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Syllabus for Math 3: Precalculus

:: Fall 2014 ::


Earth and Marine Sciences B206


Ryan Carroll


TTh 8:00-9:45 pm


McHenry Library 4146





Cohen, Lee, and Sklar, Math 3/Precalculus: A Problem-Oriented Approach (7 th Edition)

Office Hours: McHenry 4146


10:30 - 12:00 pm


1:00 - 2:30 pm

TA Office Hours: Posted on my website once determined


Section Participation and Quizzes (10%): Sections are mandatory and you must enroll in one. You will get help with your homework and review for exams. In addition, you will take a weekly quiz in section, reflective of the homework assigned from the previous week. Section times are posted on my website. If you wish to switch from the section for which you are signed up in MyUCSC, simply contact the TA in advance to make sure there is space available and start attending.

Online Homework (10%): The homework in this class will be submitted online at WebAssign.net. All instructions regarding which sections are due and their corresponding due dates and times will be communicated through the WebAssign website. The class key to sign up for this class is ucsc 4771 2954 and the institution code is ucsc. Homework will normally be due on Mondays and Thursdays at midnight.

2 Midterms (40%): There will be two (2) midterms each valued at 20% of your final grade. The exams are currently scheduled for Thursday, October 30 th and Thursday, November20th. Note: No exam will be given late unless there is an emergency and documented by official paperwork.

Cumulative Final (40%): The final will be comprehensive and is scheduled for Thursday, December 18 th from 4:00-7:00pm in Earth and Marine Sciences B206.

All resources related to this class such as practice exam questions and solutions, weekly class notes, worksheets, etcwill be posted in my website.


If you feel unprepared for this course or that you are falling behind, you can get help with tutoring in small group sessions at the following resources:

MSI Time and Locations: http://www2.ucsc.edu/lss/msi.shtml

Math Drop-in Tutoring:

Tuesday Thursday

5pm to 7pm McHenry 1279

In addition, selected practice questions from the review sections at the end of each chapter are posted on my website. Doing these problems will help you understand the concepts and my expectations better. There is also a Trig Review sheet for a quick review of trigonometry.

DRC Accommodations: If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me as soon as possible outside of class (e.g. office hours), preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at drc@ucsc.edu for more information on the requirements and/or process.