College Algebra and Trigonometry

MATH 119, Section 05
Fall Semester 2012

 

Instructor

John I. Moore, Jr. Phone:  843-953-7882
Office:  Thompson Hall 230       E-mail:  john.moore@citadel.edu

 

Course Description

A modern treatment of the essential topics of college algebra and trigonometry (a.k.a, Precalculus). Topics include the real number system, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions. This course involves work using a graphics calculator.

Please note:

  1. Students who take MATH 119 must make a grade of C or higher in order to enroll in MATH 131 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I).
  2. A student who passes MATH 119 and subsequently changes to a major that does not require MATH 131 may substitute MATH 119 for MATH 104.
  3. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 104 and MATH 119 in meeting their core curriculum mathematics requirement.

 

Textbook

Mark Dugopolski, Fundamentals of Precalculus (Second Edition), Addison Wesley, 2009.
(Also:  Course Notes and Handouts)

In addtion to the textbook, we will by using Pearson’s MyMathLab for homework. You will need to register for this course at http://www.mymathlab.com/. The course ID for this section of MATH 119 is moore04246.

 

Calculator

Recommend TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-89

 

Grading

The final grade for the course is based on 7 grades as follows:

 

Miscellaneous Grading Policies

  1. Homework will be assigned from the textbook, with corresponding assignments on MyMathLab from the same section of the textbook. Daily quizzes will come directly from the homework problems assigned from the textbook. Students may replace any quiz grade with a grade from MyMathLab on the corresponding assigment.
     
  2. Students are required to work individually on all work done outside of class that will be turned in for a grade. Unless explicitly authorized, joint work is forbidden. Assistance from anyone other than the instructor, a librarian, or a member of the academic support center is also forbidden. Please note that homework assignments are excluded from this policy. You are encouraged to get help on assigned homework problems when you need it.
     
  3. Class attendance and participation can influence borderline grades.
     
  4. A total of twelve absences will result in a course grade of F. With respect to this policy, three lates count as an absence. In addition, if you are late by 15 minutes or more, you will be considered absent.
     
  5. Incomplete grades are given only in unusual circumstances. Consult the college catalog for policy on incomplete work.
     

Class Schedule

Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, 10:00-10:50 a.m., Thompson Hall 326.

 

Office Hours

Monday 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00-11:00 a.m., 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday  1:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment

 

Important Dates

Sep. 3 Test 1: Appendix A
Sep. 21 Test 2: Chapter 1
Oct. 12 Test 3: Chapter 2 (Sections 2.1, 2.3-2.7)
Oct. 24 Leadership Development Day (no class)
Oct. 30 Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W”
Nov. 19-23 Fall Break (Take book home to study during break!)
Nov. 7 Test 4: Chapter 3 (Sections 3.1-3.7)
Nov. 28 Test 5: Chapter 4
Dec. 8 (Saturday) Final Exam, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

 

Expectations

  1. Do not miss an assigned test without a valid excuse! Missing an assigned test without a valid excuse will result in a grade of zero for that test. The instructor gets to determine whether or not an excuse is valid. In particular, guard duty is not an acceptable excuse for missing an assigned test. When possible, students should notify the instructor in advance if they will be unable to take an assigned test. All make-up tests will be given outside of normal class time. Once a test has been given in class, any subsequent make-up tests may differ significantly.
     
  2. Show up for class on time and prepared. That means that you have read the appropriate sections from the book plus any handouts, and you have worked all assigned homework. If a test has been assigned, you should be prepared to take the test. If you were late to class or absent from the previous class meeting, you are responsible for getting class notes and assignments from another student in the class or from the instructor.
     
  3. If you are late to class, it is possible that you have already been marked absent by the time you arrive. It is your responsibility to notify the instructor after class that you were late rather than absent.
     
  4. Take care of any personal needs outside of class time. Except for emergencies, you should not need to go to the bathroom, get a drink of water, etc. If you need to leave the room at any time while class is in session, you should ask for permission.
     
  5. There should be no personal conversations, moving around, or leaving the room during class without explicit permission. These actions are disturbing to other students and to the instructor. Be courteous and respect the rights of others.
     
