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MA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
Woodaman, Ronald F.


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.
CourseMA 150 Precalculus Mathematics
SemesterS1F2005
FacultyWoodaman, Ronald F.
Degrees/CertificatesM.S., Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
B.S., Systems Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Office Location2200 Lester Avenue, Quantico, VA  22134-6500
Office HoursArrange by email, phone
Daytime Phone(703) 432-3452
Other Phone(540) 657-2975
E-MailRonald.woodaman@park.edu
ronald.woodaman@usmc.mil
Semester Dates01/10/05 to 03/13/05
Class DaysTuesdays
Class Time5:30 - 10:30 PM
PerquisitesMA131 or equivalent
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Precalculus:  Functions and Graphs, by Barnett, Ziegler, and Byleen.

Additional Resources:
Schaum's Outlines Series are an excellent complement.  The web has a plethora of online math resources - Google provided 130,000 hits on a search for "precalculus tutorial".  

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:
I believe in the primacy of learning over simply checking a block on the way to earning a piece of paper.  Via a continuous cycle of two-way information exchange, we use the course material as the vehicle within which to develop a problem solving mindset.  We leave the course better prepared to overcome the quantitative challenges we may encounter in our professional and educational careers.

Learning Outcomes:
Students successfully completing this course will understand and demonstrate basic skill in the manipulation and employment of the following concepts:

A. Equations and Inequalities,
B. Graphs and Functions,
C. Polynomials and Rational Functions,
D. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions,
E.  Trigonometric Functions and Identities,
F.  Conic Sections.

Course Assessment:
Students will do a large homework set every week that is graded on effort only (% completed) - a total of seven sets worth 10% of total grade.
Starting week 2, students will be given a smaller graded assignment covering previous week's homework set - a total of six take-home papers of usually 3 problems. Worth 60% of total grade.
Final Exam will be a longer take-home paper of about 10 problems roughly equivalent in effort to 3 papers. Worth 30% of total grade.

Grading:
A - 100-90; B - 89-80; C - 79-70; D - 69-60; F - <= 59.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Must be negotiated individually.  I reserve the right to not accept late submissions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participate in class discussions, take notes, ask questions, be respectful, be on time, be ready to work.  I am going to give you the class my best effort and I expect the same from everyone else.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1Lectures 1-4NoneNone
Meeting - 2Lectures 5-7HW Set #1 duePaper #1 issued
Meeting - 3Lectures 8-10HW Set #2, Paper #1 duePaper #2 issued
Meeting - 4Lectures 11-13HW Set #3, Paper #2 duePaper #3 issued
Meeting - 5Lectures 14-16HW Set #4, Paper #3 duePaper #4 issued
Meeting - 6Lectures 17-19HW Set #5, Paper #4 duePaper #5 issued
Meeting - 7Lectures 20-22HW Set #6, Paper #5 duePaper #6 issued
Meeting - 8Course ReviewHW Set #7, Paper #6 dueFinal Exam issued
Meeting - 9Final Exam Turn-in Final Exam due 
Meeting - 10   

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
HW Sets can be collaborative.
Papers and Final Exam are individual effort - and by the way it is very evident when people use somebody else's work.

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 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Please notify me as soon as you can about absences or lateness.

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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