MTH 111 PreCalculus
Fall 2013 - Course Webpage (The website is the course syllabus) (DO NOT PRINT OUT)
Course Coordinator James Baglama Office: Lippitt Hall 202H
Department of Mathematics
Phone: 401.874.4412 Email: jbaglama@math.uri.edu

MATH 111 COURSE INFORMATION

Exam 3 is scheduled for Wed. Dec. 4 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in Edwards Aud.
Exam 3 will cover Sections 3.1 to 3.6 and 4.1 and 4.2.
Policies for Exams (no exceptions):
You must have a URI Photo ID with you to take an exam, and show it to the proctor as you hand in your exam.
No books, bags, papers, extra scrap paper, or anything else may be taken with you to your seat. If you bring any of these items with you, you must leave them at the front of the room.
No calculators of any kind are permitted on exams.
No cellphones, MP3 players, or any electronic devices of any kind may be used or even accessible to you at any time during the exam. Any student found with any cell phone or electronic device for ANY REASON during an exam is cheating.
You may not ask any questions during the exam; understanding the questions is a part of the exam. If you think there is a typo or error, do the best that you can with the given information.
You may not leave the room during the exam. Remember to use the bathroom before the exam. If you leave the room for any reason, your exam will be collected.
Once finished, you must hand your exam to a proctor and show your URI photo ID.
You are advised to bring multiple pencils to the exams, just in case. Do NOT use a pen.

Course Material
Text

Fundamentals of PreCalculus 2^{nd} edition, by M. Dugopolski,
Pearson Publishing (Custom Edition for URI)
and an access code to
MyMathLab online system.

Graphing Calculators

A graphing calculator is NOT required for class. For this course, CALCULATORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR EXAMS!

MyMathLab Online System

This course will use an on-line system, called MyMathLab by Pearson publishing for
the textbook, Fundamentals of PreCalculus. The homework problems in MyMathLab correspond
to the homework problems assigned, homework . Using MyMathLab is
an essential part of the course, that is, it is REQUIRED . The MyMathLab homework assignments
will start on the second week of classes and MyMathLab Quizzes will also start the second week.
You must be signed into MyMathLab before the second week of classes.

Please navigate to
http://www.mymathlab.com/ and and click on "Student" under "Register".
You have to enter your course id in the next window. This will depend on
which section (instructor) you have enrolled in. Please use the appropriate
course id from the following table (based on your section/instructor).

Instructor
Section
Class Day/Time
Class Location
MyMathLab Course Id
Faubert,Glenn E
0001
MWF 8:00AM 8:50AM
BLSS 205 baglama94707
Faella,Charles A
0002
TTH 12:30PM 1:45PM
WHTE 202 baglama61983
McArdle,David T
0003
MWF 9:00AM 9:50AM
SWAN 206 baglama22126
Staniszewski,Christopher M
0004
MWF 11:00AM 11:50AM
WASH 316 baglama17505
Baglama,James
0005
MWF 10:00AM 10:50AM
SWAN 311 baglama02204
Faubert,Glenn E
0006
MWF 12:00PM 12:50PM
BLSS 305 baglama50726
McArdle,David T
0007
MWF 10:00AM 10:50AM
WASH 316 baglama42628
Richmond,Daniel James
0008
TTH 11:00AM 12:15PM
GILB 118 baglama55792
Valletta,Thomas J
0009
TTH 8:00AM 9:15AM
SWAN 206 baglama33174
Dougan,Karen R
0010
TTH 9:30AM 10:45AM
QUIN 103 baglama84692
George,Prasanth
0011
TTH 8:00AM 9:15AM
SWAN 311 baglama64182
Marcotte,James L
0012
MWF 9:00AM 9:50AM
SWAN 311 baglama12019
Warner,James B
0013
TTH 12:30PM 1:45PM
SWAN 311 baglama13611
Staniszewski,Christopher M
0014
MWF 12:00PM 12:50PM
WALE 226 baglama10885
Valletta,Thomas J
0015
TTH 9:30AM 10:45AM
KLLY 103 baglama06635
Bertrand,Elliott J
0016
TTH 2:00PM 3:15PM
KLLY 102 baglama21427
Nagy, Michael
0017
MWF 2:00PM 2:50PM
SWAN 311 baglama08186
Warner,James B
0200
M 7:00PM 9:45PM
PROV 442 baglama87952

