Professor Porter

porterr@mccc.edu

   609-616-2841

(phone or Text)

Office:LA128

   Schedule


 

 Precalculus

MAT 146

HYBRID COURSE SYLLABUS

"The Study of Functions"

 

Catalog DescriptionPrerequisite: MAT 135 with a minimum C grade or appropriate College Level Math placement test score
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.    course outline

Required Materials: Make sure you get a calculator, we will use it.

Text:   Miller, Precalculus

Graphing Calculator is required: TI - 83/84/86

Instructor Contact Info:

E-mail: porterr@mccc.edu 

Office: LA 129

Office Hours: Schedule

(Prefer before class)

Web Page:    http://www.mccc.edu/~porterr

Phone: 609-616-2841

Grading:

ALEKS Qz/HW/Time

15%

Tests 1 and 2

10%

Classwork/Groupwork

5%

In-Class Midterm

20%

Regression Project

25%

In-Class Final**

25%

Total

100%

**Must Receive a 50% on Final to pass course!**

93%-100%........A

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

(50% on Final to pass)

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 ON TESTS.

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:

Wk

Date

Sections

Objectives Due

Assessments

Discussion         

Dropbox

1

1/17

1.6-1.8

Review of Functions

Diagnostic

Evaluate/Solve P1,P2

2

1/24

2.1-2.3

Polynomial Functions & Division

Quiz 1

Evaluate/Solve P3,P4

3

1/31

2.4-2.7

Zeros and Inequalities, Variation

Quiz 2

Zeros P3 Max/Mins P4

4

2/7

2.5,2.6

Rational Functions (Test 1)

Quiz 3, Ptest1

End Behavior P1-P4

PTest1 Work

5

2/14

3.2,3.6

Exponential Functions

Quiz 4,Test 1

Evaluate/Solve Exp(x)

6

2/21

3.1,3.3

Inverses and Logs

Quiz 5

Exponential Growth

Proposal

7

2/28

3.4,3.5

Equations and Properties

Quiz 6

Evaluate/Solve ln(x)

8

3/7

4.1-4.3

Circular Functions, Right Triangle

Quiz 7

Evaluate sin(x)

Regressions

9

3/21

4.4,4.5

Trig Functions and Graphs (Mid)

Quiz 8, PMid

Solve sin(x)

PMid Work

10

3/28

4.5-4.7

Trig Transformations and Inverses

Quiz 9, Mid

End Behavior Trans

Worksheet

11

4/4

5.1,5.2

Sum and Difference, Identities

Quiz 10

Poster Mockup

12

4/11

5.3,5.5

Double & Half Identites, Equations

Quiz 11

Reviews

13

4/18

6.1-6.3

Law of Sines and Cosines

Quiz 12, Ptest2

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PTest2 Work

14

4/25

Project Presentations (Test 2)

Quiz 13, Test 2

Videos (if necessary)

15

5/2

Review

Practice Final

---

Pfinal Work

Final

5/9

Final in BS320 at 8pm

ESTIMATION OF HOMEWORK GRADES

Number of Assignments

Value each towards Final Grade

TOTAL Value Towards Final Grade

CLASSWORK

group work

10

.5% per objectives

5%

HOMEWORK

weekly objective best

10

.5% per objectives

5%

REVIEWS

quiz compilations

4

0% per homework

0%

PRACTICE TESTS

(1,Mid,2,Final)

4

1% per homework

4%

QUIZZES

Weekly Best

12

.5% per quiz

6%

TEST 1 and TEST 2

knowledge checks

2

5% per check

10%

MIDTERM EXAM

1

20% per test

20%

FINAL EXAM

1

25% per test

25%

TOTAL:

   

75%

       

*you are expected to spend at least 50 hours on ALEKS

 ESTIMATION OF PROJECT GRADES

Assignment

Topics

Points

%Final

Proposal

Xvar,Yvar,(9)Data,Source,Interest

9

3%

Regressions

Accurate,P1-P4,Exp,Ln,Sin,r2

9

3%

worksheet

Prompt,(10) discussions in Math, (10) discussions in English

21

7%

mockup

(2)Reviews,Data,(2)Graphs,Equats,(2)Eval,(2)Solve,Geometry,(2)Ends,Rate,Presentation

15

5%

peer review

(2)Relevant,(2)Informative

4

1.3%

presentation

 (2)Graphs,(2)Eval,(2)Solve,(2)Geometry,Rate,Presentation,(2)Questions

12

4%

Poster

Finished Product,

5

1.6%

total

 

75

25%


 

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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.

Course Questions:

  1. Why are you taking this course, and why is the course required for your major?
  2. What is Mathematics?
  3. What is Precalculus?
  4. What are Functions?
  5. What are the three main ways that functions can be represented?  
  6. How can data be turned into equations?  
  7. How can data and equations be turned into graphs?  
  8. How can equations and graphs be used to make predictions?
  9. What is the difference between solving and evaluating?