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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
Belanger, Fred


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Course

MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics

Semester

F1B 2012 BL

Faculty

Belanger, Fred

Title

Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. General Engineering, U.S. Military Academy
M.S. Applied Science, University of California at Davis

Office Location

Ft. Bliss, TX

Daytime Phone

915-568-5717

E-Mail

fred.belanger@park.edu

fred.belanger@us.army.mil

Semester Dates

20 August - 14 October 2012

Class Days

-M--W-

Class Time

07:30 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Hornsby, Lial, & Rockswold, Precalculus, Fifth Edition, Pearson, Boston, MA. ISBN 0-321-64473-5

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Course Description:
MA150 Precalculus Mathematics: 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. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MA131 or equivalent.

Educational Philosophy:
Concepts and techniques will be presented and exercised with the students in order to develop capabilities to solve Calculus problems in the areas covered in the course.

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


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to solve quadratic equations.
  2. Analyze and graph rational functions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to solve systems of equations.
  4. Analyze and graph linear inequalities.
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.

 

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Three examinations of equal weight consisting of representative problems associated with the topics presented in addtion to homework problems.

Grading:
 

     The final grade in the course will be determined as follows:
     Exam I........30%       100 Points                                        A............90% or above
     Exam II.......30%       100 Points                                        B............80 to 89.99%
     Exam III......30%       100 Points                                        C............70 to 79.99%
     Homework..10%         33 Points                                        D............60 to 69.99%
           Total...100%       333 Points                                        F............Below 60% or 3 unexcused
                                                                                                                 absenses
     A grade of  I (Incomplete) will not be allowed unless the student has met with the instructor and discussed the difficulties encountered.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Only accepted with prior approval of instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  1. It is expected that all students will participate in the class by asking questions and by presenting problems as assigned. 

  2. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in a grade of F.  All students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if he/she is expecting to be absent for legitimate reasons. 

  3. A student turning anybody else's work as his/her own will not be tolerated.  If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student involved will normally be given an immediate grade of F and dropped from the course.  The Dean of Academic Affairs will be notified in writing of the action taken.  The added recommendation will be made to the Dean that the student involved be dropped from the college.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date       Chapter    Topic 
20 Aug   R.1-R.5   Basic Algebraic Concepts
22 Aug   1.1-1.6     Linear Functions, Equations & Inequalities
27 Aug   2.1-2.6     Graphs of Functions
29 Aug                  Review, Chapters R, 1, & 2
  3 Sep                  Exam, Chapters R, 1, & 2
  5 Sep   3.1-3.5     Polynomial Functions
10 Sep   4.1-4.5     Rational, Power and Root Functions
12 Sep   5.1-5.3     Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions
17 Sep   5.4-5.6     Inverse, Exponential, and Logarithmic Functions cont.
19 Sep                  Review, Chapters 3, 4, & 5
24 Sep                  Exam, Chapters 3, 4, & 5
26 Sep   7.1          Systems of Equations
  1 Oct   8.1-8.6    Trigonometric Functions
  3 Oct   9.1-9.6    Trigonometric Identities & Equations
  8 Oct                  Review, Chapters 7, 8, & 9
10 Oct                  Exam, Chapters 7, 8, & 9

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 "F".
  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Evaluate 4 out of 4 polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions Evaluate 3 out of 4 polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions Evaluate 2 out of 4 polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions Evaluate 0 or 1 out of 4 polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Prove 4 out of 4 trig. identities Prove 3 out of 4 trig. identities Prove 2 out of 4 trig. identities Prove 0 or 1 out of 4 trig. identities 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Solve 4 out of 4  polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions Solve 3 out of 4  polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions Solve 2 out of 4  polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions Solve 0 or 1 out of 4  polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Solve 4 out of 4 practical applications Solve 3 out of 4 practical applications Solve 2 out of 4 practical applications Solve 0 or 1 out of 4 practical applications 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Graph 4 out of 4 equations Graph 3 out of 4 equations Graph 2 out of 4 equations Graph 0 or 1 out of 4 equations 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
State 4 out of 4 roots State 3 out of 4 roots State 2 out of 4 roots State 0 or 1 out of 4 roots 
First Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
(Recognize basic functions and their graphs)1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Recognize the graphs of 4 out of 4 basic functions Recognize the graphs of 3 out of 4 basic functions Recognize the graphs of 2 out of 4 basic functions Recognize the graphs of 1 or 0 out of 4 basic functions 
Second Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
(State domain and range of basic functions)1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
State the domain and range for 4 out of 4 basic functions State the domain and range for 3 out of 4 basic functions State the domain and range for 2 out of 4 basic functions State the domain and range for 1 or 0 out of 4 basic functions 

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