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MAT_130_Syllabus_Spr_2008 - Syllabus MAT 130 College...

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Syllabus MAT 130: College Algebra and Precalculus Spring 2008 Louis Aquila Mathematics Prerequisite Either a passing grade in Mat 101 or placement by the Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment. Prerequisites are strictly enforced by the Mathematics Department. A prerequisite can only be waived with the approval of the instructor and the chairperson. Graphing Calculator Prerequisite You must have a graphing calculator for this course. I will only support the TI 83, TI 83 Plus, TI 84 and the TI 84 Plus. You may use any other graphing calculator, as long as it has the necessary functionality, but you will be solely responsible for learning how to use it. Also, if you are, or plan on becoming, a business major, all the BMS math courses strongly recommend the use of a TI 83/84 series graphing calculator. E-mail Address You must have a valid and working email address, so that I may contact you. If you do not receive an email because of a non-functioning address, then you are solely responsible for the miscommunication. Disclaimer MyMathLab does not currently support Mac computers. If you have a more recent version with an Intel chip, then it is possible to use a Mac. There is a free download for 30 days from CrossOver to do this. After the trial period, you would need to pay for this software. Go to http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/ for more information. Mandatory Attendance Class attendance is mandatory. You will be allowed one absence. After that your final calculated grade will be reduced by one grade step for each unexcused absence. The only exceptions will be for documented illness or serious family problems. I will take attendance at the end of each class. Course Description Fundamental concepts of MAT 101 are reviewed as needed. The major focus of the course is on the general concept of “function” and some of its most important elementary manifestations. These include quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Extensive use of the TI graphing calculator is employed to study these functions. Text: Precalculus, Fifth Edition by Stewart, Redlin & Watson, Thomson, 2006 Course Overview This course will prepare you for MAT 131 and the various calculus sequences offered by the Mathematics Department. Both the development of mechanical and problem solving skills will be equally emphasized. This is a fast-paced ee131775ea050c0fe07cda68466084b36b489ffa.doc Page 1 of 7
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course that requires that you set aside adequate time to practice. It is highly recommended that you practice three or more times per week. To do well in this course will usually require at least 6-10 hours per week in practice, depending on your current level of algebraic skills. People who spend less than the recommended time usually don’t do well.
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