Precalculus Honors 2018-2019 Announcements.

Weekend Update: May 11

posted May 11, 2019, 10:38 AM by Alison Fisher   [ updated May 11, 2019, 10:51 AM ]

It's hard to believe we are so close to the end of another school year. When did that happen? A couple of thoughts/clarifications to make as we near the end .... I know it can be a little overwhelming when you think about everything left to accomplish in the next two weeks. Let's break it down so it's manageable. Seniors ... feel free to jump to the end where we talk about specifically how you are going to reach your goals on a shorter timeline.

What to do this weekend:
  • Work on Ch 11 Objectives ... Chapter 11 Project Link ... come into class Monday ready to start Obj F (Obj A-E completed or almost completed)
  • Complete Ch 9 Test Corrections if you haven't done so already.
  • Pull out ALL your old chapter tests from throughout the school year ... will talk about reviewing for final exam on Monday and going back to old chapter tests is a really big part of effective review.

Monday: 
  • Ch 11 - Objective F ... learn & practice (Chapter 11 Project Link)
  • Review of SLO test during class
  • Discussion of Final Exam Review 
  • Start some serious final exam review ... can you dedicate at least 30 min a day toward exam preparation?
    • NOTE: Final exam review will be collected the day of the final, not for a grade. Any/all work you complete you should be prepared to turn in.

Tuesday: 
  • Ch 11 - Objective G ... learn & practice (Chapter 11 Project Link)
  • Return Ch 10 Test - complete test corrections.
  • Start Closure problems from Chapter 11
  • Continue final exam review ... can you dedicate at least 30 min a day toward exam preparation?

Thursday (Block Day): 
  • Ch 11 Review - finish closure problems - and Objective H (Chapter 11 Project Link)
  • Rose graphs ... creating belated Mother's day gift
  • Continue final exam review

Friday: 
  • Brief Quest over Ch 11 Concepts 
  • Address final exam review questions
  • Use the weekend to continue preparing for your final exam

SENIORS:  What exactly are your responsible for between now & the end of your high school career???
  • Completion of Ch 11 objectives A through D - learn + practice (Chapter 11 Project Link)
  • Completion of the following Ch 11 closure problems ... 11-93 to 11-96, 11-105, & 11-106
Your final exam will be during class on Block Day (Thursday May 16).

How would I prepare for all of this:
  • WeekendComplete as much of the objectives as you can... can you walk into class Monday and have ch 11 objectives done?!?!? Also you need to work to review for the final. (Remember any/all review you do for the final exam will be collected the day of your final exam). Try to review two chapters a day ... go back to old tests & re-work problems to review content.
  • Monday - Complete Ch 11 closure problems in class + review SLO + at home continue final exam review
  • Tuesday - Spend class time reviewing with classmates for final exam ... then take it home and work more.

Week of Monday, April 6

posted May 6, 2019, 2:57 AM by Alison Fisher   [ updated May 6, 2019, 12:29 PM ]

This week we will start into a mini-unit on Polar Coordinates. There are 8 main objectives for the chapter which we will be working through. All objectives are set up in a way that students have multiple methods through which to access the curriculum and so they can continue to make progress even if missing class due to an AP test. Everything can/should be accessed through the google document that is linked under daily instruction. Targets are given to help students monitor their progress. During class students will be handed a sheet which will allow to track/monitor progress. Any questions, let Miss Fisher know.

Throughout the week as we work in the new unit students should continue to review & prepare for game day on Friday - individual test over vectors and parametric equations. 
  • Monday (5/6): Chapter 11 Project Introduction 
    • GOAL: Completion of OBJ A & some of OBJ B
    • Reminder: All Ch 10 Review work is due before your test on Friday!
  • Friday (5/10): Game Day - Chapter 10 Test

Upcoming Assessments:
  • Chapter 9 Individual Test on Friday, April 10

Need Extra Help? Availability this week:
  • After School ... Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Please note I am not available after school on Thursdays.

UPDATE: GAME DAY POSTPONED!

posted May 2, 2019, 5:49 AM by Alison Fisher

I am aware that next week AP testing starts and many of you are taking one, if not two AP tests over the course of a couple of weeks. Many are taking an AP test next Monday or Tuesday. I recognize that preparing for these big exams can (more likely will) be stressful. You have put a lot of work into those courses throughout the year. Please what you need to to be prepared for the AP exams.

With that in mind, our chapter 10 individual test will not be until next week on FRIDAY ... so May 10th. Hopefully this can alleviate some stress & allow to you better manage all the academic responsibilities you face at this point in the year.

Any questions or concerns, let me know.

