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Math& 141: Precalculus I
Fall 2009, Item 1503, Section S1
8:30-9:20 daily, Room 2911
Instructor: Lauren Sandven
Phone: (206) 533-6795
Office hours: 10:30-11:20 Monday-Friday, and plenty of other times by appointment
Note: Email is the best way to contact me, but sometimes student emails end up in my SPAM folder! If you include the word “math” in the subject, I’ll usually find it. If I don’t respond within a day (except on weekends), I probably didn’t get it! Try to call my office and leave a message instead.
Required Course Materials
Text: Precalculus, Mathematics for Calculus, Fifth Ed; Stewart, Redlin, Watson
The text is available in the bookstore. You may choose instead to purchase an electronic book at webassign.net.
WebAssign access code for online homework
If you purchase a brand new text at the bookstore, it should come with this code. The code may be purchased separately in the bookstore, or you may purchase it online at webassign.net.
Pencil and eraser (plan to use pencil, not pen, for quizzes and exams)
Notebook or loose-leaf paper for taking notes in class
Paper with no fringed edges for homework assignments
Graph Paper (any kind is fine)
Folder or binder to keep important papers organized
Ruler or straightedge for drawing straight lines
I recommend a TI graphing calculator. TI-83’s and TI-86’s are available for rent from the SCC bookstore. Other calculators are allowed, but I may not be able to help you with them. If you are unsure whether your calculator is appropriate, please ask me.
**Your cell phone may not be used as a calculator in class. Cell phones must be turned off and put away.
**Calculators may or may not be allowed on quizzes and exams.
MATH 099 (2.0 or better) or a score of 85 or higher on the Algebra COMPASS test.
**Please talk to me right away if you’re not sure whether you’re in the right class! Math 111 is another precalculus class intended for business and social science majors. For those that don’t plan to continue to calculus, another math class might be more appropriate. If you’re not sure, please ask!
Elementary functions and their graphs, with applications to mathematical modeling. Linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, composite functions, inverse functions and transformation of graphs. Use of the graphing calculator. We will cover sections from chapters 1-4 in your textbook.
One of the best things you can do to help yourself succeed this quarter is to attend class and participate every single day!! It is vital that you arrive on time and ready to participate every class period. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to each class. We have a lot of material to get through, so every class period is important—you don’t want to miss class! If you must miss class, you are responsible for all missed material, assignments, and announcements. The website is a good resource for some of this information. If you know you need to miss class for some reason, it is a good idea to talk to me or send me an email as soon as possible.
Homework (10% of your grade)
To succeed in this class, you must practice—do your homework! Homework will be due every Tuesday. Each assignment consists of an online portion and a paper and pencil portion. Each portion is graded separately.
**The first assignment will be due Tuesday, Sept. 29.**
1. Paper and pencil assignments will be collected every Tuesday at the beginning of class. Grading is primarily based on completeness. If you turn in a neat, complete assignment with all your work clearly shown you will receive full credit. If you turn in an incomplete assignment or one that is difficult to follow or lacking work, you may receive half credit or no credit at all. I will announce the assignments in class and post them on our class website. The assignments will be from your textbook, so be sure to check your work in the solutions manual in the MLC or library. You can always come to office hours for further feedback.
2. WebAssign homework will be due every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. This work will be submitted online and graded electronically. You will receive immediate feedback once you submit it. If you get any questions wrong, you are allowed to redo them and submit your answers again up to a total of three submissions in order to improve your score! WebAssign has some great help features, so make good use of it!
While this homework needs to be submitted online, that does not mean you must sit in front of a computer to do the homework. Feel free to print the assignment, complete it on paper, and then go to a computer to submit your answers. If you do choose to work in front of the computer, you should always have paper and pencil with you. You will be expected to show all your work to receive full credit on a quiz or exam, so you might as well practice doing so on all your homework assignments!
Please get started with WebAssign right away! Here’s how to get started:
Go to the login page https://www.webassign.net/login.html and set up an account (you have a 14 day grace period before you must purchase an access code). On the initial login you will have to identify your class and set-up your account. Select "I Have Class Key" on the WebAssign login page.
The class key is: shoreline 2246 8082
After your account is set up, you will log in using the user name and password that you created; you'll also need to know your institution code, which is "shoreline". Before the end of the 14th day, you will need to enter in an access code.
At the end of the quarter, I will drop your four lowest homework grades (paper and pencil or WebAssign) from your final grade. If you miss an assignment for any reason, it will be one of your dropped scores. Late work is not accepted for any reason. I expect you to spend 1-2 hours on math homework, reading, and studying each night. It is important to practice math every day to do well in this class! We’ll take time most days to answer questions about homework problems in class.
Quizzes (15% of your grade)
I will give a brief (20-minute) quiz at the beginning of class every Wednesday (except exam weeks). Do not be late! Quizzes may not be made up under any circumstance. I will drop your two lowest quiz scores from your final grade.
**Your first quiz is Wednesday, September 30.**
Midterm Exams (50% of your grade)
Exam 1: Wednesday, October 14
Exam 2: Wednesday, November 4
Exam 3: Wednesday, December 2
I will not drop any exam scores, so it is vital that you are in class on these days! Put them in your calendar now! I will consider a make-up exam in an emergency situation, but you must contact me immediately. Once I return the exams to the class, it is too late.
Comprehensive Final Exam (25% of your grade)
Comprehensive Final Exam: Wednesday, December 9 8:00-10:00 a.m., Room 2911
At the end of the quarter, grade points from 0.0 to 4.0 will be assigned. A percentage of 94% or above will be given a 4.0. Percentages ranging from 83% to 93% will receive grades from 3.0 to 3.9. Percentages ranging from 72% to 82% will receive grades from 2.0 to 2.9. Percentages ranging from 61% to 71% will receive grades from 1.0 to 1.9. Percentages below 58% will receive a grade of 0.0. Depending on the final course results, I reserve the right to adjust the scale slightly in your favor.
Cheating in this class is unacceptable. Cheating includes giving or receiving unauthorized help during a quiz or exam, copying or allowing someone to copy homework, or attempting to deceive me in any way about your or another’s achievement in this course. A first offense results in a zero for that assignment, quiz, or exam, and it cannot be dropped. A second offense results in a zero for the course. Further action may be taken as necessary. Read more about the college policy online at http://www.shoreline.edu/catpoliciesforstudents.html .
Students who have a physical or learning disability may contact the Office of Special Services in room 5226 or at (206) 546-4545 to request reasonable accommodations. Accommodations may only be made through this office.
Please respect your classmates by turning off and putting away all cell phones, pagers, iPods, and other electronic devices during class time.
If school is closed because of bad weather or another emergency, we will continue where we left off when it opens again. If school is closed on an exam or quiz day, the exam or quiz will be given the day that class resumes.
Campus Alarm System
Return to class only when instructed by fire or security personnel
September 23—First day of class
September 30—First quiz
October 14—Exam 1
October 27—Last day to change to P/NC grading
November 4—Exam 2, last day to withdraw with a W grade
November 11—Veteran’s Day, no classes
November 26-27—Thanksgiving break, no classes
December 2—Exam 3
December 4—Last day of class
December 9—Final Exam
**This syllabus is subject to change.**