Mercer County Community College  Liberal Arts Division    Prof. PORTER 609-616-2841

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:

E-mail: porterr@mccc.edu 

Office: LA 129

 Office Hours:

see schedule

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

Phone: 616-2841

Grading:

ALEKS Qz/HW/Time

15%

Tests 1 and 2 10%
Classwork 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

(A curve may be applied)

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 1.6-1.8 Review of Functions
2 1/25 2.1-2.3 Polynomial Functions & Division
3 2/1 2.4-2.7 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 4.1-4.3 Circular Functions, Right Triangle
9 3/22 4.4,4.5 Trig Functions and Graphs (end midterm)
10 3/29 4.5-4.7 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 6.1-6.3 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

Mercer County Community College is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in all activities andprograms. If you have a documented differing ability or think that you may have a differing ability that isprotected under the ADA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact Arlene Stinson in LB216 {stinsona@mccc.edu} for information regarding academic accommodations and additional support services.

 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.

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?