Department of Mathematics and Physics
Course: MATH 1115 Section: Title: Pre-Calculus Semester: Spring 2019
Classroom: Meeting Times:
Oce Hours:
MATH 1115 Pre-Calculus Syllabus
Catalog Description
Prerequisite: a grade of C (not C - ) or higher in MATH 1110, or placement by the department. Oers the
foundation needed for the study of calculus. Polynomials, algebraic functions, elementary point geometry,
plane analytic trigonometry and properties of exponential functions. 3 credits
Note: This class is taught through the Math Zone in North Hall. For additional information about the Math
Zone, including options for acceleration or challenge exams, please contact Yevgeniya Rivers, Math Zone
Director or Matthew Griffiths, Chair Department of Mathematics and Physics. Additional curriculum infor-
mation and placement information can be found at Math Physics News
Required Materials
The Hawkes Learning software is a required component of this course. You will use Hawkes to complete and
submit your homework, which accounts for 25% of your grade. Textbook bundles that include the software
are available through the University bookstore, Pre-Calculus, by Paul Sisson. Hawkes Learning Systems, 2e,
ISBN 9781941552902 (2015). An Access Code registered in your name is required to use the software. Do
not purchase your materials from an online vendor or another student. These Access Codes may be already
registered to another student, making them unusable. A notebook is required to keep notes during lab and
Each lesson of the software oers three modes:
1. Learn is an interactive presentation of the material found in your textbook and includes instructional
video clips and example problems.
2. Practice gives you access to unlimited practice problems, provides error- specic feedback for commonly
made mistakes, hints for all incorrect answers, and includes an interactive Tutor with Step-by-Step guid-
ance and fully worked out solutions. Note that every question type from Certify can be found in the
Practice mode.
3. Certify is the homework portion of the lesson. After answering the set of questions without exceeding
the available strikes (or lives), you will receive a perfect 100% score for your homework. If you are not
able to Certify in your attempt, you are able to start a new set of questions over again with no penalty. In
the meantime, you may wish to spend more time in the Practice mode before attempting Certify again.
You have unlimited attempts in each lesson to receive full credit before the due date.
Getting Help
Additional videos can be found at Contact Hawkes with any technical questions,
including creating your username and password, nding your Access Code or license number, or completing
your work. Phone support is available Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-10:00pm ET. Chat support is available
24/7. Phone: 1.800.426.9538 Email: Chat:
Assessment Requirements for MATH 1115- 01
Each student is assessed based on a computed point score from 0 to 100. The score is based on exams and
mastery points as follows:
1. Examinations: 55% for four exams (100 pts each) and 20% for the Final Exam (all exams are 100
pts each) You must take the exam with your class as scheduled (or earlier). We recommend at least
one self-assessment with a score of 50% or higher before taking a chapter exam. You must take the
password-protected self-assessment in the Math Zone.
2. Certify: 25% for Certication of lessons achieved through the certify section. You are not required to
complete all learn and practice problems but it is recommended that you spend more time in practice
than in certify (unless you already know the material). While studying and completing practice problems,
utilize the instructors and tutors for assistance. When you Certify you should do so without assistance
treating it as treat a mini practice test.
3. Attendance: Active engagement in classwork and class discussion is an important part of this class. At-
tendance is recorded on Starsh after each class meeting. After 2 absences your Hawkes Learning account
will be inactivated. You will have to come speak with either your instructor or the Math Zone director to
have it reactivated. After 3 absences (excused or unexcused) you will be dropped from the course.
4. Bonus Points: Up to 8 extra points will be awarded. See discussion of exam attempts for more details.
Note: Students who have been found to have violated the rules governing academic integrity will, at the very
least receive a 0 grade on the paper or exam which was the source of the violation, and may be subject to
further penalties as allowed by the University. All students who are suspected of having violated academic
integrity requirements will be reported to the Dean of Students.
Discussion of Exam Attempts
During the semester there are 4 chapter exams and a nal; only 2 attempts per chapter are permitted. The
score of the highest attempt will be used in calculating your grade. All attempts must be completed by Friday
April 27th no later than 4pm. The nal exam schedule may be found at online by logging into MyCharger.
Please ll in below based on the schedule. The Final Exam is on
Date: (mm/dd/yy) at Time: (am/pm).
Note: Only 1 attempt is allowed for the nal exam.
