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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
Scagliola, David L.


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.

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Course

MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics

Semester

S1SS 2006 RA

Faculty

Scagliola, David L.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BA - Mathematics
MS - Operations Research

E-Mail

David.Scagliola@park.edu

Semester Dates

9 January - 5 March 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

4:55 - 7:35 PM

Perquisites

MA 131 (College Algebra) or equivalent

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
PRECALCULUS Functions and Graphs
Fifth Edition,
Barnett, Ziegler and Byleen
(see office for ISBN)


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.  Pre-requisite:  MA131 or equivalent.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on interaction and active involvement--learning by doing.  This course will be primarily lecture based, however, students are always encouraged/required to: ask and answer questions, accomplish reading assignments, and practice/practice...practice...  In addition, there will be opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of materials covered.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of Functions and Graphs
  2. Improve problem solving skills
  3. Demonstrate their ability to solve: linear equations, quadratic equations and systems of equations
  4. Prepare a foundation for more advanced courses
Class Assessment:
Students are expected to read the sections to be discussed in class prior to the class and be prepared to work examples and ask questions.  Mathematics can only be learned through practice, therefore, 10% of your grade will be based on homework.  All examinations will be modeled from homework problems, so there should be no surprises to students who have done the required homework. SHOW ALL OF YOUR WORK on homework assignments and exams!  An answer with no work shown is either right or wrong; but, an answer showing your work may get some credit, even if it is not completely correct.

Grading:
Homework - 10%
Project  - 20%
Midterm  - 30%
Final    - 40%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework will be collected daily.  All homework must be turned in NLT the final exam.

Make-Up Examinations: on a case by case basis

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
While in class, the class should be your primary focus.   Disruptions of class due to communications devices have become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students).   For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during the class lecture.   Eating and drinking beverages (other than water) is not allowed in the halls or classroom.

Week

Topics

Chapters/Sections

1

Basic Algebra Operations

Equations and Inequalities

Appendix 1
Ch 1

2

Graphs and Functions
Math Modeling in Business

Ch 2

3

Polynomial and Rational Functions
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Ch 3

Ch 4

4

Mid Term Exam
Trigonometric Functions and Identities

Ch 5, 6

5

Trigonometric Laws
Systems of Equations and Inequalities

Ch 7

Ch 8

6

Matrices and Determinants

Ch 9

7

Sequences and Series
Project Due


Ch 10

8

Project Presentations
Course Review

Final Exam

Ch 1- 10

 

 

 


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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