Spring 98

**Office:** Darwin 128-A

**Office Hours:** Mon.,Wed., 11:30-12:30 and 5:30-6:00, Wed, and Fri.11:45-12:30 and by appointment.

**Phone:** 664-2472

**Text: Precalculus : Functions and Graphs-A Graphing Approach,, ** by Larson/Hostetler and edwards-Chapters 1-7 and 10

**Necessary Tools:** Any graphing calculator will be sufficient, although, a T I 85 is highly advised as that is the calculator that I will use for demonstrations

Method of evaluation:

- Homework........................................ 20%
- Quizzes............................................ 20%
- Exams..............................................30%
- Project................................................10%
- Final................................................20%

Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

- A..................90%-100%
- B..................80%-89%
- C..................70%-79%
- D..................60%-69%
- F..................Below 60%

**Homework:**

Homework will be assigned at the end of each class and collected in the following manner: homework assigned on a Monday will be due at the beginning of class on the following Monday, homework assigned on a Wednesday will be due at the beginning of class on the following Wednesday, etc. This will give you a chance to ask questions on any problems you had trouble with and make the appropriate corrections before you submit the homework to the reader. A subset of 3 problems from the homework will be selected for grading. Any legitimate attempt to solve a problem (the work presented must make sense) will be awarded at least 50% for that problem, so it is always worth the effort to turn your homework in on time. . **No late homework will be accepte,.**

however, you will be allowed to drop your three lowest homework scores.
**Quizzes ;**

Quizzes will be given intermittently throughout the semester (usually every two or three class sessions). The purpose of the quizzes is to help you to keep current with the material. The quizzes will consist of problems very similar to homework problems as well as problems discussed in class. No make-up quizzes will be given. however, you will be able to drop your two lowest quiz scores

**Exams:**

There will be two exams given throughout the semester. The exams will consist of of problems similar to those you have seen on the quizzes and homework problems. The tentative exam dates are:

**Exam 1-Wed. Feb 25:**

**Exam 2-Wed April 8**

**Final**

The final will be given on Monday May 18 at 2:00 p.m. and only that time. If you cannot make it please let me know. The final will be cumulative and will include problems similar to those seen on the quizzes.

**Hints on succeeding in this course:**

- 1) Try to read the sections to be covered in the upcoming class prior to the class meeting. You will be amazed at how much better you understand the class discussion.
- 2) In order to succeed in any mathematics course it is necessary that you be conscientious with the homework. It is also desirable that you attempt problems other than the problems that are assigned for homework. Experience is the best way to increase your ability to solve problems.
- 3) Use other texts as resources.
- 4) Review your quizzes and homework and correct any errors you have made.
- 5) Ask questions! If you are unable to solve a problem or don't understand something in the text-
**ask me**.