Trigonometry Course Description and Lesson Plan

  • Syllabus

    MAC 1114: Pre- Calculus Trigonometry

                        Spring 2017


    Instructor: Jerry H. Meyerson

    Mac1105; Office Phone: Ext. 56635

    Office Location; Westport High School; Bldg. 8; Room 16

    Office Hours: Power Hour, and by appointment



    Instructor: Jerry H. Meyerson




    Textbook: Trigonometry; Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, Ninth Edition


    1. The software that you will be provided for this course includes the online textbook. Some find it a little inconvenient to scroll through pages and read text online, while others find the online text sufficient for their purposes. As you work with problems and concepts online, the program will refer you to text page numbers that relate to the problems that you are studying. If you are comfortable with no text in your hand, this is the most economical choice.



    1. A lot of students who desire a hard copy of the text report success with locating very low price editions online. Amazon, Pearson, and Borders have had economical options available in the past.


    1. I will note that often, during lecture, I will refer to exercises in the text, and those with texts in class will realize some advantage.


    Calculators: A graphing calculator is required for this course. The  TI - 83/84+ is recommended and will work well with other math and science courses. If you plan to study math and science courses at University, economical purchases might be found at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, EBay and Texas Instruments etc.

    I will check out a calculator to any student that needs one for this course, and does not plan to purchase one at this time.


    The TI – 89, TI – 92 and the TI- Inspire are basically hand held computers and are not allowed in this course nor is any other calculator with capability above that of a TI-84+.


    Course Description: This course is designed to assist students in developing the trigonometric background for the calculus curriculum and other areas that require a foundation in the science of trigonometry.


    Attendance: Lectures are an integral part of this course, thus every student is .required to attend all classes as material is presented at lecture to supplement the text. Attendance will be recorded for each meeting, and unexcused absences in excess of three days will result in a final exam score penalty of one point for each day in excess of three unexcused absences. Contact the instructor if an emergency arises that will affect attendance. A physician’s statement will result in an excused absence.


    This course will utilize WWW.CourseCompass.Com  software which most of you have used in earlier courses. You will find the syllabus, course calendar, lesson plan, lecture notes, homework assignments and schedules, online tests, practice problems, chapter quizzes, and your grade book at this site. You obtain access to this site when you receive the MyMathLab software. I will give you your access code and review with you how to maneuver around the site the first week of class. You will find it very user friendly, easy, and convenient to use. While problems with the site should be rare, you may try or you may call the help desk at 1-800-677-6337 in the event that you need assistance with the site..


    Homework: You will find the homework schedule and assignments on line, and you will submit your homework on line. You will have up to a week and three chances to submit a perfect homework paper. You will be prompted if you work a problem wrong, and you will be able to see a sample problem and ask for solution tutorials for a similar problem. If you submit a partially completed paper the grade will reflect the % completion. You will be able to submit a homework online after the due date, but you will have to obtain a onetime access code from me and a new due date. Late homework submittals will be penalized 10%. A validated medical or family emergency will result in waiver of the 10% late penalty.


    If you do the homework and practice problems, you will be well prepared for the tests, as these problems are closely aligned with the test questions. Further, the online tests and quizzes have strict requirements for the form in which an answer must be submitted. Practice with the homework and tutorial problems will guide you as how to structure your solutions.


    You will get immediate feedback on your homework scores and they will be posted in your online grade book. A missed homework assignment will be posted as a zero.



    Homework will comprise 10% of your grade.



    Quizzes: There will be many daily problems based on the previous day’s lesson. These problems will be graded and at the end of the semester grades will be averaged and will comprise 33% of the final quiz score. Students will be asked to volunteer solutions on the board. Participating students will receive credit for volunteering.


    Also, there will be weekly Act practice problems. Each Wed. I will collect the answers and grade the results. Again, at the end of the semester, I will average the results and this will go into the gradebooks as 33% of the final quiz grade. Students will be asked to volunteer solutions on the board. Participating students will receive credit for volunteering


    The total quiz score includes the ACT practice problems, daily problems, and the LOA. These individual components will be averaged and entered as the course quiz grade and will comprise 10 % of the course grade,


     Online Tests: There will be an online chapter test after each chapter is completed.


    You will have two attempts at the test with up to a five day window to complete. I will have the highest score of the two posted. However, you will not be able to submit a test late (past the due date) without consultation with me. In general, a test cannot be submitted late unless there is a validated illness, family emergency, or provable connection problems.


     There are online mid chapter reviews and practice tests online that are optional. Completing all or part of these will result in significant extra credit points added to the chapter test score. These provide significant opportunity to post a good test score


     I will substitute your final exam score for ONE zero test score, but only ONE!

