MATH-1710: Precalculus I (Online) ( Online | Fall 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Jason Whitt

Instructor Rank


Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

UF 212 Union Avenue

Instructor Phone


Department Fax

(901) 333-4449 

Department Phone

(901) 333-4474

Course Information
Course Description

Exploration of the real number system: relations and functions, graphing techniques, linear and quadratic systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants, conic sections, polynomial functions and theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, natural number functions.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate an understanding of the ability to work with:

  • the algebra of polynomial functions and the theory of equations, and to use these techniques to solve problems that are applicable to life and to other disciplines;
  • the algebra of exponential and logarithmic functions, and to use these techniques to solve problems applicable to life and to other disciplines;
  • the graphs of functions and relations of the following types: (a) polynomial (b) rational (c) exponential and logarithmic (d) conic sections;
  • the solving of systems of equations by different methods including matrices and determinants, and to use these techniques to solve problems that are applicable to life and to other disciplines;
  • the algebra of matrices, and to use these techniques to solve problems that are applicable to life and to other disciplines;
  • the algebra of conic sections, and to use these techniques to solve problems that are applicable to life and to other disciplines;
  • the algebra of sequences and series, and to use these techniques to solve problems that are applicable to life and to other disciplines.

MATH 1000 with a grade "C" or higher or equivalent



Instructional / Learning Methods

This is an ONLINE course. Students are required to log into PAWS regularly to find homework assignments, reading material, and to keep up with important quiz and exam dates. Students will be using MyLabsPLUS to do all coursework.  MyLabsPLUS is required! The department of Mathematics at Southwest Tennessee Community College requires all ONLINE courses to have monitored exams. There will be two on-campus proctored exams: a midterm exam and a comprehensive final. Times and dates will be given well in advance and must be taken on the specified dates.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

MyLabsPLUS student access code is required.  The ebook: Precalculus, Blitzer, 6th edition, comes with the access code.  The code must say "PLUS" or it won't work.

Additional Text


Supplementary Materials

Required - The TI-83+ or TI-84+ graphing calculator

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the Internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

There will be 4 module exams worth 5% each.  There will be two on-campus proctored exams: a midterm exam worth 40% and a comprehensive final exam worth 40%. No make-up exams.

Module Exams: 4 @ 5% = 20%

Midterm Exam:                    40%

Comprehensive Final:       40%

Grading Scale

90-100 - A

80-89 - B

70-79 - C

60-69 - D

0-59 - F

Testing Procedure / Policy

The proctored exams tests will be closed book, closed notes. Exams must be taken on the exam dates.  No make-up exams will be given.

Major Assignments

Module 1 Exam: 5%

Module 2 Exam: 5%

Module 3 Exam: 5%

Module 4 Exam: 5%

On-Campus Proctored Exams:   Midterm Exam: 40%, Comprehensive Final Exam: 40%

Participation / Attendance Policy

Please see the "Method of Evaluation" and "Testing Procedure/Policy" paragraphs above.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest email account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. Emails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending emails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all emails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357 or Digital Learning at (901) 333-4612.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule
  • The Algebra of Polynomial Functions
  • Introduction to the Theory of Equations
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Solving Systems of Equations
  • Determinants and Matrices
  • Conic Sections
  • Summation Notation and Sequences
Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service

This service may be found inside PAWS courses.

Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian."

To contact a Librarian by email, go to the Classlist and select "Ask A, Librarian."

Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the current official college academic catalog for the withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the Cashier's Office Important Dates page.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an "F" grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an "F" for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove Campus

  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris Building, Room 2131: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Union Avenue Campus

  • Jess Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M Building, Room 105, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Gill Center

  • Computer Lab, Room 101 (Please note this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during library hours

Maxine A. Smith Center

Whitehaven Center

  • Open Lab, Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during library hours
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.