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Blinn College • Distance Education • Mathematics and Engineering • Mathematics - MATH


Pre-Calculus Math MATH-2412

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section N42 CRN-40521
  • 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 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


Instructor: Mr. William Sweet

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


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.

Requisites

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:

http://www.blinn.edu/academics/core_curriculum.html

Outcomes


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.

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 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.

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.

Types of evaluations and related weights
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 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.

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 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

MWF

6 absences

 

MW

4

 

TR

4

8-week Fall & Spring

MTWR

4

12-week 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 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

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 1.2-1.8 UNIT 1 EXAM MML   (July 25-July 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 2.2-2.7 UNIT 2 EXAM MML  (July 30-July 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  
3.1-3.4 UNIT 3 EXAM MML  (Aug 5-Aug 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  
4.1-4.8 UNIT 4 EXAM MML  (Aug 12-Aug 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 Half-Angle 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