    You will get immediate feedback on your test scores and they will be posted in your grade book. You will also be able to review your test results immediately after submitting the test.


    Online Chapter Tests will comprise 10% of your grade.



    Proctored Exams. Proctored, in class exams will contribute 70% to your final grade. There will be three preliminary exams and a final exam. Most, if not all, of these exams will be conducted during block days.

    The exam questions will be closely aligned with the online quizzes and chapter tests. A conscientious effort on the quizzes and tests will leave you very well prepared for the exams.


    Security of these exams has been as issue, so all cellphones will be collected before the exam and returned to students after completion.



    Practice Final. I will post a practice test about two weeks before the end of the semester that is optional. Should you choose to do it, I will add 10% of the practice final points to your lowest online test score. It will provide an excellent review tool for the final.



    Extra Credit: There will be a lot of opportunity to achieve extra credit in this course! You can accrue extra credit by completing certain handout problems, study plan and practice test problems from the Course Compass website, and special questions I may select from the text. You will also receive extra credit by volunteering to demonstrate solutions to practice problems as they occur daily during lecture.


     Significant extra credit also may be obtained by completing some or all of the optional mid chapter reviews. The points awarded to your online chapter test score will vary according to the difficulty of the questions and the apparent effort you put into the extra work. Extra credit work can significantly help you to succeed in this course with a good grade. You are encouraged to do as much extra credit work as possible.


    Individual Tutoring; There is significant opportunity for help with this course. In addition to the excellent tutorials built into the online software, I will be in the classroom during Power Hour

    You may also obtain free online tutoring at through the college account. You are able to access this site from Canvas.


    Your account has 5 hours credited to you at this point. See me if you require another 5 hour credit. You will have unlimited hours available to you in 5 hour increments.

    You can go directly to the SmartThinking homepage home page for illustrations of what they do. Most students report that the site is very helpful.


    Evaluation Process

    Homework-------------------10%                      Proctored Exams_______70%

    Online Chapter Tests------10%                         Three Preliminary Exams-------51%           

    Quizzes_______________ 10%                       Final Exam -----------------------19%


    The following formula will be used for the final grade.


    A: 90% - 100%                                                           C+: 77% - 79.99%

    B+: 87.0% - 89.99%                                                   C: 70 – 76.99

    B:  80% - 86.99%                                                       D: 60 – 69.99%          

    F :< 60%


    Student Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives (example below).


    Learning Outcome




    Classroom Activity

    Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning: The student will understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods.





    1. Perform accurate computations using order of operations with and without technology.





    2. Identify and organize relevant information and complete the solution of an applied problem.





    3. Interpret and communicate understanding of visual representations of data.





    4. Demonstrate mathematical number sense and unit sense.






    1       College Policies – Spring 2017


    Academic Integrity – Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in an “FF” for the course as well as disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. A student will be referred to an Academic Integrity Seminar. There will be a charge for this two-hour seminar, and attendance is required (see Student Handbook). Failure to attend the Academic Seminar may result in the assignment of a final course grade of “FF,” denoting course failure due to a violation of the college’s Academic Integrity policy.


    Access Services for Students with Disabilities – To ensure students have equal access to educational opportunities here at the College of Central Florida, students with medical, sensory, physical, psychological, and/or a cognitive disability are encouraged to register with the Office of Access Services and request an application. If eligible, Access Services will help facilitate approved accommodations for you. Please do this as soon as possible, to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion for your academic success. The Office of Access Services is located in Building 5-204, the Bryant Student Union, on the Ocala Campus. For more information visit the Access Services webpage at, or email, or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1580 or 1430 for further information.


    Attendance Policy – Regular, punctual class attendance is the responsibility of every student who enrolls at the College of Central Florida; therefore, the institution is committed to enforcing the attendance policy in an effort to assist students in achieving their educational objectives. The documentation of student absences will begin the first day of class, regardless of when the student registers. When a student has a legitimate reason for being absent, the instructor has the option of permitting the student to make up work missed and may require an explanation for the absence. The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of nonattendance. See Student Handbook, Policy Manual and Administrative Procedures.


    Equal Access/Equal Opportunity – College of Central Florida does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information or disability status in its programs, activities and employment. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact Carol W. Smith, Equity Officer, 3001 S.W. College Road, 352-854-2322, ext. 1437, or


    Classroom Decorum – Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Disruptive students will be asked to leave the classroom. Continuous disruptive behavior will result in withdrawal from the course and disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct (see Student Handbook).


