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SYLLABUS: Trigonometry

SCHOOL YEAR: 2010-2011

Ms. Ramserran


Trigonometry comes from the Greek words trigonon (triangle) and metron (to measure). It is a branch of Geometry that deals primarily with chords.  It was originally used by astronomers to calculate the distance between various stars and the earth.  Currently, Trigonometry is used in many fields of study, such as: music theory, acoustics, optics, analysis of financial markets, electronics, probability theory, statistics, biology, medical imaging (CAT scans and ultrasound), pharmacy, chemistry, number theory (and hence cryptology), seismology, meteorology, oceanography, many physical sciences, land surveying and geodesy, architecture, phonetics, economics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer graphics, cartography, and crystallography.

In this course, you will learn the in’s and out’s of the basic trigonometric functions (sin, cos, tan) and their inverses (csc, sec, cot). You will be able to: graph equations containing trig functions using cartesian coordinates and polar coordinates, identify placement on the unit circle, and problem solve.

Classroom Rules and Regulations

In order to ensure a safe and comfortable environment in the classroom, I do expect all of the students to adhere to the following:

1) Be Prepared.  Be on time and bring all classroom materials every day

    (Math Journal, Graphing Calculator, Graph paper, Loose-leaf paper, 2 pencils, a pen, and an eraser).

2) Stay Focused. Your attention should be on the designated task. Note writing, texting, doodling, and

    talking without permission during class is prohibited.

  1. 3)Respect Others. Teachers, Staff members, Visitors, and your classmates should be treated in the

    same manner you would like to be treated.  No bullying, name-calling, derogatory remarks, or

    inappropriate behavior will be tolerated.

     4) Follow All Rules and Regulations.  School policies and directions from staff members must be



The following will result if the Classroom Rules and Regulations are not adhered to:

1) Duty slip

  1. 2)15 minute detention

  2. 3) Conference with Student and Parents/Guardians & Written Referral to Principal

  3. 4)Suspension from class (Principal & Parents/Guardians notified)

Note: Citizenship Grade will be earned based on daily behavior during class.

Failure to comply with the consequences will be deemed as defiance resulting in automatic suspension from class.

Grading Policy

Math Journal (10%)

Students will be expected to use a 1” binder organized with tabs to maintain notes, homework assignments, worksheets, and other pertinent Trigonometry documents in an effort to teach students note-taking and study skills.  The Math Journal is to be brought to class every day and must only contain materials related to Trigonometry.   The Math Journal will be checked periodically throughout the semester.  It will be graded based on 4 points per chapter as follows: (1 pt) Warm-Up problems (1 pt) Rules/Definitions (1 pt) Sample problems (1 pt) Organization

Homework (10%)

Homework will be assigned every day and will be due the following class unless otherwise stated.  Student’s that are absent will turn in their homework ON THE DAY THEY RETURN.

No late work will be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made.

Failure to turn in homework will affect your Work Habits grade.

Class Presentations (10%)

Every day randomly selected students will present a homework problem to the class and explain how they solved the problem.  If a student is absent on the day they are selected to present, he/she will not be able to receive participation points.

Quizzes (20%)

Quizzes will be administered each week reflecting any California Content Standards taught throughout the semester.  You will be allowed to use your Math Binder during the quizzes. You will NOT be allowed to retake quizzes.

Tests (20%)

Tests will be given at the end of each chapter reflecting the California Content Standards within that chapter. You will NOT be allowed to use your Math Binder during the tests.  You may be allowed to retake a test if you are able to show satisfactory progress toward mastering the California Content Standards within that chapter PRIOR TO the next Chapter Test.

Final Exam (20%)

A Final Exam will be given at the end of the semester, which will encompass all California Content Standards taught throughout the semester.

Projects (10%)

A Unit Project will be assigned reflecting a selected group of California Content Standards.  Students will have eight (8) weeks to complete the project.  You may work with your classmates but you must turn in a project that reflects your own words.  Plagiarism will result in a 0 for the project.  Plagiarism is defined as “a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work.”

Extra Credit (5%)

A student can increase their percentage in the class up to 5 percentage points by completing worksheets during tutoring sessions.  The student must complete each worksheet or activity in the tutoring session in order to receive the extra credit points.  Each worksheet or activity is worth one point.  A maximum of 50 points can be earned during the semester.

Grades will be issued as follows:

Note: If you earn a ”U” during any progress period, you will not be eligible to receive an “E” on your final semester report card.

Contact Information

Students and parents can contact me via e-mail at:

Work Habits Grade

E: No missing assignments

    within progress period

S: 1-4 missing assignments

    within progress period

U: 5 missing assignments

    within progress period

Citizenship Grade

E: No incidences within progress period

S: 1-4 incidences within progress period

U: 5 or more incidences within progress period

Class grade

A: 100 - 90%

B:   89 - 80%

C:   79 - 70%

D:   69 - 60%

F:   59 - 0%