  6. Cell phones must be kept in book bags and programmed in a silent or vibrate setting during class.
     
  7. You should respect the property of your college. No eating, drinking (other than water), smoking, dipping, chewing tobacco, etc. in the classrooms. Also, no writing or carving on the desks, chairs, podium, etc. Any willful vandalism or destruction of Citadel property will be dealt with severely.
     

Daily Schedule

Dates Topics Covered
Aug. 22 Appendix A.1: Exponents and Radicals
Aug. 23 Appendix A.1: Exponents and Radicals
Aug. 24 Appendix A.2: Polynomials
   
Aug. 27 Appendix A.3: Factoring Polynomials
Aug. 29 Appendix A.4: Rational Expressions
Aug. 30 Appendix A.4: Rational Expressions (continued)
Aug. 31 Review Appendix A
   
Sep. 3 Test 1: Appendix A
Sep. 5 Section 1.1: Real Numbers and Their Properties
Sep. 6 Section 1.2: Linear and Absolute Value Inequalities
Sep. 7 Section 1.3: Equations and Graphs in Two Variables
   
Sep. 10 Section 1.4: Linear Equations in Two Variables
Sep. 12 Section 1.5: Functions
Sep. 13 Section 1.6: Graphs of Relations and Functions
Sep. 14 Section 1.7: Families of Functions, Transformations, and Symmetry
   
Sep. 17 Section 1.8: Operations with Functions
Sep. 19 Section 1.9: Inverse Functions
Sep. 20 Review Chapter 1
Sep. 21 Test 2: Chapter 1
   
Sep. 24 Section 2.1: Quadratic Functions and Inequalities
Sep. 26 Section 2.1: Quadratic Functions and Inequalities (continued)
Sep. 27 Section 2.3: Zeros of Polynomial Functions
Sep. 28 Section 2.3: Zeros of Polynomial Functions (continued)
   
Oct. 1 Section 2.4: The Theory of Equations
Oct. 3 Section 2.5: Miscellaneous Equations
Oct. 4 Section 2.5: Miscellaneous Equations (continued)
Oct. 5 Section 2.6: Graphs of Polynomial Functions
   
Oct. 8 Section 2.7: Rational Functions and Inequalities
Oct. 10 Section 2.7: Rational Functions and Inequalities (continued)
Oct. 11 Review Chapter 2
Oct. 12 Test 3: Chapter 2 (Sections 2.1, 2.3-2.7)
   
Oct. 15 Section 3.1: Angles and Their Measurements
Oct. 17 Section 3.2: The Sine and Cosine Functions
Oct. 18 Section 3.2: The Sine and Cosine Functions (continued)
Oct. 19 Section 3.3: The Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions
   
Oct. 22 Section 3.3: The Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions (continued)
Oct. 24 Leadership Development Day (no class)
Oct. 25 Section 3.4: The Other Trigonometric Functions and Their Graphs
Oct. 26 Section 3.5: The Inverse Trigonometric Functions
   
Oct. 29 Section 3.6: Right Triangle Trigonometry
Oct. 31 Section 3.7: Identities
Nov. 1 Section 3.7: Identities (continued)
Nov. 2 Section 4.1: Exponential Functions and Their Applications
   
Nov. 5 Review Chapter 3
Nov. 7 Test 4: Chapter 3 (Sections 3.1-3.7)
Nov. 8 Section 4.1: Exponential Functions and Their Applications (continued)
Nov. 9 Section 4.2: Logarithmic Functions and Their Applications
   
Nov. 12 Section 4.2: Logarithmic Functions and Their Applications (continued)
Nov. 14 Section 4.3: Rules of Logarithms
Nov. 15 Section 4.4: More Equations and Applications
Nov. 16 Section 4.4: More Equations and Applications (continued)
   
Nov. 19-23 Fall Break (Take book home to study during break!)
   
Nov. 26 Review Chapter 4
Nov. 28 Test 5: Chapter 4
Nov. 29 Section 3.8: Conditional Trigonometric Identities
Nov. 30 Section 3.8: Conditional Trigonometric Identities (continued)
   
Dec. 3 Section 3.9: The Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines
Dec. 5 Review
Dec. 6 Review/Course Evaluations
   
Dec. 8 (Saturday) Final Exam, 8:00-11:00 a.m.