MA150 Precalculus Mathematics

for F2AA 2006

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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics


F2AA 2006 LC


Ottum, Joseph A.

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Semester Dates

23 OCT 06 – 17 DEC 06

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM


MA131 or equivalent

Credit Hours


Barnett, Ziegler, Byleen  Precalculus:Functions and Graphs, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2001.  ISBN  0072368713

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
TI-89 or TI-200 calculator recommended.

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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. PREREQUISITE: MA 131 or equivalent. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the basic features of the Cartesian coordinate plane
  2. Analyze and graph the defining features of linear equations
  3. Analyze and graph the defining features of circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas
  4. Explain, graph, and apply logarithmic and exponential functions
  5. Demonstrate the fundamental properties of trigonometric definitions, theorems and equations

Core Assessment:

Core Assessment for MA150 Precalculus

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of functions, including domain, range, evaluation, graphing and operations.

2.  Apply polynomial theorems (Factor Theorem, Rational Zero Theorem, Number of Roots Theorem, Conjugate Pairs Theorem, and  Descartes' Rule of Signs) to graph polynomial functions and find roots.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental properties of trigonometry (definitions, theorems, equations, and applications).

4.  Analyze, define, graph and evaluate logarithmic and exponential functions.

Class Assessment:

3 tests and homework and participation



Two Tests 25% of final grade each
Participation/Homework Notebook 25% of final grade
Final Examination 25% of final grade

Gades A:90-100 B:85-89 C:80-84 D:70-79

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments should be turned in on the specified due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to participate fully in class learning activities.  Phones and beepers are to be placed on “vibrate” or turned off.  Students are required to exercise courteous behavior between themselves and with the instructor.


Class Activities,


Meeting - 1,

Intro, Algebra, Appendix A,

Appendix, Chapter 1

Meeting - 2,

Equations and Inequalities, Graphs and Functions,

CHapter 2

Meeting - 3,

Polynomial and Rational Functions, Test 1,

Chapter 3

Meeting - 4,

Exponential and Logartithmic Functions,

Chapter 4

Meeting - 5,

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Trignometric Functions,

Chapters 4-5

Meeting - 6,

Trignometric Functions, Trigonometric Identities, Test 2,

Chapters 5-6

Meeting - 7,

Additional Topics

Chapter 11

Meeting - 8,

Review and Final


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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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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