CUNY York College
MATH 120 Syllabus ~~ Welcome Students
Course Description
Mathematics 120 – Pre Calculus – 4 hrs; 4 credits
Class Time: Mon, Weds
Rm:1e05
Instructor: Restrepo
Email: arestrepo at york.cuny.edu
Phone: 3474606284
Office: 2C07
Office Hours: 17:30 to 18:00 Monwed
Students will explore advanced topics in algebra, functions and graphs, inverse functions, composite functions, polynomial and rational functions, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions.
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Prerequisites:
Mathematics 102, (Intermediate Algebra) or placement.
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Student Learning Outcomes:
Class Time: Mon, Weds
Rm:1e05
Instructor: Restrepo
Email: arestrepo at york.cuny.edu
Phone: 3474606284
Office: 2C07
Office Hours: 17:30 to 18:00 Monwed
Students will explore advanced topics in algebra, functions and graphs, inverse functions, composite functions, polynomial and rational functions, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions.
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Prerequisites:
Mathematics 102, (Intermediate Algebra) or placement.
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Student Learning Outcomes:
 Students will find the equation of a line, and identify / interpret x and y intercepts and slope of the line.
 Students will graph lines, including perpendicular and parallel line in the xy plane.
 Students will analyze and solve simple realworld application problems involving linear and quadratic function models.
 Students will be simplify, evaluate and analyze functions and expressions.
 Students will graph common functions (such as a parabola, cubic, square root, line, reciprocal, identity, exponential and more) as well has shift them horizontally, vertically and reflect them with respect to the x and y axis.
 Students will obtain information from the graph of a function such as stating the domain and range; stating the intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing or is constant; located any maximum/minimum values; stating intervals where the function is positive or negative; horizontal, vertical and oblique asymptotes and more.
 Students will be able to perform operations on functions including composition, difference quotients, and inverses.
 Students will express graphically the behavior of rational functions near asymptotes and at infinity using the concept of the limit.
 Students will apply techniques for finding zeros of polynomial functions.
 Students will use the unit circle to define the six trigonometric functions.
 Students will express angle measurements in degrees and/or radians, of the unit circle as it relates to trigonometric functions, and of right triangle trigonometry.
 Student will graph trigonometric functions.
 Students will be able to prove trigonometric identities.
 Students will be able to apply addition and subtraction, doubleangle and halfangle formulas.
TextBook
Precalculus by Michael Sullivan Tenth Edition, Pearson Publishing, ISBN: 9780134472836
7th edition 
8th edition 
9th edition 
Software Package:
students will receive assignments that make use of mathxl, which is a homework software package. mathxl is browser based, hence can be accessed anywhere by the use of a computer with internet access, particularly at York college computer labs.
You will use the internet to log into mathxl using the unique code that comes with your textbook (or you can purchase the code online separately). The course id for this class is:
The Course ID is: XL3IY1A870214IT2
The Course ID is:
You will use the internet to log into mathxl using the unique code that comes with your textbook (or you can purchase the code online separately). The course id for this class is:
The Course ID is: XL3IY1A870214IT2
The Course ID is:
Monday , Wednesday Guide. 

visit website www.mathxl.com to do all assignment and or assigned quizzes.
You will access your homework and quiz assignments via mathxl. If you choose to buy the code only, you will have access to the textbook in electronic form.
Attendance & Participation:
Students are expected to arrive promptly to each class. If a student misses a class, it is their responsibility to find out what materials were covered. Students are expected to attend class regularly, complete all the required assignments and actively engage in activities. Attendance will be taken at all class sessions.
Students are expected to arrive promptly to each class. If a student misses a class, it is their responsibility to find out what materials were covered. Students are expected to attend class regularly, complete all the required assignments and actively engage in activities. Attendance will be taken at all class sessions.
Other Course Requirements
Homework:
Students will be given homework in order to practice concepts learned. Students can view the homework, as well as the due dates. MathXL practice hw can be viewed by clicking on the Homework button (located on the left toolbar). Points will get deducted from the final score if homework is submitted passed the due date.
It is OK to collaborate on homework, but if there is compelling evidence that you are simply copying homework solutions from another student, then you will receive a failing grade for that assignment. Repeated offenses may result in a course grade of “F” and possible expulsion.
