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Pre-Calculus 1

This course covers fundamental topics of algebra, including: polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, and
their graphs; system of equations; inequalities; and curve sketching.

This is a hybrid class. In-class 70%- [5 Tests (100 pts ea.) ]
Computer 30%- graded homework. No retakes of tests.
If you miss a Test you have 1 Calendar week to make it
up, or receive a grade of "0". It is the student’s responsibility
to arrange make-up of missed tests. *Maximum of One
Make-up assignment per Student per quarter. $5 charge

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE - Cover Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 10

  Monday   Wednesday   Thursday
Sept. 21 1.1; 1.2; Sept. 23 1.3; Sept. 24 1.4;
Sept. 28 1.5; Sept. 30 1.6; 2.1; Oct. 1 2.2;
Oct. 5 2.3; Oct. 7 Test Ch. 1 8 2.4; 2.5;
12 2.6; 14 2.7; 2.8; 15 3.1;
19 3.2; 3.3; 21 3.4; 22 Test Ch 2
Oct. 26 3.5; Oct. 28 3.6; Oct. 29 4.1; 4.2;
Nov. 2 4.3; Nov. 4 Test Ch 3 Nov. 5 4.4; 4.5;
9 4.6; 11 Holiday 12 4.7; 4.8;
16 4.9; 18 10.1; 19 Test Ch 4
Nov. 23 10.2; Nov. 25 Holiday Nov. 26 Holiday
Nov. 30 10.3; Dec. 2 10.4; 10.5; Dec. 3 10.6;
Dec. 7 10.7; Dec. 9 10.8; Review Dec. 11 Final Test {S.A.S.E.}

The usual homework assignment is to do the on-line MyMathLab section corresponding to the section covered in class. To open a
homework assignment you must have scored 60% or better on the previous section. You may work on the missed questions in a
homework assignments as many times as you wish, the due date is to help you be ready for in-class tests, HW grades not final until
the end of the quarter.

Course Objectives The Student should be able to:
a. Define a function including range and domain
b. Find composite & inverse functions
c. Use distance & slope formulas
d. Use Synthetic Division
e. Find the Real and Complex Zeros of a Polynomial
f. Graph Functions
g. Find the equation of a line; & a circle
h. Recognize and apply transformations of functions
i. Solve equation involving Logarithmic & Exponential
j. Demonstrate and use a Graphing Calculator; (used for
tests & Assignments).
k. Apply alternative mathematical techniques, from a
historical; perspective where appropriate
l. Understand how this mathematics is used in other
fields and occupations
m. Understand the use of this mathematics cross-culturally

Gen Ed Learning Values & Outcomes:
Critical Thinking: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge
within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and
validated and th be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among
• Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific
• Identify, interpret and evaluate pertinent data and previous
experience to reach conclusions.
Mathematical Reasoning: Understanding and applying concepts of
mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts.
• Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles
• Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to
solve problems.
• Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for
example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).
• Communicate mathematical information effectively.
Technology: Understanding the role of technology in society and using
technology appropriately and effectively.
Use computer software & graphing calculator appropriate to the
context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information,
solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Optional Paper Book: Pre-Calculus: Concepts through Functions, A Unit Circle Approach to Trigonometry By Sullivan,
Sullivan, III Prentice Hall Value-Pack ISBN# 0131347470 NOTE: this book is also used in Math 142& (112) The full textbook is
on-line; so it is not necessary to purchase a paper book. Please see the information on MyMathLab in the next paragraph. Graphing
Calculator Required;
You will be expected to use it on tests {TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-83 Silver Edition, TI-84, TI-84 Plus, or TI-84 Silver Edition.
Recommended} Graph paper and *S. A. S. E. - 1 Self Addressed Stamped Envelope {Any audible ringing during tests will result in loss of points}
For enrichment in this class we will be using an online system called MyMathLab. Over one million students have improved their mathematics
skills with MyMathLab's dependable and easy-to-use online homework, guided solutions, multimedia, tests, and e-Books. To use MyMathLab
you need an access code. Access Code Options Please select one of the following options:
• purchase a new textbook that includes the Access Code from the SVC Bookstore = Val Pack
• purchase a used textbook and purchase the Access Code from the SVC Bookstore
• purchase no textbook* and purchase the Access Code only from the SVC Bookstore
• *NOTE: the enhanced electronic version of the textbook is on-line and available via your Access Code.
To register in CourseCompass/MyMathLab you will need: Computer Lab access is part of your registration fee.
• A computer capable or running MyMathLab and a good Internet connection. The computer lab on campus is set-up for this.
• A valid E-mail Address - we will communicate via e-mail so you will need to put a working e-mail address in
CourseCompass when you sign up. Use the email address that you look at the most often, doesn’t have to be your FREE SVC acct.
• The Course Name is MATH& 141AW Pre-Calc I Fall 09
• The Course ID is grimshaw52054
• School zip code
• 98273 -Mount Vernon b. 98277 - Whidbey Island Campus, South Whidbey Center, San Juan Center
• Institution Name: Skagit Valley College
• Student Access Code - This individual, course-specific 6-word code is needed for registration as a CourseCompass student.
Your Student Access Code is packaged in a CourseCompass Student Access Kit with your book or available from the
CourseCompass website. The kit includes a card with a pullback strip that reveals the code. This code can be redeemed only
once---at the moment of registration. The kit also includes instructions on how to register online for CourseCompass and enroll
in the course.
• Once you have registered for our class in MyMathLab, send yourself an e-mail to make sure we can communicate through this
site. In MyMathLab you will find: assigned homework is under the Do Homework button; assigned exams are under the Take a
Test button; practice Tests are under Study Plan. I look forward to working with you.