Next set up a Pearson account. Use your URI email for email address and this will be
your username by default. (If you use Pearson software for another class you may be
using a different login, so please remember that your URI email is your username for
MyMathLab).
Fill the remaining fields and "Create Account".
On the next window click on "Access Code" and enter the access code that you got with
the text book packet. If you are using an old/used book, you can also purchase an access code
on the same page to complete your registration. If you are repeating MTH 111 at URI sign in
using your existing Pearson login and password and enter the new course id to access the
MTH 111 course for this semester.
Click on "Do your homework" and you will see all the homework sets for this semester
including deadlines once you sign in.
If you face any technical difficulties (e.g. setting up account or logging in) with MyMathLab, do NOT ask your instructor. MyMathLab
is a Pearson product and ALL technical questions (including purchasing) must be directed to
http://www.mymathlab.com/contactus_stu.html
or Jackie Senich at jackie.senich@pearson.com
MyMathLab homework assignments will start on September 9. There will be
a MyMathLab homework assignment every week over the homework problems given that
week. The MyMathLab homework problems are the same as the homework problems
given on the course calendar. The assignments will open at 12am on Monday
of that week and will be due by 11pm Sunday, e.g. MyMathLab homework assignment 1
will open at 12am Monday September 9 and will be due by 11pm Sunday
September 15. No extension allowed and late homework assignments will not be accepted.
After the due date, the answers will be made available.
You have an unlimited time (and access) during the week to work on the problems.
There will only be two attempts per problem.
Your MyMathLab homework final grade is computed by
(number of correct MyMathLab homework problems)/(total number of MyMathLab homework problems)
times 50 points.
MyMathLab Quizzes will start on September 16. There will be 10 quizzes over
the semester each worth 5 points. The quizzes will be timed. The quizzes will cover the
10 PreCalculus Competency Areas (PCA) stated below.
Please contact Chris Staniszewski cstaniszewski@my.uri.edu
Tom Valletta valletta@math.uri.edu for questions about quizzes or math related questions. Please
include your name, instructor and section number in the subject line. Please direct
technical question to Pearson publishing.

Exams and Grade Evaluation
There will be three common (late afternoon) exams this semester.

Exam 1 5:00pm - 6:30pm Wed. Oct. 2
Edwards Aud.
Exam 2 5:00pm - 6:30pm Wed. Nov. 6
Edwards Aud.
Exam 3 5:00pm - 6:30pm Wed. Dec. 4
Edwards Aud.
FINAL EXAM 7:00pm - 10:00 pm Thurs. Dec. 12
Edwards Aud.

There will be no review material provided on this website for the
exams and no outside of class
review sessions by any instructor.

The following policies apply to all exams, and no exceptions will be made.

You must have a URI Photo ID with you to take an exam, and show it to the proctor as you hand in your exam.
No books, bags, papers, extra scrap paper, or anything else may be taken with you to your seat. If you bring any of these items with you, you must leave them at the front of the room.
No calculators of any kind are permitted on exams.
No cellphones, MP3 players, or any electronic devices of any kind may be used or even accessible to you at any time during the exam. Any student found with any cell phone or electronic device for ANY REASON during an exam is cheating.
You may not ask any questions during the exam; understanding the questions is a part of the exam. If you think there is a typo or error, do the best that you can with the given information.
You may not leave the room during the exam. Remember to use the bathroom before the exam. If you leave the room for any reason, your exam will be collected.
Once finished, you must hand your exam to a proctor (your instructor, if in the room) and show your URI photo ID.
You are advised to bring multiple pencils to the exams, just in case. Do NOT use a pen.

The following policies apply to all Make-up exams, and no exceptions will be made.

Makeup exams may be scheduled in the event you are unable to attend the evening
exams under the following conditions. Note in particular that if you must miss the
exam because of a scheduling conflict, you must notify your instructor before,
not after, the exam, and emergencies require you to contact your instructor within 24 hours.
If your reason for missing the exam as scheduled is:
(i) a University santioned event for which verifiable documentation can be provided
(including another scheduled class), or
(ii) a responsibility to an employer that cannot be rescheduled (with documentation
from your employer), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM
AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION.
Such events are scheduled in advance, so you must provide advanced notice to your instructor
in order to have a makeup exam. Failure to provide this advanced notice will result in a grade
of 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams must be scheduled after the actual exam, and
preferably before the class period when exams are to be handed back, but no later than two
class days (excluding weekends and holidays) after the actual exam.
If the reason for missing the exam as scheduled is due to:
(i) illness (with verifiable documentation from a medical provider), or
(ii) an emergency (with appropriate documentation), then you MUST INFORM
YOUR INSTRUCTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE EXAM and provide documentation upon your return.
Failure to notify your instructor within 24 hours will result in a 0 for the exam. No exceptions. Makeup exams may be scheduled no later than two class days (excluding weekends and holidays) after the actual exam, unless the illness or emergency precludes this, in which case the makeup exam will be given on a common date during the last few weeks of the semester.
If your circumstances do not meet either of the above (no documentation, a non-emergency excuse without sufficient notice, etc.), then you will receive a zero for the missed exam. No exceptions.

A (92% - 100%)
A- (90% - 91%)
B+ (87% - 89%)
B (82% - 86%)
B- (80% - 81%)
C+ (77% - 79%)
C (72% - 76%)
C- (70% - 71%)
D+ (67% - 69%)
D (60% - 66%)
F (0% - 59%)
Compute Grade -> (your total points)/700 * 100 = your percentage

REMARKS
Final exam date and time (will be posted during the semester)
cannot be changed. You may only
request a date change if you have three final exams in one
day.
Incompletes can only be given if you are passing the course.
CALCULATORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR EXAMS!!
No across the board curves allowed.
No extra credit allowed.
The particular breakdown of the Class work points will be given by your instructor.
All other points, Exams, Final Exam, Language of Mathematics Assignments, MyMathLab,
and Placement Exam will be as stated above for ALL sections.

