M102 syllabus and course policies Fall10

Math 102.1: Precalculus: Analytical Geometry and Trigonometry
2 credits
Mailbox: LGRT 1623D
Phone: (413) 545-XXXX
Office Hours: XXXXXXXXX
MML Course Number: XXXXXXXX
Meeting Time: XXXXXXXX
Course Information and Policies:
Fall 2010
MyMathLab®: MyMathLab is an online homework and course study system. It contains an online version of
your textbook with links to multimedia resources, such as video clips of lessons and step-by-step solutions of
problems. There is also a personalized study plan automatically generated from your previous work that links you
to unlimited tutorial exercises for further study, so you can practice until you have mastered the skills. You are
required to register and begin your assignments immediately. To register, go to www.coursecompass.com and
click in the “Students Register” bar, then select “continue a course”. You do not have to buy another MML
subscription. [ If you are new to Precalculus and do not have a previous MML account select “Get access to a new
course”, then “next” and follow the instructions to purchase MyMathLab]. You will need the course number
XXXXXXXXXX , which is different from the Spire schedule number, the Access Code which came with your
text, and zip code 01003. I will assume you have registered your class through MyMathLab (MML) no later than
the beginning of the second class. If you have any problems with MML, call the student help line at 1-800-6776337. I do not provide technical assistance.
Calculators: It is recommended that you purchase a graphing calculator, such as the TI-82 or 83. Refer to the
calculator user’s guide for instruction on the use of the graphing calculator. I will not be providing instruction on
calculator use, however you need to develop calculator competency. Calculators are not necessary for exams, but
can be helpful.
Computers: If you do not have your own, OIT has a number of places on campus where students have access to
computers. You should look in the OIT web page: http://www.oit.umass.edu/. There are also computers available
in the Precalculus Help Center in LGRT 114.
Homework: The only way to master Precalculus is to practice. Therefore, homework is required when assigned,
and due at the start of class. No late work accepted. All assignments will be assigned through MyMathLab. The
time window of the assignment opens at the end of each class, and is due for submission anytime from then up to
the start of the next class. You may redo any wrong problems in the assignment for a better grade until the time it
is due. The window for that assignment will then close. There is no extra credit work, so DO YOUR
Quizzes: Occasionally we will have unannounced quizzes in class that will be used for attendance. (see policy
Attendance and student conduct: “Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes at the
University for which they are registered…an instructor teaching a course where grading criteria are spelled out
may lower a grade or even fail a student for poor attendance … Faculty may drop from the roster a student who is
disruptive in the classroom”, ( Academic Regulations: http://www.umass.edu/registrar/media/academicregs.pdf ).
Absences are excused for University approved reasons only, such as religious holidays, illness and off-campus trips
with documentation.
Leaving class early: Leaving class early is disruptive to the rest of the class, and constitutes an absence. If for
some reason you need to leave class early some given day, please let your professor know at the beginning of
class and you will not be charged with an absence.
Free Tutoring: Free tutoring is available weekdays in the PRECALCULUS HELP CENTER, room LGRT
114. Please take advantage of this free service early and often. There are also computers there for MyMathLab
help. The tutors are Undergraduate Teaching Assistants assigned to the Precalculus classes. The schedule will be
announced at the beginning of the semester.
Special Accommodations: You need to renew your accommodation plan with Disability Services every
semester. If you have a documented learning disability that specifies extended test time, please remind me at least
one week in advance of each exam. Although you may have submitted your education accommodation forms, I
don’t know all of you by name or may not remember who has an individualized accommodation plan, so please
remind me prior to each exam. Accommodations can include extended test time, class notes, and other learning
aids. If you do not have an accommodation plan and feel you may be eligible, go to Disability Services in
Whitmore 231 for more information.
Cell Phones / Electronic listening devices / Ear phones/Laptops: The use of cell phones and other electronic
devices in class is prohibited. Laptops may be used for class purposes (this class) only. Unauthorized use (surfing,
email/ chat) is not allowed. Phones going off in class are disruptive. Shut them off before entering class. (If
there is some special reason you need to be available to answer your phone, tell me at the start of the class, and
set your phone to vibrate rather than ring). You can’t hear me or your classmates if you are wearing earphones, so
remove them at the start of class. Violations can result in your expulsion from that day’s class.
Academic honesty: Cheating will not be tolerated and violators will be prosecuted through the Ombud’s Office.
This includes having someone else do your online homework and turning in false attendance sheets. Penalties can
be failure of the course, academic probation, suspension and even expulsion.
Grading Policy:
Homework & Quizzes……….40%
Mid-term Exams (17.5% ea)...35%
Final Exam…………………..25%
Letter Grades:
< 55
Letter Grade
Math 102: Precalculus: Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry 2 credits
Fall 2010
Description: The second course in the two-semester sequence for Precalculus that introduces functions,
topics in analytic geometry, and that portion of trigonometry needed for calculus. Math 102 after taking
Math 101 satisfies the R1 requirement. Math 101 and 102 are the two-semester course equivalent of Math
Text: Voyaging Through Precalculus, First Edition, with MyMathLab®, Pearson Prentice Hall. (On sale
downtown at Amherst Bookstore, Food For Thought Books, and on campus at the Textbook Annex.) It
might be less expensive downtown.
Topics to be covered:
Intermediate Algebra
Chapter 8: Quadratic Equations and Functions
8.5, 8.6 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
Chapter 9: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
9.1 The Algebra of Functions
9.2 Inverse Functions
9.3 Exponential Functions
9.4 Logarithmic Function
9.5 Properties of Logarithms
9.6 Common and Natural Logarithms; Change of Base
9.7 Problem Solving (time permitting)
Chapter 10: Conic Sections
10.1 The Parabola and the Circle
10.2 The Ellipse and the Hyperbola
Chapter T4: Trigonometric Functions
4.1 Angles and Radian Measure
4.2 Trigonometric Functions: The Unit Circle
Exam #1
4.3 Right Triangle Trigonometry
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
4.8 Applications of Trigonometric Functions
Chapter T5: Analytic Trigonometry
5.1 Verifying Trigonometric Identities
5.5 Sum and Difference Formulas
Chapter T6: Additional Topics in Trigonometry
6.3 Polar Coordinates
6.4 Graphing Polar Equations By Point Plotting
Exam #2
Chapter T10: Sequences
10.1 Summation Notation
10.2 Arithmetic Sequences
10.3 Geometric Sequences and Series
Cumulative Final Exam
Exams: There will be three mid-term exams . Each mid-term will be given in the evening. Locations are
yet to be determined. Unexcused absences will result in a “0” for that exam. Make-ups will be
provided only in cases of documented illness and family emergencies, approved University sport and
cultural events, and University acknowledged religious holidays. You must notify me one week in
advance, except for emergencies.
Exam 1, Thursday, Oct. 14; 7:00-9:00pm.
Exam 2, Tuesday, Nov. 23; 7:00-9:00pm.
** Locations to be announced.
Final Exam: The final exam will be during the scheduled dates May 6-13. Math Department policy
states that Final Exams cannot and will not be offered earlier than the scheduled day and time!
(Adjust your travel plans accordingly. If your parents make travel arrangements for you before your final
exam is scheduled, they will have to change them, perhaps at considerable cost. So tell them now to wait
until the schedule comes out!). The final exam will be cumulative.