MATH 107 - Precalculus

Centenary College of Louisiana
Wright 110
TR 12:35-1:50 - Spring 2012

Instructor: Dr. Mark Goadrich

Contact Info
104 Wright Building
(318) 869-5194

Office Hours
MW 2-4pm
TR 9-11am
or by appointment

Overview | Syllabus | Homework | Exams | Grading

Course Details


Functions Modeling Change: A Preparation for Calculus 4e
by Connally et al. 2010
ISBN: 9780470484753
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This class is designed to prepare you for a calculus class --- either Math 109 or Math 115 --- or to succeed in the mathematical material in Chem 121. We will prepare you in two ways. First, we will cover the material you need to master to be successful at calculus, namely linear functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions.

Second, we will focus on the practices that are essential to success at mathematical modeling. We will focus on problem solving through a three-part process: representing problems using mathematical formulas, solving equations using symbolic manipulation, and interpreting mathematical results. We will also focus on helping you understand when mathematical arguments are valid or invalid. By helping you explore these practices and make connections between concepts, we will build a strong foundation for your next quantitative class.

While this course does satisfy the core requirement in mathematics, I do not recommend taking this course for the sole purpose of satisfying core.



Quizzes and Participation

You are encouraged to attend class and participate in discussions. Active participation in class discussions will comprise 5% of your final grade.

You will be expected to sign up for a Twitter account and use it regularly to post status updates about the class and your progress in labs and projects with the #math107 hashtag.


Centenary assures students with disabilities equal opportunity to reach the same level of achievement as other students. Strict confidentiality will be maintained on students with disabilities. Services for students with disabilities are available through the Counseling Center, located on the ground floor of Rotary Residence Hall, phone (318) 869-5424.

Honor Code

All students are bound by the Honor System. The Honor System is applicable to all academic work. See the Centenary College Handbook for the complete Honor Code.


Extensions and rescheduling for homeworks and exams are only given when circumstances beyond your control (e.g. being sick, choir or sports travel) prevent you from completing a project on time. You must notify me either by email or phone of your circumstances well in advance of the due date. No extensions are given for requests made within two days of the due date.


I plan to cover the material in the following order, but may change the sections covered or the order depending on class needs.


You will have between 10 and 12 Homeworks in this course, one about every week, for a total of 15% of your final grade. These homeworks will cover concepts we have discussed in class, and will always be due at the beginning of class on Tuesday.

Your homework must be your own work and in your own words. You may discuss concepts and ideas with your classmates, tutors, and others as long as you credit them in your work, but the work you turn in must be your own.

You must show your work on all problems. If you only turn in solutions without work, you will not receive full credit for the assignment, and may receive a zero if this happens frequently.

Each homework will be worth a variable number of points depending on the number of problems assigned. Your score for the Homework section of your final grade will be calculated by dividing the total points you earned by the total points possible.


There will be three exams, each worth 20% of your final grade. The final exam will also be worth 20% and be cumulative; the final exam time is scheduled by the registrar.


Your final grade for this course will be based on the Homework, Exams and Participation described above.
Grading Scale
Participation and Quizzes5%

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