21-106: Topics in Pre-Calculus


The course will have one mid-term exam and a final exam. The schedule of these exams has yet to be determined. The mid-term will most likely fall in the fourth week of class.

Tests will be closed book and no calculators. Makeups will not be given for the mid-term. In case of documented illness or family emergency or documented University sponsored trips, you will be assigned a grade for the missing test based on the final exam (that is, the appropriate questions on the final exam will count both toward the final exam score and as a replacement score for the missing test).


Homework will be assigned for each class, and turned in at the beginning of class. Normally, the homework will include material covered through the previous lecture. While this set of problems will be collected and graded, it should be taken as a minimal selection. You should test your knowledge by doing other problems in the appropriate section.

Each student will be allowed to have at most two late homework assignments during the semester. The one late homework will be accepted up to seven days after the due date, with or without excuse, and without penalty. No other late homeworks will be accepted---even with an excuse. There will be absolutely no exceptions to these rules.

Grading policy

The final grade for the course will be determined by your performance on the homework, the three midterm exams, and the final exam according to the following algorithm:
              Homework        30%
              Midterm         30%
              Final exam      40%

Letter Grades

Letter grades will be assigned according to the following guidelines:
R: < 49, D: 50-64, C: 65-74, B: 75-84, A: > 85
Adjustments to this scheme may be made if there is some operator-error in making up the tests.


Any cheating on the mid-term or final exam will, at minimum, result in failure on that test, at maxmum, in failure for the course. The incident will be reported to the Dean of Students per University policy. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, receiving aid from another student, giving aid to another student, or use of unauthorized materials.