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HS Trigonometry

.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Mr. Stephen Adams

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Instructor Information:

I have been a University of Mississippi HS mathematics instructor since 2011. I teach Algebra II, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. In addition to teaching online, I am a full time math teacher at Pontotoc High School where I teach Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and ACT Prep.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description:

Students who successfully complete Trigonometry should be able to work with angles in degree or radian measure, write the ratio definitions of the six trigonometric functions, evaluate trigonometric functions of special angles, sketch graphs of trigonometric functions, solve trigonometric equations, and use the Laws of Sines and Cosines to solve triangles.


Required Textbook:

Trigonometry, 8th edition, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider. ISBN:0-321-22736-0

Required Material

  • Digital Video Tutor (Strongly Recommended): ISBN: 0-321-23734-x
  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator Required (TI-83 is recommended)
  • Computer with Internet connection to access Blackboard
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or later
  • Adobe Reader 7.0 or later

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Define trigonometric functions.
  • Convert between degrees and radians.
  • Solve triangles and problems involving triangles.
  • Graph and analyze trigonometric functions.
  • Verify trigonometric identities.
  • Connect trigonometric functions to circular functions.
  • Solve trigonometric equations.
  • Solve triangles using the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 8 chapters within 5 units.

LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades

Chapter 1: Trigonometric Functions

Sections 1.1, 1.3, 1.4

Chapter 2: Acute Angles and right Triangles

Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.4

Unit Test

Unit 1

Proctored Test


Chapter 3: Radian Measure and Circular Functions

Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3


Chapter 4: Graphs of the Circular Functions Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3


Unit Test

Unit 2

Proctored Test


Chapter 5: Trigonometric Identities

Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6


Unit Test Unit 3
Proctored Test


Chapter 6: Inverse Circular Functions and Trigonometric Equations Sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4


Unit Test

Unit 4

Proctored Test


Chapter 7: Applications of Trigonometry and Vectors Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4



Chapter 8: Complex Numbers, Polar Equations, and Parametric Equations

Sections 8.5, 8.6
Unit Test Unit 5

Proctored Test

Final Exam Units 1 through 5

Proctored Exam

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

Quizzes 40%
Tests 50%
Final Exam 10%