Week of Monday, April 29

posted Apr 28, 2019, 2:08 PM by Alison Fisher   [ updated May 4, 2019, 7:17 AM ]

So this week we have a bit of an unusual schedule due to AIR testing ... so we will actually run two different block days. Despite the interrupted schedule we are going to do what we can to make it productive. We will wrap up key concepts from the chapter on Monday. Sorting through concepts on the topics of projectile motion, parametric equations, and vectors. We will challenge ourselves to think outside the box and apply our understanding as we think critically during a team test on Wednesday. And then at the close of the week we will move into our next unit on polar equations. Throughout the week students should begin to prepare for the chapter 10 individual assessment by focusing in on the golden ticket.
  • Monday (4/29): Chapter 10 Closure / Review
    • Practice:  Textbook Closure problems 10-109 to 10-121 
  • Tuesday (4/30): Red Day Schedule (block day - even periods - precalculus does not meet)
  • Wednesday (5/1): Game Day!!!!!  Chapter 10 Team Test
    • Practice:  Ch 10 Additional Review Worksheet ; Ch 10 Math Notes; Continue to work on Ch 10 Closure
  • Thursday (5/2): Red Day Schedule (block day - even periods - precalculus does not meet)
  • Friday (5/3): Lesson 11.1.1/ 11.1.2 Graphing Polar Equations
    •  Practice: Rev/Prev 11-12 to 11-16 + 11-26 to 11-31

Upcoming Assessments:
  • Anyone planning to retake the Ch 9 Individual Test needs to make that happen by this week on Friday!!!!
  • Ch 10 Team Test: Wednesday, May 1
  • Ch 10 Individual Test - next Friday, May 10

Need Extra Help? Availability this week:
  • After School ... Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday until 3:45 ... NOT available after school Thursday.

Week of Monday, April 22

posted Apr 22, 2019, 7:54 PM by Alison Fisher   [ updated Apr 27, 2019, 3:02 PM ]

This week we will turn our focus to a different type of graphing as we work with parametric equations. Using parametric equations we will be able to graph in two variables such that instead of y being a direct function of x, both variables are functions in relation to a different, common parameter. As we see the many real world applications of this concept we will continue to build mastery of concepts related to vectors. We close out the chapter at the end of the week so students should begin to prepare for chapter 10 assessments which will be happening next week.
  • Monday (4/22): No School - Long Weekend ... Enjoy the break.
  • Block Day (4/25): Lesson 10.2.2 Graphing Parametric Equations
    • Practice: Rev/Prev 10-84 to 10-92
  • Friday (4/26): Lesson 10.2.3 Applications of Parametric Equations 
  • Absent & missing class for a field trip?!?!? Here's what you missed ... complete 10-93, 10-94, & extra practice (link below)
  • Work should be completed BEFORE CLASS MONDAY. Not optional. No excuses. Be prepared for closure.
    • Practice: Rev/Prev 10-98 to 10-107
    • Extended Assignment: Start Ch 10 Textbook Closure (problems10-109 to 10-120)

Upcoming Assessments:
  • Ch 10 Team Test: tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 1
  • Ch 10 Individual Test: tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 7

Need Extra Help? Availability this week:
  • After School ... Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday until 3:45 ... NOT available after school Thursday.

Week of Monday, April 15

posted Apr 14, 2019, 5:50 PM by Alison Fisher   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 8:18 AM ]

This week we will continue our study of vectors, focusing in on applications of vectors to solve problems that involve navigation and forces in physics. We will then begin to explore parametric equations, another concept important to calculus courses. We will be mid-chapter by the end of the week.
  • Monday (4/15): Game Day (Non-Calculator Section) + Lesson 10.1.3 Applications
  • Tuesday (4/16): Lesson 10.1.4 Dot Product & Angle Between Vectors
    • Practice:  Rev/Prev 10-54 to 10-61 (skip 10-62)
  • Block Day (4/18): Lesson 10.2.1 Introduction to Parametric Equations + More work with Applications
    • Practice: Rev/Prev 10-68 to 10-75
  • Friday (4/19): No School - Long Weekend ... Enjoy the break!

Need Extra Help? Availability this week...
  • Before School ... Monday or Tuesday
  • After School ... Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday until 3:45 ... NOT available after school Thursday.

Week of Monday, April 8

posted Apr 7, 2019, 9:51 PM by Alison Fisher   [ updated Apr 13, 2019, 8:49 AM ]

This week we will wrap up our exploration of instantaneous rates of change. We will turn away from slope functions (aka derivatives) and move into a new unit where we will study vectors and parametric equations, both concepts important to physics and calculus courses. At the end of the week we will assess our understanding over key objectives for chapter 9. Students should be mindful of reviewing key objectives from the chapter 9 golden ticket throughout this week.
  • Monday (4/8): Ch 9 Closure - Team Test (Part II)
    • Practice: Perfect Problem
    • Extended Assignments: Ch 9 Closure + Ch 9 Math Notes + Ch 9 Additional Review... all due before individual test on Friday.
    • Tuesday (4/9): Lesson 10.1.1 Introduction to Vectors
      • Practice:  Rev/Prev 10-6 to 10-14
    • Block Day (4/11): Concepts from Lesson 10.1.2 & 10.1.3 More with Vectors + Application of Vectors
      • Practice: Rev/Prev 10-21 to 10-30
    • Friday (4/12): Game Day - Chapter 9 Individual Test
        • Practice: Instructional Video (VECTORS)... links posted below (total of about 20 min).

