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Syllabus - Math 1113

Course number, name, CRN number, and credit hours: Math 1113, PreCalculus, 3 credit hours, crn 20077

Academic Semester and Year: Spring Semester 2013

Meeting Days & Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00 pm -3:15 pm, Cartersville Campus, Academic Building room 160

Mid-Term Date (Last day to withdraw with a “W”):  The last day to drop the class and possibly receive a "W" is Monday, March 18, 2013.   After this date, a "W" may be issued only in cases of documented hardship (which does not include performing poorly in this class). Applications for hardship withdrawal may be obtained in the center office. 

Prerequisites, if any: Math 1111 with a C or better

Course Description (from GHC Catalog):  This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus, Physics, and related technical subjects.  Topics include an intensive study of algebraic ad trigonometric functions accompanied by analytic geometry as well as DeMoivre's theorem, polar coordinates, and conic sections.   Appropriate technology is utilized in the instructional process. 

Instructor Name, Phone number, E-mail address, office number and office hours  Laura Ralston, 678-872-8115 Cartersville, Academic Building Room 337,;  

Days Time
Mondays 8:30 am -9:15 am, 3:30 pm -4:00 pm
Tuesdays 9:30 am -11:30 am, 2:00 pm -4:15 pm
Wednesdays 8:30 am -9:15 am, 

9:30 am -11:30 am, 2:00 pm -4:15 pm

Other office hours are available by appointment.  Office hours are subject to change without notice.  Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the instructor whenever necessary to discuss course policies or course material

Course Outcomes or Objectives:  The students will interpret and apply mathematical information, concepts, and principles embedded in verbal, numerical, graphic, and symbolic representations.   The students will use appropriate models and quantitative methods to analyze data, explore relationships among variables, and find missing information.

  • Students will be able to solve equations.
  • Students will be able to graph and interpret functions.
  • Students will be able to model problem contexts mathematically to arrive at solutions.
  • Students will be able to appropriately express numbers and algebraic expressions in a variety of ways in given contexts.
  • Students will be able to use appropriate technology  
  • Students will be able to make appropriate graphs to model data
  • Students will be able to interpret data presented graphically


Grading System: Three or four exams and a comprehensive final exam will be given during the semester.  The exams have varying point values  and the final exam will count 200 points.  In addition, students are required to complete three or four take-home projects (typically technology-related)  Failure to complete the take-home projects can hamper your ability to be successful in this course.

Students' averages for the semester will be based on a total of 700-750 points.  The usual grading scale(90%-100% is an A, 80%-89% is a B, etc.) will apply. 

Students who simply quit attending class without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of F in the course.

Students should bring TI-83 or equivalent calculator for all exams.

There is NO EXTRA CREDIT, so please do not ask. 

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled class session.  Since lectures begin promptly at the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late to class.  Roll will be taken at each class session.   There is no distinction between "excused" and "unexcused" absences.

Extended Absence Policy:  Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.  If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% (5 class meetings) of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun (NOTE:  If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.

Early Warning Program: Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP).  The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress.  In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester.  The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

  • Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance (January 18, 2013)

  • Week 5: Evidence of Course Pursuit (February 7, 2013)

  • Week 8: Mid-term Grades (February 27, 2013)

Exam Make-Up Policy:  Students absent for an exam will not be allowed to make up the exam unless they contact the instructor BEFORE the exam.  Students will be allowed to make up the work only under extreme circumstances and no make-up exams will be administered if students do not contact the instructor IN ADVANCE of the originally scheduled exam date.   Make-up exams will be administered on the following dates in room  on the Cartersville campus at 9:00 am:

  • Friday, March 1 in Academic Building Room 322
  • Tuesday, April 30 in Academic Building Room 210

At the end of the semester, all students have the option of replacing their lowest exam grade (including any missed exams) with their percentage average on the comprehensive final exam.  At most one exam grade will be replaced.  If a student misses an exam without making arrangements with the instructor, in advance, that exam grade will be replaced by the final exam average.  Students will receive a grade of zero for additional missed exams (i.e. for exams missed beyond the first one without making arrangements with the instructor in advance).  The take-home project grades will NOT be replaced under any circumstances.  Therefore, any uncompleted take-home projects will count as a zero in the calculation of the students' grade. 

