Advice from previous students to current students

Answers to: If you could start Trig/PreCalc over again, what advice would you give yourself?

Don't fall behind in assignments...it is very difficult to catch up.


Answers to: What was your favorite part of the course?

Mr. M's sense of humor (or lack of humor).


Answers to: What was the hardest/least favorite part of the course?

Actually doing all the homework.

Day 
Date 
Section & Lecture Notes 
Assignment 
1 
Week 1 1519Aug 
15Aug, Mon: Teacher Institute 16Aug, Tue: Teacher Institute 17Aug, Wed : 1/2 day Teacher Inservice 
Course Handout & Policy
Intro to Course  DANG!
Note1: Complete even and odd Exercise problems listed unless specified otherwise. [i.e. "odd only"] Note2: Points for assessments are approximate. Modifications should be expected to adapt to classroom circumstances. 
2 
18Aug 
Trig 101 : Handout

Each assignment to be turned in must include:

3 
19Aug 
1.1 Angles:

MyMathLab Assignment

4 
Week 2 2226Aug 
1.2 Angle Relationships and Similar Triangles:

Trig 101 Quiz #1 opens [Schoology] MyMathLab Assignment

5 
1.3 Trigonometric Functions:

Trig 101 Quiz #1 closes [Schoology; 25pts]
MyMathLab Assignment


6 

Review 1.11.3 
Review Quiz 1.11.3 [myMathLab] 
7 

Quiz 1.11.3 [paperbased inclass & myMathLab outside class, 2 attempts per quiz; 100pts] 

8 
1.4 Using the Trig Definitions:

Trig 101 Quiz #2 opens [Schoology] MyMathLab Assignment


9 
Week 3 29Aug2Sep 
1.4 continued 
Trig 101 Quiz #2 closes [Schoology; 25pts] MyMathLab Assignment

10 

Review : 1.11.4 
Homework Quiz Ch 1 [myMathLab for completion or 2 attempts per HQ problem if requested; 100pts] 
11 
TEST Chapter 1 
TEST Chapter 1 [100 pts] 

12 

2.1 Trigonometric Functions of Acute Angles:

MyMathLab Assignment

13 

2.2 Trigonometric Functions of NonAcute Angles:

MyMathLab Assignment

Week 4 59Sep 5Sep : Labor Day 
Labor Day 

14 

2.3 Finding Trigonometric Functions Values Using a Calculator:

MyMathLab Assignment

15 

Review : 2.12.3 Discuss Project (measure group members height) 
Review WS 2.12.3 [Schoology for practice only] 
16 

2.4 Solving Right Triangles:

MyMathLab Assignment
Trig 101 Quiz #2 opens [Schoology] 
17 


Quiz 2.12.3 [myMathLab inclass, 2 attempts per quiz; 100pts] 
18 
Week 5 1216Sep 
2.4 Continued 
Trig 101 Quiz #3 closes [Schoology; 25pts]
MyMathLab Assignment

19 

1st Qtr Project : Finding the height of an object using a clinometer and measuring tape. 
worksheet 
20 

2.5 Bearing  applications 
MyMathLab Assignment

21 

Review : 2.42.5 
MyMathLab Assignment
Review 2.42.5 [myMathLab and paperbased, practice only] 
22 

Quiz 2.42.5 [paperbased inclass & myMathLab outside class; 100pts] 

23 
Week 6 1923Sep 
Review : Chapter 2 
Trig 101 Quiz #4 [Schoology; inclass, 25 pts] 
24 

Review : Chapter 2 
Homework Quiz Ch 2 [myMathLab for completion or 2 attempts per HQ problem if requested; 100pts] 
25 

TEST Chapter 2 
TEST Chapter 2 [100 pts] 
26 

3.1 Radian Measure :

MyMathLab Assignment

27 

3.2 Applications of Radian Measure :

MyMathLab Assignment
1st Qtr Project : Due : [100 pts on Homework] 
28 
Week 7 2630Sep 
Review : 3.13.2 

