MAT 123-Fall 2011

Course Description: This course can be considered pre-calculus with an introduction to what we call calculus. We will examine trigonometric functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and rational functions, as well as some modeling. After the second exam, we will study a key concept in calculus called the derivative which can be used to describe how functions change.

Course Coordinator: Bill Bernhard (

The meeting time of all lectures and recitations with instructor names can be found under MAT 123 at

Syllabus: Your lecturer will determine what is covered in each lecture but here is a tentative schedule.

Office Hours: Your lecturer and TA are here to assist you. This is when and where they are available.

Required materials: PRECALCULUS ESSENTIALS-THIRD edition by Blitzer and MAT 123 CALCULUS SUPPLEMENT.*Calculators will not be permitted on quizzes or exams this semester.

Grading: Exam #1 (20%) on Monday, 9/26/11 at 8:30PM. The exam will cover 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 (no shifts), 4.6 (tangent only), 4.7, and 5.5 from PRECALCULUS ESSENTIALS.

Exam #2 (20%) on Tuesday, 11/8/11 at 8:30PM. The exam will cover 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 2.6, and 1.10 from PRECALCULUS ESSENTIALS.

Final Exam (40%) on Thursday, 12/15/11 at 8:15AM (MORNING). The exam will be cumulative! New material will consist of all sections from the MAT 123 SUPPLEMENT.

Recitation Participation (20%) Attending recitation with your homework is considered mandatory! Here are the homework problems for the course. Please consult your TA for his/her policy regarding this 20% of the course grade which may include quizzes.

DSS advisory: If you have a physical, psychiatric, medical, or learning disability could adversely affect your ability to carry out assigned course work, we urge you to contact the Disabled Student Services office (DSS), Educational Communications Center (ECC) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and that documentation is confidential. Students requiring emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information, go to the following web site:

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