Course Details

Course Number: 1534  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 314

Days & Times:

M 8:00-8:50am

TR 8:00-9:20am

Course Attachments


J. Douglas Faires James DeFranza 5th edition
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Michelle Knox   
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Course Objectives

Applications of algebra and trigonometry to the study of elementary functions and their graphs including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

Course Expectations

Prerequisite: MATH 1003 with a grade of C or better, math THEA score of 270, math Accuplacer score of 90, or satisfactory score on placement exam.


Textbook: PreCalculus (5th ed.) by J. Douglas Faires and James DeFranza          

You are also required to have a graphing calculator and bring it and your textbook to class every day.  You are not allowed to use a TI-89 or higher on exams.

Grading Standards

Grading: The student’s final grade will be calculated out of a total of 550 points.  The breakdown of points is as follows:


            quizzes            (10 pts each)                          100 points      

            exams  (100 pts each)                         300 points

            final exam                                            150 points

            total                                                     550 points



The grading scale is     A         90%-100%       495-550 points

                                    B         80%-90%         440-494 points

                                    C         70%-80%         385-439 points

                                    D         60%-70%         330-384 points

                                    F          less than 60%  less than 330 points

Final Exam12/8/2011  8:00-10:00am

Submission Format Policy


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Although attendance does not count as a specific number of points out of your final grade, class attendance is still required.  Attendance will be taken at every class.  Any student who is late to class or who leaves early may be counted absent.   This will result in a zero on any quiz or other assignment for the day.  Any student who misses 7 or more classes may be dropped from the course.

Other Policies

Homework: Homework is not counted as a specific part of your grade and will not be collected on a regular basis.  However, quiz and exam problems are based on homework problems, so it would benefit you to complete every homework assignment.  Dr. Knox will answer questions concerning homework due that day at the beginning of each class.  Dr. Knox reserves the right to collect homework at any time.


Quizzes: There will be twelve quizzes given throughout the course, each worth 10 points.  Only ten of the quizzes will count toward your final grade—the lowest two quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the semester.  For this reason, make-up quizzes will not be given.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.