Math 119 Precalculus, Section 004
Department of Mathematics
Towson University


Fall 2007

Instructor: Alexei Kolesnikov
Office: YR 350
Office hours: Mondays 7-8pm; Wednesdays 2-3pm; Thursdays 3-5pm; or by appointment
Schedule: Class will meet Tuesdays, Thursdays 12:30-1:45pm and Wednesdays 12:30 - 1:20pm. The room is YR 128

The main goal of the course is to provide you with the basic skills you will need in Calculus classes. We will introduce the notion of a function as a general object, and will study more in depth the properties of families of particular functions (polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, and other functions).

TEXT Precalculus, Second Edition, Barnett, Ziegler, Byleen. Publisher: McGraw-Hill.
CALCULATOR You will need a graphing calculator, such as TI-83, in class, for homework assignments, and exams.
GRADING There will be written and web-based homework, three tests, and a comprehensive final examination. The highest two test scores will contribute 20% each toward the final grade, and the lowest score 10%. The written homework will count 15% (the lowest score dropped), web homework 10%, and the final 25%.
TEST DATES Test 1: Tuesday, September 18
Test 2: Tuesday, October 16
Test 3: Tuesday, November 13
Final:  Tuesday, December 11, 12:30-2:30pm
WRITTEN HOMEWORK Written homework will be assigned weekly. It usually will be due on Tuesdays, at the beginning of the class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to make your homework appear on my desk at the start of the class.
WEB HOMEWORK The goal of web homework is to let you practice the routine exercises and give you an immediate feedback in case you are doing something wrong. A typical web homework assignment will have 8 problems. You have up to 6 attempts to solve a problem correctly. If you managed to solve all but one problem correctly, this will still count as full credit for that assignment at the end of the course. Still, it is a good idea to work through all the problems.

The link for web homework is posted on BlackBoard. You can access it either through this page or using the Web Homework button in the BlackBoard site for our course.

COURSE POLICIES Class attendance is expected. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the material and the homework assignment from your fellow students.

You should expect to spend a considerable amount of time working on this course outside of class. At the same time, try to be efficient. If you are spending a lot of time on written or web homework without making much progress, talk to me.

You are encouraged to discuss your homework assignments with each other; however, solutions should be written down (or typed in) separately. You should not read anybody else's homework or show your work to anybody else.

Tests are to be written strictly individually, everyone caught cheating on any test will have his course grade decreased by one letter grade.

Normally, no make-up tests will be given; if for some reason you are not able to take a test, please, let me know as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns about the course, be sure to discuss them with me during my office hours or by appointment.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES Drop without W deadline: Wednesday, September 5
Drop deadline: Wednesday, November 7
Thanksgiving break: Wed-Sun, November 21-25
Last day of classes: Monday, December 10