Course Symbol and Number: MA 150
Course Descriptor: NS
Course Title: Precalculus Mathematics
Semester/Term Course Being Taught: Fall I, 2005
Name of Faculty Member: Doug LeVeque
Title of Faculty Member: Adjunct Faculty
Faculty Office Hours:
Faculty Office Telephone Number: 468-9310 (Before 9:00 PM)
Park U. Great Falls E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty E-mail address: email@example.com
Dates of the Semester/Term: 8 Aug – 9 Oct 2005
Class Session Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Class Session Time: 1700 - 1930
Prerequisite(s): MA 131
Credit Hours: 3
I. Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial
institution of learning, is to provide access to academic
excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
II. Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader
in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
III. Course Description: A consideration of those topics in algebra and
trigonometry necessary for the calculus. Topics include: mathematical analysis of the line, the conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, circular functions, polynomial and rational functions, mathematical induction, and theory of equations.
IV. Course Objectives: The successful student will:
· identify, transform, and combine functions.
· manipulate and solve quadratic functions, and polynomial functions of higher degree.
· be able to discern rational, irrational, and complex zeros of polynomial functions.
· demonstrate an understanding of inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions including the natural exponential and logarithmic functions.
· graph and apply the trigonometric functions.
· be able to transform trigonometric functions using trig identities including addition, subtraction, double-angle, and half-angle identities.
· apply the laws of sine and cosine in application problems.
· demonstrate an ability to solve systems of equations and inequalities using substitution, elimination, augmented matrices, inverse matrices, and determinants.
· transform rectangular functions to polar functions.
· graph and define parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas to include eccentricity and polar forms of the conics.
· identify sequences and series and demonstrate and ability to apply mathematical induction.
V. Course Textbook(s): Munem and Yizze. Precalculus: Functions and Graphs 7th edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
VI. Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning
community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.
VII. Plagiarism: Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas
of another person and presenting them as one’s original work –
sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students
who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should
consult their instructors.
VIII. Attendance Policy: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and
report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent
reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of
enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also
be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences
may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks
of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be
administratively withdrawn, resulting n a grade of “F”. An
incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or
excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving
military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA)
educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in
the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the
appropriate agency and may result in monetary penalty to the
student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting
from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance
from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the
IX. Late Submission of Course Materials: It is the student’s responsibility to
ascertain if any work has been missed and to make up that work
with the consent and agreement of the instructor. No work will
be accepted after the date of the final examination except with
prearranged agreement of the instructor.
X. Course Assessment: Final grades will be based upon the performance on
chapter tests and homework assigned during the semester.
XI. Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to show respect for each
other. The rattling of candy wrappers, chip bags, etc is very distracting and annoying to others and therefore will not be tolerated.
XII. Disability Guidelines: Park University is committed to meeting the needs
of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These
guidelines are designed to supply directions to students
concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.
It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and
and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding
students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency
between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the
provisions of the law will apply. Additional information
concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to
disability can be found on the Park University web page:
XIII. Course Topics/Dates/Assignments: A course outline is included in part XVI of this syllabus. The itinerary, homework, and test dates are subject to revision during the semester.
XIIII. Grading Plan: The nine chapter tests will be weighted equally and each
worth 10% of final grade. Homework will be assigned throughout the semester and due dates will be given at the time of the assignment. Homework scores will be weighted equally and cumulatively worth 10% of final grade.A = 90 - 100B = 80 – 89.9C = 70 – 79.9D = 60 – 69.9F = 0 - 59.9
XV. Supplemental Resource Materials List: Students must have a graphing scientific calculator. (The TI-89 is recommended)
XVI. Course Outline: Week 1: Chapter 1-2
Linear and nonlinear equations
Cartesian system, circles and lines
Functions, transformations, combinations
Week 2: Chapter 3
Quadratic and higher degree functions
Rational, irrational, and complex zeros
Week 3: Chapter 4
Inverse and exponential functions
Natural base and other logarithmic functions
Week 4: Chapter 5
Trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions
Week 5: Chapter 6
Week 6: Chapter 7
Law of cosines and sines
Week 7: Chapter 8
Solving systems of linear equations by:
a) Substitution and elimination
b) Augmented matrices
Solving nonlinear systems and inequalities
Week 8: Chapter 9
Parabolas, ellipses, hyperbolas
Eccentricities, polar forms, rotations
Week 9: Chapter 10
Sequences and series