MATH 190-03 (Precalculus), Spring 2016

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Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 113
Primary office hours: Monday 16:00–17:00, Thursday 13:00–14:00
Secondary office hours: Tuesday 12:30–13:30, Wednesday 11:00–12:00, or by appointment
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Lecture: MWF 14:30–15:45 in Humanities 101
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework.
Description: MATH 190 normally prepares student for MATH 205. Advanced topics in algebraic and rational expressions, factoring, exponents, and radicals; theory of equations and inequalities; functions. Analytic geometry, trigonometry.
Special notes: Credit may not be received for both MATH 190 and any of MATH 111, MATH 112, or ENGR 190.
Textbook: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, and Saleem Watson, seventh edition. Access to this book as an eBook is provided through WebAssign free with your purchase of WebAssign access for this class and it is not necessary to purchase a physical edition of the text.
WebAssign: You will need access to WebAssign in order to complete the assignments in this class. Access codes can either be purchased at the bookstore, or through other online vendors, or directly from WebAssign itself. Signing up for this class will require visiting WebAssign, clicking the "ENTER CLASS KEY" button, and entering the code louisville 7145 7891.
Learning goals: In this class, we will learn to construct and manipulate functions, specifically polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. This course fulfills a General Education requirement in Mathematics. One goal of the course will be to practice and develop critical thinking skills. Key elements of critical thinking include: identifying the question or problem, developing an abstraction or model, and drawing practical conclusions based on theoretical analysis.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for attending class on a regular basis and maintaining comprehension of the scheduled class objectives for each day. You are expected to be active participants in class, and to attend quizzes and examinations. Assignments are provided for your benefit and you are expected to work on them for your own benefit in order to grasp concepts for the course.
Special needs: Any scheduled absence during a quiz or examination, or any other special needs, must be brought to my attention dirung the first week of class. Unscheduled absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with exceptions generally made only for documented emergencies.
Calculators: Calculators are unnecessary for any in-class work, and may not be used on quizzes or examinations. Calculators will also be unnecessary for most homework problems, but may be used at your discretion. For any calculation more complicated than simple arithmetic, you are expected to show your work.
Honesty: There are many resources available to help you succeed in this class, including consultation during office hours, secondary texts, and cooperation with other students. It is important, however, that all papers handed in be the result of your individual comprehension of the course material. Duplication of others' work is both a disservice to your own education and a serious violation of the university's academic honesty policy.
Grades: Homework, completed on WebAssign, will account for 10\% of your grade. Quizzes will be based on the homework problems, and will collectively account for 15\% of your grade. The three midterm examinations will each be worth 15\%, and the final examination is worth 30\%. A 90% overall guarantees a grade of A–, 80% guarantees a B–, and 70% guarantees a C–.
Title IX/Clery Act Notification: Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies. Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (502-852-2663), Counseling Center (502-852-6585), and Campus Health Services (502-852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (502-852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (502-852-6111). Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidential under Title IX. Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University's Title IX officer. For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.
Changes: The syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced in class and updated online.

Course schedule

This schedule is tentative and may not reflect our progress at any particular time in the class; treat this as a rough guide only.

Monday Tuesday Thursday
January 4th and 5th
Winter break
January 7th
Sections 1.1–1.2
January 11th
Sections 1.3–1.4
January 12th
Drop date
Sections 1.5–1.7
January 14th
Sections 1.8–1.10
January 18th
January 19th
Sections 2.1, 2.2
January 21st
Section 2.3
Quiz #1
January 25th
Section 2.4
January 26th
Section 2.5
January 28th
Section 2.6
Quiz #2
February 1st
Sections 2.7, 2.8
February 2nd
Section 3.1
February 4th
Exam #1
February 8th
Section 3.2
February 9th
Section 3.3
February 11th
Section 3.4
Quiz #3
February 15th
Section 3.5
February 16th
Section 3.6
February 18th
Section 4.1
Quiz #4
February 22nd
Section 4.2
February 23rd
Section 4.3
February 25th
Sections 4.3, 4.4
Quiz #5
February 29th
Section 4.5
March 1st
Section 5.1
March 3rd
Exam #2
March 7th
Withdrawl date
Section 5.2
March 8th
Section 5.3
March 10th
Section 5.4
Quiz #6
March 14th–18th
Spring break
March 21st
Section 5.5
March 22nd
Section 6.1
March 24th
Section 6.2
Quiz #7
March 28th
Section 6.3
March 29th
Section 6.4
March 31st
Sections 6.5, 6.6
Quiz #8
April 4th
Section 7.1, 7.2
April 5th
Section 7.3
April 7th
Section 7.4
Quiz #9
April 11th
Section 7.5
April 12th
Section 11.1
April 14th
Exam #3
April 18th
Section 11.2
April 19th
Section 11.3
April 21st
Reading day
April 25th
Final exam, Wednesday, April 27, 11:30–14:00

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