TITLE: MAC 1147H Honors Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry CREDIT HOURS: 4

CLASS TIME and ROOM: TR 9:00am-10:50am, Room SR 258

TEXT: OpenStax Precalculus Openstax

PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern


E-mail: ;

OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

CALCULATORS: You are not required to have a graphing calculator that supports the graphing of a function of one-variable, however I do recommend that you have one that calculates sin, cos and tan. If you plan on buying a graphing calculator, we strongly recommend any of the TI-84 models or similar, since these will be required in MAC 2311 as well as in STA 2023. For the most part, the use of calculators will not be allowed during quizzes, tests, nor exams.

PREREQUISITES: MAC 1105 Minimum Grade of C or ALEKS-P-Total score 65 .

SATISFIES: 1) CORE: Group B of Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning, 2) Gordon Rule-mathematics, computational,

CONTENT: Polynomial, rational, and other algebraic functions; trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; piecewise-defined functions. Properties and graphs of functions. Polynomial and rational inequalities. Trigonometric identities. Conditional trigonometric equations. Conic sections. Solutions of triangles. Vector algebra. Parametric equations. Polar coordinates. Matrices and determinants. Sequences and series. Mathematical induction. Binomial theorem. Applications. This is a General Education course.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be mostly run in a lecture style format though the instructor encourages discussions and questions concerning the material. Some days will be used for collaborative efforts. A detailed list of homework problems and assignments will be kept on my webpage. Though the homework will only rarely be collected and graded, the student is expected to do all the problems as this will aid in the student's understanding of the material. The student is encouraged to ask questions during class. Please come to office hours if you have additional questions about the homework.

TEXTBOOK: We will be using the open source book found at The main reason I have chosen this book is that it is free for the students, though I do encourage you to donate $10 or so to the company. I have not worked through the whole book yet and so I cannot attest at this point in time whether everything is accurate. The plan is to go through most of the book (Chapters 3-11). I will also present material on some topics listed above in CONTENT that are not covered in the book, e.g. induction. Throughout each section there are problems titled "Try It". The answers to these can be found in Appendix B. At the end of each section there is a collection of problems. At the end of the chapters the students will find a review of the chapter, some more problems, and a practice test. The answers to the odd numbered exercises can be found in Appendix C.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. If a student misses a class meeting it is his/her responsibility to obtain the class notes either from another student or from the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours. However, the latter usually means the student will be given the sections that were covered. If a student has 3 unexcused absences, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter grade. If a student misses 5 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by two letter grades. If a student misses 7 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by three letter grades, etc. All tests will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I, and only I, have the right to agree to giving a makeup test.

EVALUATION: Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to gain and lose points. The most common examples of gaining points (but not limited to) are through the homeworks and assignments, daily/weekly quizzes, three tests, extra-credit problems, class participation, class attendance, and a final exam. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking a quiz or test, not turning in an assignement, not presenting, poor class participation, or an unsatisfactory attendance record. At the end of the semester if the student's (net) point total is greater than or equal to 90% of the total possible number of points, then the student will have earned an A. The rest of the grades are as follows 80%-90% B, 70%-80% C, 60%-70% D, below 60% F.

For a general sense of the course (this is an approximation): final exam 25%, each test (x3) is 10%, attendance 15%, quizzes 20%, other (including participation) 10%

The official gradebook will be kept by the instructor. Canvas will not be used for offical grade-keeping.

EXAM SCHEDULE: Here is the schedule for the two tests and final exam.

Date Day Event
September 18th Test #1 Tuesday
October 18th Test #2 Thursday
November 15th Test #3 Thursday
December 11th Final Exam Tuesday 7:45am - 10:15am
Each test/exam will be cumulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. The quizzes will cover material since the previous quiz. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered over the quizzes and tests.

Policy on Accommodations. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), students who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and follow all SAS procedures. SAS has offices across three of FAUís campuses -- Boca Raton, SU 131 (561-297-3880); in Davie, LA 131 (954-236-1222); in Jupiter and all Northern Campuses, SR 111F (561-799-8585). Disability services are available for students on all campuses. For more information, please visit SAS website at

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DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to change/alter/add/delete any statement from this syllabus in hopes of creating a more enjoyable/equitable course.