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1 Course Syllabus for Math 205 College Math I, Online Summer 2010 This is an online course accessible at: Instructors names: Dr. Ophir Feldman Dr. Emma Smith Zbarsky Office locations: Ira Allen 212 (Dr. Feldman) and Ira Allen 216 (Dr. Smith Zbarsky) Office hours: To be decided. Online office hours will be linked to through Blackboard. address: Credits/hours: This is a four credit course, Course Description: Algebra and trigonometry, including algebraic fractions, systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, literal equations, word problems and their solutions, right triangles and vectors. Applications will be stressed. Prerequisite: High School Algebra II Required Textbook: Sullivan, Michael. Algebra & Trigonometry. 8th ed. New Jersey:Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: X (online) or (print+mml) Course ID for MyMathLab: On the course ID is feldman52594 (see additional MyMathLab handout). The College Bookstore: Location: 103 Ward Street, Boston, MA Telephone: Course Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to: Add, subtract multiply and divide real numbers, complex numbers, and polynomials with real coefficients. Compute using the laws of exponents, including n th roots. Factor any polynomial of degree two or less and certain higher order polynomials. Recognize, state, and solve linear and quadratic equations. Compute the distance and the midpoint between two points. Recognize and graph equations in two variables on a Cartesian plane. Recognize and graph (x a) 2 + (y b) 2 = c 2. Solve problems involving proportionality. Solve 2 2 systems of linear equations by substitution and by elimination. 1

2 Recognize, compute with, and convert between decimal degrees, degrees/minutes/seconds, and radians. Compute sin θ, cos θ, tan θ, csc θ, sec θ, and cot θ for general angles θ. State and use both the law of sines and the law of cosines. Solve triangles, given sufficient data. Perform basic arithmetic on vectors including adding, subtracting, and multiplication by a scalar. Instructional Methodologies: This course will be mainly lecture-based by means of online video lectures. You are encouraged to read the textbook, and expected to participate by asking and responding to questions on the class blogs. There will also be frequent homework to practice the skills we cover as well as quizzes and exams to assess your progress. For individual attention, you are encouraged to attend office hours and to take advantage of the tutoring available through the Center for Teaching and Learning and through MyMathLab. Calculators: Calculators and in particular, graphing calculators - are not required for Math 205. Calculators will not be allowed during quizzes or exams. They may be used to help complete certain homeworks. Proctors: Since this is an online course, non-local students may be allowed to take their exams offcampus. However, in order to do so you must find a proctor (librarian, professor, teacher, clergyman) or proctoring center on your own and pay any costs incurred. Before you can use a proctor you must provide contact information for the proctor at least two weeks prior to the first exam date and they must be approved by the course instructors at least one week prior to the exam. If you are local, there will be at least one time slot available for each exam on campus proctored by one of the instructors. This will not require prior approval. Attendance Policy: Please see the discussion under Grading Policy. Grading Policy: Attendance/Participation Group Quiz 10% Homework 10% Individual Quizzes 10% Midterm 1 20% Midterm 2 20% Final Exam 30% 2

3 There will be 23 or 24 homework assignments, one corresponding to each lecture. This means at least two per week, on average. The due dates for homework, and the dates for quizzes and midterm exams may be tailored to individual students, especially for those who start the course after May 15. The attendance and participation grade will be based on the effort put into weekly writeups of individually assigned problems, to be posted on the class blogs. This includes comments and corrections directed at other students problem solutions. Wentworth Grading System: A A B B B C C C D D F <60 Add/Drop Period: The add/drop period for day students ends on Friday of the first week of classes. Dropping and/or adding courses is done online. Courses dropped in this period are removed from the students record. Courses to be added that require written permission, e.g. closed courses, must be done using a Drop/Add form that is available in the Student Service Center. Nonattendance does not constitute dropping a course. If a student has registered for a course and subsequently withdraws or receives a failing grade in its prerequisite, then the student must drop that course. In some cases, the student will be dropped from that course by the Registrar. However, it is the students responsibility to make sure that he or she meets the course prerequisites and to drop a course if the student has not successfully completed the prerequisite. The student must see his or her academic advisor or academic department head for schedule revision and to discuss the impact of the failed or withdrawn course on the students degree status. Make-up Policy: Since this is an online course, any inability to complete the work by the assigned due date will result in a grade of zero for that assigned work. In the event of illness or other legitimate and verifiable circumstances, contact the professors as soon as possible for approval and determination of a revised personal schedule. Academic Support: The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) assists all Wentworth students with academic challenges in the areas of math, science, technical courses specific to majors, and writing. The CTL is a supportive and safe learning environment for students looking to improve or maintain their academic standing. In this student-based learning environment, students can receive individual help with their studies, meet and work in study groups, or go on-line to find resources to assist them in meeting their goals for academic success. It includes tutors in many subjects, online writing assistance and workshops. For face to face tutoring, make appointments at or through Lconnect. The CTL also offers an online tutoring service at - Please register for this service during the week of 05/24/10-06/01/10. 3

4 Academic Honesty Statement: Students at Wentworth are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, inventing false information or citations, plagiarism, tampering with computers, destroying other peoples studio property, or academic misconduct (Academic Catalog). See your catalogue for a full explanation. Student Accountability Statement: Cheating on homework, a quiz, or an exam will result in a zero for that activity. Repeated cheating will be reported to the Institute and will result in an F in the class. Plagiarism is cheating. If you do not understand what plagiarism is in the context of a mathematics course, please come talk to me before you cross the line. To promote academic honesty, a random number of exams will be selected and photocopied before being returned to students. All exams and tests are closed book unless otherwise specified, so please put all your books, laptops, cell phones, ipods, etc... out of sight during tests and exams. Furthermore, talking or looking away from your paper during a test or exam is strictly prohibited. Leaving the classroom for any reason during a test is also prohibited. Disability Services Statement: Any student who thinks s/he may require a disability-related accommodation for this course should contact the Disability Services Office as soon as possible. Disability Services coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. They are located in Watson Hall 003 (the Counseling Center) and can be contacted at or Note that it is also your responsibility to contact us privately as soon as possible to arrange for such accommodations in a timely manner. For more information on acceptable documentation and the Disability Services process, visit the Disability Services website at 4

5 Class Schedule: May R.2 Algebra Essentials, R.4 Polynomials, Quiz 1 R.5 Factoring Polynomials May R.7 Rational Expressions, Quiz 2 R.8 nth Roots; Rational Exponents May 29-June Linear Equations, 1.2 Quadratic Equations, Quiz 3 & 1.3 Complex Numbers Midterm 1 June 5-June Problem Solving, Quiz Distance and Midpoint Formulas June 12-June Graphs of Equations in Two Variables, Quiz Lines, 2.4 Circles June 19-June Variation, Quiz 6 & 12.1 Systems of Linear Equations (2 2 only) Midterm 2 June 26-July Angles and Their Measure, Quiz Right Triangle Trigonometry July 3-July 9 4th of July Break July 10-July Computing the Values of Trig. Functions of Acute Angles, Quiz Trigonometric Functions of General Angles July 17-July Applications Involving Right Triangles Quiz The Law of Sines July 24-July The Law of Cosines Quiz Vectors July 31-Aug 6 Review Period & Catch-up Aug 7-Aug 13 Review Period & Catch-up Final Exam 5