# MTH 111 Precalculus

### Summer 2005

Instructor: Lubos Thoma

Office: Tyler Hall 214, tel: 874.4451

Email: thoma@math.uri.edu

Class Schedule: MTuWTh 10.00 -- 11.45am;
Bliss Hall 211

**Office hours:** MTuWTh after class and by appointment

**Tutoring:**
Tutors are available at both the Providence and Kingston campuses.
Check the link
for specific hours.

Also, you can make an individual appointment with me.

**Syllabus:**
postscript
pdf
A detailed schedule and a list of suggested problems can be found
**here**.

**Textbook:**
Bittinger et. al., Precalculus, Graphs and Models (Second Edition), Addison - Wesley

**Calculator:** A graphing calculator is required
(see Technology)

TI-83 Troubleshooting

**Exams and Grading**: There will be two in-class exams.
Your course grade will be based on a 420 point system as follows:

Three in-class exams |
300 points |

Instructor's assignments (quizes and workbook) |
120 points |

**General Information **

Non-URI students should be sure to have prior approval from their
own schools to guarantee that credits will transfer.

GRADES OF "INCOMPLETE" WILL BE GIVEN ONLY UNDER THE STRICT
GUIDELINES OF THE UNIVERSITY BULLETIN.

YOU ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE A REASONABLE GRASP OF TWO YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA AND ELEMENTARY
TRIGONOMETRY.
Read the information sheet

GOALS OF THIS COURSE:
The primary goal of MTH 111 is to prepare you for further courses in
mathematics, especially calculus.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.

EXPECTATIONS:
I expect that you will give this course 12-14 hours per week of your undivided
attention, in addition to class time. This is an approximate figure of course,
but don't assume that you can spend less time than this and still get a grade
you'll like. I also expect that you will ATTEND YOUR
CLASS.

ADVICE: 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.
THE EXAMS WILL REFLECT THIS PROBLEM SELECTION!
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.

Precalculus also has a body of mathematical facts
that you will have to learn. Be prepared to memorize some formulas
and theorems as you learn about their meaning and uses.

Students with disability
(documented through Disability Services for Students, 874-2098)
should make arrangements with me as soon as possible.