29 

Quiz 3.13.2 [paperbased inclass & myMathLab outside class; 100pts] 

30 

3.3 Circular Functions:

MyMathLab Assignment

31 
3.4 Linear and Angular Velocities: applications 
MyMathLab Assignment


32 

3.4 continued 
Trig 101 Quiz #5 [Schoology; inclass, 25 pts]
MyMathLab Assignment

33 
Week 8 37Oct 
Review : 3.33.4 
MyMathLab Assignment

34 


Quiz 3.33.4 [paperbased inclass & myMathLab outside class; 100pts] 
35 

Review : Ch 3 
Homework Quiz Ch 3 [myMathLab for completion or 2 attempts per HQ problem if requested; 100pts] 
36 

TEST Chapter 3 
TEST Chapter 3 [inclass, paperbased, calculator and nocalculator sections,100 pts] 
7Oct : Teacher Institute 

Week 9 1014Oct
10Oct : Columbus Day 

37 

4.1  Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions:

MyMathLab Assignment

38 

4.2 Translations of the Graphs of the Sine Cosine Functions:

MyMathLab Assignment

39 
4.14.2 Review 
MyMathLab Assignment


40 
14Oct : 1/2 day Teacher Institute

1/2 Day Teacher Institute 
Quiz 4.14.2 [paperbased inclass & myMathLab outside class, 50 pts] (Last Grade of 1st Qtr)
Endof1st Quarter 
Day 
Date 
Section & Lecture Notes 
Assignment 
1 
Week 10 1721Oct 
4.3 Graphs of the Other Circular Functions:

2nd Quarter Project : temperature sinusoidal regression [25 pts as test grade]
MyMathLab Assignment

2 
4.4 

3 
4.14.4 Review 
Homework Quiz Ch 4 [myMathLab for completion or 2 attempts per HQ problem if requested; 100pts]
MyMathLab Assignment


4 
Test Chapter 4 [100 pts on 2nd Quarter] 

5 

5.1 Fundamental Identities:

MyMathLab Assignment

6 
Week 11 2428Oct 
5.2 Verifying Trigonometric Identities:

MyMathLab Assignment

7 
5.15.2 Review 
MyMathLab Assignment 

8 

QUIZ 5.1–5.2 [100 pts] 

9 
5.3 Sum and Difference Identities for Cosine:

MyMathLab Assignment


10 

5.4 Sum and Difference Identities for Sine and Tangent:

Due : 2nd Quarter Project : temperature sinusoidal regression [25 pts as test grade]
MyMathLab Assignment

Week 12 31Oct4Nov 
Parent  Teacher Conferences 

Parent  Teacher Conferences 

11 

5.35.4 Review 

12 


Quiz 5.35.4 [100 pts] 
13 

5.15.4 Review 

14 
Week 13 711Nov 

Test 5.1–5.4 [100 pts] 
Election Day 

15 

5.5 DoubleAngle Identities :

MyMathLab Assignment

16 

5.6 HalfAngle Identities:

MyMathLab Assignment


11Nov 
Veteran's Day (observed) 

17 
Week 14 1418Nov 
Review 5.55.6 
Homework Quiz Ch 5 [myMathLab for completion or 2 attempts per HQ problem if requested; 100pts] 
18 

Test 5.55.6 [100 pts] 

19 

6.1 Inverse Trigonometric Functions:

MyMathLab Assignment

20 

6.2 Trigonometric Equations I:

MyMathLab Assignment

21 

6.3 (Day 1) Trigonometric

MyMathLab Assignment

22 
Week 15 2125Nov 
Review 6.16.2 

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QUIZ 6.16.2 [100 pts] 

24Nov 
Thanksgiving Break 


25Nov 
Thanksgiving Break 


26Nov 
Thanksgiving Break 


24 
Week 16 28Nov2Dec 
6.3 (Day 2) Trigonometric

MyMathLab Assignment

25 
6.4 Equations Involving Inverse Trigonometric Functions:

MyMathLab Assignment


26 

Review 6.36.4 
Homework Quiz Ch 6 [myMathLab for completion or 2 attempts per HQ problem if requested; 100pts]

