Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School



PreCal 12                                            Teacher:    Mrs. T. Comeau

Pre-Calculus Mathematics 12           Room:    306



Course Description:     


This course is a continuation of the problem solving approach began in Math 10 . Some topics from Adv Math 11 and Adv Math 12 will be expanded upon, as well as, new ones being explored.  Students are expected to keep pace with the growing terminology and expansion of knowledge being learned.  Topics include polynomial, rational, and logarithmic functions, series and sequences, trigonometry, complex numbers, limits and derivatives.


Course Objectives:  


To help students:


1.      become better problem solvers through exploration of new mathematical concepts, the discovery of alternate lines of approach, and to see problem solving in all aspects of the mathematics classroom rather than as a distinct topic.


2.      in both verbal and written communication of mathematics.  Through this regular                                                                            communication with and among students, the language and symbols of mathematics

      will become natural.  


3.      develop a mathematical reasoning ability to their solutions in a variety of ways,

      always explaining why.


4.    connect mathematics with other topics and show the importance of mathematics

        in everyday life through applications in the real world.


The course outcomes will be used to attain these objectives.


Course Text:


Barry,  Besteck-Hope, Brown, Small, Avard-Spinney; (2002), 

Mathematical Modeling Book 4,  Nelson , Canada  ( $ 44.51 )


Supplemental resources will be used in the classroom.


Course Outline:         Pre – Calculus   Mathematics   12



Semester 1                       September 3, 2009  through  January 22,  2010



Term  1            September 3, 2009  through  November 13, 2009


            Ch 1                 Series and Sequences

            Ch 2                 Functions – A New Perspective

            Ch 3                 Functions,  Part II ( 3.1 & 3.2 )



Term 2                        November 16, 2009  through January 22, 2010


            Ch 3                 Functions , Part II  ( 3.3 through 3.7 )

            Ch 4                 Trigonometry

            Ch 5                 Complex Numbers



                        Exams are  from    January  25, 2010    to    January 29, 2010



Note:  A variety of other resources are used and all supplemental materials will be provided.



Course  Evaluation:


            Tests                …………………….   30 %


            Quizzes            …………………….   20 %


            Assignments     …………………….   20 %


            Exam Value      …………………..      30 %


                   Mark         …………………..      100 %




Note:  There are no exemptions in this course since it is a university preparatory course for the sciences and the experience of writing examinations is a valuable one.


       Parent/Teacher Evening  is  Thursday, November 19, 2009  from  6:30 – 8 pm.

       Parent/Teacher Morning  is  Friday,  November 20, 2009   from   9:00 – 11:30 am.


General Information:


  1. Supplies:  3 ring binder ( for Math only), loose-leaf,  dividers, graph paper , compass, protractor, 15cm ( 6 in) ruler, scientific calculator, and proper writing utensils.


  1. I ask that  ALL work passed in to me be completed in PENCIL since pencil can be easily erased and changed, and not scratched out and written over.



  1. Students are expected to adhere to school regulations as well as the following classroom guidelines:

(a)    No hats, cell phones, food, gum or drink permitted during class time. Water is acceptable.

(b)    With the exception of first period, you will be given 5 minutes to arrive to class before  I close my classroom door.  Once the door is closed you must have a signed slip from the office, teacher or a note from home explaining your tardiness. With this slip/note in hand please knock on my door and wait for it to be answered.  You will be marked late on the attendance sheets.

(c)    No trips to the washroom or water fountain during class time.  The five minutes allowed between classes should be used wisely.  This is necessary to reduce noise in the hallway since all available space is in use.

(d)    Be prepared to replace, repair or clean anything you damage.

(e)    You must be in your first class of the day before O’Canada begins to play, otherwise you are late.

(f)      There will be zero tolerance for swearing.

(g)    If you are asked to leave the classroom for any reason you are to report directly to the office.

(h)    The windows will be operated by the teacher.



  1. NO assignments will be accepted late.  Assignments are to be handed in during class the day in which they are due, unless otherwise stated in class.  DO NOT disturb another class by knocking on my door to hand in your assignment, it will not be accepted.



  1. All tests are scheduled  in advance and in consultation with the class, so any medical, dental appointments, etc… should be voiced at that time.  Keep your agendas up to date to avoid any conflicts.  This includes all sports !!!


  1. Students who miss writing a  test/quiz will receive a mark of zero until they provide a legitimate excuse immediately upon returning to school.  The missed test, quiz, etc… will be completed on the first day backIt is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher on the first day back to make such arrangements.

No marks are dropped !!