mathematics department may be enrolled in Precalculus Honors.

Precalculus Honors extensively covers the study of functions including polynomial, rational,

logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric. Analytic trigonometry and additional topics in

trigonometry are studied in depth. The studies of polar coordinates, sequences, series and

probability are incorporated. The honors level stresses analytical thought and problem solving

through enrichment experiences and extended study of topics. This course prepares the student

for Advanced Placement Calculus AB. Graphing calculators are used throughout the course.

(The TI 83/ TI 84 family of graphing calculators are used exclusively.)

Textbook: Advanced Mathematics: Precalculus with Discrete Mathematics

                     Author: Brown (2000). ISBN: 0-618-00729-6

Expectations for Students:

The students enrolled in this course will:

 - actively contribute to group discussions,
further develop their critical thinking skills and abilities,

 - participate in oral and written class work,

 - maintain a notebook which includes class notes, complete worksheets and textbook


 - acquire a graphing calculator to be used in class and on independent assignments (The

TI 83/ TI 84 family of graphing calculators are used exclusively.)

Measurable Proficiencies:

To successfully complete the requirements of this course, the student will demonstrate the

ability to:

 - graph trigonometric functions,

 - solve trigonometric equations,

 - apply trigonometric formulas to problem solving,

 - graph conics, polynomial functions, rational functions, logarithmic functions and polar


 - solve polynomial, exponential and logarithmic equations

 - find the limit of a function and determine its continuity

 - find derivatives of functions

 - use concepts of advanced algebra, geometry and trigonometry in problem solving,

 - use appropriate technology in problem solving,

 - utilize a calculator to find roots and maximums/minimums of functions.


Methods used to evaluate the student's degree of understanding of the course content will

include the following: class and homework assignments, group work, computer and calculator

activities, projects, quizzes, tests, and a final examination. Assignments and evaluation

procedures will be cumulative.

The student will attain a minimum proficiency in the course by earning an average grade of a

"D" or 60%. A minimum of 70% competency will result in a grade of a "C", a minimum of

80% in a grade of a "B", and a 90% or better in a grade of an "A".

Student Responsibility:

It is the responsibility of the student to share the above information with parents or guardians

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