Course Expectations: Pre-Calculus
Instructor: Todd Busse
Office: Room 355
I require the use of one section of your three-ring binder for class notes,
and handouts. You will also need an adequate supply of notebook paper,
a pad of graph paper, pencils, colored pencils or pens, and a scientific
or graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus recommended).
The school policy as stated in the student handbook will be followed.
It is important for students to get to class on time. When a student is
late to class it disrupts the entire class and will have the following
First Tardy- 10 minutes detention in my room
Second Tardy- 20 minutes detention in my room
Third Tardy- Referral will be sent home
Fourth Tardy- Referral to administration
Grading will be based on total points for the grading period. The grading
scale will be as follows:
100%-93% A 76%-73% C
92%-90% A- 72%-70% C-
89%-87% B+ 69%-67% D+
86%-83% B 66%-60% D
82%-80% B- 59%-0% F
Homework, Tests, and Quizzes
Doing math is a very important part of learning math, therefore, homework
will be assigned almost everyday. Homework will be corrected and discussed
the next day. Homework will be collected when needed. Tests and quizzes
will be given when needed. Tests will be announced before they will be
given. Quizzes will be both announced and unannounced. Tests and quizzes
(70%) will be the majority of the grade with some Homework (about 10%)
Projects/Investigations (10%), Problem of the Week (POW) (10%). Problem
of the Weeks will be given every two weeks, 7 of 9 must be done first
semester and 7 of 9 in second semester.
It is my goal to maintain a classroom atmosphere that is conducive to
the study of mathematics, and to explain all concepts to the best of my
ability, in or out of the classroom. I can provide the environment and
guidance but cannot learn for you the student. You are responsible
for your learning.
I believe that a student cannot learn self discipline unless he or she
has been disciplined in a firm, consistent and fair manner. I will run
my class accordingly. Remember, every student in this room has the right
to an education without disruptive influences or distractions of any kind
form other students. I as a teacher have the right to teach without
the same disruptions or distractions from students.
Problem of the Week
Problem of the Week will be given every other Tuesday and due in two weeks.
These problems will be based on what is being taught in class, or on other
topics that are appropriate to the class. The students need to explain
their thinking as thoroughly as possible. They will be graded on how well
they explain their thinking, not only on the correct answer. If an explanation
is not acceptable the students will have one week to improve their explanation.
Note: A late fee on $5.00 will be assessed if your text book is not returned
on time at the end of the semester.
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