Math 5 s d y g Trigonometry Syllabus a f Fall ’08

CLASS MEETINGS:  MTWR 8:00 - 9:10 in ?

INSTRUCTOR: Geoff Hagopian                
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          Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00
          Friday from 9:00 to 11:00

Trig Circle Lengths



CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis course is the first of a two semester sequence (Math 05 and Math 12) preparing students for Calculus.
In this course you will study functions with an emphasis on the trigonometric functions along with topics in analytic geometry. A review of plane and coordinate geometry (chapter 1), is followed by a solid treatment of functions, including their transformations and inverses. This leads to the definitions and graphs of the trigonometric functions, modeling periodic behavior, solving triangle problems with the Laws of Sines and Cosines, the conic sections, parametric equations and vectors.



TEXTBOOKPrecalculus Mathematics for Calculus, Custom Ed., isbn 0495280909.

CALCULATORS:  You are required to have a graphing calculator but may be restricted to a scientific calculator on some tests.

EXAMS: The plan is to have five chapter tests and a cumulative final exam. The point of these exams and projects is to provide an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts covered.  As such, exam problems won’t consist entirely of very familiar homework problems.  Tests are timed to fit the class period.

HOMEWORK: At minimum, read the text, keep up with the assigned homework problems and prepare questions about what you're learning for participation in class. You can expect to learn far more trigonometry at home doing homework than you do in class. If you complete (and thoroughly understand) the homework assignment for each section, you should be well prepared to solve questions on tests and quizzes. At the beginning of each class, I will answer as many questions over the previous night's homework as time allows. Generally, you can expect to study 2 hours outside of class for every hour of class time.  Use the internet site at to get credit for homework. This will be explained in lecture.

QUIZZES:  There will be some (possibly unannounced) quizzes throughout the semester.

GRADE:  Your grade in this class will be a weighted average of your homework, quiz, chapter test, project and final exam scores:

Attendance: 5 pts.
Homework/quiz: 10 pts.
Chapter tests: 55 pts.
Final Exam: 30 pts.


CELL PHONE TYPE GADGETS:  Turn them off during class.  Don't disrupt class with foolish cell chirping. Don't even do the "vibrate" setting: this is not a time for interruptions.


Read the course outline here.