Math 3

Course Description:

This is a precalculus, pre-IB Math HL/SL course covering all standard topics of advanced algebra. The main focus is on various functions including polynomial, radical, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric functions, with an emphasis on graphing. Further topics include systems of 1st and 2nd degree equations and inequalities, sequences and series, permutations & combinations, binomial theorem, probability, complex numbers, and trigonometry. This course emphasizes problem solving applications as well as oral and written communication skills. Extensive use is made of Texas Instruments graphing calculators.

Assessment and Evaluation:

  • Tests – 40%
  • Quizzes – 30%
  • Classwork – 20%
  • Participation – 10%

Comments on Assessment & Evaluation:

  • Students are required to organize and maintain all notes, homework, and worksheets in this class in a clearly labeled notebook or binder. Homework assignments must be completed on pages that can be removed from the binder and added back after grading. The notebook will serve as a helpful reference tool if it is properly maintained.
  • The date for unit tests will be announced about 1 week in advance. Quizzes will sometimes be unannounced.


  • Course Textbook: Mathematics III (Pearson 2014)
  • TI graphing calculator
  • Notebook/binder with pockets for storing handouts
  • Graph paper and notebook paper
  • Pen, pencil, eraser, ruler and other general stationery items

Tentative schedule for unit coverage:

Dates Topics
August 27 – September 21 Equations and Inequalities
September 24 – November 2 Linear Equations and Functions
November 5 – December 7 Linear Systems and Inequalities
December 10 – January 18 Quadratic Functions
January 21 – February 22 Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
February 25 – March 29 Powers, Roots, and Radicals
April 1 – May 7 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
May 8 – May 28 Rational Equations and Functions
May 29 – June 12 Relations and Conic Sections