All quizzes and exams are closed book and notes with only an approved scientic calculator allowed. All
chapter exams have a prerequisite set of mastery points. The prerequisite may be waived for the rst attempt,
but not subsequent attempts. The rst attempt for chapter exams must be taken on or before the scheduled
dates or the rst attempt will be recorded as a zero (0). Mastery points will not be deducted as a result of any
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Exam Retake Guidelines
1. You must debrief the 1
attempt with a tutor or instructor before the 2
2. You must take the self-assessment before taking your 2
3. You must earn all the Mastery Points for the 2
attempt; and,
4. You cannot retake a test the same day as your 1
Bonus Points
Bonus points are awarded only in the case of each chapter test rst attempt as follows:
1. For a grade of 75 87.5 you will earn one bonus point toward your Total Point Score (TPS); and,
2. For a grade of 87.5 100 you will earn two points.
Therefore you may earn up to 8 bonus points toward your nal TPS.
Scoring and Course Grades
The letter grade is based on the students total point score (TPS) for the semester. The class letter grade is
assigned based on
TPS Grade
97.5 > 100.0 A +
92.5 97.5 A
90.0 92.5 A
87.5 90.0 B +
82.5 87.5 B
80.0 82.5 B
TPS Grade
77.5 80.0 C +
72.5 77.5 C
70.0 72.5 C
67.5 70.0 D +
60.0 67.5 D
0 60 F
Course Goals and Learning Outcomes
The course provides a seamless transition into a traditional analysis based calculus curriculum. Its primary
purpose is to thoroughly introduce students to the elementary properties of the transcendental functions
encountered in calculus, e.g., the exponential function, the logarithm, and the trigonometric functions. The
course is also designed to build mathematical maturity.
Learning Outcomes:
1. Graph polynomial functions using transformations
2. Recognize the real and complex zeros of a polynomial and their multiplicity
3. Examine the graph of parent functions
4. Utilize equations and models to solve applied problems CC3.1.1
5. Review reasonableness of solutions to applied problems CC3.1.3
6. Solve algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric equations CC3.1.1
7. Create exponential growth and decay models
8. Use fundamental identities of trigonometric functions for equation solving CC3.1.1
9. Develop equations of conic sections CC3.1.1
10. Draw the graph of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their
inverses CC3.1.2
Students will also achieve the following Core Learning Objectives:
11. the student will be able to apply mathematical concepts and principles to solve problems;
12. dierentiate among multiple representations of mathematical information; and
13. assess mathematical reasonableness and consistency.
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Required curriculum content
All sections of MATH 1115 Pre-Calculus will cover, as a minimum, the material from Pre-Calculus, by Paul Sisson.
Hawkes Learning Systems, 2e, ISBN 9781941552902 (2015).
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Sec Textbook Topic Lesson Certication Percentage
Due of Grade
Chapter 4 Polynomial Functions
4.1 Graphs of Rational Functions 5/16 5/16 0.96%
4.5a Rational Functions 5/16 5/17 0.96%
4.2 The Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions 5/16 5/18 0.96%
4.3 Complex Zeros; Fundamental Theorem of Algebra 5/18 5/20 0.96%
4.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra 5/18 5/23 0.96%
Exam - Chapters 3 and 4 - Tuesday May 23 5/23- Exam
Chapter 5 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
3.6 Combining Functions 5/23 5/23 0.96%
3.7 Inverses of Functions 5/23 5/24 0.96%
5.1 Exponential Functions and their Graphs 5/25 5/25 0.96%
5.2 Applications of Exponential Functions 5/30 5/30 0.96%
5.3 Logarithmic Functions and their Graphs 5/30 5/31 0.96%
5.4 Properties and Applications of Logarithms 6/1 6/1 0.96%
5.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations 6/1 6/2 0.96%
Exam - Chapter 5 - Tuesday June 6 6/6- Exam
Chapter 6 Trigonometric Functions, Ch 7 Identities
6.1 Radian and Degree Measure of Angles 6/6 6/6 0.96%
6.2 Trigonometric Functions of Acute Angles 6/6 6/7 0.96%
6.3 Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle 6/6 6/8 0.96%
6.4 Graphs of Trigonometric Functions 6/8 6/9 0.96%
6.5 Inverse Trigonometric Functions 6/8 6/10 0.96%
7.1 Fundamental Identities and their Uses 6/13 6/14 0.96%
Exam - Chapter 6 and 7.1 - Thursday June 15 6/15- Exam
Chapter 7 Trigonometric Identities and Equations
7.2 Sum and Dierence Identities 6/15 6/15 0.96%
7.3 Product- Sum Identities 6/15 6/16 0.96%
7.4 Trigonometric Equations 6/15 6/20 0.96%
Chapter 8 Additional Topics in Trigonometry
8.1a The Law of Sines and Law of Cosines 6/20 6/20 0.96%
8.1b Area of Triangles 6/20 6/21 0.96%
Exam - Chapter 7 and 8 - Tuesday June 18 6/22- Exam
Chapter 9 Conic Sections
9.1 The Ellipse 6/22 6/22 0.96%
9.2 The Parabola 6/22 6/22 0.96%
9.3 The Hyperbola 6/22 6/23 0.96%
Final Exam - Thursday June 22 6/22- Exam Total Certify
Academic Calendar for Spring 2019
Spring 2019 classes start on Monday, August 27 and end on Wednesday, December 19. The last day to drop
classes without any nancial penalty is Tuesday, December 4, and the last day to withdraw from the class,
i.e., to request a W grade is Tuesday, October 30. Semester holidays are on: Labor Day: Sept 3; Fall Break:
Sunday-Tuesday, Oct 21 - 23; Thanksgiving: Wednesday-Sunday, Nov 21-25 .