Placement Exam
All incoming freshman were required to take an online placement exam. You had to pass
Basic Algebra Part I and College Algebra Part II to be placed into MTH111 Precalculus.
The math department is also giving the
placement exam as in class exam. On the first or second day of your class you will be
given the placement
exam. Like the online placement exam, there will be two parts to the exam. Part I is Basic Algebra and Part II is College Algebra.
You must pass both parts (70% or better).
The main reason that students have trouble with MTH 111 is difficulty with arithmetic and
elementary algebra. If you did well in a good high school Algebra II course and remember
most of it, you'll do fine. We can't reteach all of the arithmetic and algebra skills that are needed
in the PreCalculus class.
The math department does not recommended taking MTH 111 if you fail either part.
Failing (below 70% on either part I or part II) the placement exam will result in -50 points.

If you work really hard, you can get the 50 points back
by reviewing ALL the Basic and College Algebra skills needed
and passing Exam I (70% or better).

NOTE: Passing the Placement Exam does not guarantee a passing grade for the course.

The Language of
Mathematics(LMA)
There will 3 writing projects, called The Language of Mathematics (LMA).
More details about the requirements, including the length, style, and
submission process, will be provided per assignment.
You must submit the writing
projects electronically within your Sakai course shell.

LMA - 1 (Section 1.6) page 69 Thinking Outside Box the IV
Due: 11:55pm Friday Oct. 11

LMA - 2 Exam 2 corrections
Due: 11:55pm Friday Nov. 15

LMA - 3 Exam 3 Review
Due: see your instructor.

PreCalculus Competency Areas (PCA)
MTH 111 is a demanding course for students. The primary goal of MTH 111 is to prepare you
for further courses in mathematics, especially calculus, MTH141. The calculus sequence is
often an essential step toward degree and career objectives, so MTH 111 is also such a step.
Thus MTH 111 is aimed at the student for whom it will be the first of an important series of
courses rather than a last math course. This course is NOT a good choice simply to fulfill a
general education requirement. It demands a very substantial amount of hard work for 3 credits.
In order to succeed in this course and future math courses, you will have to
master the following 10 PreCalculus Competency Areas (PCA):
PCA-1: Functions (domain, function notation)
Khan Academy Videos
PCA-2: Factoring and Expanding (factoring polynomials, expanding/multiplying polynomials)
PCA-3: Graphs and Graphing (identifying families of functions, shifting graphs, piecewise functions, identifying increaseing/decreasing regions, graphing lines and quadratics)
PCA-4: Radicals and Exponenets (simplifying exponential expressions, transforming between radical/fractional/exponential forms)
PCA-5: Linear Equations and Lines (finding a line given two points, finding a parallel or perdendicular line)
PCA-6: Logarithms (evaluating logs, solving a log equation, simplifying using log rules)
PCA-7: Algebra (solving a multivariable equation for a given variable, simplifying algebraic expressions)
PCA-8: Inequalities (quadratic inequalities, rational inequalities)
PCA-9: Trigonometric Functions (evaluating basic trig functions, finding the range)
PCA-10: Real Numbers (order of operations, word problems)

Learning Outcomes and Objectives
The primary aim of MTH 111 is to prepare students for further study in mathematics,
basic sciences, or engineering by providing an introduction to functions, properties
of functions and various types of functions. MTH 111 is an intense preparation and
lays the groundwork for the Calculus sequence at URI.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course the student should be able to:

FUNCTIONS
Test whether a given relation is a function, use function notation, evaluate the value of a function, find difference quotient, graph simple and piecewise functions, do simple transformations of functions, compose two or more functions, test whether a given function is even or odd, understand one-to-one functions and find inverse of a given function.
QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS AND POLYNOMIALS
Find the vertex and other properties of a parabola represented by given quadratic function, solve quadratic equations with imaginary roots, understand polynomial functions, divide 2 polynomials, apply factor theorem and remainder theorem, properties of graphs of polynomial functions including symmetry, rational functions and asymptotes
EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS
Understand and apply the properties of exponential functions and logarithmic functions, properties of logarithms, do applications in compound interest calculation and radioactive decay.
TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS
Understand Sine and Cosine functions from unit circle, learn the values at important angles based on unit circle, understand graph of trigonometric functions, understand and find values of all other trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, calculations and problems using trigonometric identities.
BASICS OF LIMITS
Understand the concept of limits, perform simple limit calculations and find difference quotient for various functions

Students with Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability should contact your instructor early in the semester so that he or she may work out reasonable accommodations with you to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Sakai
Sakai is being used in part to teach this course.
ALL math 111 instructors have a Sakai site for their math 111 section.
The Sakai site will contain your grades and
have a link to Assignment tool for submission of your Mathematica assignments.
That means you should become familiar with using Sakai. Your instructor might place other
important course material in the Sakai course shell. Check with your instructor.
You can access Sakai at the following web address:
https://sakai.uri.edu/portal/
Use your e-campus id and your URI Webmail password.