Quizzes and Midterm:
Seven quizzes and a midterm will be given inclass (no makeups) based on concepts learned. In addition to this, the class will end with a cumulative departmental final exam. In class quizzes dates will be announced in class (No make ups):
Quizzes – *****
Exam 2 (Departmental Midterm) – *****
Final Exam – (Cumulative – Uniform Departmental Exam) ****
Grading Policy: [You are all adults, know your duties and fulfill them with responsibility.]
10% = Class Participation & Attendance
20% = 20% Paper hw [if 4 or more hw’s are submitted late the highest possible points for hw is 50% of 20 points]
25% = Quiz 1 to 7 [ if the two lowest quiz grades are dropped then the remaining will be used to calculate]
15% = Exam 4 (Departmental Midterm) [this exam CANNOT be dropped, under no circumstances]
30% = Final Exam (Uniform Departmental Exam) // If you miss and or do not take the final; your final grade will be 30% less.
100% = TOTAL = A + 🙂 [see table below for breakdown of grade]
Extra Credit is a max of 2.5 points. // i.e. if points accumulated through out the semester is 28 points then you get 2.5 maximum points added. [if offered]
Students will be given homework in order to practice concepts learned. Students can view the homework, as well as the due dates. MathXL practice hw can be viewed by clicking on the Homework button (located on the left toolbar). Points will get deducted from the final score if homework is submitted passed the due date.
It is OK to collaborate on homework, but if there is compelling evidence that you are simply copying homework solutions from another student, then you will receive a failing grade for that assignment. Repeated offenses may result in a course grade of “F” and possible expulsion.
Quizzes and Midterm:
Seven quizzes and a midterm will be given inclass (no makeups) based on concepts learned. In addition to this, the class will end with a cumulative departmental final exam. In class quizzes dates will be announced in class (No make ups):
Quizzes – *****
Exam 2 (Departmental Midterm) – *****
Final Exam – (Cumulative – Uniform Departmental Exam) ****
Grading Policy: [You are all adults, know your duties and fulfill them with responsibility.]
10% = Class Participation & Attendance
20% = 20% Paper hw [if 4 or more hw’s are submitted late the highest possible points for hw is 50% of 20 points]
25% = Quiz 1 to 7 [ if the two lowest quiz grades are dropped then the remaining will be used to calculate]
15% = Exam 4 (Departmental Midterm) [this exam CANNOT be dropped, under no circumstances]
30% = Final Exam (Uniform Departmental Exam) // If you miss and or do not take the final; your final grade will be 30% less.
100% = TOTAL = A + 🙂 [see table below for breakdown of grade]
Extra Credit is a max of 2.5 points. // i.e. if points accumulated through out the semester is 28 points then you get 2.5 maximum points added. [if offered]
Teacher Evaluation:
Student evaluation of teachers is now sent to the student’s York College email addresses during the latter part of the semester. More will be said about this in class when the time comes.
Student evaluation of teachers is now sent to the student’s York College email addresses during the latter part of the semester. More will be said about this in class when the time comes.
Schedule of Topics:
The following table outlines the topics that will be covered as part of the course and a timeline for their completion. Please note that this is a tentative outline that is subject to change as the semester progresses if needed.
Important Policies
Policy on Academic Integrity, Cheating and Plagiarism.
Academic Dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism. This policy will be strictly adhered to. Students can familiarize themselves with this policy by downloading a copy of it in pdf form at http://york.cuny.edu/president/legalcompliance/legalaffairs/cunylegalpoliciesprocedures/AcademicIntegrityPolicy.pdf/view
Students with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive accommodations, including extra time on exams, test, projects and assignments. The office of Services for Students with Disabilities is located within the Counseling Center in AC 1G02. For more information, go to:https://www.york.cuny.edu/studentdevelopment/csd
Academic Dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism. This policy will be strictly adhered to. Students can familiarize themselves with this policy by downloading a copy of it in pdf form at http://york.cuny.edu/president/legalcompliance/legalaffairs/cunylegalpoliciesprocedures/AcademicIntegrityPolicy.pdf/view
Students with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive accommodations, including extra time on exams, test, projects and assignments. The office of Services for Students with Disabilities is located within the Counseling Center in AC 1G02. For more information, go to:https://www.york.cuny.edu/studentdevelopment/csd
Student support resources on campus
The following offices and programs are available on campus to support students as needed. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and other programs and offices do exist. When unsure you can conduct a search on the York College website located at www.york.cuny.edu or access the York College Bulletin (also searchable) online at http://york.cuny.edu/search?SearchableText=york+bulletin
The Collaborative Learning Center located in the library (AC1C18) offers tutoring for students in various subjects. Tutoring is free to students who schedule appointments with tutors at times that fit their schedule. If you are having difficulty in the course you are strongly advised to use this resource. The academic achievement center can also be reached by phone at (718) 2622303.
