Description: Precalculus is a preparation for calculus which includes a thorough review of algebra. Emphasis will be on functions and their applications; in particular, polynomials, rational functions, exponentials, logarithms, and trigonometric functions.
Prerequisites: A qualifying score of 61% on the mathematics placement assessment (MPA), unless you began attending UConn prior to Fall 2016. Students who fail to achieve this minimum score are required to spend time on the preparatory and learning modules before re-taking the MPA or register for a lower level Mathematics course. Not open for credit to students who have passed MATH 1120, 1125Q, or 1131Q. Students may not receive credit for this course and MATH 1040Q.
Homework and WebAssign:
|WebAssign Homework: To access the homework you will have to go through Huksy CT single sign-on. On the HuskyCT page for your discussion section you will find a link to do your homework using WebAssign. There will usually be 2-3 homework assignments per week. Each assignment will be made available on WebAssign several days before the section is covered in class. The due date for each assignment will be set by your instructor and will generally be two or three days after the material is covered in class. You will get five attempts at each problem. After each attempt, you will be told whether your answer is correct or not. If you are not able to get the correct answer after your initial attempts, we recommend that you seek help from your instructor, your TA (if applicable), the Q-Center, a tutor, or another student. When accessing your online homework, use Firefox or Chrome as your browser; there are problems that can occur if you use Internet Explorer or Safari. There will be no extensions of WebAssign homework except in extenuating circumstances with proper documentation. Your lowest WebAssign score will be dropped at the end of the semester.
Written Homework: Throughout the semester, you will have written textbook assignments and worksheets due in discussion. You can find the assignments under the “Learning Activities” link above, and the due dates are listed in the course outline. There will be no late work accepted except in extenuating circumstances with proper documentation. Your lowest score will be dropped at the end of the semester.
Quizzes: Quizzes will be given during your discussion session most weeks beginning with the third week of classes. There are no make-up discussion quizzes; if you miss a discussion session then you will miss the quiz. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped at the end of the semester.
|Clickers will be used in the lectures. You must register your i>clicker by visiting the link through the lecture section of your instructor in HuskyCT.
Warning: The web version of i>clicker (Apps for iPhone, Android, etc.) will not work in the classrooms. This clicker will work in other courses that require clickers. The clickers will only be used during the lectures on an intermittent basis so you should always bring your clicker to lecture.
If you are not present or do not have your clicker with you when the clicker questions are asked, you will not earn the clicker points for that session.
|Discussion Worksheets and Homework||10%|
|Clickers (Large lectures)||5%|
|Exam 1: (Tuesday October 4, 6-8 PM or 9-11 PM)||20%|
|Exam 2: (Tuesday November 8, 6-8 PM or 9-11 PM)||20%|
|Final Exam: (Wednesday, December 14, 3:30-5:30 PM)||25%|
The common midterm exams will be held on Tuesdays (10/4/16 and 11/8/16) 6-8 PM or 9-11 PM in rooms that will be listed under exam info. When you registered for this course, you also registered for an exam time, so you are required to be available at these times. Make-up exams are not provided. You should put the exam dates into your calendar. If you work, you should make plans to be available for the exams. Graphing calculators (TI 82, 83, 84, 84 plus, 85 or 86) can be used on the exams. Models TI-89 and above (including TI-Nspire) ARE NOT permitted on the exams or quizzes.
- If you’ve taken precalculus before, be warned — this course is harder. We will cover more, and it will be more in-depth, than what you’ve done before. This course is only recommended for students going on to take calculus and students who have scored at least a 61% on the mathematics placement assessment (MPA) exam.
- Don’t miss class! Each day builds on the previous days, so if you miss class, you will get behind very quickly. If you do get sick or have to miss class, talk to your classmates and instructor to catch up before the next class. The outline for the course that is available using the link above will provide you with information about the topics to be covered in discussion and lecture.
- Watch videos and do worksheets (see Precalculus Math Resources and Math 1060Q Learning Activities). The videos and worksheets cover some of the most difficult and/or critical concepts.
- Seek help early if you encounter any difficulty! Some resources for help are your instructor’s or TA’s office hours, the Q-Center, a tutor, and other students.