TRUCKEE MEADOWS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MATH 126 PRE-CALCULUS I

Spring 2004

Section D04 8:00- 9:15 TTh in Vista 203

Section D05 9:30-10:45 TTh in Vista 203

Instructor: Jeff Olsen email: jolsen@tmcc.edu

Phone: (775) 673-7298 Mathematics Dept.: (775) 673-7181

Office Hours (Vista 102B): MW 9:30-11:00, TTh 10:45-12:30, and by appointment.

Course Website / Discussion Forum: http://www.tmcc.nevada.edu/moodle

Text: Sullivan & Sullivan PRECALCULUS Graphing, Data, and Analysis 3rd Edition, 2004. Please bring your book to class each day.

Graphing Calculator: A TI-83 graphing calculator is required for this course. If you would like on-line instruction on the

TI-83, you might like the following website: www.howardcc.edu/math/calculator/ti83frame.htm

Course Website: All students must activate an account on the course website (Moodle). A valid email address is needed to do this. Assignments, exam study guides, exam solutions, and useful links will be posted on Moodle. To activate your account, go to the URL listed above, click on the Mathematics link at the lower left side of the screen, next click on the link for this class (Math 126 D04, D05), and then read the material on the right side of the screen on how to make a new account. If you have trouble making an account on Moodle, contact me as soon as possible.

Prerequisite: Math 096 (Intermediate Algebra) or equivalent, or placement by the ACCUPLACER test.

Course Description: Topics covered include introduction to functions, transformations of functions, composition and inverse functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions.

Learning Objectives: When you have completed Math 126, you should be able to:

  1. Correlate the concept of a function with numerical, graphical, and symbolic representations.
  2. Use and interpret transformations of functions.
  3. Construct and interpret combinations and inverses of functions.
  4. Analyze and relate data, graphs, and formulas of linear, polynomial, rational,
  5. exponential and logarithmic functions.

  6. Apply concepts of modeling in mathematics.
  7. Use a graphing calculator to solve problems.
  8. Describe and explain problem analyses in writing.
  9. Plan and carry out a project with a team using teamwork skills.

Academic responsibilities: You are responsible for

  1. Attending class regularly and on time.
  2. Meeting deadlines as specified in the course outline.
  3. Completing homework assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams as specified in the course outline.
  4. Reading the text before coming to class.
  5. Participating in class discussions and activities.
  6. Getting help when you donít understand something.

Method of Instruction: The classes are conducted informally and will typically consist of question and answer sessions, coverage of new material, and small group activities. Your active participation in class discussions is expected.

Attendance: Attendance is checked every class period. You are responsible for determining the content and extent of any class work and assignments made during any period of absence. Absences in excess of 3 may result in withdrawal from the class.

Project: There will be a group project. You will be asked to be part of a group of two to five students, working together on the project just as people typically collaborate in teams in their jobs. Each group will submit a single typewritten report for the project and each student in a group will receive the same score for the report. Each project report is to be self-contained so that it includes a verbal description of the problem, the steps taken to solve the problem, and the results. No late project reports will be accepted. Projects are 10% of the grade. The projects will be graded on mathematical correctness and presentation (including spelling and grammar). Detailed instructions for the project will be posted on Moodle later in the semester.

Homework: Before coming to class, read the section(s) that we will be discussing that day. The sections will be presented on the date indicated, and the assignments for a given section will typically be due one week after they are assigned. To succeed in this class you must thoroughly understand the homework problems. No late homework will be accepted. The lowest homework score will be dropped.

The purpose of written homework and projects in this course is to develop skills in understanding and communicating mathematics. It is not to give you busy work. Don't think of your homework paper as a certificate proving that you have done the assignment. Think of the homework as an exercise in learning and then reporting what you have learned. There is a lot of truth in the statement, "If you can't explain it, you don't understand it." Communicate with the reader. Don't write to the instructor (who already knows how to do the problems). Write your solutions as if you are explaining the problem to someone who needs help, perhaps a classmate who has been sick. Start at the beginning and be clear, logical, and complete.

