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Distance Education · Mathematics and Engineering · Mathematics - MATH

Pre-Calculus Math

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section N41 CRN-40467
  • 4 Credits
  • 07/20/2018 to 08/17/2018
  • Modified 07/10/2018

Meeting Times


This is an online class with no synchronous meetings.  All lectures, homework, quizzes, and most other class activities will be completed online through MyMathLab or eCampus.

However, you are required to take two proctored exams in this course.  Please see "Testing Information" below or the "Proctoring Information" module in eCampus for additional information.


Online Exams

Unit Exams will be completed fully online on  You can also access these exams from the Pearson widget in eCampus.

Please note there are three exams that are required to be proctored.  See the Testing Policy section below and the Proctoring Information module in eCampus for more information.


Exam Available
Unit 1 July 25-26, 2018 in MML
Unit 2 July 30-31, 2018 in MML
Major Exam 1 (proctored) August 1-2, 2018
Unit 3 August 5-6, 2018 in MML
Unit 4 August 12-13, 2018 in MML
Major Exam 2 (proctored) August 13-14, 2018
Final (proctored) August 16-17, 2018


Contact Information

Professor: Darren Wilkinson

All communication throughout the semester should be made via email to [email protected] or via email in eCampus.  You may also call my office phone, but please leave a voicemail with detailed information and a call back number.

I check discussion forums and emails in eCampus regularly during the day and evening, however, occasionally those responses may be delayed.

Any emails received before 8 PM Monday - Thursday will usually receive an answer that day.  All others should be answered within 24 hours except possibly on weekends or holidays.  Emails received on the weekends will be answered promptly Monday morning.  If there is no reply within 24 hours, please email again as that would be a very unusual occurrence!

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Online


Pre-calculus is the in-depth study of algebra, trigonometry, and other topics for calculus readiness; including algebraic functions and their graphs, inverse functions, polynomial functions, rational and irrational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, and analytic geometry.

64 total contact hours. Credit: 4 semester hours.


Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or MATH 1414 with a grade of "C" or better or an appropriate score on an approved placement test, or departmental approval.

Recommended: MATH 1316 with a grade of "C" or better is strongly recommended.

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions.
  2. Recognize and apply algebraic and transcendental functions and solve related equations.
  3. Apply graphing techniques to algebraic and transcendental functions.
  4. Compute the values of trigonometric functions for key angles in all quadrants of the unit circle measured in both degrees and radians.
  5. Prove trigonometric identities.
  6. Solve right and oblique triangles.



Blitzer, R. (2018). Precalculus (6th ed.) with Integrated Review and MyMathLab. Pearson. 

Calculator Policy

A calculator is required for this class and a TI 83/84 or TI-Nspire is highly recommended.  The type of calculator allowed and the use of a calculator on any assignment in this class may be restricted.  This includes both in class and out of class assignments, such as, but not limited to homework, projects, quizzes, and exams. Calculators capable of symbolic manipulation, such as TI-89, TI-92, HP-48 models, and TI-Nspire CAS models, are not allowed. Additionally, cell phones, computers, and PDA’s cannot be used as calculators. Students are responsible for learning how to operate their calculators.

Computer and Internet Access

Daily assignments may require computer internet access. 

Students may use their own computer and internet provider or they may complete assignments on campus in one of the Blinn College computer labs.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has appropriate and reliable computer equipment and high-speed internet access.  Furthermore, computer trouble or internet trouble in no way excuses the student from completing assignments by assignment due date.  Blinn College computer labs and Learning Centers have appropriately configured computers and internet access for this course.

Please note that computer problems or other technical issues in no way excuse students from completing assignments by the designated due dates.  It is recommended to begin all assignments and attempts early with a back-up plan in place should technical issues arise.


Log into this course at

Please log on the FIRST DAY OF CLASS and complete the course orientation module.  Please take the time to become familiar with the layout of the course.

Students will need to set up their MyMathLab account by clicking the GREEN Pearson widget, allowing pop ups.  This is the ONLY way to get into the MyMathLab portion of the course.  No course ID is needed for MyMathLab.

Please be aware that the following items are due right away. Further information is available in the Orientation in eCampus.

  • eCampus Syllabus/Orientation/Course Information Quiz
  • eCampus Proctoring Survey
  • eCampus Introductions Discussion 

Additional Materials and Supplies

Suggested Materials:
Spiral Notebook/Paper
Accuscan Scantrons #28980

Course Requirements

The student should maintain at least a 70% average on all course work covering polynomial functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, and algebraic methods for solving equations and inequalities



