Course Details

Course Number
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Fall 2013
Bolin Hall
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Days & Times

MTRF 8:00-8:50am

Dr. Guy Bernard (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Precalculus An Integrated Approach
by M.Knox, M. May, P. Mitchell, & D. Tucker

Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to provide students with the foundations in algebra and trigonometry in preparation for Calculus I. Transformations of functions, Polynomial functions, Exponential and Logarithmic functions will be covered. Also, the basic concepts of analytical trigonometry will seen including topics such as the inverse trigonometric functions and the law of the sines and  the law of the cosines. 

Course Expectations

There will be (approximately) 13 weekly homework assignments during  the semester, as well as  three tests  and a final exam. All tests and the  final exam will be closed book exams. Calculators will be permitted  during all tests.  Detailed Solution keys of all homework and tests will  be put on the university website  as soon as they are  handed in or taken.  

Grading Standards

The course grade for each student will be the better of the two following evaluations:


      Evaluation I             

                               Homework                  5 % 

                               Test 1                        20 %

                               Test 2                        20 %

                               Test 3                        20 %

                               Final Exam               35 %


     Evaluation 2

                            Homework                   5 %

                            Best Test  (of 3)        25 %

                            Second Best Test    25 %

                            Worst Test                   0 %

                            Final Exam                 45 %


 LETTER GRADE:  In this course, the course letter grades will  correspond       to the  following course grades:


                                      A     85 %  and above.

                                      B     75 %  to 84 %

                                      C     65 %  to 74 %

                                      D     55 % to  64 %

                                      F     Below 55 %.  

Final Exam

12/12/2013 8:00am-8:50am

Submission Format Policy

Homework assignments need to be written on 81/2  x 11 paper and must be stapled.

They can be written in pencil or with a  ball point pen.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

 Make-up tests will generally not be given. Make-up tests will only be given  in exceptional situations and when the student has made the  request well  before the scheduled test. Late homework are not  accepted. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

It is strongly recommended that students attend all lectures. Attendance will be verified at the beginning of  every lecture. Students who miss more than four  lectures  will be warned of their absenteeism but will not be withdrawn from the course. 

Other Policies




Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at