MATH 141: Precalculus I

Winter 2010

Instructor: Angela Redmon

C L A S S S Y L L A B U S

OFFICE HOURS: Daily 11 - Noon. Office located in Wenatchi Hall #2230

Phone 682-6743. E-mail: aredmon@wvc.edu

Home Page: http://commons.wvc.edu/aredmon (Check here for assignments and handouts)

TEXTBOOK: __Precalculus, 5th Edition__ by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson

ISBN #0-534-49277-0

GRADING: Your grade is based on homework, quizzes, and exams as follows:

Exams 85%

Assignments/Quizzes 15%

· *No make-up exams*. Anyone who misses an exam will take a cumulative final to replace the grade. All subsequent missed exams will result in a 0 score. With ample notification, I can arrange for you to take an exam early.

· Quizzes may be unannounced.

· One score will be dropped from the Homework/Quiz category when calculating your final grade. The grading scale is available on my website.

HOMEWORK: Homework and/or in-class work will be assigned daily and collected randomly once or twice a week. As only a few problems are graded, it is important that you complete all the problems. Most answers are in the back of your text. Your work must be organized and legible. *No late homework will be accepted!*

OTHER: Graphing calculators are required and should be brought to class daily. I will be teaching with the TI-84 (equivalent to the 83). Several are available for loan from the math department.

*If you have a medical condition or disability that I should be aware of, please let me*

* know.*

EXPECTATIONS: Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

1. Apply the fundamental operations of algebra in problems involving elementary,

exponential and logarithmic functions

2. Create and use sophisticated models of real life situations

3. Create and use graphs of functions

4. Use appropriate optimization methods

5. Use a graphing calculator as an appropriate tool for analysis and synthesis

6. Demonstrate algebra skills required for calculus coursework

7. Recognize the equations for circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas; be able to put them in standard form; and sketch their graphs.

*“Success is not accidental.”*