 Course evaluation instruments shall consist of at least four major grades including the final examination. Competency will be measured by a 70% minimum performance level over the entire course. Class participation will be at least 10% of the final grade and is defined by the individual instructor.   A comprehensive final exam will be 20% of the final grade.
Type Weight Topic Notes
Class Participation 3%   Class Participation:  Students are expected to participate in this course.  Joining discussion forums and completing assignments is mandatory.  There will be at least 5 assignments graded for participation.  These include but are not limited to the discussion forums, course information quiz, and any course surveys.  Additional details are available regarding these in eCampus.
      Because the participation items (discussion forums, quizzes, and surveys) are open for multiple days, no make-ups will be accepted for any reason.  At least one grade item will be dropped at the end of the semester to account for an occasional mishap.
MyMathLab Online Homework 17%   Online homework will be assigned and completed via the Pearson widget in eCampus.  The homework sections assigned during each week must be completed in MyMathLab by 11:59 PM U.S. Central Time.  The due dates are listed in MyMathLab and correspond with the course schedule below.
At least one homework assignment will dropped at the end of the semester to account for the occasional mishap.
Written Component 10%   Written assignments will be assigned weekly and will be submitted in eCampus via DropBox as indicated in the course on the Sunday of the week the material is covered by 11:59 PM U.S. Central Time .  Neatness and mathematical rigor will be taken into account when assignments are graded. 
No written assignments are eligible for makeup.  The written assignments are also used as a measure of class attendance and participation.  At least one written assignment grade will be dropped at the end of the semester to account for the occasional mishap.
Unit Exams 20%   Exams:  There will be four unit exams in this course.  These exams will be taken online. Unlike the homework assignments, I do not have the ability to allow you to attempt an exam at a later date for a penalty.  I will not postpone an exam for any reason.  Each exam must be taken during the scheduled time period, without exception.  Exams comprise a portion of your class attendance.  Exams are timed.  Students are given 2 attempts at each exam.  The highest of the 2 attempts will be recorded.  All exams are due on the assigned date at 11:59 PM CST.  Absolutely no late exam will be accepted.  Once the due date has passed, the online material will not be reopened for any reason.  Students will receive an online exam score immediately as they are graded automatically by MyMathLab.
If a student misses one of the four unit exams, the grade will stand as a 0.
Proctored Major Exams 30%   Proctored Major Exams:  Two comprehensive major exam must be taken at a preapproved testing center.  
I will not postpone the exam for any reason.  Students are given 1 attempt at each major exam and it must be taken within the scheduled timeframe.  As the exam is available for a span of a few days, students are responsible for scheduling their exam in accordance within the designated time during their testing center's determined hours.  The midterm is also timed. Students should call their center in advance to determine proper arrival time.  A photo ID will be required.
The proctored major exams are also used as a measure of class attendance and participation.  A grade of zero will be recorded for missing this exam and cannot be replaced.
Final Exam (Proctored) 20%   Final Exam:  A comprehensive, all multiple choice, final exam will be given on the date assigned by the College.  Students are required to take the final exam.  This is exam must be taken through a preapproved testing center at the scheduled time.  
This exam cannot be postponed for any reason.  A grade of 0 will be recorded for missing this exam.  The final exam may replace a low or missing proctored major exam grade if it is to the student's benefit.


Grading Scale

A   [90,100]                             Exceptional knowledge of the material covered
B   [80,90)                               Above average knowledge of the material covered
C   [70,80)                               Average knowledge of the material covered
D   [60,70)                               Less than average knowledge of the material covered
F   [0,60)                                 Very little knowledge of the material covered


Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Attendance Details:

Should a student accumulate the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, s/he will be administratively dropped from class. The following chart indicates two weeks’ worth of absences:

Fall & Spring


6 absences







8-week Fall & Spring



12-week Fall & Spring



Winter/May Minimester



Summer 1 & 2




Example:  In a TR class, students will receive a warning notification via Blinn College student email after 2 days of unexcused absences and will be dropped after 4 days of unexcused absences. 

If a student is dropped from a class prior to the “Q” date, they will receive a “Q” in the class.  You are able to access your student email account in myBLINN.  (New students myBLINN email address is of the form, where ## is the last 2 digits of your Blinn ID.)

This semester’s “Q” drop date is August 13, 2018.


Online Attendance/Participation Policy

Because this is an online class, attendance will be monitored by logins and the completion of assignments (including online homework, quizzes, discussion assignments, and exams). 

If a student remains inactive in MyMathLab for a period of 3 days or longer, the student will accumulate one week of absences.  Inactivity for a period of 6 days or longer will be considered two weeks of absences and will result in the student being administratively dropped from the course.  Inactivity will be assessed during the scheduled class dates.

Three incomplete assignments (including online homework, quiz, discussion board, or test) will be considered one week of absences and 6 incomplete assignments will be considered two weeks of absences.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

All Blinn College students should know and understand their rights and responsibilities.  Please visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities page at

Due Dates

Weekly MyMathLab assignments will be due at 11:59PM CST on Sundays.  Any problems worked after initial deadline will incur 30% deduction. These assignments are accessible until the 11:59PM CST on the eve of the Final Exam. You may navigate to past due assignments through the MML gradebook.