27 


QUIZ 6.36.4 [100 pts] 
28 

6.16.4 Review 

29 
Week 17 59Dec 

Test Chapter 6 [100 pts] 
30 

7.1 – Oblique Triangles and

MyMathLab Assignment

31 

7.2  Ambiguous Case of the Law of Sines:

MyMathLab Assignment

32 

Review 7.17.2 

33 

QUIZ 7.17.2 [100 pts] 

34 
Week 18 1216Dec 
7.3 – Law of Cosines:

MyMathLab Assignment

35 

7.3 continued 
MyMathLab Assignment

36 

Review 7.17.3 
Homework Quiz Ch 7 [myMathLab for completion or 2 attempts per HQ problem if requested; 100pts] 
37 
Test Chapter 7 [100 pts] 

38 
Grade reviews and/or Final Exam Prep 

39 
Week 19 1921Dec 
6th Hour: Mon 19Dec: A Lunch : 10:2010:50am 
Semester Exam Day 1 
22Dec2Jan : Christmas Break 
Trigonometry Course Overview : Syllabus, Curricular Alignment, Policies, & Practices
Schedules : Daybased & Weekbased

Monday  Tuesday & Thursday  Friday
Daybased schedule : 54minute class periods
Wednesday (PLC day)
Daybased schedule : 44minute class periods

7:15  8:15am : Java & Honors Java Programming / AP CSP [6 minutes for announcements if inschool]

8:21  9:15am : Trigonometry / PreCalculus

9:21  10:15am : AP CSA

10:15  10:45am : A Lunch
10:51  11:45am : AP Statistics

11:51  12:45pm : Prep

12:51  1:45pm : Trigonometry / PreCalculus

1:50  2:40pm : Office Hours in A314

7:15  8:05am : Java & Honors Java Programming / AP CSP [6 minutes for announcements if inschool]

8:11  8:55am : Trigonometry / PreCalculus

9:01  9:45am : AP CSA

9:51  10:35am : AP Statistics

10:35  11:05am : Lunch
11:11  11:55am : Prep

12:01  12:45pm : Trigonometry / PreCalculus

12:45  2:40pm : PLC for Teachers (no office hours)


Weekbased schedule (if needed):

Option 2: Hybrid Learning : 23 days per week : one (or two) inperson meetings (i.e. "A" and "B" Days) and
1 day remote.

Option 3 : Remote Learning : 35 days per week from home
TextBook & Resources :
 Trigonometry, 11th Ed., 2017
 Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, Daniels
 ISBN: 9780134217437

Graphing calculator such as a TI83 or TI84 (any version).

Notebook(s) for notes and homework. Each homework problem must include 

copy of the original problem,

copy of correct solution [often from back of textbook], and

include steps that connect the problem with the solution (with explanation/justification as appropriate).

Policy : Grading
The prerequisite for Trigonometry is earning a C (or better) in Algebra 2 or Algebra 2B. Please see your teacher if you have not met this course prerequisite as soon as possible.

Assessments : scores & grades

2 types of assessments will be given in this course : nongraded formative (i.e. completion or pass/fail) scores and graded summative (i.e. test) scores.

Formative or "completion" scores are NOT graded and are designed to help students and parents keep track of progress and "effort" by the student within the targeted week. These scores are either allornothing scores and include homework assignments, completion of an online quiz, or turning in a program by the due date. Students will be provided the answers (after the due date or completion of formative assessment) to help identify any mistakes by the student for future summative assessments (i.e. tests). While formative scores may be used for Pass/Fail (i.e. up to a "D" grade) of a course, they are explicitely not useful for determining a student's level of understanding of course content or mastery (i.e. not for grades other than pass/fail or "D").

Summative (i.e. test) scores are designed to identify what skills and content knowledge have been mastered up to that point in the students progression through the course. Solutions to the summative assesments are usually NOT provided as the scores are NOT designed for student improvement of content understanding. These scores will be the primary determination of grades beyond pass/fail or "D" and are appropriate for comparision between peer groups (peer groups may be in the same class, course, school, state, country, or worldwide).

