Georgia Highlands College
MATH 1113 Spring 2011 MW Syllabus

This syllabus represents a tentative plan for the course. Deviations may be necessary.

MATH 1113 Precalculus (3-0-3)

20346 MW 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. (gonzalez01065)

Prerequisites: MATH 1111 (with a C or better) or appropriate placement


Blanca Gonzalez


Office: W-340

Telephone: (706) 295-6306 (math office)
(706) 368-7526 (personal office)

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 11:00 a.m.–1:50 p.m
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
or by appointment

Textbook: Precalculus, Fourth Edition, Bob Blitzer

Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-84 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.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own Scantrons. A Scantron will not be hand-graded if it fails to pass through the machine.

Exams and MyMathLab:

Four 100-point hour exams will be given during the semester. A comprehensive 100-point final will be given during the scheduled exam period. Please be present for all exams. Online homework is required using MyMathLab. The homework score counts as one test grade.

MyMathLab Files:

Under extreme circumstances, make-up tests will be given if the professor is provided with a doctor's or hospital's excuse or a family member's obituary within one week of the date of the test. A make-up test will not be allowed if the professor is notified after the test has been administered. Make-up tests are administered in the Assessment Center.

Scheduled Test Make-Up Dates:

Absence from class on a test date will be counted as an absence even if the test is made up. Only one make-up test per semester is allowed.

The course grade will be determined as a percentage of the total possible number of points.


F < 60 < D < 70 < C < 80 < B < 90 < A

A grade of W (Withdrawal Passing) cannot be awarded after Midterm, March 4, without the approval of the Academic Vice President. A grade of W after midterm requires a "documentable hardship," which cannot be the avoidance of a bad grade. Anyone who simply abandons the course will receive a grade of F. There is no extra credit, so please do not ask.


Class attendance is strongly encouraged. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to check with me or a classmate to see what you missed. Anyone absent three (3) times or less will be allowed to drop the lowest of their four hour exam grades. The final exam may not be dropped. The homework grade may not be dropped.

Team Goal—Mathematics: The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical thought and methods.
Related Team Outcomes
Disability Statement:

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center (706-802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations. The students are also welcome to contact the instructors privately to discuss one’s specific needs.

Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are in the College’s “Student Rights & Responsibilities” document. This can be accessed at

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 have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.

Please turn cell phones to vibrate. Please do not text during class.

Information Competency:

This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.

The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.


Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.*

Outcomes: *Definition and Outcomes adopted from the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) standards of information literacy.


Georgia Highlands College
MATH 1113 Spring 2011 MW Schedule

Tentative schedule:

Date Material to be Covered
M 1-10-11 Syllabus
4.1 Angles and Radian Measure
W 1-12-11 4.1 (continued)
W 1-19-11 4.3 Right Triangle Trigonometry
M 1-24-11 4.2 Trigonometric Functions and The Unit Circle
W 1-26-11 4.4 Trigonometric Functions of any angle
M 1-31-11 4.4 (continued)
W 2-2-11 Catch-up/Review
M 2-7-11 Test #1
W 2-9-11 4.5 Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions
M 2-14-11 4.5 (continued)
W 2-16-11 4.6 Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions
M 2-21-11 4.7 Inverse Trigonometric Functions
W 2-23-11 4.8 Applications of Trigonometric Functions
M 2-28-11 Catch-up/Review
W 3-2-11 Test #2
M 3-14-11 5.1 Verifying Trigonometric Identities
W 3-16-11 5.1 (continued)
M 3-21-11 5.2 Sums and Differences
W 3-23-11 5.3 Double Angle, etc.
M 3-28-11 5.5 Trigonometric Equations
W 3-30-11 5.5 (continued)
M 4-4-11 Catch-up/Review
W 4-6-11 Test #3
M 4-11-11 6.2 Law of Cosines
W 4-13-11 6.1 Law of Sines
M 4-18-11 6.1 (continued)
W 4-20-11 6.5 Trigonometric Form of Complex Numbers
M 4-25-11 6.5 (continued)
W 4-27-11 Catch-up/Review
M 5-2-11 Test #4
M 5-9-11 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Final Exam