MATH 1113 Syllabus

Subject: Precalculus

Course Objective: Prepare for calculus by learning about and gaining skills relating to trigonometric functions, polynomials, and exponential and logarithmic functions.

Instructor: Dr. S. Hollis


Office: UH 297e   Hours posted online

Textbook: Algebra and Trigonometry, by Abramson, et al., You may purchase the physical book at the bookstore or through Amazon. You may also simply download the free pdf version at . The text may also be viewed online, but for some reason the exercises are not numbered, so it's best if you download the pdf.)

Class Info URL:

Math-Science Tutorial Center: Located in Science Center 132-134.

A graphing calculator is required. The TI-84 is a good choice, but any one that you know how to use will be fine.

Grading: There will be four in-class tests and a comprehensive final exam. Your grade will be calculated both of the following ways, and you will receive the higher of the two scores.

• Four test grades: 20% each
• Final exam: 20%
             • Lowest test grade: 10%
    • Three best test grades: 20% each
    • Final exam: 30%

Policy on make-up tests: In the event that you must miss a test, please contact me via email prior to the time of the test or at least on the same day to arrange to take the test at an alternative time. If you fail to do that, you must go to the office of the Dean of Students and have them verify you missed the test for a valid reason. Then you will be given a make-up exam during the final week of classes, but only if you have scored over 70 on at least one of the previous tests.

Homework: Homework problems from the textbook will be assigned but will not be taken up for grading. There will be opportunity during class for you to ask questions about problems with which you have difficulty. Please help make the class better for everyone by keeping up with the homework and asking questions in class.

You may feel overwhelmed by the number of problems that are assigned. I recommend that you: (1) Spend at least a couple of hours after each class working a sampling of them; (2) Do more over the weekend; (3) In preparation for each test, do any problems you haven't already done and review the rest. Don't get bogged down and frustrated over one type of problem. And please ask questions in class!

If you intend to succeed in this course, it is crucial that you keep up with the homework assignments. Don’t kid yourself into thinking you can let it slide. You need to work on it at least 10 hours every week.

Classroom rules:

  • Cell phones must be OFF or, if it's a matter of life or death, set on vibrate.
  • No earbuds or headphones.
  • No sleeping. Sleepers will be asked to leave.
  • Listen. Pay attention. Take notes.
  • You are encouraged to ask questions! But questions should be specific and on-topic.
  • Don't ask questions about what's going to be on a test. I will tell you what I want you to know about tests in due time. Focus on learning the material.
  • Just act like an intelligent adult who's interested in learning. That pretty much covers everything.


University Policies

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Disability Related Accommodations: Armstrong State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities, as required under federal law. Disabilities may include learning disabilities, ADD, psychological disorders, brain injury, Autism Spectrum Disorders, serious chronic medical illnesses, mobility impairment, communication disorders, vision or hearing loss or temporary injuries. The purpose of disability accommodation is to provide equal access to the academic material and equal access to demonstrate mastery of the material. Students with disabilities must meet all the academic requirements and standards of the class, including the attendance policy. If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services, located on the second floor of Memorial College Center, room 208. You will need to meet with Disability Services Staff, who can help you gather documentation of your disability or refer you to an appropriate resource for assessment. Once documentation of the disability is gathered and approved, Disability Staff will provide you with an Accommodation Letter, detailing the appropriate, approved accommodations, which you should present to me so we can discuss and implement your accommodations. Disability accommodations work best starting at the beginning of the semester, but can be approved and started at any point in the semester. Accommodations start at the time the Accommodation Letter is presented to faculty, within reasonable timelines. Accommodations are not given retroactively. Accommodations are not part of your academic transcript.