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  1. 1. 1 PreCalculus Math 150 -- Section 20190 Focusing on Students Interested in Pursuing Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Syllabus Summer 2013 Instructor: Patty George Office: PST 209 Phone: 562-860-2451 X2670 email: Text: Precalculus: Graphs and Models, third edition, Barnett, Ziegler, Byleen, Sobecki, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, New York, 2009. Class Meetings: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 – 6:50 PM in PST 237 Prerequisite: Trigonometry (Math 140 at Cerritos College or an equivalent course) with grade of C, credit, or higher is the prerequisite for Math 150. Entering students may also meet the prerequisite with a satisfactory score on the Calculus Readiness Exam. Materials Three-ring Loose-leaf Notebook: You are required to keep a three-ring loose-leaf notebook containing this syllabus with all class notes, worksheets, quizzes, and tests. Homework Journal: Homework will be kept in a separate journal. Each homework assignment must be neatly labeled and contain both the statement and the solution of the problem. Each time the homework journal is collected all assignments -- including those already collected -- must be contained in the journal otherwise you will not receive full credit. Graphing Calculator: You must have a graphing calculator, graph paper and a ruler to use during class. In addition to these, you may be required to purchase other stationery supplies to complete class projects or homework. The TI – 83, TI – 83 Plus, or TI – 84 are the calculators strongly recommended for this class. The TI - 89 and TI - 90 are powerful and useful calculators, but may not always be allowed for use on exams. You may not use calculators that are noisy. You may not use a cell phone as a calculator. You may not use devices with Internet access during class unless requested to do so by the instructor. Internet Communication: You must have access to a computer in order to download materials that will be used for lecture support, homework, tests and quizzes. If you do not have computer access at home, computers are available in the CAI lab at the Learning Resources Center. You are responsible for organizing your time so that you can access computers and the library during the hours these are open. Materials and communications will be available through TalonNet. Make sure you have a valid email address.
  2. 2. 2 Grading: Your grade will be determined using a percentage system. The way the percentage points are distributed is described below. The final grade in the course is determined by rounding the accumulated weighted percentage to the nearest whole number and then by using the following scale. The percentage points on the left correspond to the letter grade on the right. The grading system is not competitive. Although you are not allowed to help each other on tests nor on most quizzes, you should be working with other students on your homework. Exchange phone numbers and email addresses with other students early in the term and meet with your fellow students frequently to discuss homework problems and questions concerning the lecture. You will find that you will understand the concepts better if you discuss them with your colleagues. Learn to express your ideas about mathematics by helping others and by listening to the way others express ideas. Quizzes: Short quizzes will be given periodically. The first quiz will be Wednesday. There may also be several take-home quizzes, or quiz grades based on group work done in class. The number of graded quizzes given is up to the discretion of the instructor. A student who comes to class late or leaves early will not be given credit for the quiz administered on that day. No make-up quizzes will be given. Homework: The homework journal should contain all problems assigned. It will be evaluated periodically during class time -- usually on Thursdays. You should keep up on all homework assignments. Even though the work may not be collected every day, you are expected to do homework daily. The math instructor may call for homework to be evaluated at any time. While test grades in the course will be private, homework grades are not private. Other students in the class will be evaluating your homework journals. If you do not feel comfortable having your homework evaluated or edited by your colleagues, do not take this class. Quizzes, Homework, and Surveys 20% Tests 40% Class Presentation 10% Final Exam 30% 90 - 100% A 80 – 89% B 70 – 79% C 60 – 69% D Below 60% F
  3. 3. 3 You are keeping the homework for your benefit. All problems must be stated clearly. You must show your work. If the statements of the exercises, the work, and the solutions are not clearly stated, you will not receive credit. No credit will be given for work that looks like it has been copied from another source. Surveys: Students will also be required to complete several surveys this semester. Tests: All tests are cumulative. Two tests will be given prior to the final exam. These tests will cover material from math lectures, homework, worksheets and other assignments. Thoroughly review the lecture, homework and quizzes prior to the test days. Use your homework journal and textbook as well as previous tests and quizzes to help you prepare. Class Presentation: Students will create and deliver group presentations to the class. Final Exam: Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 PM Final Homework Journal Evaluation: Thursday, August 8, 4:00 PM Attendance: Success in this class depends on your regular participation and attendance. Students who do not regularly attend may be dropped from this class or may receive a failing grade. Any student absent during the two weeks may be dropped from the class to allow other students to add. On the third absence, you may either be dropped or be given a failing grade for the class. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to drop the class to avoid a failing grade. If a student is absent, that student is expected to get notes and assignments from another student in the class. The math instructor will only review lecture material with a student who has been absent if the student has already gotten notes from a classmate and reviewed those notes. Trade phone numbers and email addresses with your colleagues! Cell phones, beepers and headphones: The use of cell phones, beepers, and headphones is disruptive to a classroom learning environment. You must turn off your cell phones and beepers, and remove your headphones, when you are in the classroom. Do not leave the class during lecture to take a call. This is disruptive. Any person disrupting the class will be dropped from the class. Any student using their cell phone during class will be asked to leave and counted absent. Cell phones may not be used as calculators. Disruptive Behavior: Any student disrupting the class will be asked to leave and will be counted absent. Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Disabled Student Programs and Services at (562) 860- 2451 ext. 2335, as early as possible in the term.
