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MATH 115 – PRECALCULUS
Syllabus – Fall 2007
TEXTBOOK:
Precalculus Essentials,
by Robert Blitzer,
2
nd
Edition
I. COURSE CONTENT
Math 115  Precalculus, is designed to prepare students for entry into Math 221, Calculus.
It is
expected that M115 students have a thorough understanding of algebra topics. A review of
these topics appears in the
Prerequisites Chapter (P.1  P.9).
Students who need to review
algebra before attempting precalculus should register for M010.
Students who are planning on taking Math 241 should enroll in Math 117 – Precalculus for
Scientists and Engineers. Any student who is not required to take precalculus for his/her major
may wish to consult their advisor to determine whether Math 114, Math 113, or Math 127 is
more appropriate.
Math 115 is an indepth study of the concept of functions. We will specifically study linear,
quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Both
algebraic and graphical techniques will be used throughout the course.
II.
COURSE ORGANIZATION
Each Math115 section meets each week for 2.5 hours in either three 50 minute classes or two
75 minute classes.
Although most of you have studied precalculus in high school and many
may have studied calculus, there are several important distinctions between high school and
university mathematics courses that you should note:
The pace of the course is considerably faster than most high school courses.
You are expected to spend significant time outside of class reading the text, doing
homework problems, and preparing yourself to participate in class.
There are common exams that all Math 115 students take at the same time  three
specific Wednesday evenings (see dates in Section V).
The grading scale is fixed. There is no “curving” nor any special grading arrangements.
III.
HOMEWORK
A list of assigned homework problems is included in Section VII of this syllabus.
You are
expected to complete the problems before the next class meeting. Additional exercises may be
assigned by your instructor.
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The textbook contains several useful subsections within the assigned problems for each
section. These include: Practice Exercises; Practice Plus; Application Exercises, Writing in
Mathematics; Technology Exercises; and Critical Thinking Exercises.
In addition, each
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