Fundamentals of Precalculus

MTH 111 Precalculus

Definition of Precalculus

Fundamentals of Precalculus

MATH 111 COURSE INFORMATION


Spring 2018 - Course Webpage


  • This website is the course syllabus. Pre-Calculus is a coordinated course with common evening exams.
  • This course is designed for students who need to strengthen their background in mathematics before taking Calculus. Earning a C- or better in MTH 111 is a prerequisite requirement for both MTH131 and MTH 141.
  • Please use this course website to familiarize yourself with the policies, procedures and components for this course. If you have any quetions, please consult your instructor.
  • UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
  • Pretest 1 will be given in class either Thursday, February 22 for TTh classes or Friday, February 23 for MWF classes. Pretest 1 covers the material in Chapter 1. ONLY BASIC calculators (4 or 6 function) are allowed.



  • Calendar

    Course Materials

    Attendance and Advice

    Exams and Grade Evaluation

    Calculators

    Sakai

    MTH111 Learning Outcomes and Objectives

    WebWork

    Help through the AEC

      Students with Disabilities


     

    Course Material

    Text

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

    Calculators

    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.


     

    WeBWorK Online Homework System


     

    Exams and Grade Evaluation

    There will be three common evening exams and a common final exam this semester.
    Exam Time/Date Location by section number
    Exam 1 6:00pm - 7:30pm Wednesday February 28 Chafee 271
    Exam 2 6:00pm - 7:30pm Wednesday March 28 Chafee 271
    Exam 3 6:00pm - 7:30pm Wednesday April 25 Chafee 271
    Final Exam TBD TBD

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

    3 Exams 300 pts, 100 pts each
    Final Exam 200 pts
    Online WeBWorK Homework 75 pts
    In class Pretests 75 pts
    Class work 75 pts
    Diagnostic Test / CAE Program 75 pts
    TOTAL 800 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)/800 * 100 = your percentage


    REMARKS


     

    Policy on Make-ups for Exams

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



     

    In class

    Before each exam there will be an in class pretest worth 25 points.
    In class Pretest Date
    In class Pretest 1 Feb. 22 (TTH classes) or Feb. 23 (MWF classes)
    In class Pretest 2 Mar. 22 (TTH classes) or Mar. 23 (MWF classes)
    In class Pretest 3 Apr. 19 (TTH classes) or Apr. 20 (MWF classes)
    The questions are not multiple choice but test concepts similar to the multiple choice evening exam questions. This does NOT replace or add points to your exam grade. These points are separate from your exam points and are REQUIRED points.


     

    MTH111 Learning Outcomes and Objectives

    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. The prerequiste requirement for MTH131 and MTH141 is earning a C- or better in MTH 111. This course completely fulfills the general education requirements for Mathematical, Statistical or Computational Strategies, (MSCS) A,B and C elements and for Knowledge Outcome: STEM Discipline (STEM) elements. However, 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.


     

    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. 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 WeBWorK 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 -- be prepared to review basic algebra and seek help as needed. For Spring 2018, MTH111 drop-in tutoring is available Monday through Friday from 12 - 4pm in Lippitt 104.


     

    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 for this course. All math 111 instructors have a Sakai site for their math 111 section. The Sakai site will contain your grades and how the classwork points will be given. Your instructor might place other important class 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.