 Semester Scores are calculated using the following table:
Semester Score Component  Semester Score Weight 

1st & 2nd Quarter Progress Scores  80% 
Comprehensive Semester Final Exam  20% 
 Progress Scores will be calculated on a category weight basis. Each assessment will fall under one of 3 categories.
Category for Progress Score  Progress Score Weight 

Daily Work (formative)  20% 
Quizzes (formative)  25% 
Tests (summative)  55% 
 Late assignments will given a score of zero (0)...except for unplanned excused absences which will be scored as specified in the student handbook.
 Scores will NOT be rounded up.
 Bonus work or bonus points are NOT part of the course score and will be included ONLY at the discretion of the teacher. Students should not EXPECT bonus points or bonus work...even if it is listed on the syllabus.
 Scores will be primarily based on individual ability, understanding, and accomplishment but there MAY be group work with scores that impact one or more assessment categories.
 Progress and Semester GRADES will be calculated from corresponding scores based on the following table:
Percentage Scale
(10101010) 
Grade Letter 

100%  90%  A 
89.99%  80%  B 
79.99%  70%  C 
69.99%  60%  D 
59.99%  1%  F 
0.99%  0%  Incomplete 
Policy & Practices : Student & Teacher Responsibilities
 In Seat & Ready to Go when bell stops (i.e. books, sharpened pencils, paper)
 Respectful of Teacher and Each Other (i.e. raise your hand, don't talk while teacher is talking, no rudeness or bad language, etc.)
 The two most important ingredients for success in this class are practice and attendance.
 No eating or drinking in class, 2 bathroom/drinking trips per Semester.
 Maintain at least 3 backup copies of all work. A "lost" or "destroyed" program will receive zero credit.
 Remember that, for every hour spent in class, 2 hours of outside class work (homework/projects) are typical for an AP course (i.e. 5 hours in class per week + 10 hours at home)
Responsibilities while absent:
Notes and Homework 
Test and Quizzes 
Get notes from a peer or online. Read the section and look at examples. Get the assignment from the calendar, web page or a peer in class. Do the assignment, even if you need help come in before or after school for assistance! 
As per school policy you have the same amount of days as you were absent to make up missing test/quizzes. Any test/quiz not made up in the appropriate amount of time will be a zero. You may need to schedule time with Mr. Meinzen either before or after school to meet or receive appropriate help on a timely basis...plan accordingly! 
Policy : BYOD
 TI84 or equivelant graphing calculator with statistical capabilities is allowed.
 Phones and/or uncovered cameras are, generally, NOT allowed because they are rarely appropriate in the classroom except in teacherapproved circumstances.
 Example 1 : Students who intentionally or unintentionally compromise the privacy of any other student or compromise academic integrity or validity of a test or quiz by their behavior may expect a zero and, possibly, a referal for further consequences. This includes having a personal camera (i.e. smartphone/BYOD device) out while ANY assessment is in the classroom (not just their own assessment).
 Example 2 : A student who turns in their test and then takes out their smartphone (i.e. camera)for their own reason (i.e. listen to music) while other students are still working on their tests may expect to receive a zero on their test. As well, a student taking pictures of teacher's notes on the boardwithout teacher approvalwill not likely retain/learn of concepts and may be invading the privacy of other students (white boards are highly reflective). Generally, if the teacher is taking the time to handwrite notes on the board, then students should put in the effort to copy the notes.
 Example 3 : A teacherapproved manner may occur if a courseappropriate website is blocked but is accessible via cell phone (i.e. cell tower versus wifi), the teacher may allow temporary access to that website to complete assignment.
 Example 4 : A student may have an identified disability that requires them to take pictures of the board in order to expand the image to very large size due to their visual disability.
Practices : Tardies and Absences
 Attendance is the responsibility of the student and their parents/guardian.
 Parents/Guardian may be contacted the next day via phone or email to inform them of any absences or student issues.
 First two tardies result in warnings, 3rd tardy is after school detention, 4th is Saturday detention, subsequent are suspensions.
 If you have an excused absence, you will be allowed to make up your work for full credit by the same number of days you were consecutively absent.
 Unexcused absences follow the same procedure as excused absence; however, you will only receive 50% of the grade you earn.
 Refer to the school attendance policy for complete details on excused and unexcused absences and makeup work.
Practices : Teacher Discipline
 I expect students to be respectful to each other and their teacher. Refer to the student handbook if you have questions.
 Students are expected to take notes, ask questions, and work consistently and continuously the entire class period.
 If problems occur in the class the discipline plan, in general, is:
 Verbal warning (may include "1 minute after class delayed dismissal" or "15 minute after school minidetention")
 After school detention
 Referral to the dean
 Parents called or emailed
 any student caught downloading and installing a program on the computers without Mr. Meinzen's consent will receive a referral to the administration and possible 5day suspension
Advice & Expectations
 Use mechanical pencils (have at least 2).
 Keep an organized notebook and a folder with all your assignments. Get two classmates’ phone numbers in case you need help.
 You will need to purchase a flash drive or other storage device for this class.
 Students must keep multiple backup copies of all work. It is the student's responsibility to be aware that technology is NOT perfect.
 If purchasing a disk/flashdrive is a problem, let me know
 WEBSITE for Assignments is http://www.meinzeit.com
What can I expect from the teacher ?
 You can expect the teacher to maintain a classroom atmosphere that is safe and conducive to the education of ALL students. Any student or group of students prevent or disrupt this will be discipline as outlined above.
 I will try to be available before and after school either in the classroom or in my office in Room 310 for extra help [unless a meeting is scheduled].
 I can be reached at EHS: jmeinzen@ecusd7.org or 6567100.
 As well, I strongly encourage students and parents to contact me as soon as possible if there are any questions or difficulties.
 In general, I provide daily information on this website and I contact parents/guardians/students via the email address that is registered with the district. However, please let me know if you wish to be contacted by other means on this form. After you have read over this classroom policy, please sign below, and return to me to be put on file. This is your first assignment.
Survey Assignment
 What is your best learning environment (given the classroom we have)?
 What do you not want your teacher to do that would make you not want to learn this material?
 What learning/teaching style do you think is most effective for you?
 What resources do you use to best understand the concepts? (examples: textbook, teacher, family, afterschool tutoring, specific website, etc.)?
 If you could start a realistic classroom tradition, what would it be? (example: every oddnumbered Friday is popcornduringlecture day)
Signature