  4. 4. 4 Academic Honesty/Dishonesty Policy from Cerritos College Student Services/Policies Your instructors are eager to help you succeed in your studies at Cerritos College. But success means more than just receiving a passing grade in a course. Success means that you have mastered the course content so that you may use that knowledge in the future, either to be successful on a job, or to continue on with your education in advanced classes. Your success depends on a combination of that skill and knowledge of your instructors, and your hard work. You will reach your future goals only if you gain new knowledge form every course you take. That knowledge becomes yours, and can be used by you, only if it is gained through your own personal efforts. Receiving a grade in a course, without acquiring the knowledge that goes with it, diminishes your chances for future success. While in College, you are also shaping the principles which will guide you throughout the rest of your life. Ethical behavior and integrity are a vital part of those principles. A reputation for honesty says more about you, and is more highly prized, that simply your academic skills. For that reason, academic honesty is taken very seriously by the Cerritos College faculty. The following guidelines have been prepared so that you will understand what is expected of you in maintaining academic honesty. Academic Dishonesty is normally to be dealt with as an academic action by the instructor, reflected in the student’s grade in the particular course, rather than through college disciplinary procedures. No specific departmental, divisional or institutional procedures are establishes for academic dishonesty other than the normal process for review and appeal of an instructor’s grading procedures. Academic Dishonesty is defined as an act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means. Examples of academic dishonesty would include, but not be limited to the following: · Copying, either in part or in whole, from another’s test or examination; · Discussion of answers or ideas relating to the answers, on examination or test when such discussion is prohibited by the instructor; · Obtaining copies of an exam without the permission of the instructor; · Using notes, "Cheating sheets," or otherwise utilizing information or devices not considered appropriate under the prescribed test conditions; · Altering a grade of interfering with the grading procedures in any course; · Allowing someone other than the officially enrolled student to represent the same; · Plagiarism, which is defined as the act of taking the ideas, words or specific substantive material of another and offering them as one’s own without giving credit to the source. Options may be taken by the faculty member to the extent that the faculty member considers cheating or plagiarism to manifest the student’s lack of scholarship or to reflect on the student’s lack of academic performance in the course. One or more of the following options are available to the faculty member who suspects a student has been cheating or plagiarizing; 1. Review-no action. 2. An oral reprimand with emphasis on counseling toward prevention of further occurrences. 3. A requirement that work repeated. 4. A reduction of the grade earned on the specific work in question, including the possibility of no credit for the work. 5. A reduction of the course grade as a result of item 4 above, including the possibility of a failing grade for the course. 6. Referral to the Office of Judicial Affairs for further administrative action, such as suspension or expulsion. The statement above has been copied from the web site:
  5. 5. 5 Math 150 Tentative List of Topics Lecture Date Topic Read each section prior to doing the assigned exercises. July 1 The Real Number System Properties of Real Numbers Appendix A1 July 2 Equivalence Relations and Order Solving Equations and Inequalities The Coordinate Plane Absolute Value Square Roots Appendix B1 July 3 Quiz 1 The Pythagorean Theorem Distance Formula Midpoint Formula Circles Graphing Lines and Circles on the Calculator Appendix B2 and B3 Section 1.1 July 4 Have a Happy Fourth of July! July 8 Functions Graphs of Functions Sections 1.2 and 1.3 Homework Assignment 1 July 9 Quiz 2 Transformations of Functions Operations on Functions Inverse Functions Sections 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6 July 10 Rates of Change Techniques of Setting Up and Solving Applied Problems Sections 2.1 and 2.2 Bring your Calculator!! !
