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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
Miller, Russel


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CourseMA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
SemesterF2AA2004
FacultyMiller, Russel
TitleSr. Professor
Degrees/CertificatesPhD
MSEE
BSEE
Office HoursAnytime via telephone/e-mail
Daytime Phone210-977-4259
Other Phone210-523-7999
E-Mailrussel.miller@park.edu
Web Pagehttp://captain.park.edu/millermath
Semester Dates25 Oct - 19 Dec 2004
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time7:35 - 10:05 PM
PerquisitesMA131 or equivalent
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Barnett. Precalculus: Functions and Graphs, 5th Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

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:
Success in mathematics requires a lot of practice, 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.  Students must take responsibility for their own learning.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon course completion, each student should understand and be able to apply precalculus mathematics which include:
- Graphs and functions
- Polynomial and rational functions
- Logarithmic and exponential functions
- Trigonometric functions
- Conic sections

Course Assessment:
- Homework assignments
- Daily quizzes
- Exams

Grading:
- Homework assignments, 10%
- Quizzes, 15%
- Exams, 75% (3 @ 25% each)

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Schedule subject to change.

 Lecture Topic Reading AssignmentExams
10/26Algebra ReviewAppendix A, Ch 1 
10/28Algebra review  
11/2Graphs and FunctionsChapter 2 
11/4Graphs and Functions  
11/9Polynomial and Rational FunctionsChapter 3 
11/11Polynomial and Rational Functions Exam #1
11/16Exponential and Logarithmic FunctionsChapter 4 
11/18Exponential and Logarithmic Functions  
11/23Trigonometric FunctionsChapter 5 
11/25Thannksgiving Holiday  
11/30Trigonometric Functions Exam #2
12/2Trigonometric Identities and Conditional EquationsChapter 6 
12/7Additional Topics in TrigonometryChapter 7 
12/9Conic SectionsChapter 11 (11-1 to 11-3) 
12/14Review/Catchup  
12/16Review/Final Exam Exam #3

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 100


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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