Mathematics 150
Elementary Functions
Autumn 2011
MWF 8:20 AM  9:40 AM,
Ovalwood 206
Instructor: Mirel
Caibar 

Webpage:
http://www.math.ohiostate.edu/~caibar/teaching.html 
Office: Ovalwood 367 

Email: caibar@math.ohiostate.edu

Office hours: 
Monday 9:40  10:40 AM, in
Ovalwood 367
Wednesday 4:00  5:00 PM, in the Math Lab
Friday 10:00  11:00 AM, in Ovalwood 367
or by appointment

Textbook: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 5th OSU
Custom Edition, by Stewart/Redlin/Watson, Cengage, ISBN 1111207801.
Alternate Textbook: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 5th edition,
by Stewart/Redlin/Watson, Thomson, ISBN 0534492770.
Course: Math 150 is designed to introduce students to some of the basic
aspects of the elementary functions (rational, exponential, logarithmic
and trigonometric). We
will cover Sections
2.12.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.43.7, 4.14.5, 5.1, 5.2, 6.16.4, 7.17.5
and 8.3. You are expected
to attend the lectures, and read the appropriate sections of the text,
each
week.
Homework Assignments: Homework
problems will be assigned at the end of each lecture. Homework will not
be collected and graded, and therefore will not be part of your final
grade. However, it is strongly recommended that you do your homework
regularly  otherwise you will be at a serious disadvantage in quizzes
and exams. You are encouraged to ask any questions about homework
problems during my office hours.
The Math Lab: I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the
Math Lab in the Conard Learning Center. I have scheduled one of my
office hours (Wednesday 4:00  5:00 PM) in the Math Lab.
Quizzes: A short quiz will be given
at
the beginning of some of the lectures. There will be five quizzes in
total. Their tentative dates are 10/05, 10/12, 10/26, 11/02 and 11/16.
Each
quiz will consist of problems selected from the most recent
homework assignments. At the end of the quarter your lowest quiz score
will be dropped.
Midterm exams: There will be two
midterm exams. Their tentative dates are Wednesday October 19th and
Wednesday November 9th. Each midterm exam will take the place of one
lecture. Absence from an exam (midterm or final) will be excused
if you can
provide verifiable and convincing evidence that you have a significant
illness or serious family crisis that will prevent you from attending.
In such a case, you are expected to make arrangements promptly with me
to make up the exam.
Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive, and will
take place from 6:00pm to 7:48pm on Monday, December 5th.
Grading Policy: Your grade will be based on
Quizzes

20%

Each Midterm

20%

Final exam

40%

The expected grading scale is
Grade

A

A

B+

B

B

C+

C

C

D+

D

E

%

90

86

82

78

74

68

64

60

54

50

049

Calculators: A graphing calculator
is a required component of this course. The Texas
Instruments TI83 is suggested. Calculators with computer algebra
capabilities, such as the TI89 or the TI92 are not permitted in
quizzes, in the midterms or in the
final exam. Laptops and PDAs are also not allowed.
GEC statement: This
Mathematics course can be used, depending on your degree program, to
satisfy
the Quantitative and Logical Skills category of the General Education
Requirement (GEC). The goals and learning objectives for this category
are:
Goals: To study the conceptual
foundations of precalculus mathematics and to develop the computational
and problem solving skills needed for that purpose.
Learning
objectives:
Understanding the basic properties of “elementary” functions:
polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and
inverse trigonometric; modeling reallife situations in terms of these
functions.
Academic
integrity (Academic
misconduct): Academic
integrity is essential to maintaining an environment that fosters
excellence in teaching, research, and other educational and scholarly
activities. Thus, The Ohio State University and the Committee on
Academic Misconduct (COAM) expect that all students have read and
understand the University's Code of Student Conduct, and that all
students will complete all academic and scholarly assignments with
fairness and honesty. Students must recognize that failure to follow
the rules and guidelines established in the University's Code of
Student Conduct and this syllabus may constitute "Academic misconduct."
For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct
(http://studentaffairs.osu.edu/resource_csc.asp).
Statement
for students with disabilities: Any
student who needs an accommodation based on the impact of a disability
should contact Michelle McLane at the Office for Disability Services,
to privately discuss his or her specific needs. Please contact Michelle
by phone at (419) 7554304, by email at mclane.15@osu.edu, or stop by
her office, C100G, located on the first floor of the Conard Learning
Center.
Drop/Withdrawal Statement: It is the student’s
responsibility to know the deadlines for dropping a course or
withdrawing from the University. Term drop & withdrawal
deadlines can be found at: http://registrar.osu.edu/ (click on the
current term under “Important Dates” and scroll down to
ADD/DROP/WITHDRAW DEADLINES). If you receive financial aid, you
should always talk with a financial aid specialist prior to adjusting
your schedule. If you stop attending a course but do not drop it,
you risk receiving a failing grade which could negatively affect your
GPA and your financial aid status. You can call 4197554317 to set up
an appointment with an academic advisor or a financial aid specialist
in 104 Riedl Hall.
Last day to drop a class or withdraw without a “W” on your permanent
record: 3rd Friday of each quarter.
Last day to drop a course or withdraw without
petitioning: 7th Friday of each quarter.
Retention:
The Ohio State UniversityMansfield is committed to the success of
students. If you are having academic or personal difficulties,
you can contact the Student Life and Retention area for information or
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