The Academic Calendar provides a complete list of important dates, and the dates for the Final Exam
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schedules are also available online. Be sure you are logged into MyCharger to view this link.
Further Considerations and Rules
Electronic devices: The use of phones and electronic devices, except in an emergency or unless
otherwise approved by the instructor, is disallowed in class (including all lab classes). The use of
any electronic device, except those explicitly approved for use during any exam, will result in grade of 0
on that exam. If in doubt, please inquire prior to using any electronic device.
Scheduling conicts: It is the students responsibility to contact the instructor concerning any scheduling
conicts which may result in late papers, or other scheduling conicts, e.g., an absence for an exam.
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Department, College and University Expectations and Policies
It is important that students familiarize themselves with a range of policies and guidelines that have been es-
tablished by the Department of Mathematics and Physics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University
of New Haven. These are an integral part of the syllabus for this course.
Adding/Dropping a Class
The nal day to drop this course without it appearing on your transcript is discussed on the
Academic Schedules and Registration web page. After the rst week of class, self-service registration will
not be enabled for students to directly add or drop classes. Students should contact the Registrars oce
directly or the Academic Success Center for assistance with adding and dropping courses during this time.
Attendance Regulations
University attendance policy guidelines require that:
Students are expected to attend regularly and promptly all their classes, appointments, and exercises. While the
university recognizes that some absences may occasionally be necessary, these should be held to a minimum.
A maximum of two weeks of absences will be permitted for illness and emergencies. The instructor has the
right to dismiss from class any student who has been absent more than the maximum allowed. A dismissed
student will receive a withdrawal (W) from the course if they are still eligible for a withdrawal per the university
Withdrawal from a Course policy, or a failure (F), if not. A student who is not ocially registered in the course
is not permitted to attend classes or take part in any other course activities. Students absent from any class
meeting are responsible for making up missed assignments and examinations at the discretion of the instructor.
Students are to adhere to the policy attendance policy guidelines outlined in the University Catalog under the
heading, Attendance Regulations, found online in the Undergradaduate Catalog or alternatively found in the
Student Handbook on pp.4849.
Religious Observance Policy for Students
The University of New Haven respects the right of its students to observe religious holidays that may neces-
sitate their absence from class or from other required university-sponsored activities. Students who wish
to observe such holidays should not be penalized for their absence, although in academic courses they are
responsible for making up missed work. The College provides that,
Instructors should try to avoid scheduling exams or quizzes on religious holidays, but where such conicts occur
should provide reasonable accommodations for missed assignment deadlines or exams. If a class, an assign-
ment due date, or exam interferes with the observance of such a religious holiday, it is the students responsibil-
ity to notify their instructor, preferably at the beginning of the term, but otherwise at least two weeks before the
More information about religious observance policies can be found in the Student Handbook on pp.4849
under the heading, Attendance Policies: Religious Observance Policy for Students.
Withdrawal from a Course
Students wishing to withdraw must submit a request for an ocial course withdrawal in writing using the on-
line Course Withdrawal Form, or alternatively complete and hand in the pdf based Course Withdrawal Form.
The nal date to request a withdrawal is listed in the Academic Calendar. This request must be submitted to
the Registrars Oce and signed by the International Oce if you are an international student. The grade of
W will be recorded, but the course will not aect the GPA.
Incomplete Grade Policy
A grade of Incomplete (INC) is given only in special circumstances and indicates that the student has been
given permission by the instructor to complete required course work (with the same instructor) after the end
Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to assure that the required paperwork and documentation is completed by the deadline.
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of the term. In the absence of the instructor a student should contact the Department Chair. Students need
to examine carefully the changed guidelines pertaining to INC grades, specically:
To remove the INC grade, the student must complete all required course work in timely fashion as stipulated by
the instructor but no later than the end of the following term. Fall and intersession course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the spring term. Spring and summer course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the fall term.
If the course work is not submitted within the allotted time, the INC grade will be changed to an F shortly after
the deadline by the Oce of the University Registrar. Students will be notied via campus email at least two
weeks prior to the change of grade process.
The University policy on incomplete grades is discussed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Incom-
plete (INC) Grade Policy.
Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures
The University of New Haven expects its students to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct.
Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at the University. To know what it is expected, students are responsible
for reading and understanding the statement regarding academic honesty in the Student Handbook. Specif-
ically, students are required to adhere to the Academic Integrity Policies specied in the Student Handbook,
i.e., on pp.6673.
Please ask your instructor about their expectations regarding permissible or encouraged forms of student
collaboration if there is any confusion about this topic. The Department of Mathematics and Physics fully
adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy:
Academic integrity is a core university value that ensures respect for the academic reputation of the University,
its students, faculty and sta, and the degrees it confers. The University expects that students will conduct
themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Please be familiar with
the Universitys policy on Academic Integrity. Please ask about expectations regarding permissible or encouraged
forms of student collaboration if they are unclear.
Coursework Expectations
This course will require signicant in-class and out-of-class commitment from each student. The University
estimates that a student should expect to spend two hours outside of class for each hour they are in a
class. For example, a three credit course would average six [6] hours of additional work outside of class.
Coursework expectations are detailed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Course Work Expectations.
Please note, that MATH 1115 is a 3-credit course, and as such requires a total of 9 hours per week invested
in study and homework for the average student.
Commitment to Positive Learning Environment
The University adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free of
any form of harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, or intimate partner violence. If you have been
the victim of sexual misconduct we encourage you to report this. If you report this to a faculty/sta member,
they must notify our colleges Title IX coordinator about the basic facts of the incident (you may choose to
request condentiality from the University). If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual
assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, or disability please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Caroline Koziatek at (203)-932-7479 or Further online information about is available at Title IX.
Reporting Bias Incidents
At the University of New Haven, there is an expectation that all community members are committed to cre-
ating and supporting a climate which promotes civility, mutual respect, and open-mindedness. There also
exists an understanding that with the freedom of expression comes the responsibility to support community
Please note that study guidelines are important, i.e., there is substantial evidence that shows that the pass rates for students in math courses decrease
dramatically as the time spent on outside study falls below 2 hours of homework per credit per week.
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members right to live and work in an environment free from harassment and fear. It is expected that all mem-
bers of the University community will engage in anti-bias behavior and refrain from actions that intimidate,
humiliate, or demean persons or groups or that undermine their security or self-esteem.
If you have witnessed or are the target of a bias-motivated incident, please contact the Oce of the Dean
of Students at 203-932-7432 or Campus Police at 203-932-7014. Further information about this and other
reporting options may be found at Report It.
University Support Services
The University recognizes students often can use some help outside of class and oers academic assistance
through several oces. In addition to discussing any academic issues you may have with your instructor,
advisor, or with the the courses or department coordinator or chair, the University provides these additional
resources for students:
The Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA)
The Academic Success Center is located in Maxcy 208 for help with your academic studies, or call 203-932-
7234 to set up an appointment.
University Writing Center
The mission of the Writing Center (an expansion of the Writer to Writer peer-tutoring program) is to provide
high-quality tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students as they write for a wide range of purposes and
audiences. Tutors are undergraduate and graduate students and they work with students at any stage in the
writing process; Bring in your assignment, your ideas, and any writing done so far. To make an appointment,
register for an account at
The Math Zone
Please contact the Math Zone if you wish to challenge your Math Placement by taking a Math Challenge Exam
or by taking a Math Post Placement Exam. These are discussed more extensively at http://math.newhaven.
edu/mathphysics/placement_html. The Math Zone also provides a range of tutoring and classroom support
service for students taking development math classes.
The Center for Learning Resources (CLR)
The Center for Learning Resources located in Peterson Library, provides academic content support to the
students of the University of New Haven using metacognitive strategies that help students become aware
of and learn to apply optimal learning processes in the pursuit of creating independent learners CLR tutors
focus sessions on discussions of concepts and processes and typically use external examples to help students
grasp and apply the material.
Accessibility Resources Center
Students with disabilities are encouraged to share, in condence, information about needed specic course
accommodations. The Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) provides comprehensive services and sup-
port that serve to promote educational equity and ensure that students are able to participate in the oppor-
tunities available at the University of New Haven. Accommodations cannot be made without written docu-
mentation from the ARC. The ARC is located on the ground oor in the rear of Sheeld Hall. Sheeld Hall
is located in the Residential Quad area, and can be contacted at 203-932-7332. The ADA/Section 504 Com-
pliance Ocer is Rebecca Johnson,, and can be reached by phone at 203-932-7238.
Information on the ARC can be found at
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Counseling and Psychological Services
The Counseling Center oers a variety of services aimed at helping students resolve personal diculties and
acquire the balance, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their experience at
the University of New Haven. Information about the, Counseling and Psychological Services, is available
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