Fall 2017 Precalculus syllabus

MATH 1113: Precalculus

Fall Semester 2017

Instructor – Dr. Holliday

CRN: 82883
Days: MWF (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Time: 11:00-11:50
Course Num/Sec: MATH 1113-03
Location: CL 1003

A Course in the General Education Program

Program Description: The General Education Program at KSU offers a common academic experience for all its students. In a series of interrelated courses in the liberal arts and sciences, it provides the opportunity for them to acquire the intellectual skills and knowledge characteristic of educated persons in a diverse, global community. Thus, it lays the foundation for success in their academic, professional, and personal arenas. Whereas the major program contributes depth to a college education in a designated specialization, the General Education Program provides breadth of understanding by providing an introduction, connection, and integration to a variety of disciplines needed by educated persons.

Program Goals: The General Education Program at KSU has four goals. During the course of the program, students should achieve the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of general education disciplines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communication.
  • Demonstrate skills in inquiry, critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving through scholarly and/or creative activity across the general education disciplines.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethics, diversity, and a global perspective.

MATH 1113 satisfies one of Kennesaw State University’s general education program requirements. It addresses the quantitative Math Skills learning outcomes. This learning outcome states:

Math Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables) and/or convert information into mathematical forms at a level appropriate for the complexity of problems in a college-level course.

For more information about KSU’s General Education program requirements and associated learning outcomes, please visit the topic "University-Wide Degree Requirements" in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.

General Education Assessment Study:

Kennesaw State University is currently engaged in a campus-wide assessment of its general education program.  The purpose is to measure student achievement with respect to faculty defined student learning outcomes.  This course has been selected to participate in the process.  No individually-identifiable student information will be collected as part of the assessment.   Data will be reported only in aggregated form.  Students should know that the data may be used for scholarly work by members of KSU faculty (but only in anonymous and aggregated form).  
For more information on the general education assessment process, please click

Course Description:

MATH 1113 – Precalculus

3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of all Learning Support Mathematics requirements.

This course is an intensive study of the basic functions needed for the study of calculus. Topics include algebraic, functional, and graphical techniques for solving problems with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

  • Model situations from a variety of settings by using polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.
  • Manipulate mathematical information, concepts, and thoughts in verbal, numeric, graphical and symbolic form while solving a variety of problems which involve polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric or inverse trigonometric functions, or vectors.
  • Apply a variety of problem-solving strategies, including verbal, algebraic, numerical, and graphical techniques, to solve multiple-step problems involving polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric equations and systems of linear equations.
  • Shift among the verbal, numeric, graphical and symbolic modes in order to analyze functions.
  • Derive appropriate formulas such as trigonometric and logarithmic identities.

Instructor Information and Policies for this course 

·         Instructor Information:
          Name: Dr. Sarah Holliday
          Office number: KH 3449
          Phone number: 470-578-4923
          e-mail address: shollid4 @ kennesaw . edu

·         Availability for on-campus appointments: Immediately before and after class, and by appointment.  

·        Accommodations for students with disabilities

 "Important notice: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to arrange the necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from KSU Student Disability Services. No requirements exists that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved University process."

·         Course Materials:

Textbook: Precalculus Graphs & Models, 6th edition, by Marvin L. Bittinger, Judith A. Beecher, David J. Ellenbogen, and Judith A. Penna. This is available at the university bookstore and will likely come bundled with a MyMathLab code. [Available as a book and eText]

Technology policy: Students will want access to an internet-connected computer; there are several computer labs for student use (e.g., in the library).  The TI-83/84 calculator is used for this course. You may NOT share calculators during quizzes or exams. The use of cell phones, pagers, text or other messaging devices is not allowed during class.

D2L Brightspace: Course information will be posted on D2L, periodically. 

Online Resource:  MyMathLab (includes access to the complete eText version of Precalculus Graphs & Models, 5th edition). Used for required homework. New books purchased at the KSU and General bookstores should come bundled with a subscription to MyMathLab.  Anyone just wanting to purchase the subscription to MyMathLab (without purchasing the textbook) can either purchase a MyMathLab registration code at the bookstore, or present their plastic online at the MyMathLab website (www.mymathlab.com) to subscribe.  

Instructor’s MyMathLab Course ID:  holliday66963

Homework, Quizzes and Examinations: Homework will be assigned daily, but will not be collected without advance warning. Questions on homework problems can be answered in Office Hours and/or in class. Quizzes will occur frequently, and occasionally without warning. Quiz questions will typically come from homework problems. There will be five in-class examinations, and a final.

