Math 8B - Second Half of Precalculus - Course Info Sheet - Fall 2015

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881 hhh.gavilan.edu/rlee
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; and by appointment made in person.
Textbook: Precalculus, 2nd ed., 2011. Sullivan & Sullivan, Authors. Prentice Hall, Publisher.
Prerequisite: Math 8A with a grade of C or better is required.
Calculators: This course is an excellent opportunity to learn the usefulness and capabilities of a calculator and it is expected that you will learn those capabilities when doing your homework. Calculators are NOT allowed on quizzes and exams. Calculators are valuable tools and the successful completion of this course will require a conceptual understanding of the course material and the ability to accurately set up and solve problems.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. When in class, please turn off your phone and put it away. It is the student's responsibility to initiate and complete the process if they choose to drop the course.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special
Needs:
Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course
Objectives
and Goals:
As a student in this class, you will continue to develop important skills in algebraic manipulation and problem solving at the college level. Topics will include trigonometric functions and their inverses, identities, and equations; applications of trigonometry, vectors, complex numbers, polar and parametric equations; conic sections; sequences, series, induction; and an introduction to limits.

We will cover selected topics from the book at approximately one to two sections per class meeting.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Quizzes. 15% of grade.
  2. Three in-class midterm exams. 60% of grade.
  3. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 25% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Homework: Doing homework is the most important part of the class. When you're doing your homework, be honest with yourself about when you're looking up answers instead of learning how to solve problems. Success in this class requires doing problems on your own, getting stuck, asking informed questions, and learning how to solve problems. Homework problems will be reviewed briefly at the beginning of each class period. Occasionally, a homework assignment may be collected and graded for correctness, completeness, neatness, and presentation.
Quizzes: Make-up quizzes will not be given. There will be quizzes, announced and unannounced (pop), based upon the homework. Quiz grades will be based upon your problem solving methodology, correctness, completeness, and neatness. Partial credit is minimal. All quizzes are closed book, closed notes, and calculators are NOT allowed.
Exams: The three midterm exams will be given on the following dates:
September 30 October 28 November 23
Make-up exams will not be given. Mark these dates in your calendar. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework. Exam problems may require synthesis of more than one concept. All exams are closed book and closed notes, no calculators. Partial credit will be given but to pass this class you must be able to solve problems and get the right answer.
Final Exam: Monday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Room PS 102. Without exception!
"My performance was a product of my preparation." Matthew Mitchum, Olympic Gold Medalist.
Last update on August 26, 2015.