Math 0144-110-02 - PreCalculus - Fall 2000

TR 12:15-1:30 p.m. - BUS 201 - Dr H.F. Ahner

- Syllabus -

Text:Precalculus, 5th Edition, David Cohen, West

Goals for student learning:

Topics of the course:

Suggested Learning Behaviors:

Expect "surprise" quizzes

Tentative Schedule (we will go faster or slower based on average student comprehension):
R 9/7 Introduction, Overview
T 9/12 Chapter 1 - Algebra Background for PreCalculus
R 9/14
T 9/19
R 9/21 Chapter 2 - Coordinates, Graphs, and Inequalities
T 9/26
R 9/28
T 10/3
R 10/5
T 10/10 Chapter 3 - Functions
R 10/12
T 10/17
R 10/19
T 10/24
R 10/26
T 10/31
R 11/2
T 11/7 Chapter 4 - Polynomial and Rational Functions. Applications
R 11/9
T 11/14
R 11/16
T 11/21
T 11/28 Chapter 5 - Exponential and logarithmic Functions
R 11/30
T 12/5
R 12/7
T 12/12
R 12/14 -Systems of Two Linear Equations in Two Unknowns (Chapter 10 Section 1), Review
T 12/19 1:00-3:00p.m. - Final Exam (scheduled by Registrar)


Note: Grading system is set up to

1) reward students who make a sustained effort, over the entire course, to master PreCalculus topics, and

2) encourage mastery of all topics of the course.

If your grades on a Topic increase over time, the latest grade will be used as your "Topic Average" in computing your "Adjusted Numerical Class Average." Otherwise, the average of all your grades on that Topic (dropping the lowest one) will be used as your Topic Average in computing your Adjusted Numerical Class Average. After the first quiz on a topic you may retest on it, if you wish, up to two additional times before the end of the semester.

Adjusted Numerical Class Average =

=Average of Topic Averages, if all Topic averages are 70 or higher,


=Average of Topic Averages - 5, if one (or more) Topic Average is below 70.

Adjusted Numerical Class Average will be assigned a final letter grade according to the following scheme:

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Last updated on 7/18/00.

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