The Math Learning Center at York College provides various resources for York Students. The center provides a friendly environment with educated and knowledgeable Tutors to help students with their Math classes. Some of the services and resources available to students at the MLC include: Oneonone tutoring in Math courses; Group sessions; Class materials for most Math courses and Laptops preloaded with all CAS Math programs students may need to complete assignments. Register online for tutoring at: www.yorkcollege.mywconline.com. For information, go to Room 3E07 or call 7182622710.
For a complete listing of Tutorial Services visit the web: www.york.cuny.edu/student/tutoring/ where you would see that a variety of tutorial programs are offered on campus.
The Academic Computing and Educational Technology Center provides technical support for students in utilizing Blackboard, the CUNY portal, York email and other programs. There is a help desk located in the GWing of the Library (located on the 3rd floor). The IT help desk can also be reached by phone at (718) 2625300 or via email at [email protected]. Additionally the center runs technology workshops for students. More information can be found online at http://york.cuny.edu/it/acet/academiccomputingandeducationaltechnology/
Computer Labs – A large number of Internetcapable computers are assigned to Collegewide computer labs, specialized departmental labs, learning centers and the Library. The Classroom Building (C201) houses a Collegewide dropin computer lab.
The Collaborative Learning Center located in the library (AC1C18) offers tutoring for students in various subjects. Tutoring is free to students who schedule appointments with tutors at times that fit their schedule. If you are having difficulty in the course you are strongly advised to use this resource. The academic achievement center can also be reached by phone at (718) 2622303.
The Math Learning Center at York College provides various resources for York Students. The center provides a friendly environment with educated and knowledgeable Tutors to help students with their Math classes. Some of the services and resources available to students at the MLC include: Oneonone tutoring in Math courses; Group sessions; Class materials for most Math courses and Laptops preloaded with all CAS Math programs students may need to complete assignments. Register online for tutoring at: www.yorkcollege.mywconline.com. For information, go to Room 3E07 or call 7182622710.
For a complete listing of Tutorial Services visit the web: www.york.cuny.edu/student/tutoring/ where you would see that a variety of tutorial programs are offered on campus.
The Academic Computing and Educational Technology Center provides technical support for students in utilizing Blackboard, the CUNY portal, York email and other programs. There is a help desk located in the GWing of the Library (located on the 3rd floor). The IT help desk can also be reached by phone at (718) 2625300 or via email at [email protected]. Additionally the center runs technology workshops for students. More information can be found online at http://york.cuny.edu/it/acet/academiccomputingandeducationaltechnology/
Computer Labs – A large number of Internetcapable computers are assigned to Collegewide computer labs, specialized departmental labs, learning centers and the Library. The Classroom Building (C201) houses a Collegewide dropin computer lab.
Average Study Time:
A “fulltime job” is considered to be 40 hours per week and a “fulltime student” is considered to have a schedule of 15 credit hours per week. If you subtract 15 hours of class time from the 40 hours, that leaves 25 hours of studying per week. This is a four credithour class, so (4/15) of 25 hours amounts to 6.7 hours of studying Calculus, outside of class time, per week. Consider this the minimum amount of time that you should be spending per week.
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A “fulltime job” is considered to be 40 hours per week and a “fulltime student” is considered to have a schedule of 15 credit hours per week. If you subtract 15 hours of class time from the 40 hours, that leaves 25 hours of studying per week. This is a four credithour class, so (4/15) of 25 hours amounts to 6.7 hours of studying Calculus, outside of class time, per week. Consider this the minimum amount of time that you should be spending per week.
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Additional info
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Other Resources:
How to study Mathematics – University of Ohio
Precalculus Online
Precalc Problems and Solutions
Video Tutor
Final Remarks:
There will be no make up for any of the exams, especially for the final exam.
Students in need of assistance or more time on the exam should make arrangement with the office of student development.
This outline is subject to modification according to the course needs.
It is the student’s responsibility to check
the course website periodically for updates.
Other Resources:
How to study Mathematics – University of Ohio
Precalculus Online
Precalc Problems and Solutions
Video Tutor
Final Remarks:
There will be no make up for any of the exams, especially for the final exam.
Students in need of assistance or more time on the exam should make arrangement with the office of student development.
This outline is subject to modification according to the course needs.
It is the student’s responsibility to check
the course website periodically for updates.