1 Fall 2015 Math 50 Trigonometry Peralta Class Code Berkeley City College Class Time & Location: Thursdays 1:30 2:45pm, Rm 55 BCC and Online at CourseID: pernell04861 Instructor: Kelly Pernell Office Hours: Rm 353 Mon 1:30 4pm, Tue & Wed 1:30 2pm, Mon Thu 12:15 12:30pm after class in the classroom, and Mon Fri, 30 minutes by appointment. Contact Info: Faculty Web site: Moodle site: Textbook and Required Materials To access the course site, you must purchase a MyMathLab access code. You can purchase an access code during the student registration process at the course site This is the fastest, most efficient way to purchase access. Alternatively, you may search online at various outlets like amazon.com for MyMathLab -- Standalone Access Card, 4/E, Pearson Education ISBN-10: X ISBN-13: MyMathLab contains an online version of the textbook. Students can access the e-textbook by clicking on the Chapter Contents or the Multimedia Library button on the left side of the class site. You are not required to purchase a hard copy of the textbook. There isn t much difference between the 9 th edition and the 10 th editions. The library and Learning Resource Centers have copies on reserve for you to use on campus. However, if you would like to purchase your own hard copy of the text, here is the book information: Precalculus, 10th Edition by Sullivan Pearson Education, Prentice Hall ISBN-13: Topics from Chapters 6 9 will be covered. You will need a non-graphing scientific calculator that can do trigonometric calculations.
2 Online Student Registration If you do not have an account already, sign up for a student account at the MyMathLab.com site. If you already have an account, sign in with your login and password information and add a new course. Use the MyMathLab course ID PERNELL04861 and your purhcased MyMathLab access code to enroll in the online course. If you do not have an access code, you can purchase one online the when you login. For more information on MyMathLab registration: This website has instructional videos to help you register and begin working. Course Schedule Please review the tentative calendar/schedule of topics provided inside the MyMathLab course under Assignments. To be successful in this course, most of you should spend at least 7 hours per week outside of class studying the e-textbook, doing interactive media activities, and completing online homework exercises and practice quizzes. Some of you may need more or less time to do well. Please determine what type of mathematics learner you are and study accordingly. Two or three assignments are due each week. Each chapter is divided into sections. Each section has a homework assignment. To complete assignments, I encourage you to first read the etextbook. You can access it within the homework assignment or the Chapter Contents or Multimedia Library of the class site. Next, open and review the Powerpoint presentation -- each homework assignment has one. If an assignment has any interactive media activities, do them as well. Then work on homework problems. If you have trouble on a problem, skip to the next one. Save your work and return later to work on the more difficult problems. We will hold class every Thursday 1:30 2:45pm in room 55 at BCC. During class, I will briefly introduce the topics in the chapter sections you should be working on for the week. If there is time at the end, I will help answer questions you have on homework. I encourage you to take notes while doing homework and ask questions on problems you have difficulty with.
3 Grading Policy A: %; B: 80 89%; C: 70 79%; D: 60 69%; F: 0 59% Your course grade is based on in-class exams, homework verification activities, and participation. The percentage breakdown for each component is as follows: Homework 20% Practice Quizzes 20% Exams 60% I will drop one quiz and one test before calculating your course grade. The lowest scores of each will be dropped. Homework Homework is worth 20% of your course grade. You can find all of your homework under the Assignments section of the site. Please note the due dates located on the left side of each assignment link. You will see that several assignments and quizzes are due on the same day. You should plan on completing approximately 2 assignments per week and a practice quiz just before each exam. You are allowed to work on homework assignments after their due dates. However, a small penalty of 5% will be deducted from each past due assignment. In other words, if do not complete a homework assignment on time, the maximum you can earn on that assignment is 95%. Practice Quiz and Exam questions will be very similar to homework problems. Doing the homework assignments will help improve your scores on exams and practice quizzes. Tips for completing homework assignments: MyMathLab provides you the option of getting help for each exercise and can show you how to do exercises similar to the one you are currently trying to do. Many homework problems contain Show Me an Example and Help me Solve It buttons in the upper right corner of the homework exercise window. You will get sample problems and all written steps that will help you solve the problem you are working on. Just click the Continue button to reveal the step by step work to arrive at answers. Use paper and pencil! Be sure to practice writing mathematics clearly and correctly so that you will be prepared to take written the chapter exams.
