GENERAL INFORMATION                                                                                   Spring 2017

Course Title & Number:          Math 120 - Precalculus II

Required text(s) & Laboratory Manuals:        Algebra and Trigonometry 10th ed (Sullivan) (may use elctronic)


Instructor's Name:       Don Robinson (Full-time Professor)

Office Location/hours M 2-4 PM W 2:20-3:20 PM in H-23


Phone: (301) 784-5237 (leave message)

Day & Time of Class Meetings:            MWF 8:40 - 9:50 a.m.  T-116 (DL) *** slight changes possible

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

** You cannot be enrolled in this class and another class that overlaps its time in any amount.


  I.          PURPOSE

               A.      This course is a continuation of Math 119.  It progresses through a study of the trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, trigonometric identities, and applications of trigonometry; sequences; and the conic sections.         (A graphing calculator is required for this course.)   4 semester hours.  Prerequisite:  Math 119 or permission of the instructor.

               B.      Course Objectives:

          Students will be able to:

                        1.  Define and graph the trigonometric functions.

                        2.  Define and graph the inverse trigonometric functions.

                        3.  Prove trigonometric identities.

                        4.  Solve trigonometric equations.

                        5.  Solve both right and oblique triangles.

                        6.  Identify and understand both arithmetic and geometric sequences.

                        7.  Identify and describe the conic sections by their equations.

                        8.  Apply trigonometry to solving many real life problems.

                        9.  Learn other manipulations required for the study of calculus.

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

                       1.       Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning.

                       2.       Critical Analysis and Reasoning .

II . Course policies

         A.      Attendance is required

         B.      Class Participation:

Class participation will generally consist of a Question-Answer period at the beginning of each class in order to clear up any difficulties you are having.  The remaining time will be used for the introduction of new material.

               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.

          If conditions warrant, this scale will be adjusted, but don’t expect it.

"X" grades will be given only under very strenuous conditions; you must be able to prove you made an outstanding effort despite failing.

               D.      Extra Credit:  Not applicable

               E.      Tutoring, extra help sessions, or special needs:

          TUTORING is available.  Use the math study lab H-66 in Cumberland, in Everett contact Tina Iames 814 652 9528 3 ext 6224.

See me (or skype with me!) during office hours if you are having difficulties.

If you have a disability impairing 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)

               F.      Acceptable style/format of assignments:

ASSIGNMENTS are for your benefit.  Do as many exercises as are necessary to achieve your goal for this course.  If conditions warrant, the assignments will be collected.  This is your responsibility.  Assignments should be neat and legible.  It is very important to learn how to read mathematics; therefore, you should read and study all discussions and examples in your text related to class material.  Most successful math students study and do assignments a minimum of two hours for every class hour.

               G.      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

QUIZZES (unannounced or "pop") may be given occasionally.  These will be valued at no more than 10 points each.  No make-up quizzes allowed.

EXAMS are announced and will be given at the completion of each unit.  Each exam will have a point value.  A final exam will be given at the end of the semester.


MAKE-UP EXAMS You must have an acceptable reason for the absence, you must take the make-up when scheduled, and you must let the instructor know of the problem BEFORE the exam is scheduled.  All make-up exams will be scheduled during the last week of the semester. This is not a good time to take an exam, so avoid it if you can.


               A.      Outline of course contents  (See next page)

               B.      List any assignment(s) requiring the use of AC's library or any other libraries:

          Not applicable

               C.      Required student reading assignments including author and title of book and page numbers:

          Not applicable

               D.      Recommended readings:

          Not applicable

               E.      Supplemental learning resources (AV materials, handouts, individual instructional materials, field trips, resource people, etc.)  Supplemental learning resources will be used during the semester at appropriate times.


Text:  Algebra and Trigonometry with Analytic Geometry,

                8th edition, Michael Sullivan

UNIT I  Approximate Time:  3.5 weeks

Chapter 7                  The Trigonometric Functions

7.1  Angles

7.2  Right Triangle Trigonometry

7.3  Trigonometric Functions of Angles

7.4  Trigonometric Functions of General Angles

7.5  Unit Circle Approach; Properties of Trigonometric Functions

7.6  Graphs of Sine and Cosine functions

7.7  Graphs of Tangent, Cotangent, Secant, and Cosecant Functions

7.8  Sinusoidal Curve Fitting (optional)

Unit II   Approximate Time:  3.5 weeks

Chapter 8                  Analytic Trigonometry

8.1 Inverse Sine, Cosine, Tangent Functions

8.2 The Inverse Trigonometric Functions

8.3 Trigonometric Identities

8.4 Sum and Difference formulas

8.5 Double and Half-Angle Formulas

8.6 Product-to-sum and Sum-to-product formulas

8.7 Trigonometric Equations I

8.8 Trigonometric Equations II

Unit III  Approximate Time:  2.5 weeks

Chapter 9, 10            Applications of Trigonometry

            Applications involving right triangles

             The Law of Sines

            The Law of Cosines

            Area of a Triangle

            Simple Harmonic Motion, Damped Motion, Combining Waves

10.4 Vectors

10.5 The Dot Product

10.3 The Complex Plane, DeMoivre’s Theorem

Unit IV  Approximate Time:  3.5 weeks

               Topics from Analytic Geometry

11.1 Conic Sections

11.2  Parabolas

11.3  Ellipses

11.4  Hyperbolas

11.7  Plane Curves and Parametric Equations

10.1 Polar Coordinates

10.2 Polar Equations and Graphs

11.5 Rotation of Axes, General form of a Conic (optional)

11.6 Polar Equations of Conics (optional)

Unit V   Approximate Time:  2 weeks

 12.5  Partial Fractions

                                  (Other sections of chapter 12 as needed).

               Sequences, Series, and Probability

13.1  Sequences

13.2  Arithmetic Sequences

13.3  Geometric Sequences, Geometric Series

13.4  Mathematical Induction

13.5 The Binomial Theorem

               Counting and Probability (optional)

14.1 Counting

14.2 Permutations and Combinations

14.3 Probability

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