              Upcoming Assessments
              • Chapter 9 Individual Test on Friday, April 12

              Need Extra Help? Availability this week...
              • Before School ... Thursday or Friday
              • After School ... Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday until 3:45 ... NOT available after school Thursday!!!!

              Week of Monday, April 1

              posted Mar 31, 2019, 9:35 PM by Alison Fisher   [ updated Apr 1, 2019, 4:45 PM ]

              This week we will attempt to pick up where we left off before spring break with our investigations of AROC, IROC, slope functions and the derivative. It's a pretty exciting week as we make really powerful connections between velocity, position, and acceleration. And we really set the foundation for what will be explored in depth next year when you take calculus. We will close the week by stretching our thinking during the chapter 9 team test. By the end of the week students should begin to focus in on key concepts from the Chapter 9 Golden Ticket in preparation for the individual test.
              • Monday (4/1): Lesson 9.3.4 Slope Function: Definition of Derivative
                • Block Day (4/4): Merge Problem + Ch 9 Closure
                  • Practice: Textbook Closure 9-166 to 9-178 + Ch 9 Math Notes
                • Friday (4/5): Chapter 9 Team Test
                    • Practice: Ch 9 Math Notes + Ch 9 Additional Review

                      Upcoming Assessments
                      • Chapter 9 Team Test on Friday, April 5
                      • Chapter 9 Individual Test on Friday, April 12

                      Need Extra Help? Availability this week...
                      • Before School ... Monday, Thursday or Friday
                      • After School ... Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday until 3:45; or by appointment ... please talk to me!

                      Week of Monday, March 18

                      posted Mar 17, 2019, 7:16 PM by Alison Fisher   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 1:47 PM ]

                      This week we will formally measure our progress made throughout this school year when we take the SLO assessment. We will also extend our understanding of concepts from chapter 9 which is all about rates of change for curved non-constant functions! We will continue to explore AROC (average rate of change) as well as IROC (instantaneous rates of change). Many of the concepts we work on this week during class will be explored through the lens of velocity and position functions. We will close the week with a really powerful generalization of these concepts. This unit will finish after spring break.
                      • Monday (3/18): Lesson 9.2.2 Secant/Tangent Lines - Closure Video Link (I apologize that my voice sounds bad!)
                        • Practice: Rev/Prev 9-81 to 9-89
                        • Extended Assignment: SLO Review ... due on Block day.
                        • Tuesday (3/19): Lesson 9.3.1 Velocity and Position Graphs
                          • Practice:  Rev/Prev 9-97 to 9-105
                          • Extended Assignment: SLO Review ... due next week on Block day.
                        • Friday (3/22): Assessing Understanding: AROC - IROC + Slope Functions

                          Need Extra Help? Availability this week...
                          • Before School ... Monday, Thursday or Friday
                          • After School ... Monday, or Thursday until 3:45; or by appointment ... please talk to me!

                          Week of Monday, March 11

                          posted Mar 10, 2019, 10:47 PM by Alison Fisher   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 6:03 AM ]

                          This week we will will begin our explorations of concepts from chapter 9 which builds super important foundational skills for calculus! We discuss rates of change throughout this unit and gradually take it from calculating the average rate of change (AROC) to calculating instantaneous rates of change (IROC). It's pretty awesome how e are going to be able to connect our understanding of limits to the work we will be doing in the upcoming weeks. The unit will not finish until after spring break.
                          • Tuesday (3/12): Lesson 9.1.2 More Rates of Change from Data
                            • Practice:  Rev/Prev 9-21 to 9-29 (skip 9-30)
                            • Extended Assignment: SLO Review ... due next week on Block day.
                          • Block Day (3/14): Lesson 9.1.3 & 9.1.4 Slopes, Rates of Change, & Average Velocity
                            • Practice: Rev/Prev 9-37, 9-38, 9-44 to 9-46, 9-53 to 9-56
                          • Friday (3/15): Lesson 9.2.1 Moving from AROC to IROC
                              • Practice: Rev/Prev 9-58 to 9-60 and 9-67 to 9-71, 9-73, and 9-74
                              • Extended Assignment: SLO Review ... due next week on Block day.

                              Need Extra Help? Availability this week...
                              • Before School ... Monday, Thursday or Friday
                              • After School ... Monday, or Thursday until 3:45; or by appointment ... please talk to me!

                              Upcoming Game Days (Assessments)...
                              • SLO Test Scheduled for Thursday, March 21

                              1-10 of 38