Precalculus - Math 1127

Spring 2009

**Professor:** Carrie Naughton

**Office: ** Library
L247

**Hours: **MWF: 7:30-7:50 am, 9:30-10:50 am or by appt.

**Phone:** 651-554-3785

**Email:** cnaught@inverhills.mnscu.edu

**Website:** http://faculty.inverhills.edu/cnaught/

**Prerequisite:** Placement
in Math 1127 from the IHCC

**Course Objectives:
**This course is a preparation
for the calculus sequence. Topics
include the study of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric
functions; graphs of absolute value, radical, polynomial, rational,
logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions; graph reading,
transformations; additional topics include solving equations, inequalities, trigonmetric identities, right triangle trig, polar
coordinate and binomial theorem.

**Learning Outcomes: **The students will be able to demonstrate
the:

1. Ability to understand the concept of
function, and functional attributes such as domain, range, oddness/evenness,
increasing/decreasing, and symmetry. Ability to determine these attributes for a function given its
graph and/or equation. Ability to
perform the algebra of functions: sum, difference, product, quotient,
composite, and inverse.

2. Ability to graph absolute value,
reciprocal, square root, polynomial, rational, piecewise defined, logarithmic,
exponential, and trigonometric functions and the ability to use such graphs to
solve applied problems and to understand the significance of attributes of the
graph to such applied problems.

3. Ability to solve appropriate applications
of determining maximum or minimum of a quadratic function,
zeros of polynomials, compound interest, and exponential growth and decay. The ability to identify and
articulate the significance of graphical components such as x-intercepts,
horizontal asymptotes, intervals of increasing or decreasing in a mathematical
model/application.

4. Ability to verify trig identities, solve
trig equations, and solve applied trig problems.

5. Ability to analyze data and use technology
to find functions which best describe the data.

**Text:**
__Precalculus____: Mathematics for
Calculus, 5 ^{th} edition__ by Stewart, Redlin
& Watson.

You will also need one Math 1127 Course Packet with my
name listed on the cover.

**Calculators:** A graphing calculator is highly
required. I recommend a TI-83 or TI-86.

**Math**** Center:** Help is available in the

**Grading Criteria:**

**Quizzes:** worth
approximately 100 points (no make-ups)

**Classwork****/Projects:** worth approximately 100 points

**Exams:** 4 exams each worth 100 points
(no unexcused make-ups)

**Final Exam:** worth 200 points

**Grade Scale:** *A* = 90-100%

* B* = 80-89%

* C* = 70-79%

* D* = 60-69%

*F* = Below 60

*P* = Minimum of 70

**Important Dates:**

January 12, Classes begin March 16-20,
Spring Break

January 19, No class April
17, No Class

February 16, No Class April
24, No Class

February 24, Student Success
Day April 22, Last Day to
Withdraw

February 27, No class May 5/13,
Final Exam 7-10 am

**Homework:**

Homework will not be graded
on a regular basis, but a list of homework problems will be provided. It is expected that students do the homework
problems so that they have a solid understanding of the material. If you have questions on any homework
problems it is your responsibility to ask for help in class, during office
hours, or in the math center. Keep up
with your assignments, because daily work done completely will make test and
quiz preparation significantly easier.
Occasionally problem sets, supplemental worksheets and review sheets for
exams will be collected and graded for accuracy.

**Quizzes:**

Quizzes are given about once
a week and cover the previous week’s material.
These may be in-class quizzes or take-home quizzes. Each is worth 10 points. Keeping up with
daily work will give you better success on these weekly quizzes! The lowest
quiz score during the course will be dropped and the remaining scores will be
averaged together for approximately 100 points.
**IF YOU ARE ABSENT FOR A QUIZ, THEN THIS WILL BE COUNTED AS YOUR DROPPED QUIZ. NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES WILL BE GIVEN! **Situations (e.g., extended illness, death
in family, etc.) that cause many missed classes will be dealt with on a
student-by-student basis.

**Classwork****:**

Occasionally there will be
individual or group assignments during the class period that will be
collected. These are meant for
additional practice and problem solving.
They will be graded on completeness and correctness. **If you
are absent for a classwork assignment, it is your
responsibility to make it up in a timely manner. **There may also be take-home assignments
or group projects that will be graded as well.
These assignments will total no more than 100 points of your final
grade.

**Exams:**

There will be four exams
worth 100 points each. There will be one
graphing gateway exam worth 50 points. The
final exam will be comprehensive and worth 200 points. **YOU
MUST CALL OR SPEAK TO ME WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE EXAM DAY IN ORDER TO BE ALLOWED
TO SCHEDULE A MAKE-UP EXAM. All make-up
exams need to be completed before I hand back the exams. IF NO CONTACT IS MADE, THEN NO MAKE-UP WILL
BE ALLOWED.**

Even though no official
attendance is taken, regular attendance is recommended and crucial in a
mathematics class since subsequent classes are based on ideas developed in
previous classes. **If you do have to miss a class, you are still responsible for learning
the material that was taught in that class and for any exams, quizzes, classwork or homework missed or due the next class.** **YOU
WILL STILL BE EXPECTED TO TAKE AN EXAM OR QUIZ ON THE SCHEDULED DAY EVEN IF YOU
WERE ABSENT THE DAY BEFORE. **All make-up work needs to be completed in
a timely manner at the discretion of the instructor. If an absence is unexcused, then make-up work
may not be accepted.

**Other Policies:**

As a courtesy to all, please
be sure that your cell phone and pager are turned off during class.

Be on time. It is very disruptive to those around you if
you come in late.

Be courteous.

Be in class to be
successful.

You are responsible for what
happens in class whether you are in attendance or not.

Do not cheat. Any cheating will result in a zero on that
test, quiz, homework or classwork. Other actions may
be taken at the discretion of the instructor.

Any student who feels that he
or she may need an accommodation for a disability can contact the Disabilities
Service Office at (651) 450-8628, or visit them on the second floor of the
Library Building.

**Satisfactory
Academic Progress:**

Students
need to maintain both a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and cumulative completion rate of
at least 67% of all attempted credits for each term of attendance. If a student fails to meet these
requirements, they will be placed on academic and/or financial aid probation.