

JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY
COURSE CODE: "MA 197"
COURSE NAME: "PreCalculus"
SEMESTER & YEAR:
Summer Session I 2018

SYLLABUS
INSTRUCTOR:
Daniele Castorina
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS:
MTWTH 6:00 PM 7:50 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS:
45
CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
Prerequisite: Placement or completion of MA 101 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS:
MTWTH 12.0013.00 by appointment


COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course provides an introduction to Calculus that focuses on functions and graphs. The properties of absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions will be studied, along with the techniques for solving equations and inequalities involving those functions.

SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course is primarily an Introduction to Calculus I and provides the development of fundamental concepts studied in Intermediate Algebra mainly oriented towards practical applications in business and economics. Particular emphasis will be given on functions as the first step to analyze real world problems in mathematical terms. Registration into che course is by placement or by completion of MA101 with a grade of C or higher.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
To provide students with a strong foundation in order to study applied Calculus.

TEXTBOOK:
Book Title  Author  Publisher  ISBN number  Library Call Number  Comments  Format  Local Bookstore  Online Purchase 
Precalculus  Mathematics for Calculus  Stewart, Redlin and Watson  Brooks/Cole Cengace Learning  9780840068866   Any edition of this book is fine    

REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:

GRADING POLICY
ASSESSMENT METHODS:
Assignment  Guidelines  Weight 
Quizzes  There are going to be 4 quizzes. Each quiz will be based on the most recent material studied in class. Each quiz will be worth 15 percent of the final grade for a total of 60 percent.  60% 
Final Exam (comprehensive)   40% 
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course. BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the studentâ€™s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments. CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings. DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail. FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
This course provides an introduction to Calculus that focuses on functions and graphs. The properties of absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions will be studied, along with the techniques for solving equations and inequalities involving those functions.


ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic
dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred.
In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment,
may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of
academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student
who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from
the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation
to the President, who will make the final decision.

STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap.
Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning
of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


SCHEDULE



Session  Session Focus  Reading Assignment  Other Assignment  Meeting Place/Exam Dates 
Week 1 to 2  Chapter 1  Review of Intermediate Algebra    
Week 3 to 4  Chapter 2  Functions 2.1 What is a Function ? 2.2 Graphs of Functions 2.3 Increasing and Decreasing Functions 2.4 Transformation of Functions 2.5 Quadratic Functions; Maxima and Minima 2.6 Modeling with Functions 2.7 Combining Functions 2.8 OnetoOne Functions and Their Inverses    
Week 5 to 6  Chapter 3  Polynomials and Rational Functions 3.1 Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs 3.2 Dividing Polynomials 3.3 Real Zeros of Polynomials 3.6 Rational Functions    
Week 7 to 8  Chapter 4  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 4.1 Exponential Functions 4.2 Logarithmic Functions 4.3 Laws of Logarithms 4.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations 4.5 Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions    
Week 9 to 10  Chapter 5  Trigonometric Functions of Real Numbers    
Week 11 to 12  Chapter 7 Analytic Trigonometry    
