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Math1014Syllabus - Math 1014 Intensive Precalculus...

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Math 1014 Intensive Precalculus Syllabus (online course) Math 1014 Intensive Precalculus (4 cr) Session: Fall 2011 Instructor: Barry McQuarrie Office: Science 1380 University Minnesota, Morris Communication with me should be through our course moodle site. Email and phone are for emergencies only. Email: [email protected] Phone: (320) 589–6302 (I do not use voicemail) Course moodle site: https://moodle.umn.edu/course/view.php?id=20013 Instructor’s Website: http://facultypages.morris.umn.edu/ mcquarrb/ Course Prerequisites Mathematics To succeed in this course you will need to have mastered basic algebraic manipulations (finding common denomi- nator, solving simple linear and quadratic equations, factoring, sketching straight lines and quadratics, etc.) and be very comfortable and confident working with fractions. Historically, students who do not have these skills have not succeeded in this course. Motivation Since this is an online course, you will also need to be motivated and able to work on the course every day. Although the course is online, it is not self-paced and you need to be able to keep up with the material. Technologies Since this course is entirely online (except for proctored exams), you will need the following free technologies to use the course materials I have created: Firefox web browser (some components work best with firefox) QuickTime video player a PDF reader, typically Adobe Reader X You will need to be able to work with multiple open browser windows at once, and it would be helpful to have access to a printer to print some of the materials for easy reference. Using Firefox 4, QuickTime 7, and Abobe Reader X 10, I have tested the course on a PC, on a Macbook Pro, an iMac, and an iPad, and everything works well. If you have any difficulty using the resources in the course please get in touch with me right away by posting to the Course Feedback forum, or sending me an email if you cannot access the course moodle site. You will also need a pen and paper since you should be making your own notes on the topics! Page 1 of 7
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Math 1014 Intensive Precalculus Syllabus (online course) Learning Objectives This is an intensive preparatory course for students who intend to take calculus. You should take calculus as soon as possible after completing this course, preferably the following semester. A detailed list of topics covered are at the end of the syllabus. A student who successfully completes this course should be able to manipulate functions algebraically and graphically, work with polynomial, power, rational, exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions, work with trigonometric function, and understand trigonometric identities. Beyond the curriculum, you should also expect to develop skill and confidence in problem solving, develop good study habits, develop an understanding of why the math works as it does, not just focus on memorizing techniques.
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