Teacher: Fred Kral, Ph.D.
Email me: fkral
Call school: 415-339-9336
Get info: http://teach.kralsite.com
Course Description
Together with Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry, the Pre-Calculus elective prepares students for college-level work in calculus and other mathematics classes as well as classes in quantitative fields such as the social sciences, the natural sciences, and engineering. Central concepts are mathematical analysis, functions and their graphs, trigonometry, and linear algebra. Mathematical ideas are communicated using graphical, numerical, algebraic, and verbal approaches. Through mathematical modeling, concepts are applied to problems in physics, chemistry, biology, economics, and many other disciplines.
Text and supplemental materials
- Larson, Ron and Robert Hostetler, Precalculus, 5th Edition, Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. ISBN: 0-618-05285-2. Recommended.
- Web searching, wikipedia.org and reputable websites such as Ask Dr. Math (http://mathforum.org/dr.math/) and Paul's Online Math Notes (http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu). Strongly recommended.
- HP Prime CAS Graphing Calculator and charger. Required.
- Laptop computer. From time to time students who have access to a laptop computer may be asked to bring it to class. Recommended.
- 3 ring binder.
- Pockets to organize paper that is not hole punched (in the binder).
- Pencils (mechanical recommended).
Assessment
Homework: timely completion of homework assignments. Assessed formally and informally. | 5 points per homework |
Quizzes and Tests: written and graphical solutions. | 50 points per quiz, 100 points per test |
End-Semester Examinations: written and graphical solutions of problems from the whole semester (comprehensive). | 20% of course grade |
In-Class work and Projects: positive energy and interest level during in-class work including discussion, working on investigations and projects, practice during class, and using notes. Assessed informally. |
20 points per week, up to 100 points per project |
Commitment to learning: Taking on what is challenging to you, getting help, communicating with the teacher, engaging with the material, and taking personally meaningful notes. Assessed informally. | 100 points per semester |
Safety policy: only use equipment when and as instructed
Late work policy and tardy policy
The teacher enters grades once per week on Fridays. Students get credit for late or partial work up to that weekly deadline. Students who are tardy to class or leave the classroom for an extended time during class receive a maximum of 60% of the day's in-class work credit.
Cell phone and device policy
Devices are not allowed in class, except by explicit permission to do class work. If you need a calculator, please go borrow a classroom calculator or ask the teacher as soon as possible.
Class computer use policy
Personal and school computers shall be used for this subject only. The Marin School supports the responsible use of technology on our campus. See the Parent and Student Handbook.
Collaboration policy
I encourage study groups. You may work with others (not just students) unless instructed otherwise as long as all of you contribute. It is wise to put the name of each contributing student on an assignment to avoid issues with plagiarism.
Come visit or email! – Fred