Liberal Arts Division
MAT 146 Precalculus "The Study of Functions" COURSE OUTLINE
Catalog Description:
A second course
in the mathematics sequence leading to calculus for engineering, computer
science, math, and science majors. In depth study of
polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and inverse
trigonometric functions, equations, and identities; systems of equations
including matrices; extensive use of graphing calculators.
Prerequisites: MAT135 with minimum C grade
"This course is about 1/3 polynomial and rational functions, 1/3 exponential and logarithmic functions, and about 1/3 trig functions."
Required Materials: "Make sure you
get a calculator or emulator on your smart phone "
Text: Miller, Precalculus 
A graphing calculator is
required. TI  83/84/86 is
strongly recommended 
Instructor
Contact Info:
Email:
porterr@mccc.edu 
Office: LA
129 
see schedule 
Web Page:
http://www.mccc.edu/~porterr 
Phone: 6162841 
Grading:
**Must Receive a 50% on Final to pass course!** 90%92%..........A 87%89%..........B+ 83%86%..........B 80%83%..........B 77%79%..........C+ 70%76%..........C 60%69.5%.......D <59.5%.............F 
The emphasis in this course is on presenting a good argument not simply producing an answer. SHOW ALL WORK TO SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENTS AND TO GET FULL CREDIT. An “OK” mark on your paper means the answer is wrong but you get full credit for the argument. Leave all work visible as you might get half credit for arguments that are good, but crossed off. Unjustified answers, even obvious answers, will receive NO credit! 
Topics:
Week  Date  Sections  Topics 
1  1/18  1.61.8  Review of Functions 
2  1/25  2.12.3  Polynomial Functions & Division 
3  2/1  2.42.7  Zeros and Inequalitites, Variation 
4  2/8  2.5,2.6  Rational Functions (end test 1) 
5  2/15  3.2,3.6  Exponential Functions 
6  2/22  3.1,3.3  Inverses and Logs 
7  3/1  3.4,3.5  Equations and Properties 
8  3/8  4.14.3  Circular Functions, Right Triangle 
9  3/22  4.4,4.5  Trig Functions and Graphs (end midterm) 
10  3/29  4.54.7  Trig Transformations and Inverses 
11  4/5  5.1,5.2  Sum and Difference, Identities 
12  4/12  5.3,5.5  Double & Half Identites, Equations 
13  4/19  6.16.3  Law of Sines and Cosines 
14  4/26  Project Presentations  
15  5/3  Review  
Final  5/10  Final in BS320 at 7pm 
ESTIMATION OF HOMEWORK GRADES
Number of Assignements  Value each towards Final Grade 
TOTALValue Towards Final Grade 

CLASSWORK  15 
.3% per /HW  7.5% 
HOMEWORK/objective  15 
.3% per /HW  7.5% 
REVIEWS (optional)  4  
PRACTICE TESTS  4  1% per practice test  4% 
QUIZZES  12  .5% per quiz  6% 
Test (1, 2, 3)  3  3.33% per test / .25% per q  10% 
Midterm EXAM  1  15% per, 1% per question  15% 
TOTAL:  154  50%  
*you are expected to spend 50 hrs on Connect
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ESTIMATION OF PROJECT GRADES
Proposal (pt 0)  10  2% 
Regressions (pt 1)  15  3% 
worksheet (pt 2)  50  9% 
mockup/ peer review  20  4% 
presentation  30  5% 
Poster  15  3% 
total  140  25% 
Mercer County Community College is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in all activities, programs and services. If you have a documented differing ability or think that you may have a differing ability that is protected under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact Arlene Stinson in LB 216 stinsona@mccc.edu for information regarding support services.
If you do not have a documented differing ability, remember that other resources are available to all students on campus including academic support through our Academic Learning Center located in LB 214.
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