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Meeting Dates & Time: | Sept 21 - Dec 4, MW 3:30 - 5:20 PM |
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Location: | Jones 301 |

Instructor: | Ryan Vinroot Office: Jones 130 Office Hours: MW 11-12, Th 10-11 and 1-4:30 (also by appt). |

Materials: | The only material you need to obtain for this class is the book Transitioning to Calculus, by Lawrence Leemis. This should be available at Amazon or other stores online. |

Grade Breakdown: | Class Participation - 20%, Homework/Quizzes
- 30%, Midterm - 25%, Final - 25% (See below for more precise information
on HW, Quizzes, Midterm, and Final). The letter grade scheme will be based on the standard 10 percentage point scale, so that a final score of 93 or higher is an A, 90-92 is an A-, 87-89 is a B+, 83-86 is a B, 80-82 is a B-, 77-79 is a C+, 73-76 is a C, 70-72 is a C-, 67-69 is a D+, 63-66 is a D, 60-62 is a D-, and below 60 is an F. |

Attendance & Lecture Policy: | As stated above, 20% of your grade will be
based on participation. Less than half of each meeting time will be
devoted to lecture, while more than half will be devoted to working
problems (from homework). This might involve discussion with others,
working problems on the board, getting individual input from me, or
working individually on the problems in the classroom. So, attendance
will be essential. Please keep all cell phones/hand-held devices/tablets/laptops put away during class time. |

Calculator Policy: | Calculators will NOT be needed for this class. The focus of the course will be conceptual rather than computational. In particular, calculators will not be allowed on the final exam, the midterm, the quizzes, or the homework. |

Prerequisites: | There is no official prerequisite. I will expect mathematical background to vary among students. |

There will be one midterm, which will take place during one lecture period (details will be determined later). The final exam will be timed. The midterm and the final will each count as 25% of your final grade. The final exam will be on Wed, Dec 9, from 9 AM until 12 Noon.

Exam |
Date |
Time/Due |
Location |

Midterm | Wed, Oct 28 | In class | Jones 301 |

Final Exam | Wed, Dec 9 | 9 AM - 12 Noon | Jones 301 |

- All relevant announcements will be listed here. Check back frequently (don't forget to refresh your browser) for updates.
- Important Dates and Class Holidays:
- Fri, Sep 4: FIRST ADD/DROP DEADLINE (for those registering at the beginning of the semester).
- Thurs, Oct 1: SECOND ADD/DROP DEADLINE (for those dropping a Calculus class to enroll in MATH 103).
- Sat, Oct 10 - Tues, Oct 13: NO CLASS (Fall Break)
- Wed, Oct 28 - Midterm (during class)
- Wed, Nov 4: WITHDRAW DEADLINE
- Wed, Nov 25 - Sun, Nov 29: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)
- Mon, Dec 9, 9:00 AM - 12 Noon - FINAL EXAM

- (9/21) My office hours this week, and likely on a weekly basis, are: MW 11-12, Th 10-11 and 1-4:30.
- (9/28) Quiz 1 will be on Monday, Oct 5, at the beginning of class. It will cover the geometry topics from the first week of class, and the material on lines and factoring quadratics from class on Mon, Sept 28.
- (10/5) Corrected solutions to HW1B, Problem 5, have been posted. HW 2 solutions and Quiz 1 solutions will be posted immediately after class today. HW 3 is now posted, please print it and bring it to class on Monday if you can.
- (10/8) Please note that HW3 is due on Wed, Oct 14, the Wednesday after Fall Break.
- (10/8) Quiz 2 will be on Mon, Oct 19, and will cover the material from HW2B and HW3A,B (that is, the material from Sept 30, Oct 5, and Oct 7).
- (10/14) My morning office hours on Thurs, Oct 15, will be shifted to 9:30-10:30 AM (instead of 10-11 AM). My afternoon office hours will be the same (1-4:30 PM).
- (10/22) I fixed the typo on HW4C and posted the new version below. The error was in Problem 7, where I have changed the +5 to a -5.
- (10/22) I will post the solutions to HW4C tomorrow (Fri, Oct 23). Also tomorrow, I will post a list of review problems for the midterm. I will email everyone when those are posted. Work on the review problems before class on Monday (Oct 26), and the whole class period that day will be for questions and to go over any problems anyone wants to see.
- (11/9) Quiz 3 will be on this Wed, Nov 11, and will cover the material from HW5A,B (the material on functions and graphs covered on Nov 2 and Nov 4 in class).
- (11/9) You may turn in corrections to your Midterm exam to replace a low HW or quiz score. These corrections should be turned in on or before Monday, Nov 30 (the Monday after Thanksgiving break) to receive this credit.
- (11/18) Quiz 4 (the last quiz) will be on Mon, Nov 23. It will cover the trigonometry material from HW6A,B.
- (11/19) I fixed two "typos" on the solutions to HW6A,B: One on problem A6 (the 3pi/4 should have been a 5pi/4 as pictured), and the other on problem B2(b) (denominator should have been sin^4(x)).
- (12/2) I have updated a few of the Khan academy links (some of the web addresses changed since I first posted them), and I have posted Khan academy links for the last couple of topics that we covered.
- (12/2) I have posted review problems for the final exam. I will post solutions, at the latest, on Mon, Dec 7.
- (12/2) I fixed the typo on the Final Review problems on Problem 1(e).
- (12/3) It has been confirmed that our final exam will be in the same room as our lectures, in Jones 301.
- (12/3) My office hours before the final exam (other than my usual Thurs
office hours today) are:

Mon, Dec 7: 10-2 and 3-5

Tues, Dec 8: 10-2 and 3-5:30 - (12/3) I fixed one more minor error on the Final Review problems: On Problem 11 you need to know that the function g actually has an inverse, so I have put that in. I will post the solutions to the Review problems on Friday.
- (12/8) I fixed a minor error in the Final Review Solutions: The A in front of cos(2yb) should have been -A in the solutions.

