Teacher: Mr Barker

    Room:  409

    Prerequisite: Algebra II/Trig with a B or better or Advanced Math Trig with an A


    Course Description: Pre-Calculus is designed to prepare students to enter Calculus and to extend the students’ familiarity with relations, functions, limits, trigonometry, graphing concepts and applications, polar coordinates, complex numbers, matrices, and vectors.  The curriculum is aligned with the state standards and satisfies admission requirements for four year universities.


    Materials Required:

    1. Textbook: Advanced Mathematics, A Precalculus Approach   Prentice Hall
    2. Spiral notebook (for notes), paper and graph paper                          
    3. Pencils and eraser, colored pen for correcting homework and warm-ups
    4. Scientific calculator (for exams) and graphing calculator (for homework and some exams)


    Standard Grading Policy: Grades are based on tests, homework, quizzes, warm-ups, notes and possibly projects.  Tests account for 80% of the grade, homework accounts for 10%, and the other 10% may include, but is not limited to, quizzes, warm-ups, notes and projects.  Tests are worth 100 points per unit.  The Final Exam is worth 200 points.  At the very end of each semester, a low test score will only be dropped if the student’s homework average is above 90%.  NO PART OF THE FINAL EXAM MAY BE DROPPED.

                Grading scale:                                                 Effort grades will be based on work turned in as follows:

                A:        90 -100%                                             O:        90% or more turned in

                B:        80 -  89%                                             S:         80% or more turned in

                C:        69 -  79%                                             N:        70% or more turned in                                            

                D:        58 -  68%                                             U:        less than 70% turned in

                F:           0 -  57%                                             Citizenship grades are based on classroom behavior.


    Homework Policy:  When homework is assigned, it is to be completed prior to the next class meeting.  If time permits, the homework will be reviewed in class at the next class meeting and questions on problems will be answered.  Each assignment is worth 10 points.  Students will receive full credit if and only if the assignment is complete

    Make-up Policy:  It is the responsibility of the student to find out what he or she missed during an absence.  Assignments can be found at the Los Al High webpage under my name. Missed assignments including quizzes, homework, notes and warm-ups must be made up within the same amount of days as were missed.  Missed tests will be taken before or after school as soon as possible, not during class, and always before the next test.  If a student is truant from class on a test day, they will be given a zero for that test.


    Attendance Policy and Dress Code: All Los Alamitos attendance policies, including truancies and tardies, will be followed and can be found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  The dress code, also found in the handbook, will be enforced.


    Cell Phone and iPod Policy:  All cell phones will be placed in the cell phone holder at the front of the room at the beginning of each class and will not accessible during class time.


    Cheating Policy:  Cheating is a very serious offense and will not be tolerated.  Students will abide by the Academic Code found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  A student who is in possession of, but not limited to, a cheat sheet, notes, copies of an exam, or their text book, during a testing situation is cheating.  If these items are found prior to the distribution of the test or quiz, it is considered “intent to cheat.”  The student will hand these items over and be allowed to take the test or quiz, but their grade will be lowered 10%.  If these items are found during the test or quiz, the student will receive a zero with no possibility of regaining any of those points.  They will also be referred to their counselor, the event noted on their permanent record and receive an N for citizenship.  The giving or receiving of information during a testing situation will have the same consequences listed above.


     Classroom Rules:

    1. Every student will be in their seat when the bell rings and remain there until the teacher dismisses class. Every moment is precious to us – expect there to be teaching and learning right up to the bell each day.
    2. Every student will bring all of their supplies to class every day.
    3. There is to be no talking when the teacher, or another person giving a presentation, is talking.
    4. There will be no eating or drinking in the classroom.
    5. Every student will participate daily by working diligently.
    6. Students will show each other and the teacher respect.

    Failure to follow these rules will result in a detention, a call home or other disciplinary action.


    Conference period:  I have sixth period conference.  If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail is the best way to contact me at dbarker@losal.org.  Phone messages may also be left at (562) 799 - 4780 ext. 82409.


    Students may come in before school, as I am available, if they need extra help.


    I look forward to having a great year!!