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Course:  Math 3C (precalculus, see Catalog Description) is the preparatory course for Math 10A (Calculus).  

Attendance: Unlike some courses, attendance is required for all lectures, 4th hours, and discussion sections.

4th hour: The 4th hour is used as an additional lecture, since the course syllabus cannot reasonably be covered using only the scheduled lecture hours.

Textbook:   Algebra & Trigonometry (1st Edition), by Sheldon Axler; published by Wiley 2011.

Calculators:   A graphing calculator is not required for this course. You are permitted to use calculators on homework assignments, but calculators will not be allowed on exams.

Help with using TI graphing calculators will be available in the Calculus Tutoring Lab.

Reading:   Reading the sections of the textbook corresponding to the assigned homework exercises is considered part of the homework assignment; you are responsible for material in the assigned reading whether or not it is discussed in the lecture.

Homework:    Homework will be assigned on the course homework page and must be completed by the indicated due date. Any changes to the assignments will be announced in class and in the announcements section on the main page of the course web site. Late assignments will not be accepted; however, the lowest homework score will be dropped. Selected problems on the assignment will be graded. While your work will be graded for correctness, keep in mind that presentation and organization directly affect your grader. To assist your grader, you should keep all problems in the same order as the assignment list and ordered vertically on your page. If a problem is omitted, it should still appear in the correct order. All work must be on full-sized notebook paper and all pages must be stapled together. Write your name (last name first), your Discussion Section (B02, B03, etc.), and the homework assignment number in the upper right corner. Homework will be returned in section the following week. Watching someone else do a problem or "understanding" the solution in a Solutions Manual does not indicate mastery - you must be able to begin a solution on your own and carry it to completion without help before you can claim mastery of that problem. Ask questions during office hours about homework problems that have caused you difficulty and indicate what attempts you have made to solve the problems. A thorough understanding of the homework problems and their solutions will prepare you well for the midterm exams and the final exam.

Midterm Exams:   There will be two midterm exams during the quarter. There will be no makeup exams.   (See the course calendar for the specific dates.)

Final Exam:   It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not have a schedule conflict involving the final examination; you should not enroll in this class if you cannot sit for the final examination at its scheduled time.

Grading: Your course grade will be determined by your cumulative average at the end of the term; your cumulative average will be the best of the following two weighted averages:


Since there are no makeup exams, if you miss the midterm exam for any reason then your course grade will be computed using Method 2.

Letter grades will be determined by the following scale.

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-
97 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70

We may adjust the scale to be more lenient, but we guarantee that the grade corresponding to a given percentage will not be lower than specified by the above scale. There will be no curve.

Regrades:  All graded materials will be returned in the discussion sections.  If you find a grading or point totalling error on any graded material, you must return it immediately to your TA.  Regrade requests will not be considered once the graded material leaves the room.  If you do not retrieve your graded materials during discussion section, you must arrange to pick them up from your TA within one week after they were returned in order for any regrade request to be considered.

Grade Recording Errors:  Keep all of your graded materials and check TED to make sure that the grades on your papers are the same as the grades recorded on TED.  If there is any mistake in the recording of your scores, you must bring us the original graded materials in order for us to make a change.

Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD.  Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university.  It is in your best interest to maintain your academic integrity. (Click here for more information.)






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