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MATH 1150 Precalculus Mathematics

Instructor Contact:

Jeff Shriner


About The Course:

Roughly speaking, mathematics is composed of two essential components:

  1. Good ideas
  2. Effective communication

Unfortunately, you all have likely taken at least one math course which has done a disservice to one or both of these components. In this course, we will work to value both of these components, which means you should expect to ask (and be asked) lots of questions, explain thought processes and ideas through discussion and writing, and be stretched to think about problems you may have not seen before. Not only are these components the essence of mathematics, but they’re also skills that will get you a job after graduation!


Research shows that people learn mathematics best when they are actively engaged in the material with their peers. In other words, you learn by doing and interacting, not by watching. Since our course is virtual, this will look different than a typical classroom, but there are still ways for you to achieve active involvement with the material.

Though there is some flexibility on when you complete the material, this is not a self-paced course. The course is composed of modules, and you should be completing 2 modules per week (the first module should be completed roughly Monday/Tuesday, and the second completed roughly Wednesday/Thursday, with the remaining time devoted to outside assignments like homework, etc.). A typical module will consist of a lesson presentation, an may also be accompanied by practice problems, activities, and/or a discussion board. There will be de dates for assignments to help you keep the suggested pace.

Learning Outcomes

This course develops techniques and concepts prerequisite to calculus through the study of trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and other functions.

Required Texts:

“Precalculus – A Prelude to Calculus”, 2nd Edition – Sheldon Axler

Grading Rubric:

Midterms 30%
Final Exam 25%
Online Homework 5%
Written Homework 10%
Participation 5%
Problem Portfolio 10%
Quizzes 10%
Reflections 5%

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