U20-141-01 for Spring 1997


Instructor: William V. Thayer

Washington University - University College

Section information:
U20-141-01 meeting on Monday from 6:30 to 9:00 PM in McMillan 349

Campus hours
Near Classroom on Monday from 5:45 to 6:20 PM
Textbook: PRECALCULUS, Fifth Edition by David Cohen

Textbook Material Covered: Chapter one through five.

OPTIONAL AID: Student Solutions Manual To Accompany PRECALCULUS

Additional Materials: Graph Paper and a Scientific Calculator

Prerequisite: U20 Math 140 Algebra or equivalent.

TYPICAL CLASS PERIOD: The first part, twenty to fifty minutes, of class is open for answering questions about the previous assignment including exercises, reading material, or classroom notes. You are encouraged to answer other students assignment exercise questions by presenting chalk board work. While presenting exercises is expected, this communication is not graded. Use this time to experiment with your ability to understand an exercise and convey your understanding to others. Don't worry about any mistakes you may make, that's part of learning. In fact, be the first student that finds and reports a given textbook or answer key mistake.

The second part of class is used to introduce new material with examples and discussion. It is generally assumed that prior to the date listed on the Course Schedule, you took notes as you read from the new section(s). You may wish to include the textbook examples in your class discussion of new material and your instructor will cover these and other examples. Individual communication is not permitted in class when attention is directed to one individual. Some class time is devoted to group problem solving.

HOMEWORK: For each section listed below, read the topics discussed in class and work every other odd numbered exercise (1,5,9,...). Develop your problem solving methods on the first few exercises of a given type then work for speed and accuracy. Complete other odd numbered exercises if needed for mastery. Ask about the stubborn unfinished exercises at the start of the next class meeting! Develop a dogged attitude about doing homework problems on time and frequently review. Each exercise section will take several hours or more. Spread weekly homework over four to six days for best results.

Date / / Topic Section Numbers
Jan. 13 / / 1.1 through 1.4
Jan. 27 / / 2.1 through 2.3
Feb. 03 / / 2.4 through 2.6
Feb. 10 / / First Test
Feb. 17 / / 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3
Feb. 24 / / 3.4 and 3.5
March 10 / / Second Test
March 17 / / 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3
March 24 / / 4.4 and 4.5
March 31 / / 4.6 and 4.7
April 07 / / Third Test
April 14 / / 5.1 through 5.3
April 21 / / 5.4 and 5.5
April 28 / / 5.6 and 5.7
May 05 Final Exam (about half covering chapters five, then general)

TESTS: A test is given after each unit of work as shown above. The tests are composed of the same type of exercises you found in the assignments (80 to 90%) and from material highlighted during class (20 to 10%). Unit tests are graded and returned the next week. Ask for help if you need to develop better test taking skills. The final exam will count as two units.

GRADES AND THE GRADE SCALE: Test grades correspond to percentages of highest raw scores. The final grade is based on the average of test units with the following scale used on each unit.
A 90% - and above,
B 80% to 89%,
C 70% to 79%,
D 50% to 69%, and
F below 50%

Attendance: You are expected to attend all classes. Call me before class if emergency conditions prevent you from attending.

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