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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "MA 197-1"
COURSE NAME: "Pre-Calculus "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Daniele Castorina
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 4:30-5:45 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: MW 18.00-19.00 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 TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
PRECALCULUS. Mathematics for Calculus J. Stewart, L. Redlin, S. Watson Brooks Cole ISBN-10: 0840068867, ISBN-13: 9780840068866  any available edition of this book is fine
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
QuizzesThere are going to be 2 quizzes. Each quiz will be based on the most recent material studied in class. Each quiz will be worth 25 percent of the final grade for a total of 50 percent.50%
Final Exam (comprehensive) 50%

-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 student’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

SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
Week 1 to 2Chapter 1 - Review of Intermediate Algebra   
Week 3 to 4Chapter 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 One-to-One Functions and Their Inverses   
Week 5 to 6Chapter 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 8Chapter 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 10Chapter 5 - Trigonometric Functions of Real Numbers   
Week 11 to 12Chapter 7- Analytic Trigonometry