Course Number: MA 150
Course Title: Precalculus
Instructor: Fred M. Belanger
Term Dates: 2 Aug-22 Sep 05
Meeting Time: T/Th 1940-2210
Site: Ft. Bliss, TX
SYLLABUS FOR PRECALCULUS
I. Course Description:
A consideration of those topics in algebra and trigonometry necessary for the calculus. Topics include: equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, systems of equations & inequalities, and the conic sections.
II. Goals of the course:
Each student will learn the basic fundamentals of algebra and trigonometry necessary to succeed in the calculus.
III. Learning Objectives:
The student will learn the basic fundamentals of algebra such as fractions, radicals, exponents, polynomials, etc.; learn the concept of equations and inequalities and their applications; learn how to graph functions; learn two specific types of functions, polynomial functions and rational functions; learn two of the more important types of functions, the exponential function and the logarithmic function; learn the various properties of the trigonometric functions and how they can be used analytically; learn the fundamentals of solving systems of equations utilizing various techniques such as the substitution method and the elimination method; learn various conic sections such as the circle, ellipse, hyperbola, and parabola.
IV. Course Arrangements:
Lecture and class discussion.
V. Course Requirements:
Students are required to read assigned material, complete homework problems, and participate in classroom discussion.
VI. Course Text:
Barnett, Ziegler, & Byleen, Precalculus: Function and Graphs, Fifth Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY.
VII. Supplemental Resource Materials List:
VIII. Class Meeting and Examination Schedule:
Date Chapter Topic
2 Aug A.1-A.7 Review of Basic Algebra
4 Aug 1.1-1.4 Equations & Inequalities
9 Aug 1.5-1.8 Equations & Inequalities (cont)
11 Aug 2.1-2.6 Graphs & Functions
16 Aug Review, Chapters A, 1, & 2
18 Aug Exam, Chapters A, 1, & 2
23 Aug 3.1-3.3 Polynomials & Rational Functions
25 Aug 3.4-3.5 Polynomials & Rational Func. (cont)
8.1 Systems of Equations & Inequalities
30 Aug 4.1-4.5 Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
1 Sep Review, Chapters 3, 4, & 8
6 Sep Exam, Chapters 3, 4, & 8
8 Sep 5.1-5.4 Trigonometric Functions
13 Sep 5.5,5.9 Trigonometric Functions (cont)
15 Sep 6.1-6.5 Trigonometric Identities and Equations
11.1-11.3 Topics in Analytic Geometry
20 Sep Review, Chapters 5, 6, & 11
22 Sep Exam, Chapters 5, 6, & 11
IX. Class Policies:
1. It is expected that all students will participate in the class by asking questions and by presenting problems as assigned.
2. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in a grade of F. All students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if he/she is expecting to be absent for legitimate reasons.
3. A student turning anybody else's work as his/her own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student involved will normally be given an immediate grade of F and dropped from the course. The Dean of Academic Affairs will be notified in writing of the action taken. The added recommendation will be made to the Dean that the student involved be dropped from the college.
X. Grading Policy:
The final grade in the course will be determined as follows:
Exam I........33% A............90% or above
Exam II.......33% B............80 to 89.99%
Exam III......34% C............70 to 79.99%
Total...100% D............60 to 69.99%
F............Below 60% or 3
A grade of 'I' will not be allowed unless the student has met with the instructor and discussed the difficulties encountered.