M 305G - Spring 2013
Preparation for Calculus
Instructor: Amanda Hager
Office: RLM 10.110
E-mail: achager@math.utexas.edu
Website: www.math.utexas.edu/users/achager
Class: MWF 10:00-11:00 in ETC 2.108
Office Phone: 475-9143
Office Hours: M 11:30-1:00, W 2:00-3:30
(Office hours subject to change.
See website for current office hours.)
TA: Nick Rauh
TA Email:
TA Office:
TA Office Hours:
LA: Quentin Smith
LA Email:
LA Office Hours:
Discussion: T 8:00-9:00 in CPE 2.212
T 3:00-4:00 in BUR 130
T 4:00-5:00 in CBA 4.326
Textbook (Optional)
Precalculus by John W. Coburn, Second Edition, McGraw Hill (ISBN 0-07-351942-5)
Course Outline and Exams
The primary objective of this course is to prepare you for one of the calculus courses offered at UT.
To this end, we will practice some basic algebra, but the course will mostly be devoted to functions:
graphs, uses, special families of functions (trigonometric, exponental, logarithmic, rational), and limits.
The exams are scheduled as follows:
• Exam 1: Wednesday, February 13 (in class)
• Exam 2: Wednesday, March 6 (in class)
• Exam 3: Friday, April 12 (in class)
• Final Exam: cumulative on Friday, May 10, 2:00-5:00. Location TBA in April.
Your course grade will be calculated as follows using Quest:
Exam 1
Exam 2
Exam 3
Online homework assignments
Quest Learning Modules
In-class activities (worksheets)
Final Exam (cumulative)
There will not be a curve of any kind; your grade will be assigned according to the scale below.
However, there will opportunities for bonus points on exams. Additionally, if your final exam grade
is higher than any of your midterm exam grades, I will replace that midterm grade with your final
exam grade (so your final counts for 40% of your grade in this case). The lowest two in-class activity
grades will be dropped. Note that Quest learning modules will be graded on completion only; I don’t
care about your percent scores on those.
Because of the worksheet drops, makeups will not be allowed on the in-class activities (even for
excused absences). Because of the exam grade replacement opportunity, makeups will not be allowed
on midterm exams except for University approved absences.
A message board is being set up at https://piazza.com/class#spring2013/m305g/1 for this course.
Please use it to help each other with homework problems and organize exam study. For math help
questions, I prefer a post on the Piazza board rather than an email. Active participation in Piazza
will earn you up to .5% extra credit to your course grade. I occasionally include a bonus question on
exams, but otherwise there will be no other opportunities for extra credit.
Your percentage grade will be rounded to the nearest tenth, and your letter grade will be assigned as
Notes on the Calendar
The last day to drop without dean’s
or change to a credit/no credit basis
may change according to our needs.
for each exam by coming to class and
approval is ??? and the last day to drop with dean’s approval
is ???. The midterm exam dates are fixed, but the lesson plan
You are responsible for knowing what material will be covered
checking the class webpage.
Calculator Policy
A scientific calculator (such as a TI 30) can be handy in this course but will be unnecessary. You
may also use a scientific calculator app on a smartphone or tablet if you wish. Calculators will not be
allowed on exams.
Makeups/Religious Holidays
Per university policy, the only excused absences are for official university business and for religious
holy days. These absences require documentation and advance notice. Absences for illness are not
officially excused, but you may provide documentation of these absences with doctors notes on official
stationary. In the case of documented illnesses, make up work may be permitted at the instructors
discretion; but no make up work will be permitted for undocumented, unexcused absences for illness
or any other reason.
By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the
date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment,
or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, you will be given an opportunity to complete the
missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.
Students with Disabilities
Any student with a disability requiring accommodations may make a request from the Division of
Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, at 471-6259,
Academic Integrity
Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course. Please refer to the Honor
Code and Chapter 11 of the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities, which may be
found at http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acint student.php.
Cell Phones/Laptops
Laptops are permitted for note-taking, but please take care to not be too distracting to your neighbors. I reserve the right to revoke this permission at any time. Cell-phone use is not allowed. No
internet-capable devices are allowed during exams.
Evacuation Procedures The following recommendations regarding emergency evacuation are from
the Office of Campus Safety and Security:
1. Occupants of buildings on The University of Texas at Austin campus are required to evacuate
buildings when a fire alarm is activated. Alarm activation or announcement requires exiting and
assembling outside.
2. Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of each classroom and building you may occupy. Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when entering the building.
3. Students requiring assistance in evacuation shall inform their instructor in writing during the
first week of class.
4. In the event of an evacuation, follow the instruction of faculty or class instructors.
5. Do not re-enter a building unless given instructions by the following: Austin Fire Department,
The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, or Fire Prevention Services office.
6. Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL): 512-232-5050
7. A link to information regarding emergency evacuation routes and emergency procedures can be
found at: www.utexas.edu/emergency
Names of Classmates
Introduce yourself to several of your classmates and get their email address. If you miss class or have
other questions, these people can probably help tell you what’s going on.