- Jason Stevens
- 2021-2022 School Year
- Math ~ High School
Welcome to Precalculus! You will find it a fun-filled and challenging educational experience!
The course has two primary purposes:
1. Build a general set of skills and thinking skills students can use for the rest of their lives. Students will practice how to be effective communicators, analytical and creative thinkers, adept navigators of technology, inquisitive and persistent problem solvers, and reflective explorers of ideas. We will strive to make many mistakes and see them as opportunities for growing our brains. Students will build flexibility with numbers and sharpen their estimation skills.
2. Build mathematical proficiency around a specific set of Precalculus concepts. The course includes a thorough exploration of trigonometry as well as functions, modeling, mathematical analysis, probability, numbers and patterns, statistics, and calculus. The content is prioritized in terms of enjoyment, relevance for future math classes, and life after school. We will strive for deeper conceptual understandings that go beyond procedural skills. There will also be an emphasis on modeling, analyzing data, and writing reports.
Class on 12/3
6.2 Exact Values of Trig Expressions
If time: 6.4 Sine and Cosine Graphs (Part I)
Class on 12/1
Class on 11/19
Class on 11/17
Class on 11/10
Compound Interest, e, and Continuous Growth: How is interest calculated? What types of equations capture exponential growth? What if the growth is continuously happening? Use this video link to finish the last two problems from the classwork.
Notes – Unit 3
Discuss Unit 3 Project
HW#16: 5.3 #109, 111, 131, 135. 5.6 #56. 5.7 #7-15odd, 23, 25, 43, 48, 73. 5.8 #1. page 347 #56 (use desmos)
HW Optional: Start Unit 3 Project (access and turn in via Google Classroom)
Class on 11/5
Class on 11/3
Start Intro to Limits assignment (if time)
Class on 10/29
HW: Make sure you have finished Unit 2 Projects (Two Desmos Marbleslides Activities)
HW #13A: Intro to Exponential Functions Assignment (access and turn in via Google Classroom. 10 pt HW graded for both accuracy and completion).
Class on 10/27
HW: Continue try to finish Unit 2 Projects (Desmos Marbleslides) due on Wed, 11/3
Class on 10/22
Grouptest – Unit 2
HW: start Unit 2 Project Task B – Marbleslides Rational Functions.
Class on 10/20
Vertical and End-Behavior Asymptotes: Why do they exist in rational functions?
Give out HW #12.
HW#11: Finish HW #11 Handout
HW: Start HW #12 Handout
Class on 10/15
Start some of 4.3!!! Give out HW #11 if ready.
Class on 10/13
4.1 Polynomials, Graph, Roots, and Models: What do we know about the turns, end behavior, and intercepts of polynomials?
2021 August Task: # of Lines, # of Triangles. And/or Cubic Modeling Task
Notes: Unit 2
Class on 10/8
Video: Mythbusters Penny Drop
3.3 Quadratic Webs
Show part of Unit 2 Project Desmos Activity
HW#8B: 3.3 #35, 39, 49-57odd, 97, 99, 100.
3.4 #7, 9, 17, 29.
pg 165 #1-7,9-11, 15. (red light only)
HW: If you want, start working on Unit 2 Project Part A - Desmos Activity: Marbleslides: Transforming Quadratic Functions
Class on 10/6
3.3 Quadratic Functions: What are the advantages of standard vs vertex forms? How can we quickly understand the stretch factor?
HW: finish Unit 1 Project (turn in via Google Classroom)
Class on 10/1
HW: Unit 1 Project draft due Wednesday, 10/6 Final draft due, 10/8.
Class on 9/29
Class on 9/24
Class on 9/22
Start 3.2 Linear Models of Best Fit (By Hand & With Technology): Bucket Draining Problem (Outside) & Penny Circle (Desmos)
1st Semester Extra Credit Problems – Start Number Bracelets & Discuss
HW#5: Finish the Bucket Draining CW (handout) and the Penny Circle CW (Desmos). Also book Lesson 2.5 #7-26, 35. pg 115 #37.
Class on 9/17
2.4 Piecewise Functions
-Skydive & General Practice
Discuss tax system (page 92 - #53)
HW #4: 2.4 #31-37odd (graph only), 43-45 (equation only), 53 (at least the first few parts)
Class on 9/15
Class on 9/10
Day 1 Goals & Intro PPT
1.1 Distance and Midpoint & 1.3 Equations of Lines
Day 2 Course Overview PPT, Structures, Advice
Get Books, Calendar and Syllabus, Discuss Grades
Discuss Projects & Final Project
HW#2: 1.1 #19-25odd, 29-32, 41, 43, 53, 67
1.3 #39-89e.o.odd (red light only), 131
Create graph: Your Enjoyment Level (y-axis) vs Difficulty of Math Problem (x-axis)
Class on 9/8
Discussion check-in: Google Classroom, binders, books, emails, turning stuff in
CW: variety of problems, algebra & geometry review. Videos: Jeremy Harper one million. Brainstorm questions, assumptions, strategies, etc. Also introduce drying apples problem and discuss problem solving strategies
HW#1: Handout – Alg/Geo Review and Challenge Problems (Drying Apples & Counting to One Million Tasks)
Class on 9/3
Videos – Maryam Mirzakhani & ViHart. What does doing math look and feel like?
Cat Problem – Can one cat produce 2000 descendants in 18 months?
HW: Continue work on Cat Problem.
HW: Complete the Info Sheet (accessed and turned in via Google Classroom)
Class on 9/1
Welcome, Kickoff: summer share
Go over basic COVID and class rules
Bungee Jumping Task: how can we use data and math to make predictions?
HW (if necessary): Complete August math review and tasks if you forgot to do so already.