Fundamentals of PreCalculus

MTH 111 PreCalculus

Fall 2013 - Course Webpage
(The website is the course syllabus)

Course Coordinator
James Baglama
Office: Lippitt Hall 202H
Department of Mathematics
Phone: 401.874.4412


  • 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.

Calendar and Syllabus

Course Materials

The Language of Mathematics

Exams and Grade Evaluation

Graphing Calculators


PreCalculus Competency Areas (PCA)


Tutoring Center

  Students with Disabilities


Placement Exam


Course Material


Fundamentals of PreCalculus 2nd 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.


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.

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

3 Exams 300 pts, 100 pts each
Final Exam 200 pts
MyMathLab Homework 50 pts
MyMathLab Quizzes 50 pts
The Language of Mathematics Assignments 30 pts
Class work 70 pts
Placement Exam 0 pts or -50 pts
TOTAL 700 pts

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



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):


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:


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 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: Use your e-campus id and your URI Webmail password.