Math 1250 PreCalculus Section 15

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Algebra and Trigonometry, 5th ed by Blitzer, Robert. Note: The bookstore has a custom loose leaf book bundled with MyMathLab which is also required.

Math 1250: Precalculus, 4 credits, Summer 2017 Instructor: Kate Niedzielski Office: SCC 74 Website: E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 218-726-7852 Office Hours: by appointment Class Meeting Times: Sec 1: 9:30-11:30am in KAML 208 (Securian Math Lab) Monday-Thursday Prerequisite: Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1005 or department consent Course Description: This course introduces the concepts of analytical geometry, relations, functions, and graphs. It includes exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions as well as conic sections, sequences and series, and systems of linear equations. Materials: We will be using College Algebra and Trigonometry MML Access Card and Guided Notebook, 2/E by Trigsted with ISBN: 9780133950847 Students should bring a laptop or tablet that is compatible with MML when attending open lab. Course Content: Chapters 5-12 and 14, omitting some sections Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and techniques. 2. Apply mathematical techniques appropriately. 3. Recognize how mathematics can be applied to some real life situations. 4. Analyze information in a more effective way. Course Grading: The grading scale for this course will be as follows: A 93-100% B+ 87-89% C+ 77-79% D+ 67-69% A- 90-92% B 83-86% C 73-76% D 60-66% B- 80-82% C- 70-72% Your grade is calculated based off of scores earned in the following categories. Attendance & Guided 2 Exams at Homework Quizzes Participation Notebook 15% each 5%






below 60%

Final Exam 25%

This means that your grade is calculated in the following way: your A&P pts your GN pts your HW pts your Quiz pts Your total % = [0.05 ( ) + 0.10 ( ) + 0.10 ( ) + 0.20 ( ) total A&P pts total GN pts total HW pts total Quiz pts your exam 1 pts your exam 2 pts your FE pts + 0.15 ( ) + 0.15 ( ) + 0.25 ( )] ∗ 100% total exam 1 pts total exam 2 pts total FE pts Course grades will be posted on UMD’s eGradebook.

Attendance & Participation (A&P): Students can earn up to 40 A&P points each week. To earn A&P points, in addition to being present and participating, students must check in and check out of class and MUST also be adhering to the student conduct code. This means there is no using of cell phones, no browsing other websites, no doing homework for other classes, etc. Cell phones should remain silent or off and should be kept out of sight in a backpack. If a student is not following the conduct code, is using a cell phone, browsing other websites, being disruptive, etc, he or she will be asked to leave the lab and will NOT earn any points for that day. Students are also expected to use the restroom and get any needed refreshments outside of class time. If you are not in class and working on your math, you are not earning points. There is no way to make up A&P points. Guided Notebook: The Guided Notebook is an interactive workbook that guides students through the course by asking them to write down key definitions and work through important examples for each section of the eText. This resource is available in a three-hole-punched loose leaf form, so you will want to obtain a binder for it. The Guided Notebook must be completed before class on the day that a section is listed. On that day, the section listed will be graded. Late work is not accepted. For example, on Thursday, May 11th, sections 5.15.5 are listed on the schedule so students must have the sec 5.1-5.5 pages filled out in the guided notebook before class that day. This will help in understanding the homework that is due the next Monday. Homework: Students should complete the Guided Notebook first before attempting the corresponding homework. Homework will be assigned in MyMathLab at We will discuss how to sign up in class. A notebook to work through homework problems is strongly recommended. All students should be able to earn 100% or very close to 100% on the homework assignments because most problems can be tried an unlimited number of times using the “Similar Exercise” button until a student is able to correctly answer the problem. After a homework problem is completed, the answer is saved which means that prior to the due date, students can log out and log in and continue completing problems for that assignment. After the due date, students can review their assignment but cannot make any changes to it. For the homework problems, the score on a student’s last attempt is recorded in his or her grade on the due date. It is strongly recommended that students use the similar exercise button and try problems until they are able to successfully complete each problem without any help. Students MUST earn at least 90% on each assignment by the homework due date in order to earn more than 1 attempt on the weekly quiz. Homework will be due on Mondays by 5:00pm as indicated on the schedule. Late homework is not accepted. I would like to see all students be successful in this course! I am available to help answer questions and concerns, but it is the student’s responsibility to ASK when he or she has questions. Quizzes: Quizzes will be completed in MyMathLab. All students will have 1 attempt on the weekly quiz. If at least 90% has been earned on a weekly homework assignment (this must be done by the homework due date), 1 additional attempt will become available for the corresponding weekly quiz. It is recommended that students review and study their Guided Notebook and homework before taking the quiz. Each quiz attempt has a time limit of 30 minutes. Quizzes are due on Tuesdays by 5:00pm. Late work is not accepted. Completing all the questions on a quiz and submitting it counts as 1 attempt. Students can see their results for each question after each attempt. Only the best score out of the completed attempts will be used when calculating course grades. 2

Students are expected to do their own work on the quizzes and complete the quizzes using only pencils or pens, blank paper, and a non-graphing calculator. It is recommended that students label and organize their work neatly on paper as they are taking the quiz. Then when checking the results, the questions can be marked as correct or incorrect. Students will then know what material they need to study more before they take their next attempt of the quiz. Exams: There will be 2 paper exams during regular class time as well as a paper cumulative final exam. The exams are tentatively scheduled as follows: Exam 1: Thursday, May 25th Exam 2: Thursday, June 8th Final Exam: Thursday, June 22nd Note that only non-graphing calculators can be used, and cell phones and computers can NEVER be used as calculators on exams. If an exam will be missed, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as possible by email, phone, or in office hours. The only way to make up an exam is with a documented (signed note from a doctor, lawyer, etc on the day of the quiz or exam) excused absence. Examples include subpoenas, jury duty, military duty, religious observances, illness, bereavement for immediate family, and NCAA varsity intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please see Students who miss an exam and do not have an excused absence will earn a score of zero on that exam. Student Conduct Code: Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. This includes the use of cell phones, playing games on electronic devices, etc. Students are expected adhere to Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code. For more information, please see Student Academic Integrity Policy: Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD’s reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. Academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. UMD’s Student Academic Integrity Policy can be found at Any cheating is taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately! Mental Health Issue: As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, homesickness, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student’s ability to participate in daily activities. University of Minnesota Duluth services are available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the UMD Health Service Counseling website at Special Needs: It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements – such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos – please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information. 3