Blinn College • Distance Education • Mathematics and Engineering • Mathematics  MATH
PreCalculus Math MATH2412
 Summer II 2018
 Section N42 CRN40521
 4 Credits
 07/20/2018 to 08/17/2018
 Modified 07/18/2018
Meeting Times
Online
This is an online class with no synchronous meetings. Most lectures, homework, quizzes, and other class activities will be completed online through MyMathLab (abbreviated MML) or eCampus.
However, you are required to take three proctored exams in this course, two Major Exams and the Final Exam. Please see "Testing Information" below or the "Proctoring Information" module in eCampus for additional information.
Online Exams
Unit Exams will be completed fully online through MyMathLab (accessible through eCampus).
Please note that are three exams that are required to be proctored. These exams will be written exams, but may have an online answer sheet in MML that will be password protected. See the Testing Policy section below and the Proctoring Information module in eCampus for more information.
Exam  Available 
Unit 1  July 2526, 2018 in MML 
Unit 2  July 3031, 2018 in MML 
Major Exam 1 (proctored)  August 12, 2018 
Unit 3  August 56, 2018 in MML 
Unit 4  August 1213, 2018 in MML 
Major Exam 2 (proctored)  August 1314, 2018 
Final (proctored)  August 1617, 2018 
Contact Information
Instructor: Mr. William Sweet
 Email: [email protected]
 Office: C  270, Bryan Campus
 Phone: (979) 2097582
I check discussion forums and emails in eCampus regularly during the day. However, responses may be delayed.
Any emails received before 8:00 PM Monday  Thursday will usually receive a response that day. All other emails should be responded to within 24 hours, except possibly on weekends or holidays. If you do not receive a reply within 24 hours, please email me again.
Office Hours
 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, Online
Description
Precalculus is the indepth 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:
Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions.
 Recognize and apply algebraic and transcendental functions and solve related equations.
 Apply graphing techniques to algebraic and transcendental functions.
 Compute the values of trigonometric functions for key angles in all quadrants of the unit circle measured in both degrees and radians.
 Prove trigonometric identities.
 Solve right and oblique triangles.
Materials
Textbook
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 TINspire 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 TI89, TI92, HP48 models, and TINspire 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 highspeed 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.
eCampus
Log into this course at http://ecampus.blinn.edu.
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:
Pencils
Spiral Notebook/Paper
Accuscan Scantrons #28980 (For those taking the final exam at a Blinn Campus)
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
Evaluation
Criteria
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 

Discussion Forums and Orientation Assignments  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 makeups 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. This category counts towards class participation and attendance. 

Online Homework System  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. Incomplete homework may be worked late for a point penalty applied to each late problem attempted. However, assignments may only be worked on late until the night BEFORE the corresponding Unit Exam. Once the Unit Exam is available, the homework may no longer be worked on late. Assignments will not be reopened at a later time. At least one homework assignment will dropped at the end of the semester to account for the occasional mishap. This category counts toward class participation and attendance. 

Written Quizzes  10% 
Written assignments will be assigned approximately twice weekly and will be submitted in eCampus via DropBox as indicated in the course 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 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 major exams are also timed. Students should call their center in advance to determine proper arrival time or to set up an appointment if one is necessary 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. 

Final Exam  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 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. The final exam MUST be completed by NOON on August 17th. 
Breakdown
Grading Scale (in %)
A [90,100] The student demonstrates exceptional knowledge of the material covered.
B [80, 90) The student demonstrates above average knowledge of the material covered.
C [70,80) The student demonstrates average knowledge of the material covered.
D [60, 70) The student demonstrates less than average knowledge of the material covered.
F [0,60) The student demonstrates very little knowledge of the material covered.
Blinn College Policies
All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College Catalog, Blinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.
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 email 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 email 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 
MWF 
6 absences 

