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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
Belanger, Fred

                             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




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

                                        unexcused absences

     A grade of 'I' will not be allowed unless the student has met with the instructor and discussed the difficulties encountered.