University of West Georgia


Course Syllabus

Trigonometry & Calculus for P-8 Teachers (MATH 4753)

Fall 2006


Instructor: M. Yazdani, Ph.D.


Phone: 678-839-4132 

Office: 322 Boyd Building

Conference Hours: 12:00 4:00 M, 11:00 12:00 TR, 3:30 5:30 TR.  I am available at any other time by appointment.

Class Time and Location: 5:30 8:00 R, Boyd 307

Text: Stewart, J., (2003), Single Variable Calculus Early Transcendentals, Thompson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, California. ISBN: 0-495-01613-6


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 trigonometry, 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;

4.     An understanding of the scope and sequence of the P-12 mathematics curriculum.

Course Contents, Part 1, Trigonometry:

Course Contents, Part 2, Calculus:


Class lectures will include the following: presentation of material and concepts, problem solving techniques, and class discussions.

Quizzes will be given periodically through out the semester.

All tests will be comprehensive. 

There is no make up for daily quizzes. There is no make up for the tests unless the student presents a legitimate excuse.




Quizzes              40%

2 tests                  40%

Final Exam         20%


Final grade will be determined by point accumulation as follows:

A =   90% -100%

B =   80% - 89%   

C =  70% - 79%  

D =  60% - 69%  

F =   Below 60%



Larson, R., Edwards, B., (1999), Brief Calculus, An Applied  Approach to Mathematics. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.


Kay, D. (2001), Trigonometry. Cliff Notes, Inc. New York, New York




Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory.

I expect each student to attend all classes and follow university policy.  There are only 5 unexcused or excused absences allowed per semester. If you exceed 5 absences you will fail the course.  Attendance will be checked each class period and it is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheet.

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.


Note: If you have a documented disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as I have outlined and / or if you need special accommodation or assistance due to disability, please contact me as soon as possible.