Precalculus 2

MATH 127

Internet Based

Section I 01

Term: Spring, 2006 (January - May)
Revision: 26 De 05
Credits: 3
Class Time: Two lectures weekly.
You should set aside several definite times each week to work homework.
Instructor: Frank Daniels
Instructor e-mail address: You need to know this!
Frank Daniels
Great Basin College
Ely Branch Campus
2115 Bobcat Drive
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3589 (office)
(775) 289-3599 (college fax)

Textbook: Precalculus: Functions and Graphs, Tenth Edition, by Swokowski and Cole.
ISBN 0-534-99990-5.

This book may be ordered through your outlet of choice.
This is the same textbook that we used for MATH 126.

Recommended: Student Solutions Manual, by Jeff Cole, ISBN 0-534-99995-6.

Class Conditions:

  1. You must be using a Windows-based system.
  2. You must have Microsoft Word 7 or higher on your system -- including the Equation Editor and know how to use MS Word.
  3. You must have your own access to the Internet through a commercial provider.
  4. You must have your internet access software installed and working. This class does not teach how to set up the access software.
  5. You must have an Internet user (or login) name if you are using the GBC Computer labs. You will obtain this from your lab.
  6. You must have a Web browser. The class assumes you are using Netscape version 7.2 or Internet Explorer. You need an e-mail account somewhere to send and receive feedback. The class assumes that you know how to properly use e-mail and your browser.
  7. You must have a WebCT account. You should receive one automatically. If this does not happen by January 27th, call Pat Phillips at (775) 753-3511 to set one up.
  8. If you are unfamiliar with the operations of a computer, you should not take this course.

Class Description:

Prerequisite: MATH 126 or equivalent, recently.
A continuation of MATH 126, intended for students who are majoring in a science field or mathematics or who are going on to Calculus. This is the second half of a two-semester sequence. The two semesters together satisfy the math requirement for a bachelor's degree. The second course includes the study of periodic functions, their graphs and applications; analytic trigonometry; the coordinate geometry of lines and conics; matrices; mathematical induction; sequences and sums -- chapters 5-7 and some of chapters 9, and 10 in our textbook.

This course is NOT "self-paced". It is considerably difficult, but if you succeed in keeping up and ask questions about material that you do not understand, you will succeed. Remember that you have a "live" instructor who will answer your questions -- this is not a correspondence course.

Course Objectives:

The student will begin immediately where MATH 126 left off and will study several new concepts. The work will be more detailed than in the earlier courses. The successful student will master all major concepts in Trigonometry and advanced material.

Instructional Methods:

Each week, there will be assigned readings from the book, which will be contained on each course lecture. I will provide lectures on the central points in each section that we cover. Portions of these lectures will be written with Microsoft Word, using the Equation Editor.

Feel free to ask questions on the phone, via e-mail, by fax, or by attaching MS Word files to e-mail. E-mail is the preferred method of communication. I plan to answer all questions within 24 hours.

Homework Policy:

If you don't do homework, it is unlikely that you will pass the course. However, homework will not normally be collected for a grade. The student is expected to do half of the problems from each section that we cover. Test problems will be similar but not identical to those in the book. Occasionally (see below), I will ask that you turn in your homework to be graded. When I do this, you should submit your homework as MS Word files, attached to an e-mail message. Alternatively, you may fax your homework to the college.


The class is graded on four tests and various assignments, as follows:
4 tests, each worth 35 points. Genearlly, these will be "chapter tests" and will occur as we conclude a chapter. A link will be provided from the lessons to each test. These tests are normally due at 5PM Pacific Time on the Monday following the date when they appear. Check the information in the lessons for specific dates. Most test problems will be difficult enough that you cannot simply copy something from the book, although you should remember that the methods are generally the same. Consequently, no test will be longer than 14 questions. You will mail your completed tests back to me as attached files.

5 homework assignments, each worth 20 points. These will be assigned at various times during the semester and will include a subset of the textbook homework assignment. As with the other material, you will write the homework in MS Word and attach the file to an e-mail message. Homework must be completed on time.

1 Final Exam, worth 60 points. The test will be cumulative, covering all of the course material. It will appear like the other tests online as an MS Word file, and you will complete it over the weekend. It will contain no more than 28 questions. Special: If you have an "A" average (90.000% or better) going into the final, you do not have to take the final exam, but you must still hand in the final homework.

Therefore, the total number of points available for the semester is 300 points. The number of points required to obtain each grade is as follows:

A 270
B+ 255
B 240
C+ 225
C 210
D+ 195
D 180
F 0

Academic Integrity:

The Nevada System of Higher Education expressly forbids all forms of academic dishonesty, including (but not limited to) all forms of cheating, copying, and plagiarism. Students who are discovered cheating will be assigned zero points for the current assignment. If the cheating is believed to be widespread -- to involve other students and/or to cover more than one assignment or test -- then all students involved will receive "F" grades for the course and will be brought to the GBC Academic Officers for prosecution. I will normally recommend that students found guilty in that instance be placed on one year disciplinary probation.

Starting from scratch:

This class is accessed from the Internet. Therefore, there has to be some pre-knowledge. I need to have you send me an e-mail message telling me you are ready to begin, and you need to do this by January 27th, 2006. If you need to find some help to get started, you can always e-mail or phone me at the college building.

Getting started:

  1. Purchase the book ahead of time.
  2. Have your Internet access installed and ready. Know your user name.
  3. Become acquainted with the WebCT environment. The course material will appear in the Calendar.
  4. Familiarize yourself with MS Word and the Equation Editor.
  5. Get your WebCT account set up.
  6. Retrieve your first lesson, which will be posted as a web page in WebCT. If you have not heard from me by January 27th, write to me immediately via e-mail!
  7. Read the book and lecture material for week 1.
  8. PLEASE ask questions about any material that you find difficult to understand!
You must not take this course if you have not had MATH 126 or the equivalent within two years

Good luck!

All lessons are 1999, 2006 Frank Daniels
and are licensed to Great Basin College