Precalculus I Math 119 Syllabus

__GENERAL INFORMATION__
Fall 2015

Course Title and Number: Math 119 - Precalculus I

Required Text:
__Algebra and
Trigonometry,__ Sullivan (9^{th }edition)

Instructor's Name: Don Robinson

Email: drobinson@allegany.edu

Office Location/Hours: H-23/MW 8:10 - 8:40 am, T Th 1:00-1:45 and 3:15-3:30 pm or by appointment

Phone: 301-784-5237 (leave message) Skype name: Odonata5237

Day and Time of Class Meetings: MWF 8:40-9:50 H-40.

* *Please Note: Under extenuating
circumstances, the instructor has the right to change any course provisions or
requirements during the semester.*

*** No Food,
Drinks, or use of Tobacco Products Allowed in Class. *

I. __PURPOSE__

A. This course begins with a review of algebra. The course progresses through the study of operations with exponents and radicals; solution of equations and inequalities; mathematical expressions and functions with domain, range, graphing, and notation; properties of graphs of linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; and solution of systems of linear equations. The course is a first course of analysis for those planning to study Math 201 and the basic course for those planning to enroll in Math 200. (A graphics calculator is required. TI-83,84,85,86,89 or Casio 9970, FX-2, 9850G+ is recommended) 4 semester hours. Prerequisite: Math 93 or 96 or equivalent.

B. Course Objectives:

1. Students will be able to simplify expressions involving integer or fractional exponents and radicals, and perform operations on polynomials and rational expressions.

2. Students will be able to graph and solve problems involving linear equations and rational equations in one and two variables, and solve problems involving quadratic equations and applications.

3. Students will be able to solve linear and quadratic inequalities and inequalities

involving absolute values.

4. Students will be able to identify algebraic functions in the cartesian coordinate system, perform functional operations, and graph functions.

5. Students will be able to perform operations, graph, and solve application problems involving exponential and logarithmic functions.

6. Students will be able to solve systems of equations using matrices.

**C. The following General
Education Goals are covered in the course:**

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

II. __COURSE
POLICIES__

A. Attendance/Tardiness Policy

__Students must attend class every day.If__
you continue to miss class, you will be dropped from the course to protect
you from failing. Emegencies do
arise, but don't miss more than three classes in a semester.

B. Class Participation

__Class participation__ will consist of appropriate
questions via email or live, comments etcl. Note that if the student desires
to pass the class and learn the material that is needed to continue the study
of mathematics, then all of the assigned problems from a unit must be completed
before the exam on that unit occurs. The assignments for the class is on the
website. Look at the bottom of each lessson.

__Out of Class Expectation: __For each hour
of class time, you will have at least two hours of out-of-class preparation
possibly more: on textbook assignments. Few of these assignments will be collected
or counted toward your grade, but in order to be a successful student you
are expected to do all class assignments. Decide not to, and we'll see you
again in math 119.

C. Grading: __Grades__ are computed on
your total point value. This includes exams and your final grade.
Usually, the point value grade corresponds to the standard percent scale.
The standard percent scale is as follows:
90 - 100 A;
80 - 89 B; 70 - 79 C; 60 - 69 D. There will be
five 100 point exams, one at the end of each of the five units.

"X" grades will be given only under very strenuous conditions; you must be able to prove you made an outstanding effort by showing ALL assigned homework and verifying perfect or near perfect attendance.

D. Extra Credit: Not applicable.

E. Tutoring, Extra Help Sessions, or Special Needs:

__Tutoring __is available (and free!).
Contact the math Study Lab, H-66. See me during office hours, if you are having
difficulties. If you have a disability which impairs your access to this course
or your ability to pursue the coursework as it is presented, please see personnel
in the Instructional Assistance Center. (H-58)

ACCOMMODATING
DISABILITIES In compliance with federal 504/ADA requirements, Allegany College
of Maryland supports the belief that all "otherwise qualified" citizens
should have access to higher education and that individuals should not be
excluded from this pursuit solely by reason of handicap. The college is committed
to the integration of students with disabilities into all areas of college
life and offers support services intended to maximize the independence and
participation of all students. The College complies with applicable state
and federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in the admission
and treatment of students. Any student who wishes to receive accommodations
must register with the Disabilities Services Office, providing documentation
of the declared disability. Once documentation is received, the Director will
establish eligibility for specific accommodations based on the student's documented
functional limitations and the essential functions required within specific
courses. Any student who wishes to declare a disability should contact Wilma
Kerns or June Bracken at 301-784-5234, TDD 301-784-5001, wkerns@allegany.edu
or http://www.allegany.edu/x864.xml to obtain information and assistance.

F. Acceptable Style/Format of Assignments.

G.
__Assignments__ are for your benefit.
If conditions warrant, the assignments will be collected. This is your
responsibility. Assignments should be neat and legible. Most successful
math students study and do assignments a minimum of 2-3 hours for every class
hour. That means about 8-12 or more hours weekly for this class.

Assignment Deadlines: Assignments are to be completed by the beginning of the next class.

H. Plagiarism and Cheating

__Cheating__ will not be tolerated. The
student handbook describes the policy in regard to this matter.
Familiarize yourself with the policy.

I. Exams

__Exams__ are announced and will be given
approximately every 2 - 4 weeks. Each exam will have a point value.
A final exam may be given at the end of the semester.

__Make-up Exams will not be given__ under
normal circumstances. You must have an acceptable reason for missing, and you
must take the make-up when scheduled. Make-up exams will be scheduled
during the last week of the semester and will be different from the original
exam, likely more difficult.

III. __COURSE
REQUIREMENTS__

A. Course Content: <Listed separately, see course content below>

B. List any assignment(s) which require the use of AC's Library or any other libraries. Not Applicable.

C. Required student reading assignments. Not Applicable.

D. Recommended Readings. Not Applicable, but read a lesson ahead in the text if you can.

E. Supplemental Learning Resources

__Supplemental learning resources__ will be
used during the semester at appropriate times.
You’ll want to get a graphing calculator.

TI83,TI84,TI85,TI86, or TI89 are all appropriate, as are Casio FX-2, 9970, or 9850 G+. If you want to use a TI-Inspire you may, but I have no experience with it. Software like mathcad is very good, but there is no way to use it during exams.

MATH 119

COURSE CONTENT

See website http://www.donrmath.net/m119

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