Textbooks and other required books, supplies, supplementary materials, etc.

  • PreCalculus, Blitzer, 2010, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall                                   

                 ISBN-13:  978-0-321-55984-5  (hard cover)

                 ISBN-10:  0-321-55984-3          (hard cover)

                 ISBN-13:  978-1-256-64138-4   (binder format)

           Note:  Bundle is not required for Mrs. Ralston's class.  Only textbook is required.

  •  Access to e-mail and Internet resources --Your GHC email account is the official form of communication
  • Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-83 or equivalent graphing/scientific calculator. Students will use their calculator while participating in class, taking exams, and completing homework exercises. Please note that sharing calculators during graded assignments is not permitted.


Course Outline (Course Contents):  This course will cover Chapter 4: Trigonometric Functions, Chapter 5: Analytic Trigonometry, Chapter 6: Additional Topics in Trigonometry, Chapter 9: Conic Sections and Analytic Geometry


Assignments: Assignments will be given in class, e-mailed to you, and provided on the web as a separate document, at the discretion of the instructor.  You are expected to STUDY, to work problems, to read the assigned material, to become familiar with and use your CD-ROM, and to come prepared to class.  An opportunity to ask questions will be provided each class meeting.    

Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:  Cheating (or even the appearance of cheating) will not be tolerated in this course.  If the instructor suspects a student of cheating, the instructor will notify the student of the allegations outside of class.  Then, the allegations will be referred to the Director of Student Life for appropriate action.  The procedures and penalties implemented both by the instructor and the Director of Student Life shall be in accordance with the college's Academic Integrity Policy, which can be accessed at the following URL:    

Disability Statement: If you feel that you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with me early in the semester.  Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities.  Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms, or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services (SSS) on all campuses.  For more information, please contact one of the following offices:   Cartersville 678-872-8004,  Douglasville or Floyd 706-368-7536,  Marietta  678-915-5021,  or Paulding  678-946-1029

Financial Aid Statement: This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.   Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulationIf a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Children on Campus Policy:  Children of currently enrolled students are allowed on campus only with the direct supervision of that parent.  Children will not be allowed to roam the campus or be left unattended by their parent at any time nor at any location.  Children may be present in an academic class or lab only with the advanced permission of the instructor.  The attending parent will assume responsibility for the behavior of the child.  Children are to follow the same conduct rules of reasonable behavior that apply to regular Georgia Highlands students.

No Weapons Policy:  Georgia Highlands College prohibits all persons who enter the college property from carrying a handgun, firearm, or prohibited weapon of any kind onto the property regardless of whether the person is licensed to carry the weapon or not.  The only exceptions to this policy are police officers, or other law enforcement persons who are on duty, in uniform and or performing in an official capacity. Additionally, this policy also prohibits weapons at any College sponsored functions such as parties or picnics.  Prohibited weapons include any form of weapon or explosive restricted under local, state, or federal regulation.  This includes all firearms, illegal knives, or other weapons covered by the law.  (Legal, chemical-dispensing devices such as pepper sprays that are sold commercially for personal protection are not covered by this policy.)  You are responsible for making sure that any potentially covered item you possess is not prohibited by this policy.  If you have a question about whether an item is covered by this policy, or if you become aware of anyone violating this policy, please report it to Security or Human Resources immediately.

Early Grades Statement: Georgia Highlands College offers a variety of part-term classes to allow students to have flexible schedules.  However, there are only three semesters each year:  Spring, Summer, and Fall.   It is ONLY at the end of each semester that grades are rolled to academic history and become available on the official college transcript.   After each part-of-term, as soon as instructors have entered grades, they may be viewed online through SCORE.   Transcripts may also be requested at any time by logging into SCORE.   Prior to end of term, if a student needs an early grade letter sent to another institution, student may complete a request form and submit it to the Registrar's Office for processing.   Please contact Registrar's Office at if you need any assistance.


Other:  Please turn cell phone on VIBRATE.    

Note: We will have a lot of material to learn in this course and we will have to move swiftly.  Do NOT fall behind.  Be sure to take advantage of the tutorial if you need it.  Other classmates will also prove to be valuable resources.


The instructor reserves the right to change the above plans as circumstances warrant.


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