Course Description: Applications of algebra and trigonometry to the study of elementary functions and their graphs including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Each student must have a graphing calculator. This course is intended for students planning to take MATH 1634 (Calculus I).
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 An Integrated Approach by Knox, May, Mitchell, and Tucker
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: The student’s final grade will be calculated out of a total of 650 points. The breakdown of points is as follows:
quizzes (10 pts each) 100 points
exams (100 pts each) 400 points
final exam 150 points
total 650 points
The grading scale is A 90%-100% 586-650 points
B 80%-90% 521-585 points
C 70%-80% 456-520 points
D 60%-70% 390-455 points
F less than 60% less than 390 points
Quizzes: There will be 12 quizzes given throughout the course, each worth 10 points. Only 10 of the quizzes will count toward your final grade—the lowest 2 quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the semester. Make-up quizzes will not be given.
Attendance policy: 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.
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 reserves the right to collect homework at any time.
Exams: There will be four exams and a final exam. The dates of the exams are:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Monday March 3, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The date of the final exam is Monday, May 5, 2014, 10:30am-12:30pm.
Make-up exams are given at the discretion of Dr. Knox. If an exam is missed, every effort must be made by the student to notify Dr. Knox as soon as possible. (A phone call to Dr. Knox is better than an email in this situation.) NOTE: you are not allowed to use a TI-89 or higher on exams.
Additional Assistance: You are welcome to stop by Dr. Knox’s office at any time during office hours if you have questions or need extra help with this course. Also, the math department offers free math help sessions in Bolin 101. The hours are
A list of math tutors is available from the mathematics secretary in Bolin 118.
See the MSU student handbook for university policies on academic honesty. This can be found online at
Please note that a student with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.