Math 104 - Precalculus - Dr. Kelly Aceves
|Professor:||Dr. Kelly Aceves|
Welcome to Math 104: Precalculus. This class is designed to give a strong foundation of techniques used in the Calculus sequence along the STEM pathway. It is a fast-paced class that covers lots of topics in the 16 weeks of class.
The only required synchronous meetings will be exam dates and have been listed in the course schedule. The exam dates are on the following Thursdays: 3/9, 3/30, 4/27, and 5/25 from 1:00 – 3:25 pm. The final exam is on Thursday, 6/1, from 1:00 – 3:25 pm. All exams, including the final exam, will take place in Seco Hall 204 on the Valencia campus. Those with appropriate documentation can arrange in advance to take the exam in the TLC Testing Center at either the Valencia or Canyon Country campuses.
This course analyzes equations, inequalities, functions, systems of equations, conic sections, zeros of polynomial equations and additional topics in preparation for calculus.
What to Expect in this Course
You must participate in the first day’s syllabus quiz. Any student who does not participate in that quiz by midnight will be dropped from the course unless I am notified in advance with a valid reason. I do recommend familiarizing yourself with Canvas beforehand and making sure to give yourself time to complete the quiz.
This class will require a serious time commitment. Each week there will be new material provided within Canvas. Typically, the weekly material will consist of video lectures for the scheduled topics, notes that can be filled in while watching the videos, links to homework assignments within MyLab Math, and a journal or discussion assignment for the week. Periodically the weekly material will include a review, quiz, or exam and the weekly schedule will differ to support the change for that week.
We will not have regular class meetings except for exam days. Everything other than exams will be done fully online through Canvas, MyLab Math, and YouTube. When preparing for an exam, you will be provided with a review and its key. Each week I will be available for questions during office hours both in person or via Zoom, as well as reachable via email. For the first four exams we will meet at 1 pm, review the material until 2 pm, take a ten-minute break, and then take the exams from 2:10 – 3:25 pm. This gives students a one-hour time period before the exam where they can ask any last-minute questions. There will be no review hour on the day of the final exam – the exam will take the entire meeting time of 1:00 – 3:25 pm.
All exams, including the cumulative final exam, will be done in person on the scheduled dates and times listed in the course catalog and course schedule (provided within Canvas). There are no makeup exams.
Types of Assessments
- In Person Exams – see the listed dates above or in the course schedule
- Online Homework
- Periodic Online Quizzes
- Online Journal Entries and Group Discussions via Canvas
- In Person Cumulative Final Exam – see listed date above or in the course schedule
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Precalculus; by Blitzer, Robert F.; 7th ed.
ISBN for MyLab Math Access Code Bundle with eText Access: 8220123480554
Assignments will be done within MyLab Math. You will need to purchase an access code to use MyLab Math. I will give the details on how to purchase this access code within Canvas the first day of class. You will have the option to purchase the access code online through Pearson or through the campus bookstore. The cost varies dependent on who you purchase the access code from.
Other Relevant Course Information
- Reliable computer with reliable, consistent Internet access
- Up-to-date Internet browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Chrome
- Word processing program (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.)
- Valid MyCanyons e-mail account that you will regularly check
- Basic knowledge of Canvas
- Computer skills, such as basic document creation and handling (how to cut/copy/paste from one document to another), how to create and save documents as a PDF file, how to attach documents to e-mail messages and discussion posts
- Access to a microphone and speakers (whether built into your computer or a separate device) for office hours, webinars, and video lectures
- Graphing calculator/app for some exercises
- MyLab Math access code
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.
Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.
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Last updated: 11/02/2022 Sub#: 1502