General information about the prerequisite courses required for ACC calculus courses is found here.
Synonym: 62563, Section: 004, Northridge 4213
Monday / Wednesday 3:00 pm  4:45 pm
Course Content: 
Course Description: MATH 2412 Precalculus: Functions and Graphs (440). This is a course designed to prepare students for MATH 2413 Calculus I. Content includes algebraic, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions and equations; parametric equations; and the polar coordinate system. 

Prerequisites: 
Please make sure you have the necessary prerequisites for this course: MATH 1316 with a C or better or equivalent. Another option is an appropriate secondary school course (one semester of trigonometry or precalculus or the equivalent, including trigonometry) and a satisfactory entrance score on the ACC Mathematics Assessment Test. 

Homework: 
You should bring your homework to class every day. It will be collected regularly. There may also be inclass assignments or quizzes collected for a grade (as part of your homework grade). There will be a penalty on late homework. Homework that is more than a week late might not receive any credit. If you do not follow the instructions that will be announced in class about how to organize and submit your homework, you may not receive full (or any) credit for it. 

Attendance: 
Attendance is required in this course. It is extremely important for you to attend class regularly. I MAY drop you from the course for excessive absences, although I make no commitment to do so. 

Keeping up: 
Please, try to keep up with the homework and with the lecture in class. There just isn't much time to catch up. This means you have to be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to do the homework and to study. 

Course Materials: 
Textbook: Precalculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic, by Demana, Waits, et al., 9th edition Options for book:
Technology: As with any course where either graphing or scientific calculators are used, the calculator will be used as a supportive tool. This course is not about calculator usage, but about precalculus concepts. We will use graphing calculators when their use enhances the understanding of a mathematical idea. Graphing calculators are not required for this course. However, as you progress through the semester you may find it convenient to purchase your own. Individual instructors may vary in how often and in what manner they utilize these types of calculators. Cell phone calculators are prohibited on quizzes and exams. If you do not have a calculator with you, you may go to the library with your student ID and check one out for the day. You may be asked to use something like desmos.com (available as a webpage or a downloadable app) for some inclass assignments. 

Grading: 
There will be 3 exams plus a final exam (part of which will be comprehensive). Grades will be weighted as follows: 

Tests 1, 2, 3 
20% 
each 

Final Exam 
25% 

Homework/quizzes/classwork 
15% 

Sometime after Test 3, there will be a single makeup exam over the material on tests 13; the grade on this exam can be used to replace your lowest grade on the first three tests, up to a maximum grade of 80 if you make complete corrections for tests 13 or 70 without the completed corrections. 

A : 
90% or better and a grade of at least 80% on the final 
D : 
60%  69% 

B : 
80%  89% and a grade of at least 70% on the final 
F : 
below 60% 

C : 
70%  79% and a grade of at least 60% on the final 

W : 
Withdrawn by student or instructor prior to last withdrawal date on school calendar 

I : 
Incomplete grades (I) will be given only in very rare circumstances. Generally, to receive a grade of "I", a student must have taken all tests, be passing, and after the last date to withdraw, have a personal tragedy occur which prevents course completion. An incomplete grade cannot be carried beyond the established date in the following semester. The completion date is determined by the instructor but may not be later than the final deadline for withdrawal in the subsequent semester. 

Withdrawal: 
It is the student's responsibility to initiate all withdrawals in this course. The instructor may withdraw students for excessive absences (4) but makes no commitment to do this for the student. After the last day to withdraw, neither the student nor the instructor may initiate a withdrawal. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decide to withdraw from the class. The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary. The student is also strongly encouraged to retain a copy of the withdrawal form for their records. 

Classroom behavior: 
Classroom behavior should support and enhance learning. Behavior that disrupts the learning process will be dealt with appropriately, which may include having the student leave class for the rest of that day. In serious cases, disruptive behavior may lead to a student being withdrawn from the class. ACC's policy on student discipline can be found in the Student Handbook on the web at: http://www.austincc.edu/handbook 

Class participation: 
All students are expected to actively participate in this class. This can include asking relevant questions in class, participating in class discussions and other inclass activities, helping other students, coming to office hours with questions, and doing other things that contribute to the class. 