Grading Policy: In-class tests will be valued at 10% each, quizzes and take-home assignments will total to 30%, and the final will be valued at 20%.

Absence: If I am contacted with an acceptable excuse before the date of the quiz or exam, then a makeup can be arranged. An acceptable excuse is in writing, contains the student's name, the date of the absence, a signature from a faculty member sponsoring the trip, contact information for the faculty member, and a brief mention of the nature of the trip.


Planned Calendar:  

August 14 M: First Day
August 21 M: Drop/Add ends
September 1 F: TEST 1
September 4 M: Holiday
September 22 F: TEST 2
October 4 W: W Deadline (see below)
October 13 F: TEST 3
November 3 F: TEST 4
November 20-26 M-F: Holiday
December 1 F: TEST 5
December 4 M: Last day
December 6 W: FINAL EXAM at 10:30AM


Students who find that they cannot continue in college for the entire semester after being enrolled, because of illness or any other reason, need to complete an online form. To completely or partially withdraw from classes at KSU, a student must withdraw online at www.kennesaw.edu, under Owl Express, Student Services.

The date the withdrawal is submitted online will be considered the official KSU withdrawal date which will be used in the calculation of any tuition refund or refund to Federal student aid and/or HOPE scholarship programs. It is advisable to print the final page of the withdrawal for your records. Withdrawals submitted online prior to midnight on the last day to withdraw without academic penalty will receive a “W” grade. Withdrawals after midnight will receive a “WF”. Failure to complete the online withdrawal process will produce no withdrawal from classes. Call the Registrar’s Office at 770-423-6200 during business hours if assistance is needed.

Students may, by means of the same online withdrawal and with the approval of the university Dean, withdraw from individual courses while retaining other courses on their schedules. This option may be exercised up until October 4, 2017.

This is the date to withdraw without academic penalty for Fall Term, 2017 classes. Failure to withdraw by the date above will mean that the student has elected to receive the final grade(s) earned in the course(s). The only exception to those withdrawal regulations will be for those instances that involve unusual and fully documented circumstances.

Academic Integrity

Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.  Section II of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities addresses the University's policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards.  Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI), which includes either an "informal" resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct's minimal one semester suspension requirement.

Topic list:
Chapter R: Basic Concepts of Algebra (not in book, but is available through MML)
Chapter 1: Graphs, Functions, and Models
        1.1 Introduction to Graphing
        1.2 Functions and Graphs
        1.3 Linear Functions, Slope, and Applications
        1.4 Equations of Lines and Modeling
        1.5 Linear Equations, Functions, Zeros, and Applications
        1.6 Solving Linear Inequalities
Chapter 2: More on Functions
        2.1 Increasing, Decreasing, and Piecewise Functions; Applications
        2.2 The Algebra of Functions
        2.3 The Composition of Functions
        2.4 Symmetry
        2.5 Transformations
        2.6 Variation and Applications
Chapter 3: Quadratic Functions and Equations; Inequalities
        3.1 The Complex Numbers
        3.2 Quadratic Equations, Functions, Zeros, and Models
        3.3 Analyzing Graphs of Quadratic Functions
        3.4 Solving Rational Equations and Radical Equations
        3.5 Solving Equations and Inequalities with Absolute Value
Chapter 4: Polynomial and Rational Functions
        4.1 Polynomial Functions and Modeling
        4.2 Graphing Polynomial Functions
        4.3 Polynomial Division; The Remainder and Factor Theorems
        4.4 Theorems about Zeros of Polynomial Functions
        4.5 Rational Functions
        4.6 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
Chapter 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
        5.1 Inverse Functions
        5.2 Exponential Functions and Graphs
        5.3 Logarithmic Functions and Graphs
        5.4 Properties of Logarithmic Functions
        5.5 Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
        5.6 Applications and Models: Growth and Decay; Compound Interest
Chapter 6: The Trigonometric Functions
        6.1 Trigonometric Functions of Acute Angles
        6.2 Applications of Right Triangles
        6.3 Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle
        6.4 Radians, Arc Length, and Angular Speed
        6.5 Circular Functions: Graphs and Properties
        6.6 Graphs of Transformed Sine and Cosine Functions
Chapter 7: Trigonometric Identities, Inverse Functions, and Equations
        7.1 Identities: Pythagorean and Sum and Difference
        7.2 Identities: Cofunction, Double-Angle, and Half-Angle
        7.3 Proving Trigonometric Identities
        7.4 Inverses of the Trigonometric Functions
        7.5 Solving Trigonometric Equations