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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
Anderson, Carolyn


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: MA150
COURSE TITLE: PreCalculus
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: MA150 HO
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Spring 2005
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Carolyn Anderson
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Assistant Professor of Mathematics
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: SC303B
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: 10-11:30am TR, 10-11am MWF, appointments at any time
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 816-584-6260
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: carolyn.anderson@park.edu
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:
DATES OF THE TERM: January 10 – May 5, 2005
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: MWF
CLASS SESSION TIME: 9-9:50 MWF
PREREQUISITE(S): MA131 or Equivalent
CREDIT HOURS: 3

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.

VISION STATEMENT
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the current methods for developing meaningful mathematical concepts
in childhood through the primary grades.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: I believe every student can learn and succeed given the appropriate opportunities. The challenge is to meet the varying needs of students while promoting, fostering and expecting academic excellence. The curriculum is ever changing and modifying and adjusting while integrating new ideas and technologies. The environment instills that everyone is responsible for themselves and their community.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of circular functions and their applications. Students will be able to work with polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs.

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Fundamentals of PreCalculus by Mark Dugopolski, Pearson Education, Inc. Publisher, 2004© (ISBN:0321122321.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Attendance will be taken every class period. There is a daily signup sheet at the front of the room. Every student is expected to sign it and attend every class.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Classes will include lectures, group participation, class
activities and the use of new technology. Homework for practice will be assigned each class period. Grades of A(90%), B(80%), C(70%), D(60%), and F(less that 60%) will be given. There will be three classroom tests (100 points each), and a comprehensive final (100 points). There are NO MAKEUP tests given. However, your lowest classroom test grade(out of the three given) will be dropped. A comprehensive Final is mandatory. The instructor will announce class policies. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: All students are expected to be present and on time with homework assigned completed.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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: www.park.edu/disability

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
MA150
Fundamentals of PreCalculus
By Mark Dugopolski (ISBN: 0321122321)
©2004
Published by Pearson Education, Inc.
Suggested Homework
Required Sections Section Exercises
Functions 1.5 #1-67 odd
Graphing Equations 1.6 #1-53 odd
Families of Functions 1.7 #1-29 odd
Operations with Functions 1.8 #1-67 odd
Inverse Functions 1.9 #1-23 odd
Quadratic Functions and Inequalities 2.1 #1-49 odd
Complex Numbers 2.2 #1-79 odd
Zeroes of Polynomial Functions 2.3 #1-51 odd
Theory of Equations 2.4 #1-51 odd
Miscellaneous Equations 2.5 #1-33 odd
Graphs of Polynomial Functions 2.6 #41-59 odd
Angles and Their Measurements 3.1 #1-91 odd
The Sine and Cosine Functions 3.2 #1-71 odd, 76
The Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions 3.3 #1-41 odd
The Other Trig. Functions 3.4 #1-61 odd
The Inverse Trig. Functions 3.5 #1-65 odd
Right Triangle Trigonometry 3.6 #1-33 odd
Identities 3.7 #1-53 odd
Exponential Functions 4.1 1-71 odd
Logarithmic Functions 4.2 #1-77 odd
Rules of Logarithms 4.3 #1-71 odd
The Parabola 5.1 #1-35 odd
The Ellipse and the Circle 5.2 #1-35 odd
The Hyperbola 5.3 #1-39 odd



Need Help?
1. Come see ME!
2. Go to Academic Support Center (MA406). Times vary, but tutoring is available M-F days and some evenings. Tutoring is free! Tutors will not do a student’s homework, but will help the student understand the concepts and skills needed.
3. On the Internet: Ask Dr. Math (www.drmath.com/dr.math).
4. Use a graphing calculator available on the Internet (http://humblestar.net/GCalc/)
5. Use MATHXL, the website designed to go with the book
(www.mathxl.com)


GRADING PLAN: See above section on assessment.