Ask questions: 
Please, please, please, if you don't understand something, or you aren't clear about something, or if you think I (or the book) have made a mistake (it has been known to happen), or if you have any other questions, please ask. Don't let confusion accumulate. If you don't want to ask in class, come to my office hours (or call) and ask. It is much easier to ask a question now than to miss it on the test. Trust me, you will get much more out of the class if you become actively involved in it. 

Always show your work: 
It is much more important that you understand the processes involved in solving problems than that you just give me the right answer. If I see from your work that you understand what you are doing, I will usually give partial credit for a problem, even if you made a mistake somewhere along the line. If you don't show your work (unless I believe you could reasonably do it in your head), I may not give you full credit, even if the answer is right. If you can really do something in your head, that's great, but when in doubt, write it down. It is also very important that you write what you mean. I will correct your notation the first few times, but I will start counting it wrong if you continue to write things incorrectly. In addition, please write clearly and legibly. If I can't read it, I won't grade it. 

Time required and outside help: 
To do homework and study requires two or three times as much time outside of class as the time you spend in class in order to succeed in this course. If you need more outofclass help than you can obtain in your instructor's office hours, free tutoring is available in any of ACC's Learning Labs. 
Precalculus  Functions and Graphs, MATH 2412 Student Learning Outcomes (Course Objectives):
Upon successful completion of the course, a student should be able to:
Appropriate use of technology will be encouraged throughout the course.
The General Education Competency of:
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Course Outline and Approximate Calendar:
Please note: schedule changes may occur during the semester.
Any changes will be announced in class.
Week 
Dates 
Sections 
Topics 
1 
8/27/18 
1.1, 1.7, 1.2 
Functions and their properties 
8/29/18 
1.3, 1.4 
Basic functions and combining functions 

2 
9/3/18 
Holiday  no class 

9/5/18 
1.5, 1.6 
Inverse functions and graphing transformations 

3 
9/10/18 
2.1, 2.2, 2.3 
Linear, quadratic, power, and polynomial functions and modeling 
9/12/18 
2.4, 2.5 
Real and complex zeros of polynomials and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra 

4 
9/17/18 
2.6, 2.7 
Graphing rational functions and solving rational equations 
9/19/18 
2.8 
Solving rational inequalities 

Test 1 – Dates to be announced in class 

5 
9/24/18 
3.1, 3.2 
Exponential and logistic functions 
9/26/18 
3.3 
Logarithmic functions 

6 
10/1/18 
3.4, 3.5 
Properties of logarithms, solving exponential and logarithmic equations 
10/3/18 
3.5, 3.6 
Solving equations and modeling with exponential and logarithmic equations 

7 
10/8/18 
4.14.4 
Quick review of basic trigonometry 
10/10/18 
4.5, 4.6 
Graphing trigonometric functions 

8 
10/15/18 
4.7 
Inverse trigonometric functions 
10/17/18 
4.8 
Solving trigonometric problems and simple harmonic motion 

Test 2 – Dates to be announced in class 

9 
10/22/18 
5.1 
Fundamental trigonometric identities 
10/24/18 
5.2 
Review proving trigonometric identities 

10 
10/29/18 
5.3, 5.4 
More trig review 
10/31/18 
6.1, 6.2 
Vectors and dot products in the plane 

11 
11/5/18 
6.3 
Parametric equations 
11/7/18 
6.4, 6.5 
Polar coordinates and polar graphs 

12 
11/12/18 
6.5 
More polar graphing 
11/14/18 
6.6 
De Moivre’s Theorem and roots 

Test 3 – Dates to be announced in class 

13 
11/19/18 
8.1 
Conic sections and the parabola 
11/21/18 
8.2 
Circles and ellipses 

14 
11/26/18 
8.3 
Hyperbolas 
11/28/18 
8.6 
Cartesian coordinates in 3dimensions 

15 
12/3/18 
9.3 
Sequences 
12/5/18 
9.4 
Series 

16 
12/10/18 
Final Exam, Part 1 

12/12/18 
Final Exam, Part 2 