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Syllabus for Math 136 - Spring 2006

The relevant assignments and readings, along with their due dates, are located under Course Documents in Blackboard.  Please read the Welcome Letter to see how to access this information.  Below you will find information concerning the required books, objectives, policies and grading method that will be used for this course. 


Required Materials

Sharma et. al..  Pre-Calculus (Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry) Part II of II.  Atlanta: EDUCO International, Inc, 2002.  Third Edition.  ISBN:1-888469-45-5.  This should come with the EDUCO software to access the ELN over the internet.


Larson, Hostetler and Edwards.  Vectors and Vector-Valued Functions.  Lexington: D.C. Heath 1994.

These texts are available at the College Bookstore. You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person.  

You will also need a graphing calculator: TI-83 or TI-83 plus.  It can be purchased at the Bookstore, Office Depot, Staples (stores or online)  or any other store which carries school supplies or electronics. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the student will be able to:
1. Perform operations with and simplify:
    a.  Algebraic expressions involving real and complex numbers, including complex numbers in trig form.
    b.  Trigonometric functions, including related composite and inverse functions.
    c.  Vector Expressions in two and three dimensions.
2. Solve:
    a.  Trigonometric equations.
    b.  Trigonometric applications that involve right and oblique triangles, and angular motion.
    c.  Problems involving sequences, summation, math induction, and the Binomial theorem.
    d.  Applications of vectors in two and three dimensional space.
3. Graph and Analyze:
    a.  The six basic trig functions and their inverses (including shrinking, stretching and translating).
    b.  The four basic conic sections (including translating, but not rotating).
4. Graph equations in rectangular, parametric, and polar form, and convert equations from any one of these forms to any other form.
5. Evaluate trig functions and their inverses in degree and radian modes:
    a.  For any angle using a calculator (approximate).
    b.  For all multiples of 30, 45, 60, and 90 degrees without a calculator (exact).
6. Apply and verify:
    a.  Trigonometric identities
    b.  Trigonometric sum, difference, multiple-angle, and half-angle formulas.
    c.  DeMoivre's theorm.

Course Policies

(1) Prerequisites: A grade of 'C' or better in MAT 135 (or in 131 or 141), or an appropriate placement test score.  Note:  Math 125 does not satisfy the prerequisite for Math 136.  Note:  although Math 134 is not a prerequisite for Math 135, it is strongly recommended that students with weak skills in geometry and trigonometry complete Math 134 before attempting Math 136.

(2) Cheating: Any student guilty of cheating will be given a '0' on that assignment, final, or test. Additionally, the incident will be formally reported to the Vice President for Student Services. See the Student Handbook for additional information.

(3) Tutoring Center: Tutors are available in the tutoring center if you wish to use them. See below for more information.  Free tutoring in the Math Department will be available near the start of the semester, please look on Blackboard for the dates and times when that becomes available.

(4) Test Administration: All tests will be taken in the Testing Center in Bladen 100. Go to to learn about the testing center rules and regulations and operating hours.

(5) Course Pace: It is imperative that you do not fall behind in this course; it is difficult to get caught back up in an online course. Stay abreast of all material and ASK FOR HELP as soon as you need it.

(6) Practice Problems: It is recommended that you do every other odd problem (do #1, skip #3, do #5, etc.) for each section of the book (that we will cover) in accordance with the syllabus. Even though the answers/solutions to these problems will not be collected, you must be able to successfully complete these problems, along with the examples in the books, in order to be prepared for the graded assignments/tests and to master the course. Most of the answers to these problems are in the back of the textbook and on the ELN.

(7) Disability Support Services:  Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.  Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.

(8) Code of Conduct:  The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college.  A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution.  Refer to the 2004-2005 Student Handbook, beginning on page 39, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.

(9) Code of Academic Integrity:  The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle.  In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity.  To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process.  The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2004 - 2005 Student Handbook (pages 41 - 43) and posted on the college's website.


Go to Blackboard and click on the Assignments button to see any assignments as they become available.


(1) Grades: Your total score (out of 800 points) on tests, assignments, and the final exam will determine your grade. I reserve the right to use (in a positive manner only) a “fudge factor” based on your participation in the course, especially the assistance you may inadvertently give others by posting good questions or suggestions on the discussion board.
A = 90% of total, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%, F = less than 60%

(2) Tests: There will be 4 tests of 100 points each. Your lowest test grade for the semester will be dropped. If less than three tests are taken, you will receive a grade of zero for those tests short of the three minimum.  All tests will be given at the Testing Center, during a several day period, in accordance with the schedule on the syllabus. Make-up tests will be given only in emergency circumstances (with proper documentation) and only after the student has already missed one previous test. Make-up tests, if necessary will be given during the last week of the semester (final exam week).  You must contact me before the last date that the test is open in the testing center if you feel you need/deserve a make-up and state clearly the reason you feel you qualify.

(3) Assignments: There will be 4 graded assignments of 50 points each, of which only the top 3 will be counted toward your final grade. Students must turn-in a minimum of 3 assignments or receive a zero for those assignments short of the 3 minimum. Assignments will be posted several days prior to when they are due; they will be due on the date specified in the syllabus. No late assignments will be accepted and no make-up assignments will be given. Assignments must be passed to me copied into digital drop box in Blackboard.
Assignments must either be completed using Microsoft Word or some other word processing software that I can access or you can complete the assignment by hand, scan the document and send the electronic file.  There will be a trial document for you to send the first week of class to be sure that you send a document correctly.

(4) Online EDUCO work. 50 points of your grade will be based on EDUCO assignments, like quizzes that I make available. 

(5) Final Exam: The final will be 200 points (29% of your course grade). The final must be taken at the Testing Center, during the period specified in the syllabus.

College Resources


Campus Bookstore 301-322-0912
Largo Student Center, Room 116

Accokeek Hall General information: 301-322-0105
Circulation services: 301-322-0475
Reference services: 301-322-0476
The Library provides a range of library and media services. Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.

Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center) 301-322-0090
Bladen Hall, Room 100
Check the web site for hours, policies, and procedures.

Student Development Services 301-322-0886
Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising, and individual counseling. Call or check the website for more information.

Tutoring and Writing Centers 301-322-0886
Bladen Hall, Room 107 Stop by or call to make an appointment.
The Tutoring Center can help you in many courses with free one-on-one or group tutoring.
The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on a writing assignment in any course.