    1. CF Student Assistance Program


    The CF Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a confidential resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work, or home lives. SAP provides early intervention and professional assessment and counseling to best meet the needs of the student. Services are free to all active CF students. The SAP is managed by BAY CARE LIFE MANAGEMENT, a health management organization. A student may call a toll free helpline during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For crisis situations after hours, on weekends, or holidays a student may call the same number and the therapist on duty will be paged and will promptly respond to the call. For services a student may call the following toll free number: 1‑800‑878‑5470.


    Withdrawal – If you want to withdraw from this class, you must fill out the necessary forms and have them signed by the appropriate parties.  If you just stop coming to class after the posted drop date, you may receive the grade of F


    Ø  Add/Drop period:

    ·   Spring A – Jan 9-10

    ·   Spring B – March 6-7

    ·   Spring C – Jan 9-11

    Ø  Drop only:

    ·   Spring A – Jan 11

    ·   Spring B – March 8

    ·   Spring C – Jan 12-13

    Ø  Last date for a refund:

    ·   Spring A – Jan 11

    ·   Spring B – March 8

    ·   Spring C – Jan 13

    Ø  Last day to withdraw with a “W”

    ·   Spring A – Feb 7

    ·   Spring B – April 10

    ·   Spring C – March 22




    Withdrawal – If you want to withdraw from this class, you must fill out the necessary forms and have them signed by the appropriate parties.  If you just stop coming to class after the posted drop date, you may receive the grade of F. 





    The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of non-attendance.


    Students should be alerted to the following:

    (1) Withdrawals do not count in the CF GPA, but may not be viewed favorably at the university level or for financial aid.

    (2) A withdrawal counts as an attempt under the forgiveness/withdrawal policy and the course repeat policy.

    (3) There are increased costs to take the course on the third attempt (full cost of tuition, same as out-of-state rate).

    (4)  There may be a reason a withdrawal request may be denied. 


    Please see the College’s withdrawal procedures.


    III.    Additional statements you may need for your course:


    • Testing Accommodations: Make-up Tests and/or Tests for Distance Learners.
      • Testing Center hours are located at Your instructor is required to make advanced preparations before you schedule your exam so contact your instructor at least two weeks in advance regarding testing accommodations. The Ocala Testing Center is located on the second floor of the Student Bryant Union in Room 205..
      • Register for all testing by creating a CF username and password for the testing center. This can be done at home or at the testing center; the link is This is required to take any tests in the center and only needs to be created once.
      • The Ocala Center is a walk in center and no appointments are needed.



    • Course Schedule and Lesson plan

    The schedule and lesson plan may vary due to unforseen happenings. For example we may spend more than scheduled time on a concept that may prove difficult. The insructor will always srtrive to be fair about unplanned changes in the schedule


     Mac 1114 Week Date Activity Text Sections Topic Exam Sched Exam Coverage
    1 1/4 - 1/6 lecture  1.3,1.4 Definitions;Trig   functions    
    2 1/11 - 1/13 lecture 2.1-2.3 Acute, Non Acute Angles.   Calculator    
    3 1/18 - 1/20 lecture 2.4 - 2.5 Right Triangles, Radian Measure    
    4 1/25 - 1/27 Lecture; Prelim 1 3.1 - 3.2 Radians and Circular Functions Prelim 1 Chap 1, 2
    5 1/30 - 2/3 lecture 3.3 - 3.4 Circular Functions and Angular Speed    
    6 2/3 - 2/10     Lecture 4.4- -4.5 Harmonic Motion    
    7 2/10 - 2/17     Lecture 4.1 - 4.2 Graphs of Sinand Cos function    
    8 2/20 - 2/24     Lecture 4.3 - 4.4 Graphs of Tan and Cotan Func.    
    9 2/27 - 3/3     Lecture 5.1 -5,2 Identities    
    10 3/6 - 3/10     Lecture 5.3 - 5.4 More Identities    
    11 3/20 - 3/24     Lecture; Prelim 2 5.5- 5.6 More Identities Prelim 2 Chap 3 ,4, 5
    12 3/27 - 3/31     Lecture 6.3 6.4 Trig Equations    
    13 4/3 - 4/7     Lecture 6.4, 6.5, 7.1 Trig Equations 2; Law of Sines    
    14 4/10 - 4/14     lecture 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, The Law of Cosines; Vectors    
    15 4/17 - 4/21     Lecture/Prelim 3 7.5, 8.1 ,8.2 Vectors, Polar Form, Dot product Prelim 3 Chap 6, 7
    16 4/24 - 4/28 Lecture 8.5, 8.6 Polar and Parametric   Equations    
    17 5/1 - 5/5     Review/Final Exam Review Review Prelims Final Exam Comprehensive