Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

MATH 113

**Summer 2017**

Section 31: 9:50-11:30 in Bakeless 105

Professor: Drue Coles

Email: dcoles@bloomu.edu

Phone: 570-389-4626

Office: 235 Ben Franklin Hall

Office Hours: Mo-Th, 9:00-9:45 and 1:30-2:00

**Text:**
*Precalculus: A Right Triangle Approach*, 6th edition, Lial et al., Pearson, 2017.
Students are responsible for acquiring the course textbook by the first day of class.

**Prerequisite:** College Algebra (MATH 109) or BU Math Placement
Test result for Precalculus

**Course Description.**
Nationally, failure to learn calculus is the most common reason for not completing an
undergraduate program in engineering or the sciences. The purpose of this course is to
prepare you for success in the study of calculus. Topics include linear and quadratic
relations, trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities and
equations, polynomial and rational functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
In particular, we will cover the first seven chapters of the book in the following
order: 1-2, 5-7, 3-4.

**Grading.** Course grades are determined by homework, two exams,
and a comprehensive final exam:

Homework 20% |
Exam-1 25% |
Exam-2 25% |
Final Exam 30% |

Your weighted total will be converted to a letter grade using the following scale:

A 100-92 |
A- 91-90 |
B+ 89-88 |
B 87-82 |
B- 81-80 |
C+ 79-78 |
C 77-72 |
C- 71-70 |
D+ 69-68 |
D 67-60 |
F 59-0 |

**Exams.**
No electronic devices of any kind may be used for any reason during an exam. If you must
miss class on the day of a quiz or exam in order to participate in a university-sponsored
event, attend a job interview, or fulfill some other serious commitment, let me know
*in advance*. I will be happy to accommodate reasonable requests for alternative
testing arrangements in such cases. If a medical emergency or other serious
dilemma makes it impossible for you to inform me in advance, notify me by
email prior to class upon your return.

The final exam will be on Thursday, August 10, our last scheduled class meeting. Please note that the exam will not given on other dates to accommodate individual vacation plans, so be sure not to book a flight until classes are officially over.

**Homework.**
I will assign homework on a regular basis to prepare you for the exams. All of the
assigned problems will come from the end-of-section exercises in our textbook. The
even-numbered problems are required and the odd-numbered problems are recommended. You
will turn in your solutions to the required problems only, and these will be due at the
beginning of our next meeting. Late work is not accepted, but your
lowest homework score will be dropped. I will provide rapid feedback
on the clarity, correctness, and completeness of your work so that you will understand
what I am looking for when grading exams. We will review solutions to some of the
homework problems in class and I will be glad to discuss any of them with you during
office hours.

**Requirements.**
I hope that you will take pride in your work and prepare it with care. Clarity is just
as important as technical correctness in mathematical writing, so take the time that you
need in order to make your work as neat and easy to understand as possible. If that
means rewriting it, then rewrite it. Here are a few specific requirements:

- Include your name and the date at the top of the first page.
- Use standard 8.5 x 11 paper. It can be lined or unlined, but there must be no rips, folds, or frayed edges. Staple multiple pages.
- Organize your work neatly and write legibly. If I have to struggle to read words or symbols then I will stop reading and count the work as incorrect.
- Use a blank line or two to separate logically distinct parts of a problem and leave a little breathing space between solutions to different problems.

Feel free to annotate your work with comments, footnotes, pictures, and/or anything else that you think might improve the clarity of the mathematical ideas you are expressing.

**Attendance.**
I do not require you to come to class. It is your education and I will let you
manage it as you see fit. But please do keep in mind that students who miss
more than a couple of classes almost always fall behind and need to work extra
hard to catch up. Historically, those who miss more than three or four classes
end up needing to withdraw from the course in order to avoid a failing grade.
If you do miss class, I will be glad to let you know what was covered and
suggest how you might best try to catch up.

**Academic Honesty.**
You are permitted to discuss assigned problems with your classmates or anyone else, but
you must write the solutions completely on your own. Simply copying what someone else
said or wrote is a form of plagiarism. Allowing a classmate to copy your work is also
cheating and will be treated in the same way. Academic dishonesty of any kind will
result in a failing grade for the course and a formal filing of the incident with the
University's *Director of Student Standards*. Claiming to have forgotten
or misunderstood course policies will not be accepted as an excuse for
violating them.