I prefer to be contacted via (circle preference): EMAIL, or PHONE, or OTHER (specify) Print Parent/Guardian Name Print Student Name Parent / Guardian Signature Date Student Signature Date email address home phone work/cell phone
Course Resources
Resources : Required verification by student at remote (home) site

Internet for submission of assignments and/or downloading of content (i.e. pdf files, online textbook, video recordings, etc.)

Computer : laptop or desktop running MS Windows, Apple OSX, or Linux. Chromebooks or other browserbased operating systems will NOT be sufficient.

Private Websites with login credentials including username and password :

Schoology : https://ecusd7.schoology.com : access to scheduled assignments specific to online scoring and/or grades

Online Textbook
: : access to additional content (videos) and scheduled assignments specific to online scoring and/or grades.


Public Websites that contain "free" content :

Teacher website : http://www.meinzeit.com : access to course syllabus, classroom policies, lecture notes & assignments for planning purposes.

School / District website : http://www.ecusd7.org/ehs : access to school policies and general information

College Board : https://apcentral.collegeboard.org : access to information specific to AP courses

Other websites as needed (posted either on teacher website or Schoology) for viewing supplemental videos, lectures, examples, etc.

 Notes & Other Lectures
 worksheets  Kuta Software provides additional practice with answers
 website  Wolfram Alpha provides technical solutions to a variety of math problems
 Coursework on a variety of universitylevel topics courtesy of Academic Earth