The ultimate test of what you write is this: Can someone learn from your paper? Easily? Remember, the reader will see only what you wrote, not what you meant to say. So it must all be there, and be accurate. Make your paper reader friendly. Homework will be graded for completion and formatting. See the next page for the required homework format.

Quizzes: Once per week, except during exam weeks, there will be a quiz covering the main ideas of the previous homework assignment. No make up quizzes will be given. The lowest quiz score will be dropped.

Examinations: There will be three regular exams which will take a full class period each. Note that make-up exams will not be given unless you have a compelling reason and my prior consent. There will also be a comprehensive final exam. The three examinations are 50% of the grade and the comprehensive final exam is 20% of the grade. Note that exams will be more challenging than the weekly quizzes. All exams and quizzes will be closed book, closed notes.

Grading: TESTS 50%

COMPREHENSIVE FINAL 20%

HOMEWORK 10%

PROJECT 10%

QUIZZES 10%

The final grade will be determined approximately as follows:

A: 90 - 100%, B: 80 - 89%, C: 70 - 79%, W: below 70% (or D: 60 Ė 69%, F: below 60%)

The Mathematics Department does not assign the F grade in any courses. In many courses, the D is not assigned as well. However, if a student requires that a D or F be assigned, then the student may request the grade, in writing, on the day of the final exam. The attendance requirements specified in the syllabus must be observed in order for a student to be eligible for the grade option.

Cheating will not be tolerated and may result in an F.

ADA Statement: " Qualified students with documented disabilities have the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at Truckee Meadows Community College. For assistance and clarification of services provided under the ADA, contact the Disability Resource Center, 673-7277 or 673-7286."

Student Classroom Conduct: TMCC is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. Disruptive student conduct is subject to strict disciplinary action. Prohibited conduct is defined in Appendix L of the TMCC catalog as well as in the TMCC Student Conduct Policy and Procedure document, available on the TMCC web site.

Free Tutoring: Drop-in and group assistance are available at the Learning Hub located at the Main Campus, Vista Building B106. Telephone: 674-7517.

 

 

Class Schedule

Tuesday

Thursday

1/27

1/29

Intro/1.6

1.7/1.8

2/3

2/5

2.1/2.4

1.4/3.1

2/10

2/12

3.1/3.2

3.3

2/17

2/19

3.4

Review

2/24

2/26

EXAM 1

4.1/4.2

3/2

3/4

4.3

4.4

3/9

3/11

5.1

5.2

3/16

3/18

Spring Break

Spring Break

3/23

3/25

5.3

5.4

3/30

4/1

5.5

EXAM 2

4/6

4/8

6.1

6.2

4/13

4/15

6.3

6.4

4/20

4/22

6.5

6.6

4/27

4/29

6.7

6.8

5/4

5/6

6.9/6.10

EXAM 3

5/11

5/13

Review

COMP. FINAL

 

Homework Format: Homework is to be turned in on 8.5" x 11" white paper. Do not turn in spiral-bound notebook paper with "fringe" on the edge. At the top of the assignment, write (1) your first and last name, (2) the course and section numbers (see the top of this syllabus), and (3) the assignment number, and (4) a list of the sections and problems to be completed.

For each problem, write down the original problem and, when appropriate, show the work leading to your solution. Problems with no supporting work will be graded as if they were not completed. Problems requiring graphs should be written on graph paper. A PDF file of standard graph paper is contained on the Moodle website. Just print out some sheets when you need them.

Finally, do not write multiple columns of problems on a single page. Leave extra space between problems from different sections of the book. Write your final answers near or in the right margin with a box around the answer. See the sample on the next page for the correct format. IF YOU DON"T FOLLOW THE CORRECT FORMAT, I WILL NOT GRADE YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. Talk to me about the format if you don't understand the instructions.