I will post Homework assignments on this homepage each week. Be sure to print them out before each Monday class so that you have them to work on during the class meetings. When working through problems in class, you should be writing "rough draft" solutions to the problems and make sure you understand the main idea and method behind the problems. Outside of class, you should re-write the solutions neatly to turn in. Going through problems twice in two different levels of detail is hugely important in absorbing the material in a meaningful way.

Homework will typically be due on each Monday (except for weeks when there is no class on Monday). Homework will be due at the beginning of class, and if you are a few minutes late still please turn in the homework at the front of the room when you walk in. If homework is turned in the day it is due but after the start of class, there is a 10% penalty. If it is turned in one day late by 5 PM on my door, there is a 20% penalty, and 40% for two days late, and 20% more off each day late thereafter. However, even if you have a homework that is too late to count as points, it is still important to turn it in for part of your homework completion and participation score.

The plan is to have 4 timed quizzes throughout the semester: 2 before the midterm, and 2 between the midterm and final. These will be at the beginning of class, announced the week before the quiz, and will be 20 minutes in length. Each quiz will count the same as a single homework score. Quiz solutions will be posted on this homepage after the quiz.

For individual homework assignments, the score will be based on both correctness of solutions, as well as completeness/neatness. For example, on a 20 problem assignment, I would much rather see 15 neat and correct solutions, with 2 rough attempts at solutions, instead of 20 messy partial solutions. We will go over in class what is expected in terms of a complete and neat solution. For your total HW and Quiz score, each assignment and quiz has equal weight, and the lowest score of all of these will be dropped. The total score will count as 30% of the course grade.

Here is the example I handed out in class of some notes you might take on a problem versus the solution you might turn in when the homework is due: Example Problem (pdf).

Assignment |
Problems |
Due Date |

1 | HW 1A - pdf, HW 1B
- pdf Solutions: HW 1A, HW 1B. |
Mon, Sept 28 |

2 | HW 2(A,B) - pdf Solutions: HW 2A,B. |
Mon, Oct 5 |

3 | HW 3(A,B) - pdf Solutions: HW 3A,B. |
Wed, Oct 14 |

4 | HW 4A - pdf, HW 4B
- pdf Solutions: HW 4A,B. |
Wed, Oct 21 |

HW 4C - pdf Solutions: HW 4C. |
Not Due | |

Midterm Review Problems
- pdf Solutions: pdf |
Not Due | |

5 | HW 5(A,B) - pdf Solutions: HW 5A,B. |
Mon, Nov 9 |

6 | HW 6(A,B) - pdf Solutions: HW 6A,B. |
Mon, Nov 16 |

7 | HW 7(A,B) - pdf Solutions: HW 7A,B. |
Mon, Nov 23 |

8 | HW 8A - pdf, HW 8B - pdf Solutions: HW 8A, HW 8B. |
Not Due |

Final Exam Review Problems
- pdf Solutions: pdf |
Not Due |

For each of the 4 quizzes this semester, you can get half of the points back lost on your first score by creating your own replacement problems and solving them. You can only get points back if you follow the following guidelines (pdf).

I will list the Quiz solutions here throughout the semester:

- Apart from my office hours, there is also a free Calculus tutoring room by graduate assistants on Sunday through Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, in Jones 112. This is available to Precalculus students as well. This is a great place to get free extra help, and I highly encourage all students to take advantage of this service.
- The Khan Academy is a fantastic free web resource. You should use it
for the topics we cover. I will post links to the relevant materials here as
we go through the course.

Geometry
Graphing
Lines - There are several decent free Precalculus books available online. The
problem I have with most of them is that they contain too much information,
and present the information in an order that is less intuitive than I
prefer. Given that, the following three free books are reasonable, and at the
very least have some useful exercises. They are in the order in which I
recommend them:

Precalculus by C. Stitz and J. Zeager

Precalculus by R. Larson and R. Hostetler

Precalculus by D.H. Collingwood, K.D Prince, and M.M. Conroy -
**Feedback:**I realize that it is difficult to match the classroom environment with every student's learning style simultaneously. If you have suggestions on how to improve the class, and would like to submit them anonymously, please fill out the following Word document, print it out, and put it on my office door box: Feedback form (Word doc).

I always welcome and appreciate feedback, and if you do not want to submit it anonymously, you may always email me your ideas or discuss them with me during office hours.

Quadratics

Polynomials

Rational Expressions

Exponents and Radical Expressions

Logarithms

Functions

More Functions and Graphs

Trigonometry

Even More Functions (including compositions and inverses)

More Trig (including unit circle and inverse trig functions)