San Francisco State University Department of Mathematics Course Syllabus Math 109 Precalculus – Spring 2013 Instructor: Andrew Dynneson Class meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:10 to 1:00 & Thursday 1:10 to 1:50 @Hensil Hall 108 Prerequisites. Satisfactory Completion of ELM requirement; or, equivalently, satisfactory completion of MATH 70. Bulletin Description. Functions, graphing techniques, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry. This course is equivalent to a standard precalculus course. Course Objectives. This course assumes that students are familiar with intermediate algebra and have at least a rudimentary knowledge of basic trigonometry. The principle objective of Precalculus is for students to be prepared to take calculus. Students will learn more advanced algebraic techniques, the concept of functions, and techniques for graphing. Students will also learn the properties of exponential and logarithmic functions including their graphs and their applications to scientific problems. Finally students will learn how to solve a variety of problems involving the properties, graphs and identities of trigonometric functions. An important focus of the course is for students to engage in realistic problem-solving as opposed to rote memorization. Evaluation/Grading. 30% Homework/Quizzes/Classwork. Much of the homework will be submitted online through WileyPlus. Attendance will not usually be taken, however quizzes will be given unannounced, so make sure you do not miss class! 30% Midterm Examination(s) [One or two of these, which are scheduled at least 1.5 weeks in advance]. 40% Final Examination. The final exam will include problems from all of the measurable student learning outcomes (MSLO’s): o [functions: graphs transformations] ability to understand functions, their graphs and transformations. o [functions: composition] ability to understand composition of functions. o [inverse functions] ability to solve problems involving inverse functions. o [lines linear functions] ability to understand lines and linear functions. o [exponential logarithmic functions] study exponential and logarithmic functions. o [e natural logarithms] ability to understand the base e and the natural logarithm. o [trigonometric functions] study the trigonometric functions: sine, cosine, tangent. o [inverse trigonometric functions] ability to understand inverse trigonometric functions. o [trigonometric identities] ability to understand laws of sines and laws of cosines. The Final Exam is scheduled for Wednesday May 22 at 10:45 to 1:15 in our usual meeting place. I may choose to offer extra-credit assignments; however these are not guaranteed, and are usually more difficult than the assignments. Course Outline. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Review of intermediate algebra; Graphing of Linear and Quadratic Equations; Functions; Exponential and logarithmic functions; Trigonometric functions. Textbook and Software. Prelude to Calculus by Sheldon Axler, Wiley & Sons. Homework will be submitted online through www.wileyplus.com You may purchase just the homework code, or you may choose to purchase a new textbook from the sfsu bookstore which includes a registration code. Weigh the prices, and choose which is best for you. Contact me/Office Appointments. I hold regular office hours which are available by appointment. To schedule an office hour, please contact me: Andrew Dynneson [email protected] phone: 831.apachi.1 Office Location: Science 264 online.sfsu.edu/dynneson Feel free to contact me about any issues or questions you have; please do not contact regarding information which is readily available on this syllabus. There are also free tutoring services available on campus. Contact CARP or LAC (try both, decide which you like best).