Math 143-01 Syllabus
Course Number and Title: Math 143-01 Precalculus Algebra
Semester: Fall 2012
Credit Hours: Three (3)
Prerequisites: Math 108, satisfactory placement score, or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Dr. Craig M. Steenberg MLH 302. Phone: 792-2343. FAX: 792-2064.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Homepage: http://www.lcsc.edu/csteenbe
Office Hours: OPEN: 1:30PM - 2:30PM MTWTh; BY APPOINTMENT: As needed
Note: Open office hours are done on a first-come first-serve basis. I will make every effort to be in my office at these times, and to let students know in advance if I am unable to make any of them. By appointment office hours are just that: you must make prior arrangements to meet with me at these times. If no appointments are made, it may be the case that I will be out of my office without notice. If you are unable to make any of my posted office hours, see me about making other arrangements. If you wish to contact me by phone, please, do so during posted office hours if at all possible. I read my e-mail daily, and consider this the most efficient means of contacting me outside of normal office hours visits. You can write me from any e-mail address you choose; but I can only legaly respond to your LCSC e-mail account. I also make every effort to update my web-page for this class on a daily basis, so that if you only have a question concerning assignments or exam dates, this would be a good place to go.
Text: Precalculus, 7th ed., by Cohen, Lee, and Sklar. ISBN # 9780840069429
Calculators: A TI-nSpire Graphing Calculator/computer algebra systym is required for this course. All instruction will be done using this calculator only. Students are required to pay a $30 non-refundable fee for this course for the use of one of our calculators. If you have paid this fee in more than one mathematics course in the same semester, the Division secretary can arrange a refund in all but one of these classes. If you purchase your own calculator, your fee will also be refunded. Calculators are a to be considered a piece of equipment specific to the course they were issued in, and must be returned as soon as a student drops a course. The calculator will be required for all examinations in this course.
Class Meeting Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50 AM; SGC 119
College Algebra is designed to prepare students for a standard first course in calculus. It only meets the LCSC core requirement in Mathematics if taken with Precalculus Trigonometry (Math 144). This course should not be taken by students not planning to continue on to calculus unless it is specifically required that you do so by your major. If in doubt, check with the instructor and/or your advisor. All topics covered are done so on the assumption that the students are only being introduced to these topics in this course, with the anticipation that each will be continued in detail in a calculus course. Topics include functions and graphing, polynomials, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, matrices, sequences and series, and analytic geometry. Trigonometry, while also essential to precalculus, is deferred to Math 144.
All material is taught using a computer algebra system. The symbolic manipulations that used to be central to College Algebra courses now become secondary to conceptual understanding. While symbolic manipulations are certainly still important, most examinations and homework will allow for unrestricted use of a computer algebra system. (A part of the final exam is taken without the calculator to be certain that students have mastered symbolic manipulations fundamental to calculus.) Numerical and graphical techniques are used consistently to supplement, and often time replace symbolic solutions to a particular problem. All calculus courses taught at LCSC are similarly presented, so leaning to use a computer algebra system effectively should be considered to be one of the prerequisites to calculus.
Methods of Instruction:
New material will be covered primarily through lecture. However, it is intended that there be a very active discourse between instructor and students at all times. Students should interrupt a lecture at any point where they do not understand what is being said, or at any point where they feel they have something worthwhile to contribute to what is being said. Instruction on technology will be specific to those topics covered in the course. Questions concerning technology not general to the class, such as how to reproduce a particular procedure on a students personal hardware or software, should be asked in office hours.
Homework is fundamental to the learning of mathematics. Time will be reserved at the start of each class period for the discussion of homework problems or readings. Students should not leave a particular homework assignment until they are reasonably certain they understand every problem given. There is an expectation that students work cooperatively on homework, either with each other, the personnel in the math lab (MLH 320), or with me in office hours.
Methods of Evaluation:
Students will be assigned homework routinely, with homework cumulatively counting for 20% of the final course grade. No late homework will be accepted for any reason whatsoever. Three homework assignments will be disregarded in determining a final homework grade. Hour exams will make up 70% of a student's grade. Late exams are not given for any reason whatsoever. There is a cumulative final exam which counts as the remaining 10% of a student's grade.
The minimum score for each grade is: A 92; A- 89; B+ 86; B 82; B- 79; C+ 76; C 72; C- 69; D+ 66; D 60.
Disability Statement: If course adaptations or accommodations are needed because of a disability, if you need to make me aware of emergency medical information, or if you need special arrangements in case of building evacuation, please contact me immediately. I ask that you put any request in this regard in writing.
FERPA Statement: By FERPA regulations, information regarding a student cannot be given to anyone without the student's written permission. Information cannot be given out over the phone, even to the student, or to any e-mail account other than the student's LC Mail account.
Cell phone use: Cell phones should be shut off at all times during class sessions. The use of cell phones during examinations will be considered to constitute academic dishonesty and appropriate actions will be taken.