  6. 6. 6 July 11 Review Homework Assignment 2 July 15 Test 1 July 16 Quadratic Functions Complex Numbers Quadratic Equations Sections 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5 July 17 Quiz 3 Solving Equations Solving Inequalities Sections 2.6 and 2.7 July 18 Polynomial Functions Factoring Polynomials Remainder Theorem Factor Theorem Synthetic Division Appendix A5 Sections 3.1 and 3.2 Homework Assignment 3 July 22 Rational Root Theorem Conjugate Roots Theorem Rational Functions Polynomial and Rational Inequalities Fundamental Theorem of Algebra Complete Factorization Theorem Sections 3.3, 3.4, and 3.5 July 23 Quiz 4 Exponential Functions Logarithmic Functions Solutions to Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4 July 24 Modeling Functions Using Polynomial, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Basic Review of Trigonometric Functions Section 4.5, 5.1, and 5.2 Study lecture, text and homework!
  7. 7. 7 July 25 Review Homework Assignment 4 July 29 Test 2 July 30 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables Systems of Linear Inequalities Sections 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 July 31 Quiz 5 Sequences and Series Mathematical Induction Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences Sections 10.1, 10.2, and 10.3 Aug 1 Multiplication Principle, Permutations and Combinations Binomial Theorem Sections 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 Homework Assignment 5 Aug 5 Quiz 6 Conic Sections Sections 11.1, 11.2, and 11.3 Aug 6 Review Homework Assignment 6 Aug 7 Final Exam Good Luck!!! Aug 8 Final Homework Journal Note: Please have homework finished by the above dates. Evaluation of the homework will be done in class but the evaluation may take place at a later date. Study lecture, text and homework! Study lecture, text and homework!
  8. 8. 8 Math 150 Lecture Notebook and Homework Journal Organization Organize your work in a 2 - inch, 3 - ring binder. There should be no loose pages in pockets. Divide your notebook into three sections and label each section. Use the following organization. Part III may be removed on the days that the notebook is evaluated by your classmates. Part I: Course and Lecture • Title Page o Your name o Course name and section o Instructor name o Semester • Syllabus • Tentative Schedule of Topics • Lecture Notebook and Homework Journal Organization • Forming Study Groups • Math Classroom Directory • i-Falcon Expectations for Academic Success • Lecture Notes and Related Handouts o Date each page o Number each page Part II: Homework Journal • Homework evaluation for each assignment • Homework for each assignment o Homework should be in chronological order. o State each item clearly o Show all of your work  Use equal signs between equivalent expressions.  All work must be neat and clearly organized. o Clearly state the solution to all application problems in complete English sentences. Part III: Quizzes, Tests and Other Material for Review from Math 150 • Quizzes • Tests • Test Corrections • Test Preparation Materials • Other
  9. 9. 9 Math 150 Forming Study Groups Learning to work effectively in groups is important for the student’s future professional and personal life. Most careers require people to communicate with others verbally – in writing and orally. Professionals are required to describe orders, write instructions for a process, read and follow directions, and so on. They are required to clearly explain what they do and how they do it to their coworkers, supervisors and clients. Students who want to become professionals begin practicing communication skills while in school. To prepare for lectures, complete class assignments and to work on projects, successful students form study groups early in the semester, and meet regularly with their group members. While this may seem time consuming at first, in the long run forming study groups saves time. To form a study group, suggest a time and a place to meet regularly. There are many good places to study on campus. There are study group rooms available in the library and in the learning resource center. There are also places to study in the student center. You may find it easier to meet off campus at a library, coffee shop or at a student home. Find a good location and meet there frequently. If you have difficulty getting to the meeting group location, practice meeting with others using technology such as Skype or Facebook. In study groups, students help each other understand the lecture material. Students ask one other about key concepts and vocabulary encountered in the lecture and reading. When discussing the material, students working in study groups use the newly learned terms to deepen their understanding of the material and to practice using the new vocabulary appropriately. Students often do homework while working in study groups. Working together on homework does not mean “copying” work from another student. “Copying” work and turning it in as if it were your own work is considered plagiarism. This behavior can result in dismissal from college. However, it is helpful to work with other students and compare homework solutions. Listening to the way another student has solved a problem can be useful in learning new strategies for problem solving. When comparing homework, students in study groups should practice explaining their problem solving process by writing the work down and saying it out loud. Create a positive and creative environment for cooperative learning. The most important quality of a study group is to use it to support yourself in learning and in demonstrating what you have learned. By helping others in your group be successful, you are supporting your own success. Make sure you create an encouraging and supportive atmosphere so that everyone can benefit from the success of the group.