MATH:101:02 Precalculus Mathematics Fall, 2013
Syllabus
Instructor: Kenneth Brakke
Office: 308 Fisher Hall
Office phone: 4466
Email: brakke@susqu.edu
I will use email to communicate with the class outside of meeting
times, e.g. for homework corrections, hints, etc. So check your
email regularly. When emailing me, be sure to use a good subject
line. Blank subjects, and generic subjects like "question" and "help"
are liable to get eaten by our spam filter. Use a subject like
"Precalc homework question".
Office hours: 3:00 - 4:00 MWF, 1:00 - 3:00 TTh officially.
I am usually in my office 8:30 to 5:00 except for lunch
and my other classes (10:00-11:05 MWF, 1:45-2:50 MWF,
and 10:00-11:35 TTh). You can also make an appointment.
Text: Precalculus by Stewart, Redlin & Watson, 6th ed. ISBN 978-0-8400-6807-1
Purpose: To learn good and useful mathematics. Mathematics is the study
of patterns, and one of the common ways of describing patterns is
through formulas and functions. Topics will include algebra,
functions, graphing, exponents, logarithms, exponential functions,
trigonometry, and solving word problems. These topics are widely
useful in their own right, besides being preparation for calculus.
Grading:
3 Hour exams 50%
Final exam 25%
Daily homework, quizzes 25%
Your final letter grade will be based on your course average, with
the A-B-C-D cutoffs around the traditional 90-80-70-60 marks, but
I may adjust that as I see fit.
Homework: There will be daily homework assignments, and there will also
be short in-class quizzes about every other class.
Homework is due daily at the start of class, and will be graded.
Late homework will get half credit, unless previous arrangements
have been made (i.e. tell me when you are going to miss class
for some excellent reason, or email me when you are too sick to
come to class).
Final exam: there will be a comprehensive final exam held in the official
final exam period for this course, 11:30-1:30 Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Tell your family not to plan family vacations, weddings, rides
home etc. until after finals.
General:
Roll will not be taken, but frequent absences will be noticed.
You are still subject to the attendence policy in the Student
Handbook.
Policy on cheating: Don't. Studying together to understand the
material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your own.
See the Student Handbook statement on academic honesty.