MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
F1AA 2006 LC
21 Aug - 15 Oct 2006
4:45 - 7:25 PM
MA131 or equivalent
Textbook: Barnett. Precalculus: Functions and Graphs, 5th Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Various volumes of the Schaum's Outline Series may be useful to supplement the course text.
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Educational Philosophy: Success in mathematics requires a lot of <b>practice</b>, and students are expected to work sufficient numbers of problems outside of class to attain an adequate level of proficiency. Math courses are not exercises in “memorization”, rather, upon completion of the course the student should have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and be able to effectively apply the learned concepts to new problems and accurately interpret the results. <b><i>Students must take responsibility for their own learning.</b></i>
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment for MA150
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
4. Analyze, define, graph and evaluate
logarithmic and exponential functions.
- Homework assignments
- Daily mini-quizzes/participation: Approximately half of the class periods will include a mini-quiz. These 10 minute quizzes cover fundamental concepts and are intended to provide both the student and the instructor feedback on the students' progress. The mini-quizzes also encourage the students to stay caught up...falling behind in math classes can be disasterous! Students fully participating in the class and working the recommended homework problems will easily excel on the mini-quizzes. Students will also receive a daily participation grade (0.5%/day for a total of 8% of the final grade). The participation grade will be adjusted according to the student's participation (e.g., absence=0, leaving midway through class=50%, etc.). Missing class detracts from the learning experience (whether the absence is excused or not), so there will be NO make-up's for mini-quizzes/participation grades under any circumstances.
- Homework assignments, 9% - Quizzes/participation, 16% - Exams, 75% (3 @ 25% each) Final Grades will be assigned based on: 90 to 100 A; 80 to < 90 B; 70 to < 80 C; 60 to < 70 D; < 60 F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments should be turned in on the specified due date. A penalty of 10% per class period beyond the due date will be assessed on late work, at the discretion of the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students will be courteous and respectful to each other and the instructor at all times. Disruptions of the learning environment will not be tolerated. Students will not eat or drink (except water) in the classrooms at any time.
Appendix A, Ch 1
Graphs and Functions
Polynomial and Rational Functions
Exponential and Logarithmic
Trigonometric Identities and Conditional Equations;
Additional Topics in Trigonometry
Review and Catch-up as required,
Chapters 1-7, 11
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