How to logon to your account in the SVC computer classrooms; labs and FREE e-mail account:
Your user name (same as BlackBoard): 1st initial, last name, last 4 of SID [Student not social ID entification Number]
For example: Name: John Smith SID: 835-22-1234 The username would be: jsmith1234
Your password is created from a combination of your birthday, your first, and last name.
For example: Birthday: 01/01/1980 Name: John Smith The password would be: 010180JoSm
(Birthday in MMDDYY format + capital first letter of first name + lower second letter of first name + capital first letter of last name + lower second letter)
You may access your free mysvc E-mail account [same user name and password] from off campus

Student Academic Dishonesty Procedure
Students found cheating on homework, quizzes or examinations will receive an E grade for the assignment and procedures for
disciplinary action may also be initiated. Cheating includes (among other things) copying another individual's work
(or allowing someone to copy your work), or allowing another individual to do homework, a quiz or examination for you.

Plagiarism - Definition: Plagiarism is presenting as one’s own, intentionally or not, someone else’s words, ideas, conclusions,
images, or data, without specific acknowledgment. This includes, but is not limited to presenting the source’s language without
quotation marks (with or without citation); paraphrased language that is not cited; and/or language that is cited, but insufficiently
paraphrased. If students have questions about citation, acknowledgment, paraphrasing, or specific course standards related to
plagiarism, they should consult with their instructor BEFORE submitting assignments that may contain questionable material.
Consequences: If it is determined that a student plagiarized any portion of an assignment, s/he can receive a failing grade for the
assignment. S/he will fail the course in which the plagiarism occurred if the course instructor determines that the plagiarism is
repeated or serious in nature. In these cases, a student has the right to appeal the course grade via the student grievance process.
Since plagiarism is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, all incidents of plagiarism on which an instructor takes action are
reported to the office responsible for student discipline. The college may take disciplinary action in addition to any academic penalty
assigned by instructors. If a student is found responsible for repeated or serious plagiarism offenses, s/he may be suspended or
expelled from the college in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct, WAC 132D-120-080. Disciplinary decisions may be
appealed via the disciplinary appeals process described in the Code of Student Conduct, WAC 132D-120-230.

EXTRA CREDIT: Extra credit is given at the instructor’s discretion and involves opportunities available to
all students in the class.

FINAL COURSE GRADES: or after Grades are unofficial until processed by Registration. Students are
strongly recommended to keep all graded work/tests until they have verified the accuracy of the final grade for
this course on their transcripts.

INCOMPLETE GRADES: Incomplete grades will generally not be given; however, life can intervene, so if
you feel you have adequate justification for an incomplete grade please contact me before the last week of the
quarter and we can discuss the options. Also please understand that incomplete grades are given at the
discretion of the instructor.

At SVC, you may withdraw from a class without instructor approval through the sixth
week of the quarter. After that time, your instructor must sign a special withdrawal card. [hardship
withdrawal] Your instructor will sign only when there is a documented emergency such as a serious illness,
accident, or death in the family.

Guests and children are not allowed in the classroom without prior approval from your instructor.

STUDENT WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: If you are a student with a disability, please contact Disabled
Student Services in the Counseling Center to arrange accommodations. SVC and your instructor are
committed to making every effort to meet students’ needs; please call the Counseling office at 360-416-
7654 [Mt. V] or Carol Funk-Counselor at 679-5351 for assistance or her assistant Penny Bump at 679-5393--
thanks and make an appointment to request access services.”

EMERGENCIES AND WEATHER: Listen to radio and TV stations for SVC emergency and weather
announcements: In Anacortes, KLKI 1340 AM; in Bellingham KPUG1170 AM, KGMI 790 AM, KISM
92.9 FM, KAFE 104.3 FM, KVOS-TV Ch. 12; in Mt. Vernon KBRC 1430 AM, KAPS 660 AM, KSVR 91.7
FM (SVC radio station); and in Seattle KIRO710 AM, KOMO 1000 AM. KIRO-TV CH. 7, KOMO-TV Ch. 4.

EQUITY STATEMENT: In this course, faculty and students will support equity by
Valuing differences in people, culture, and ideas.
Hearing people out, with open minds, while still reserving the right to disagree.
Acting respectfully toward fellow students, faculty, and campus property.
Not tolerating sexual harassment or degrading ethnic, sexist, or homophobic remarks, actively seeking to
discourage or prevent such behavior.
Reading and upholding SVC policies on student and faculty rights.

CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT: No one has the right to interfere with the learning process in the
classroom. To decrease distractions, please observe the following:
Reserve private conversations for outside of the classroom. Avoid whispering, laughter unrelated to class
activities, or other distractions during student or instructor presentations. These are ineffective behaviors.
You may bring snacks and drinks into the classroom if you clean up after yourself; however, avoid eating an
entire meal during class. Be quiet and discreet about eating/drinking. Otherwise, food rights many be
If you carry personal electronic devices (pager, cell phone, for example), turn them off while you are in
class. Emergency/ personnel may be exempted from this rule (See your instructor.) Headphones/personal
music players should not be used during class.