Week 1

Welcome to Pre-Calculus!  My name is Mr. Motter, and I will be teaching this math course at CATN this year.  I am looking forward to the coming academic year, and working with you to enhance your math skills.
A few items:
1.  Course Syllabus:  I am attaching this year’s syllabus, as well as test-taking guidelines. The syllabus provides general information concerning the course that you will find helpful, including the assigned textbook.  The textbook we will be using is titled Saxon Advanced Mathematics, Second Edition.  The ISBN numbers are 978-1-56577-039-3 and 1-56577-039-0.  Please be sure to purchase both the textbook and the solutions manual for this text.
2..  Testing Policy:  Exams in this course will be completed outside of class.  We will have an exam approximately every two weeks.  I will be using the same testing policy that has been in place for the CATN science courses over the past several years.
3.  Homework:  Homework assignments will be provided via email. The timely and accurate completion of assigned homework is critical to success in this course.  The assigned text is divided into 125 lessons, and the class will be reviewing approximately 4 lessons every week.  Homework questions will be assigned for every section.  Assigned questions will include a subset of the questions at the end of each lesson. Students should review the assigned lessons and complete the homework before coming to class.  During the class, assigned lessons will be reviewed and homework questions will be discussed.  The homework set will be turned in at the beginning of the following week to permit time for corrections as needed.  Approximately 40-50 homework questions will be assigned each week.   Students are strongly encouraged to do some homework each day to facilitate learning over a period of days.  “Cramming” assignments until the day prior to class is highly discouraged.
4.  Homework Assignment due September 10th:  The following problems should be completed prior to our first session on September 10th:

Lesson 1:  (beginning page 12) 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 20, 22, 27, 28.

Lesson 2:  (beginning page 24) 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 21, 22, 26, 27.

Lesson 3:  (beginning page 34) 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26.

Lesson 4:  (beginning page 40) 1, 2, 3, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22.

Note: Lesson 4 concerns construction of lines and angles using a protractor and compass.  We WILL NOT use a protractor or compass in this class, so please read that lesson for general content only.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me either via email or telephone at 972-897-9490.  Best wishes for a great end of the summer.  I look forward to seeing you on September 10th.

Week 2

It was great to see you this week for our first session.  I am looking forward to working with you, and I am glad that you are working diligently to succeed in this course.
Here is the agenda for week 2:
1.  Due on September 17:  Turn in assigned problem homework set from week 1 (Lessons 1-4) for grade at beginning of class.  Please make sure to show your work for all problems completed.
2.  Complete assigned homework for week 2 (outlined below) and bring to class with any questions:
Week 2 Homework Assignment:  The following problems should be completed before our next session and brought to class with any questions:
Lesson 5:  (beginning page 47)  3, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 22.Lesson 6:  (beginning page 52)  1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 24..Lesson 7:  (beginning page 58)  5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 22, 24..Lesson 8:  (beginning page 65)  8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 25, 26, 27.
Note:  I also am attaching a PDF file with the solutions to the above problems since everyone does not yet have the Solutions Manual available for their use.