Weekly written assignments will be due at 11:59PM CST to the appropriate DropBox in eCampus.  There are no make ups for missed written assignments.

Unit discussion forums are required and lock the day prior to each unit exam at 11:59PM CST.

There are no exceptions to exam due dates or timeframes.  Please plan accordingly.  Additional information regard exams may be found in eCampus.

Makeup Policy

No makeups will be given.  The nature of this online course gives ample opportunity to complete each assignment and test.  It is the responsibility of each student to plan and manage time so as to be able to complete each assignment by the posted due date.  Due dates will not be extended.  For that reason, each student is encouraged to begin and complete each assignment well ahead of the due date.  Please remember that computer and internet trouble does not excuse the student from completing assignments by the posted due date.  

If a student unavoidably misses one of the two proctored major exams, the grade on the final exam will act as the grade for the missed exam as well.

Testing Information

There are no make-ups given for any exam under any circumstances.  The two comprehensive major exams and final exams are only available through certified testing centers.

In order to maintain high academic standards, the following assessments are required to be proctored: 

Assessment to be proctored

Type of Proctoring

Major Exam 1

Preapproved Testing Center

Major Exam 2

Preapproved Testing Center

Final Exam

ProctorU or Preapproved Testing Center

Information about proctoring options: 

  • ProctorU (a third party online proctor) is only available for the final exam and not the major exams. Students must have a high-speed reliable internet connection, webcam, and a microphone (if the webcam does not have one.) Student will incur additional proctoring costs subject to ProctorU's guidelines.
    • Click here to watch short orientation video of how to set up and use ProctorU at Blinn.

    • Click here to go to the ProctorU web site ( check technical requirements, create an account, and answer most questions about how ProctorU works.

  • Preapproved testing centers or proctors.  Students must seek instructor approval to use a proctor such as a military testing center or the testing center of another school at least one week prior to the exam date.  See the Proctoring Information submodule in eCampus for appropriate protocol.
  • Preapproved testing Centers on a Blinn Campus.  These are of no cost to the student.

The following are preapproved, Blinn College testing centers. If these are not suitable, please contact the instructor by email for additional options as soon as possible.  There is a module in eCampus with additional testing information.

  • Brenham:
  • Bryan:
  • Schulenburg:
  • Sealy:

Please note that testing center hours vary by location.  Thus, it is recommended that you call in advance of the exams to ensure you test during a time that meets your schedule and the center's.  Ask your testing center whether or not an appointment is required to test.


Please visit the Proctoring Information submodule in eCampus for further information or contact the instructor



Week Dates Course Sections Contact Hours
1 July 20             through               July 26 Orientation Course Orientation/First Week Assignments  
1.2 Basics of Functions and Their Graphs  
1.3 Graphs of Functions  
1.4 Linear Functions and Slope  
1.5 More on Slope 15.33
1.6 Transformations of Functions  
1.7 Combinations of Functions and Composite Functions  
1.8 Inverse Functions  
1.2-1.8 UNIT 1 EXAM MML   (July 25-July 26) No calculator may be used.  
2.2 Quadratic Functions  
2.3 Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs  
2 July 27             through               Aug 2 2.4 Infinite Limits - Dividing Polynomials  
2.5 Zeroes of Polynomial Functions  
2.6 Rational Functions and Their Graphs  
2.7 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities  
2.2-2.7 UNIT 2 EXAM MML  (July 30-July 31) No calculator may be used. 15.33
3.1 Exponential Functions  
3.2 Logarithmic Functions  
3.3 Properties of Logarithms  
3.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations  
Chapters MAJOR EXAM 1 in TESTING CENTER Aug 1 – Aug 2  No calculator may be used.  
 1 & 2  
3 Aug 3             through               Aug 9 3.1-3.4 UNIT 3 EXAM MML  (Aug 5-Aug 6) No calculator may be used.  
4.1 Angles and Radian Measure  
4.2 Trigonometric Functions: The Unit Circle  
4.3 Right Triangle Trigonometry 15.33
4.4 Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle  
4.5 Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions  
4.6 Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions  
4.7 Inverse Trigonometric Functions  
4 Aug 10             through               Aug 16 4.8 Applications of Trigonometric Functions  
4.1-4.8 UNIT 4 EXAM MML  (Aug 12-Aug 13)  No calculator may be used.  
6.1 The Law of Sines  
6.2 The Law of Cosines  
Chapters MAJOR EXAM 2 in TESTING CENTER Aug 13 – Aug 14 15.33
 3 & 4 No calculator may be used.  
5.1 Verifying Trigonometric Identities  
5.2 Sum and Difference Formulas  
5.3 Double - Angle, Power - Reducing, and Half-Angle Forumulas  
5.5 Trigonometric Equations  
  August 16 through noon August 17 FINAL EXAM Final Exam: A comprehensive final exam will be given on this date as designated by the College at the student’s approved testing center.   
STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE FINAL.  No calculator may be used.  
      Total Contact Hours 64.02