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:

  • Your class score will be an average of scores from the summative assessments.
  • The exact dates for summative assessments will be announced about 1 week in advance.
  • Students are required to organize and maintain all notes, homework, and worksheets in this class in a separate and clearly labeled notebook or binder.
  • Homework assignments must be completed on pages that can be removed from the binder and added back after receiving feedback. The notebook will serve as a helpful reference tool if it is properly maintained.
  • Formative assessments and practice will not be included in your course average, but completion of these assignments will greatly enhance performance on summative assessments.
  • Formative assessments, notes, and practice must be completed on time in order to qualify for the scheduled retake of any summative assessment.


  • 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 6 – August 24 Drawing Conclusions From Data
August 24 – September 7 Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Functions
September 7 – September 21 Quadratic Functions and Equations
September 21 – October 5 Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
October 5 – October 19 Rational Equations and Functions
October 19 – November 2 Powers, Roots, and Radicals
November 2 – Noevember 16 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
November 16 – November 30 Rational Equations and Functions
November 30 – December 14 Relations and Conic Sections

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