Fundamentals of Precalculus

MTH 111 Precalculus

Spring 2014 - Course Webpage
The website is the course syllabus
Definition of Precalculus

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


Final Exam

  • Final Exam Friday May 2 7pm - 10 pm Edwards Aud (All sections)
  • Final Exam is comprehensive, i.e. will cover all chapters and sections on the syllabus.
  • Final Exam will have 40 muliple choice questions. You will need a pencil for the exam. The exam will be graded with a Scantron system.
  • Use exams 1, 2, and 3 to review for the final exam.
  • There will be questions from sections 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4 that were not on exam 3.
  • No SI review for final exam
  • Reviews for Final exam
    • No question allowed during the exam.
    • Basic function (+, -, ×, ÷) calculators are the ONLY calculators permitted on exams.
    • No electronic devices, e.g. cell phones, ipods.
    • A cellphone CANNOT be used as a calculator!
    • Students MUST have an ID with them to take the exam.
    • Bring one or two pencils. Do NOT use a pen.
    • Leave book bags at home.
    • No extra sheets of paper are allowed.
    • If you feel sick, notify your instructor BEFORE the exam.
    • If you have conflict with the exam time, notify your instructor BEFORE the exam.
    • Failure to show up for the exam, will result in a zero for the exam.

    Please click on the link about Flu Illness Due to Flu

    Supplemental Instruction (SI)
    Day/Time Location Instructor(s)
    Lippitt 205 Julia
    Lippitt 205 Anne
    Lippitt 205 Jonathan
    Lippitt 205 Julia
    Craw 223 Jonathan
    Lippitt 205 Anne


Course Materials

Attendance and Advice

Exams and Grade Evaluation



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.


A calculator is not needed on exams. Exam permitted calculator.

Check with your instructor (before you go to an exam) if you are not sure if the calculator you have can be used on the 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 an evening placement exam, three common evening exams, and a common final exam this semester.
Exam Time/Date Location by section number
Exam 1 6:00pm - 7:30pm Tues. Feb. 25 (Krul, Dougan, Traficante) Sections 1,3,4,12,13 SWAN AUD
(Nagy, Baglama, Marcotte, Bertrand) Sections 2,5-10 CBLS 100
(Faella) Section 11 LIPPITT 204
Exam 2 6:00pm - 7:30pm Tues. Mar. 25 (Krul, Dougan, Traficante) Sections 1,3,4,12,13 SWAN AUD
(Nagy, Baglama, Marcotte, Bertrand) Sections 2,5-10 CBLS 100
(Faella) Section 11 LIPPITT 204
Exam 3 6:00pm - 7:30pm Tues. Apr. 22 (Krul, Dougan, Traficante) Sections 1,3,4,12,13 SWAN AUD
(Nagy, Baglama, Marcotte, Bertrand) Sections 2,5-10 CBLS 100
(Faella) Section 11 LIPPITT 204
FINAL EXAM 7:00pm - 10:00pm Friday May 2 Edwards Aud. (All Sections)

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

3 Exams 300 pts, 100 pts each
Final Exam 200 pts
MyMathLab Homework 50 pts
Exam Related Question Redos 50 pts
Class work 50 pts
MyMathLab Quizzes 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



Policy on Make-ups for Exams

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


Placement Exam

MTH111 requires passing a placement exam as a prerequisite, see The placement exam will be given on Thursday January 23 6pm to 7:30pm in Chafee 271. ALL STUDENTS must take the placement exam. The placement exam consists of questions from basic algebra and college algebra. The placement exam is a 20 question multiple choice exam. A score below 60% (11 or fewer questions correct) implies that you do not meet the prerequisite for MTH111.

  • Practice Placement Exam
    • Practice Placement Exam
    • Practice Placement Exam Answers
    • The practice placement exam is not multiple choice. The actual placement exam will be multiple choice.
    • A calculator is not needed on the placement exam, however you may use a basic function (+, -, ×, ÷) calculator on the placement exam.
    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. NOTE: Passing the Placement Exam does not guarantee a passing grade for the course.


    Exam Related Question Redos After each exam there will be an assignment based on the most missed questions. This does NOT replace or add points to your exam grade. These points are separate from your exam points and are REQUIRED points.


    Precalculus Competency Areas (PCA) MTH 111 is a demanding course for students. The primary goal of MTH 111 is to prepare you for calculus (MTH131 or 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). There will be 10 PCA quizzes given by MyMathLab. Each quiz will have 5 questions that test a specfic area. Each quiz will be worth 5 points (1 point for each problem). The quizzes are timed (30 minutes) and you get only one chance per question. The quizzes start on Monday January 27.

    MyMathLab Quiz Available Due date
    PCA-10 Jan. 27 - Feb. 2 11pm Feb. 2
    PCA-7 Feb. 3 - Feb. 9 EXTENDED 11pm Feb. 12
    PCA-5 Feb. 10 - Feb. 16 EXTENDED 11pm Feb. 19
    PCA-4 Feb. 17 - Feb. 23 EXTENDED 11pm Feb. 26
    PCA-1 Feb. 24 - Mar. 9 11pm Mar. 9
    PCA-2 Mar. 17 - Mar. 23 11pm Mar. 23
    PCA-8 Mar. 24 - Mar. 30 11pm Mar. 30
    PCA-3 Mar. 31 - Apr. 6 11pm Apr. 6
    PCA-9 Apr. 7 - Apr. 20 11pm Apr. 20
    PCA-6 Apr. 21 - May 2 11pm May 2


    Learning Outcomes and Objectives

    Definition of Precalculus

    The primary aim of MTH 111 is to prepare students for calculus 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:


    Attendance and Advice

    The math department expects that you will give this course 12-14 hours per week of your undivided attention, in addition to class time. Class attendance is required and will be recorded. However, no direct point values will be associated with attendance. The key to success in this course is the problem material. It is very important that you try all the assigned problems listed on the syllabus and do all of the MyMathLab problems. The problems chosen for each textbook section indicate what we feel is important in that section and which ideas and skills you should focus on. Also, an important part of this course is strengthening your algebra skills and using them in new ways. Much of your success in precalculus depends on your grasp of basic algebra (see placement exam above)-- be prepared to review basic algebra and seek help as needed.


    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.


    Illness Due to Flu

    The nation is experiencing widespread influenza-like illness. If any of us develop flu-like symptoms, we are being advised to stay home until the fever has subsided for 24 hours. So, if you exhibit such symptoms, please do not come to class. Notify your instructor of your status, and we will communicate through the medium we have established for the class. We will work together to ensure that course instruction and work is completed for the semester. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted simple methods to avoid transmission of illness. These include: covering your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing; frequent washing or sanitizing your hands; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. For more information please view or . URI Health Services web page, , will carry advice and local updates.