MW 
4 

TR 
4 
8week Fall & Spring 
MTWR 
4 
12week Fall & Spring 

4 
Winter/May Minimester 

2 
Summer 1 & 2 

3 
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 firstname.lastname##@buc.blinn.edu, where ## is the last 2 digits of your Blinn ID.)
This semester’s “Q” drop date is August 13th.
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 http://www.blinn.edu/student_services/rights_responsibilities.html.
Due Dates
MyMathLab assignments will be due at 11:59PM CST on their due dates. Any problems worked after initial deadline will incur 30% deduction. These assignments are accessible until the 11:59PM CST on the eve of the corresponding Unit Exam. You may navigate to past due assignments through the MML gradebook.
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 makeups 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 
Preapproved Testing Center 
Information about proctoring options:
 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: http://www.blinn.edu/labs/brenham/LC/index.htm
 Bryan: http://www.blinn.edu/labs/bryan/index.htm
 Schulenburg: http://www.blinn.edu/schulenburg/testing_library.htm
 Sealy: http://www.blinn.edu/sealy/index.html
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
Schedule
For a more detailed schedule, including the due dates, please see the Detailed Schedule module in eCampus.
Week  Dates  Course Sections  Contact Hours  
1  Friday, July 20, 2018  Orientation  Course Orientation/First Week Assignments  
1.2  Basics of Functions and Their Graphs  
Saturday, July 21, 2018  1.3  Graphs of Functions  
Sunday, July 22, 2018  1.4  Linear Functions and Slope  
Monday, July 23, 2018  1.5  More on Slope  15.33  
1.6  Transformations of Functions  
Tuesday, July 24, 2018  1.7  Combinations of Functions and Composite Functions  
1.8  Inverse Functions  
Wednesday, July 25, 2018  1.21.8  UNIT 1 EXAM MML (July 25July 26) No calculator may be used.  
2.2  Quadratic Functions  
Thursday, July 26, 2018  2.3  Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs  
2  Friday, July 27, 2018  2.4  Infinite Limits  Dividing Polynomials  
Saturday, July 28, 2018  2.5  Zeroes of Polynomial Functions  
Sunday, July 29, 2018  2.6  Rational Functions and Their Graphs  
2.7  Polynomial and Rational Inequalities  
Monday, July 30, 2018  2.22.7  UNIT 2 EXAM MML (July 30July 31) No calculator may be used.  15.33  
3.1  Exponential Functions  
Tuesday, July 31, 2018  3.2  Logarithmic Functions  
Wednesday, August 1, 2018  3.3  Properties of Logarithms  
Chapters  MAJOR EXAM 1 in TESTING CENTER Aug 1 – Aug 2 No calculator may be used.  
1 & 2  
Thursday, August 2, 2018  3.4  Exponential and Logarithmic Equations  
3  Friday, August 3, 2018  4.1  Angles and Radian Measure  
Saturday, August 4, 2018  4.2  Trigonometric Functions: The Unit Circle  
Sunday, August 5, 2018  4.3  Right Triangle Trigonometry  
3.13.4  UNIT 3 EXAM MML (Aug 5Aug 6) No calculator may be used.  15.33  
Monday, August 6, 2018  4.4  Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle  
Tuesday, August 7, 2018  4.5  Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions  
Wednesday, August 8, 2018  4.6  Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions  
Thursday, August 9, 2018  4.7  Inverse Trigonometric Functions  
4  Friday, August 10, 2018  4.8  Applications of Trigonometric Functions  
Saturday, August 11, 2018  6.1  The Law of Sines  
Sunday, August 12, 2018  6.2  The Law of Cosines  
4.14.8  UNIT 4 EXAM MML (Aug 12Aug 13) No calculator may be used.  
Monday, August 13, 2018  5.1  Verifying Trigonometric Identities  15.33  
Chapters  MAJOR EXAM 2 in TESTING CENTER Aug 13 – Aug 14  
3 & 4  No calculator may be used.  
Tuesday, August 14, 2018  5.2  Sum and Difference Formulas  
Wednesday, August 15, 2018  5.3  Double  Angle, Power  Reducing, and HalfAngle Forumulas  
5.5  Trigonometric Equations  
Thursday, August 16, 2018  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.  
Friday, August 17, 2018  FINAL EXAM 
STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE FINAL. No calculator may be used. The Final Exam MUST be completed by 12:00 NOON. 
2.7  
Total Contact Hours  64.02 