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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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