4 If you experience difficulty in completing your homework exercises, ask me in class or seek help from a tutor in the BCC Learning Resource Center (Room 112, first floor). Doing homework daily or on a regular basis is better than doing homework only once per week. It helps you stay on top of the course material and makes it easier to study for exams. Quizzes Quizzes are worth 20% of your overall course grade. You will find the Practice Quizzes inside the Assignments section of the site (select, show all or Quizzes and Tests). They are marked with a yellow-orange Q icon. Inside the Assignments section, you can click on the Tests and Quizzes button to bring up all of the quizzes and exams you need to complete for the course. To prepare well for a Practice Quiz, complete all the homework assignments that come before it in the Assignments section of the site. You may take a Practice Quiz as many times as you like. You are allowed to take your Quizzes at home and in class. You do not need to complete the homework assignments before taking a quiz. Some students like to take a Practice Quiz before starting the homework assignments in order to get an idea of what topics they should focus on mastering. The site will always use the highest score from all of your Quiz attempts when calculating your overall course grade. You can review your test results online any time after submitting your exam. Tips: Use separate paper to work out solutions to each problem. Be organized in your writing. Write down the problem numbers next to the work. Don t just use scratch paper. Take the time to review the quiz results. Go over the problems you get wrong using the notes/written work you did while taking the quiz. Save your quiz written work in a separate organized binder or spiral notebook. Study these before taking exams or second attempts on the quizzes. Retake quizzes to earn higher scores.
5 Exams Exams are worth 60% of your course grade. There a total of 4 exams in the course. At the end of the term, the lowest exam score will be dropped in calculating your exam average. Exams will be written exams given on Thursdays in class, 1:30 2:45pm. They will not be administered online. Please bring scratch paper, a pencil, and a non-graphing scientific calculator to each exam. The tentative dates for each exam are: Exam 1: Chapter 6, September 24th Exam 2: Chapter 7 October 29th Exam 3: Chapter 8, November 19th Exam 4: Chapter 9, December 17th Exams will be very similar to homework and quiz questions. The best way to prepare for one is to complete all homework in the chapter and to attempt the practice quiz at least once. Participation While attending class, please help to maintain a decent learning environment. Please be considerate of others. Turn off your cell phones. Try to arrive on time. Sit close to the door if you must leave early. If you are late, please try to find a seat as quickly and quietly as possible. Students who miss more than two consecutive week of class without contacting me to explain their absences may be dropped from the course. Those who perform poorly on an exam then fail to take the next one will be dropped. Cheating Policy Cheating is a very serious offense that I will not tolerate. If you are caught cheating on an exam I will give you a grade of 0% for that exam and also drop your overall course grade by 10%. Both, or all, parties involved will be charged. (No one caught or involved in cheating will earn an A in the course.)
6 Americans with Disabilities Act BCC makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, mental, or learning disabilities. Students should notify the DSPS (Disabled Students Programs and Services) office of any documented special needs. DSPS is located in Room 261. For more information contact Lynn Massey at (510) or (510) or by at If you are in need of accommodation, you should notify your instructors during the first week of class. Student Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will: 1. Apply geometric and trigonometric ideas to real world problems. 2. Compute values of basic trigonometric functions using the right triangle and unit circle approach. 3. Prove identities and solve basic trigonometric equations. 4. Graph trigonometric functions using concepts of amplitude and periodicity. 5. Apply the laws of Sine and Cosine. Justification for the Course: Satisfies the General Education and Analytical Thinking requirement for Associate Degrees. Provides foundation for more advanced study in mathematics and related fields. Satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning component required for transfer to CSUC and some independent four-year institutions. Acceptable for credit: CSU. AA/AS area 4b, CSU area B4.