Location: HEB 2008

Time: TR 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Instructor: Jennifer Guajardo (You can all just call me Jen)

Email: guajardo@math.utah.edu (Please write Math 1050 in the subject line.)

Class website: www.math.utah.edu/~guajardo/Math1050

Office: JWB 115

Phone: 801-581-3901

Office Hours: Tuesday 3-4pm, Thursday 4:45-5:45pm.

Note: I send out frequent announcements to the emails you have registered with the University of Utah. Please check these email addresses often so as not to miss something potentially important.

Important Dates: Write these dates in your calendar!!!

Exam 1: Tuesday, February 12

Exam 2: Thursday, March 13

Exam 3: Thursday, April 10

Comprehensive Final: Tuesday, April 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Prerequisites:

Math ACT score of 23 or better, or a grade of C or better in Math 1010. This means that you should come in here knowing how to manipulate variable expressions, work with simple linear equations, graphs, fractions, exponents, and know the basic properties of simple geometric shapes. The first few class meetings will be review of this material. If you find you are struggling with the review, you may want to drop down and take Math 1010 over again. I especially recommend this for students who have not taken a Math class in a number of years, say 3 or more years.

Required Materials:

- Textbook: "Precalculus", Larson/Hostetler (7th edition). You can purchase an e-book edition of this text at the bookstore for $82.90 or the actual hard copy for $108.25. If you want to pay less than this, find the text at an internet site that sells textbooks. Some of my favorites are:

- You may use a scientific calculator for your
homework.
HOWEVER, I will not allow the use of calculators on quizzes, exams, or
the final unless we are working on a section where they are absolutely
necessary.

Contents:

We will cover the material in Appendix A, Chapters 1-3, and Chapters 7-9. These chapters cover:

- functions, inverses and graphs
- polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions
- systems of equations, inequalities, and matrices
- applications of the above
- arithmetic and geometric sequences and series

Expect to spend at least 2 hours on homework per one hour of class time. This means that you should be spending at least 8 hours per week on homework, especially if you struggle with mathematics.

Homework problems will be assigned from each section and a non-predetermined subset will be graded. I will have a grader for the homework and I will instruct this person to give a grade of zero if the following homework instructions are not followed.

- The homework solutions you submit should be written neatly and in an organized manner. Generally, solutions to math problems require a sequence of steps, rather than scattered ideas that are brought together at the end. As you present a solution, it should be easy for a reader to follow how one step leads to another. The examples in the text are good guides to follow in this regard, as are any examples I may work in class. Some problems may be difficult and require multiple attempts before finding a successful strategy. Use scratch paper for scratch work, and only include the successful attempt on your submitted homework.
- Your homework must be written up in pencil. Homework
written in pen will not be graded.

- Your solutions should be clearly labeled and in order. If
multiple sheets are required to complete an assignment, label each
sheet with the name of the assignment and the section you are currently
working on and
**STAPLE**them together. Finally, please write your name, the date, and the assignment number on the front page.

- Your written solutions should contain enough explanation so that
one of your classmates would be able to easily understand what you have
done and so that a grader is convinced that you know what you are
doing. Generally, it is inadequate to merely write down a final answer.
If you use a calculator to perform a computation, write down all work
you have done up to that point, and then write "Calculator" (without
quotes) to indicate that the next step was performed by a
calculator. I would recommend that you attempt your
homework without a calculator as they will not be allowed on exams.

- You are encouraged to study and work together on homework
assignments. However, each of you must submit your own assignment.
Everything you submit should be in your own words and you should
thoroughly understand everything you write down.

Note: This is your homework. So, when you ask someone else for help, please do not expect them to do all of the work for you. Also, if you have not read the section from the book (so you have no idea what the lesson is), then you can't expect someone to be able to help you. You must have tried to help yourself before anyone can help you. If you are working on your homework in the Math Lab, please bring your book with you so that you have a lesson with examples to refer to. Also, it is not fair to the tutor to expect them to have all of your formulas and lessons memorized. Remember, they are doing you a service. Please be respectful of that.

