Course Syllabus Math 1730-017

Fall Semester, 2009

Meeting times:

M,W,T,R 8:00 - 8:55


  BAS S270


Jan Zijlstra, Ph.D.

Office :
e-mail /Phone/Fax:
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Kirksey Old Main 257     (615) 898-2691/5422

Office Hours:

  • Monday : 9:15 - 11:15 and 1:40 - 2:40

  • Tuesday: by appointment

  • Wednesday: 9:15 - 11:15 and 1:40 - 2:40

  • Thursday: 9:15 - 11:15 and 12:45 - 2:45

  • Friday: 9:15 - 11:15 and 1:40 - 2:40
     other times by appointment, please.

Prerequisites: Mastery of high school Algebra (I and II) and Geometry and a comprehensive ACT score of at least 21.
Note: Contact your instructor immediately if these requirements have not been met.
Text: PreCalculus: A Concise Course by Larson and Hostetler.  Houghton Mifflin, 2007. ISBN: 0-618-62719-7.
Calculator: A Texas Instruments TI 83/84 calculator is required for this course.
Purpose: This course is designed to for students to acquire a solid background in algebra an trigonometry with an emphasis on the analysis of functions from an algebraic, numerical, graphical and verbal point of view.  This background should enable students to successfully pass a Calculus Readiness test and subsequently enroll in Calculus I (MATH 1910).
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will have:
1. Developed mathematical reasoning and algebraic problem solving skills.
2. Enhanced their facility with the language of mathematics and their ability to communicate mathematical ideas.
3. Applied modeling skills and function concepts in applied problem situations.
4. Reviewed and extended specific knowledge of topics in Algebra and Trigonometry, including
       equations and their solutions,
       relations, functions and their graphs,
       inverses of functions and relations
       exponential and logarithmic identities and functions,
       trigonometric functions and identities
       systems of equations and the corresponding matrix formulation 
Main topics: This course material consists of selected topics from Chapters 1 through 5 from the text and supplementary materials.
Review materials from the appendices can be found at .
Grading : Approximately 6 Exams     :  100 points each
Comprehensive Final Exam :  200 points

The exams are in-class and consist of open questions, reflective of homework and lab assignments.

The comprehensive final exam covers the materials from the tests as well as concepts from homework and labs.  

Grading Scale: A: 100-90, B+: 89-87, B:86-83, B-: 82-80, C+: 79-77, C:76-73, C-: 72-70, D+: 69-67, D:66-63, D-: 62-60, F: < 60 points.
Absences: Tests can be made up only with a Valid University Excuse, see Student Handbook for details.
  • Recommended self-study time is a minimum of twice class meeting time, about 8 hours per week.
  • If you have a disability that may require assistance or accomodation, or you have questions related to accomodations for testing, note-takers, readers, etc., please contact me as soon as possible. You may also contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (898-2783) with questions about such services.
  • To retain Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter. A grade of C, D, F, or I in this class may negatively impact TELS eligibility. Dropping a class after 14 days may also impact eligibility. If you withdraw from this class and it results in an enrollment status of less than full time, you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship. For additional lottery scholarship rules please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form, review lottery scholarship requirements on the web at, or contact the MTSU financial aid office at 898-2830.
  • August 31: First day of class.
  • September 7: Labor day Holiday - no classes.
  • September 11: Last day to drop with a class without a grade.
  • October 16: Last day to drop with a 'W'. No 'W' will be granted after this date.
  • October 17 - 20: Fall Break.
  • November 26-28: Thanksgiving Holidays - no classes.
  • December 10: Study Day - no classes.August 25: First day of class.
  • Final Exam:Tuesday, December 15 8:00 -10:00 a.m.