22383 MTH 014A  0  PreCalculusSpring 2003

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This is the syllabus for one section of MTH 014A for Spring 2003. As the
course moves forward, students should return to this page frequently for
updated material. This syllabus is based on course materials by Prof. R.
Grinnell, whose assistance is gratefully acknowledged.
3 credits
This course is a prerequisite for MTH 021. The course emphasizes problem solving
strategies as applied to problems involving polynomial, rational, exponential,
logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Projects, class groups, and a graphing
calculator will be used throughout the course.
Offered:
20022003.
There are three alternate prerequisites for MTH 002A:
In order to help evaluate student preparation for this course, there will be a special evaluation quiz during the first meeting of this course. This evaluation quiz will be evaluated but will not count towards the student's grade in the course.
This Spring 2003 section is:
Fund of Mathematics ( 3.00 ) 22383 MTH 014A  0  
College:  Arts & Sciences  
Department:  Math & Comp Science Department  
Days  Time  Location  Schedule Type  Date Range  
TR  4:00 pm  5:20 pm  Oakdale KSC 104  Lecture  Jan 29, 2002  May 16, 2002 
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If at all possible, please use email to schedule meetings in advance to avoid conflicts with other students and other obligations of the instructor.
Please note that excellent tutors are available at the Academic Service Center (ASC) at the Racanelli Center, +16312443141. Students are encouraged to make use of the ASC. Tutoring, drill and working in study groups are very helpful in mastering mathematics.
Attendance will be taken at all class meetings. All absences must be explained in writing (or via email). Students who miss 2 or more lectures must meet with the instructor to review their progress in the course. Grades will be reduced for unexcused absences (see grading policy, below).
In order to help students put in the level of attention and continuous effort required to derive full benefit from the course, a short quiz (14 question, 510 minutes) will be given at the start of each class meeting. Eighty percent of these quizzes will be counted towards the course grade (see below). The remaining twenty percent of these quizzes will count as extra credit. There will be no makeups for these quizzes.
In order to prepare for these quizzes, students will have to do the assigned readings and problems in advance of the lectures.
Students will be assigned all problems in relevant chapters of the text. At the start of class on some of the due dates a small randomly selected subset of the assigned problems may be selected for grading. No substitute problems will be accepted. No problems will be accepted late. On certain other due dates, the one or more of the problems on the daily quiz will be drawn from the assigned homework.
Note that the evaluation quiz given during the first meeting of this class does not count towards the course grade.
All students will be required to actively participate in classroom discussions and to work problems at the board in class. An openbook, open computer/calculator midterm and an openbook, open computer/calculator final will be given.
In general, no assignments will be accepted late and no makeups will be given for missed quizzes or examinations. Requests for exceptions to this policy will be considered only for the most pressing reasons (illness requiring hospitalization, death in the family, reserve callup, etc.), must be submitted in writing in a timely manner, and will be granted only if the instructor has sound reason to believe that the student is highly likely to master the material of the course within the current semester.
Students are warned that most high schools do not provide students with adequate preparation in Mathematics for them to be able to take this course. Dowling offers a course, MTH 001A, which helps to provide the necessary preparation. If you have great difficulty with the evaluation exam, and/or find if difficult to read the text book and keep up with the problems, you should consider switching to a section of MTH 001A and taking this course when you are better prepared.
The first assignment, due 6 February 2003, is to read Appendix A, sections 13, and to do all the problems for those sections.
The second assignment, due 13 February 2003, is to read Appendix A, sections 46, and do all the problems for those sections.
The 3^{rd} assignment, due 20 February 2003, is to read Appendix A, sections 78, and do all the problems for those sections.
The 4^{th} assignment, due 27 February 2003, is to read Chapter 1, sections 13, and do all the problems for those sections.
The 5^{th} assignment, due 6 March 2003, is to read Chapter 1, sections 46, and do all the problems for those sections.
The 6^{th} assignment, due 13 March 2003, is to prepare carefully for the midterm, which will be given on 13 March 2003, by reviewing Appendix A and chapter 1.
The 7^{th} assignment, due 20 March 2003, is to read chapter 7, and do all the problems for sections 1 through 4.
The 8^{th} assignment, due 27 March 2003, is to reread chapter 7, and do all the problems for sections 5 through 7.
The 9^{th} assignment, due 3 April 2003, is to read chapter 2, and do all the problems for sections 1 through 3.
The 10^{th} assignment, due 10 April 2003, is to reread chapter 2, and do all the problems for sections 4 through 6.
Note the spring break is from 17 to 25 April. This would be a good time to catch up or even get ahead on the reading and problems.
The 11^{th} assignment, due 1 May 2003, is to read chapter 3 and to do all the problems for sections 1 through 5.
The 12^{th} assignment, due 8 May 2003, is to reread chapter 3 and to do all the problems for sections 6 through 8. You should also review all the material in Appendix A and Chapters 1, 7, 2 and 3 to prepare for the cummulative final on 15 May 2003. Warning: The final starts at 3 pm.
Updated 7 April 2003.