Math 3, Sections 1 and 4: College Algebra and Trigonometry

Fall 2012, LIU Post

The following modifications have been made due to Hurricane Sandy.

  1. Added class (review for final exam) on Wed Dec 12
  2. 5 tests instead of 6 tests
  3. Friday class times extended to MW class times

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Life Sciences 243. David.Redden [att] Phone 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p (or by appointment)

Course webpage:

Test 2 Review
Test 3 Review
Test 4 Review
Test 5 Review

Textbook: College Algebra & Trigonometry by Michael Levitan, Bernard Kolman, and Arnold Shapiro. BVT Publishing, 6th edition (2011).

Class Times: Section 1: MW 9:30a - 10:50a, F 9:30a - 10:25a. Humanities 125.
Section 4: MW 11:00a - 12:20p, F 11:00a - 11:55a. Humanities 226.

Grading Scheme:
Biweekly Tests 40%
Final Exam 40%
Quizzes/Attendance   20%

Quizzes: There will be a short quiz at the beginning of most lectures. You will receive some credit for having simply attended the class. The 4 lowest scores will be dropped, there will be no make-up quizzes, and the quiz scores comprise 20% of your final grade.

Tests: There will be 5 tests (originally 6), and they will take place in class approximately every other Friday. The exact times will be announced in class, on the course webpage, and via email. The lowest 2 scores will be dropped, there will be no make-up tests, and the scores comprise 40% of your final grade.

Homework: Homework will be assigned each class. It is essential to your understanding that you work hard on them on a day-to-day basis. The homework will not be collected, but the homework problems (sometimes the exact same problem, sometimes a minor variation) will appear on the quizzes and tests.

Calculator: A graphing calculator, preferably the TI-83 or TI-84, is required for this course.

Course Outline:

  1. Basic concepts of algebra
  2. Equations and inequalities
  3. Functions and graphs
  4. Exponential and logarithmic functions and equations
  5. Trigonometric functions and equations
  6. Systems of linear equations

Description from Catalog: A pre-calculus course providing a unified treatment of functions of algebra and trigonometry. Cannot be taken for credit by any student who has completed or is currently taking MTH 4, 4S, 6, 7 or 8. This restriction applies to also to MTH 3S. Not open to students who have taken MTH 4, 4S, 5, 6, 7, 8. Credits: 4.

Help: Help is available from a number of places and people. You are welcome to see Prof. Redden before/after class, in office hours, by appointment, or ask short questions via email. Also, there is free tutoring available is the Math-Lab, located in LS 271. No appointment is necessary. Finally, you are encouraged to work with others on homework. Explaining concepts and techniques to fellow classmates is an excellent way for you to better understand them yourself.