Syllabus for College Now Precalculus, MAT172

Professor Sormani, Fall 2007


Mondays and Wednesday 4:05-5:55pm:
Text: R. Larson and R.P. Hostetler Precalculus, Houghton Mifflin Company 6th Edition (pick up at 189 Carmen Hall before Wed class)
Supplies: A spiral notebook of graph paper for notes. A cheap scientific calculator with buttons for sin, cos, tan, Ln, and Log.
We have 28 lessons to prepare you for calculus. Be ready for a fast fun course that will challenge you like never before.
If you've never seen the movie "Stand and Deliver", rent it now and watch it with your family so they know what you're up to.
Homework: Odd problems have answers in the back of the text so you can check your work before proceeding to the next problem. On random days the professor will verify that the homework has been worked on. Working with study partners can make homework easier and more fun. Help is available at the Math Lab Gillet Hall 222 Monday-Thursday, and in my office, Gillet 200B, Monday and Wednesday 2-4pm. You may also email me questions: sormanic at member.ams.org Special graded homework projects are part of the final grade.
Grading: Exam I is 20%, Exam II is 20%, Classwork is 5%, Homework is 5%,
Functions Project, Inverses Project, Unit Circle Project, Credit Card Project are 5% each totalling 20%,
The final is 30% of the grade.
Math Circle: Members of the Lehman CollegeMath Circle will attend the first hour of lectures marked with a *. You may invite your friends to these lectures, but please be sure they get permission from their parents. Lectures marked with a *** may be attended by senior members of the Lehman College Math Circle who have already completed precalculus on a college level. Friends of yours taking calculus may wish to attend such lectures.