MA150 Precalculus Mathematics

for F1AA 2006

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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics


F1AA 2006 LC


Miller, Russel


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Semester Dates

21 Aug - 15 Oct 2006

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4:45 - 7:25 PM


MA131 or equivalent

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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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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:  <a href='index.aspx?Class=MA131'>MA131</a> or equivalent.  3:0:3

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

  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:

- 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.

- Exams


- 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.






Algebra Review

Appendix A, Ch 1



Graphs and Functions

Chapter 2



Polynomial and Rational Functions

Chapter 3

Exam #1


Exponential and Logarithmic

Chapter 4



Trigonometric Functions

Chapter 5



Trigonometric Identities and Conditional Equations;
Additional Topics in Trigonometry

Chapters 6-7

Exam #2


Conic Sections

Chapter 11



Review and Catch-up as required,
Final Exam

Chapters 1-7, 11

Exam #3

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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 "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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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