Quiz Policy:

There will be quizzes given at the beginning of the Tuesday class, except on the first day of class and on test weeks. The problems will be similar to the homework and examples done in class. No make-up quizzes will be given, but the lowest one or two quiz grades will be dropped at the end of the semester. Please write neatly in pencil, show all of your steps, and circle your answers on any quiz. No calculators will be allowed unless I specifically say they are needed.

Exam Policy:

Three exams will be given. Students must bring a valid ID to the exam. There will be no make-up exams, UNLESS a student can provide verifiable evidence that he/she has a significant illness or serious family crisis that will prevent him/her from attending. Except under extremely unusual circumstances (i.e. jail or car accident), you must inform me in advance of the missed test. In the event this happens, you are expected to promptly make arrangements with me to make up the test. Please write neatly in pencil, show all of your steps, and circle your answers on any exam. No calculators will be allowed unless I specifically say they are needed.

Grading:

Your grade will be based on the following:

Homework |
10% |

Quizzes |
15% |

3 Exams |
15% each |

Final
Exam |
30% |

The grading scale for this course is:

A |
92.1 -
100 |
C |
72.1 - 76 |

A- |
89.1 - 92 |
C- |
69.1 - 72 |

B+ |
86.1 - 89 |
D+ |
66.1 - 69 |

B |
82.1 - 86 |
D |
62.1 - 66 |

B- |
79.1 - 82 |
D- |
59.1 - 62 |

C+ |
76.1 - 79 |
E |
< 59 |

Expectations:

- Show up to class on time. There will be weekly quizzes and no make-ups are allowed for any reason. If you are late, then you will have less time to work on the quiz. Attendance will not be taken, but regular attendance is necessary to succeed.
- Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating during a test or quiz, then your test or quiz will be taken from you and you will receive a grade of 0% for that particular test/quiz and possibly the course.
- Calculators,
cell phones, ipods, laptops, etc. will not be allowed during exams or
class. Please turn these devices off during all classes.

- Do no do anything to disrupt the learning/testing of others. This includes, but is not limited to, eating loud food or candy, having an mp3 player on, having your cell phone ring, etc. Please put all electronic devices on silent mode when in class.
- I insist on the use of a pencil for all mathematical work. In Math, mistakes happen, but I expect you to be able to erase these mistakes on a quiz or an exam. Please practice writing neatly in your homework and boxing your anwers. This will help the quality of your work on a quiz or exam. I expect you to take pride in your work and present your work in a legible fashion. If it is not, then I will be unable to read it and therefore, unable to grade it. This is no more than would be expected in the workforce, and is therefore good practice.
- Be
proactive about your education. After all, you or someone else is
paying a lot of money for you to learn valuable skills. So, ask
questions when you do not understand; either in class, after class, in
office hours, by email, or at the tutoring lab.

- If
you know you are going to be absent for any part of the semester, make
arrangements with me before, not after.

Withdrawals:

You may withdraw from the class without consulting anyone and without a tuition penalty until Wednesday, January 16. The last day to withdraw from this class with tuition penalty is Friday, February 29.

Mathematics Tutoring Center:

The Mathematics Tutoring Center offers free, drop-in tutoring to students enrolled in Math 1050, amongst others. The tutoring center and adjoining computer lab will be open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday - Thursday and 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday. The tutoring center is closed on the weekends and University holidays. The tutoring center also offers weekly group tutoring sessions for 5 or more students (by request) to serve students more effectively. If you are interested in this, you can schedule a meeting time at the tutoring center.

ADA Statement:

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that reasonable accommodations be provided for students with physical, cognitive, systemic, learning, and psychiatric disabilities. Please contact me at the beginning of the semester to discuss any such accommodation you may require for this course.