Pre-Calculus Summer or Back to School Readiness Packet

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I always like to assess the prerequisite skills my students have when they set foot in my classroom. I also believe that students should review their mathematics before we teach them new material. That is why I truly feel that this packet is important to complete either in the summer right before the start of school or during the first week of school. This unit also includes two activities to encourage parental involvement as well as a certificate to motivate and encourage students to put effort into their math class.

Included in this unit:
1. Review Notes and examples for each topic covered: equations of lines in two variables, factoring, library of functions, transformations, circles, and exponential functions
2. Eighteen linear equations in two variables problems (finding the slope, y-intercept, graphing, writing equations in slope-intercept, point-slope, and standard form, and parallel and perpendicular lines)
3. Twenty-four factoring problems (GCF, difference of two squares, sums and difference of cubes, trinomials, and factoring by grouping)
4. Nine questions on graphing functions by recognizing the parent graph and using transformations
5. Six problems on circles (graphing, writing the equation of circles centered at (h, k) and at the origin, using midpoint and distance formula to determine the center and radius of a circle given its endpoints, and identifying the equation of a circle given its graph)
6. Six problems on graphing exponential functions using transformations
7. Answer Keys
8. Math in the Real World: Interview Activity
9. Family Math Tree
10. I’m Off to a GREAT Start Certificate

For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include: intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.*
Construct and compare linear, quadratic, and exponential models and solve problems.
Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions.
Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology.

Suggested Lesson Implementation:
1. You can use this as a summer packet for your students to complete by the first day of school. You can collect the packets or simply have the students switch papers and check their answers. They can also come up to the board and show their work.

2. My preference is to give these students this packet on the first day (or within the first week) of school and make it due in five days. That way, students can review the prerequisite skills needed for Pre-Calculus. Some schools undergo a lot of schedule changes during the first week of school so reviewing these skills is not a waste of the student’s time or yours. These skills are necessary for any upper level math course.

3. The Interview assignment and Family Math Tree are interesting ways to get the students to talk about mathematics within their home. You can also log it down as two ways you promote parental involvement in your math class.

4. You can include all or parts of this packet with your emergency substitute lesson plans.

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Pre-Calculus Summer or Back to School Readiness Packet