MATH 4753-01W

Fall Semester 2003
Course Name: Trig & Calculus for P-8 Teachers Office Number: 322 Boyd Bldg.
Instructor: Dr. Angela Barlow Office Hours: T R 8:00 - 10:00 or by appointment
E-mail: abarlow@westga.edu Telephone: O: 770-836-4352 H: 770-836-5202
Web Page: www.westga.edu/~abarlow/

Course Objectives: After completion of the course, the student will demonstrate the following:
  1. an understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols associated with trigonometry and calculus;
  2. a better understanding of fundamental concepts in trignometry, including angle measure (degree and radian), trig ratios, identities, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, solving triangles, and graphing trigonometric functions; 
  3. a better understanding of fundamental concepts in calculus, including limits, continuity, derivatives and their applications; and
  4. an understanding of the scope and sequence of the P-12 mathematics curriculum.
Note: The "W" following the course section number signifies that this course is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course.  WAC is based on the premise that students learn most effectively and thoroughly about a subject through writing about it.  Thus WAC encourages writing intensive courses in all disciplines ranging from philosophy to physics.  WAC accepts as a guiding principle the idea that writing is a valuable tool for learning and communication. Therefore, the writing components of a course so designated are designed to help you learn the material and communicate what you have learned.  Through various methods of integrating writing as a tool for both learning and communication, the student will be better able to succeed both academically as well as professionally.

Texts:
Evaluation:
Tests
Quiz 1 (September 9, 2003)
25 pts
Midterm (October 7, 2003)
100 pts
Quiz 2 (October 30, 2003)
25 pts
Final (December 9, 2003)
100 pts
Project
Part One:  Journal (Writing-to-Learn assignments)*
50 pts
Part Two: Assignments (Writing-to-Learn assignments)*
50 pts
Part Three: Paper (Writing-to-Communicate assignment)*
50 pts
Total Points Possible
400 pts
*Additional information on each of these assignments is available in the project description.
Note:  Additional Writing-to-Learn activities will include quick-writes and admit/exit slips.

Grading Policy: A (360 - 400 pts), B (320 - 359 pts), C (280 - 319 pts), D (240 - 279), F (0 - 239 pts)

Note: Assignments, projects, etc. that are not turned in by the assigned due date will be assessed a late penalty.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. This term a student may withdraw with a grade of W through October 9th, regardless of grades, absences, etc. This deadline has been established by the University. After this deadline, if a student has accumulated more than four absences throughout the semester, he/she will normally receive a grade of WF. (A grade of WF counts as an F.) The four absences should be saved for sickness and other emergencies. Late arrivals and early exits count one-half of an absence. If a student is absent for a test and has an excuse from someone in authority, then the student will be expected to complete a make-up exam within one week of the original test date. Students who maintain a perfect attendance record (i.e. no excused or unexcused absences) will have 5 points added to their Total Points at the end of the semester.

Suggested Problems:  For each section covered in class there will be a set of problems provided.  These are not homework problems in the sense that they will be taken up and graded.  Instead, these are problems that are recommended for you to work in order to be successful in the class.  If you have questions concerning the  suggested problems, you should address these questions to the instructor during office hours, before or after class, or during the review session prior to the test.

Conferences: Conferences can be beneficial and are encouraged. All conferences should occur during the instructor's office hours, whenever possible. If these hours conflict with a student's schedule, then appointments should be made. The conference time is not to be used for duplication of lectures that were missed; it is the student's responsibility to obtain and review lecture notes before consulting with the instructor. The instructor is very concerned about the student's achievement and well-being and encourages anyone having difficulties with the course to come by the office for extra help. Grades will be based on coursework, not on Hope Grant needs, GPA, or any other factors outside the realm of coursework.

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