MA150 Precalculus Mathematics

for F1Z 2005

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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:                     

Faculty E-mail address:                        

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

                                    appropriate agency.


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 - 100
B = 80 – 89.9
C = 70 – 79.9
D = 60 – 69.9
F = 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

                                    Test 1

                        Week 4:            Chapter 5


                                    Trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions

                        Week 5:            Chapter 6


                                    Trigonometric identities

                        Week 6:            Chapter 7


                                    Law of cosines and sines

                                    Polar coordinates


                                    Test 2

                        Week 7:            Chapter 8


                                    Solving systems of linear equations by:

a)      Substitution and elimination

b)      Augmented matrices

c)      Determinants

Solving nonlinear systems and inequalities

                  Week 8:      Chapter 9


                              Parabolas, ellipses, hyperbolas

                              Eccentricities, polar forms, rotations

                              Parametric equations

                  Week 9:      Chapter 10



                                    Sequences and series


                                    Test 3