# MTH 111 Precalculus

##### Summer 2014 - Course Webpage The website is the course syllabus

Instructor
James Baglama
Office: Lippitt Hall 202H
Department of Mathematics
Phone: 401.874.4412
Email: jbaglama@math.uri.edu

 Course Materials Calculators Kingston Campus Tutoring Students with Disabilities Mathlets

Monday (6/16) MTH111 Precalculus class will start at 7pm. We will cover sections 4.3 and 4.4, a short break, review, and then Exam 3.

Course Material

Text

Fundamentals of Precalculus 2nd edition, by M. Dugopolski, Pearson Publishing (Custom Edition for URI or standard edition)

Location

MW 6pm - 9:45pm Providence Shepard building room 442

Calculators

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

• Basic function (+, -, ×, ÷) calculators are the ONLY calculators permitted on exams and placement exam (e.g. TI-108).
• A cellphone CANNOT be used as a calculator!
• Examples of calculators not permitted on exams placement. (The list is not complete.)
• Graphing calculators (e.g. TI-89)
• Scientific calculators (e.g. TI-34).

Exams and Grade Evaluation

 3 Exams 300 pts, 100 pts each Final Exam 200 pts Worksheets 50 pts Quizzes 50 pts TOTAL 600 pts

Spring 2014 review sheets for exams.

Quizzes
You may use your notes for in class quizzes. Problems for quizzes are taken from the suggested homework set of problems given on the Calendar.

Worksheets

 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)/600 * 100 = your percentage

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).

• PCA-1: Functions (domain, function notation)
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• 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 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:

• 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.

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. You should attend all classes. 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. 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 - 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

The Sakai site will contain your grades. You can access Sakai at the following web address: https://sakai.uri.edu/portal/ Use your e-campus id and your URI Webmail password.