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Math 144-02

Math 144-02 Analytic Trigonometry

Math 144 Section 02 Course Syllabus - Spring 2021

Course information for Math 144-02 (CRN 75675): Classroom Meeting in the Polya Lab, Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Instructor: Ann Abbott


The primary purpose of Trigonometry is to improve your skills and competency in trigonometry to prepare you for calculus.  Another goal is to help you develop your mathematical learning skills so that you will be more confident in future mathematical courses.

After completing Math 144, the student should be able to do the following without the use of a calculator:

  • Understand the right triangle definitions of the trigonometric functions
  • Understand the unit circle definitions of the trigonometric functions
  • Evaluate trigonometric functions of angles belonging to the pi over 3, pi over 4, and pi over 6 families
  • Sketch the graph of functions of the form y=A sin (Bx + C) + D and y = A cos (Bx + C) + D
  • Understand the graph of the tangent function and its properties
  • Understand the graph of the cosecant and secant functions and their properties
  • Understand the graphs of the inverse sine function, inverse cosine function, and inverse tangent function
  • Evaluate expressions involving inverse trigonometric functions
  • Verify trigonometric identities
  • Solve trigonometric equations

MATH 144 Spring 2021 COURSE NOTEBOOK: Fill out every page of the notebook by working through the eText, watching videos, animations, etc. Filling out the course notebook will give students the best possible chance at success in this course!!

MyLabsPlus Access Code: All students must purchase a Math 144 access code in the UI Bookstore. Please bring this code with you to the orientation meeting. Students who do not attend an orientation meeting will be dropped from the course.

Students who fail to register for MyLabsPlus and complete the orientation homework within 48 hours of the orientation meeting will be automatically dropped from the course.

VANDAL CARD: You will need your Vandal card in order to take an exam in the Polya Math Center.

HEADPHONES: Headphones are needed to listen to the video lectures at the computers.

Note: Calculators will NOT BE ALLOWED during any exams in this course.

  • This course will cover three chapters (Ch 1, Ch 2, and Ch 3). There will be one test after the completion of each chapter (see the Notebook Table of Contents for a list of sections covered) for a total of three tests throughout the semester. Each test is worth 100 points.
  • There are a total of 15 homework assignments. Before starting many homework assignments, you will be required to earn a certain score on a practice test. Make sure that you leave yourself enough time to take the practice test before you start each homework assignment. Your total homework percent score will be computed at the end of the semester. Your total homework score is worth 100 points. This overall Homework score can be used to replace one of your three test scores.
  • The tests are cumulative. Each test will cover material from the entire semester leading up to the test. Therefore, test 3 will cover the entire semester.
  • Tests will be taken in the Polya Mathematics Center on the scheduled dates. Tests may be taken one time.
  • Calculators are not allowed during tests.

Four grades will be used to calculate your final course grade – Homework Average, Test 1, Test 2, and Test 3. The three highest scores will be counted for a total of 300 points.

Your course grade will be based on the total number of points (out of 300) that you have earned as follows:
270 points guarantees an A
240 points guarantees a B
210 points guarantees a C
180 points guarantees a D

  • The due dates for the homework and the tests are stated in this notebook. These due dates will not change and there will be NO EXTENSIONS except for reasons recognized by the University.
  • Make up work for assignments missed because of absence will not be allowed unless an arrangement with the instructor is made prior to the absence, or in cases of medical or family emergency, in which case documentation of the emergency will be required. Documentation must be provided within two business days of the assignment’s due date, not to exceed the last day for taking Exam 3 based on the term in which you are enrolled. The term-specific schedule(s) is/are listed in notebook. Bring appropriate documentation to your instructor during posted office hours. These hours will be announced during the class orientation and/or will be emailed to your university email account.
  • If ongoing illness or other circumstances fitting the catalog definition of an excused absence prevent you from bringing documentation for your absence within two business days, then each additional delay must also be documented and the documentation for the delay must be presented with the documentation for the original absence. (See University Catalog under General Requirements and Academic Procedures, section M for details about absences.)
  • Please note that problems with your personal computer or internet connection are not grounds for an extension.
  • If an extension is granted, the length of the extension will be determined by the number of days listed on the documentation.

Tests must be taken in the Polya lab only. Testing start times are stated in this syllabus and will be posted in the announcements in MyLabsPlus.

  • NO CALCULATORS of any kind are allowed during tests.
  • NO NOTES of any kind are allowed during tests, although a sheet of formulas will be provided during Test 3.
  • NO DEVICES which are capable of transmitting or receiving data, including but not limited to watches, phones, tablets, iPods, and calculators, may be on your person during the exam. Any such items are expected to be left at home or securely stowed in your bag and placed on the shelves in the testing area. Failure to do so will result in a zero on the exam and possibly a failing grade for the course.
  • Students must earn at least a 60% on the corresponding practice test before the first version of the test will become available.

Announcements about the course, special sessions, changes in schedules or procedures, and so forth, will be sent to your university e-mail account. You are expected to check your University e-mail regularly. Every student must attend a mandatory orientation session at a time announced via email which will be sent to your university email account.

All emails must be sent through the email form located at: Any emails sent without using this form will not be read.

All emails must follow standard grammar and punctuation rules. Any email which fails to adhere to these standards will be returned to you for revision. Emails should also follow basic email etiquette. Any emails that violate the student code of conduct regarding respect of others will be sent to the Dean of Students as appropriate.

We are committed to accommodate students with special needs. Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have documented temporary or permanent disabilities. All accommodations must be approved through the Center for Disability and Resources located in the Pitman Center, Suite 127 in order to notify your instructor(s) as soon as possible regarding accommodation(s) needed for the course.

Students are expected to maintain Academic Honesty in all their work. Collaboration is encouraged on homework assignments. All tests are considered individual work and must be completed without unauthorized assistance of any kind, including the help of other students, tutors, notes, or calculators. All test materials and scratch paper are to be turned in with the test paper and attempting to bring test work out of the testing area and/or share that work with other students is considered cheating.

The University of Idaho has defined acceptable behavior in the Student Code of Conduct Article II.A-1 – Academic Dishonesty [rev. 7-98, 7-05, 7-14, ed. 7-09]. The following summarizes relevant points related to your math course:

  • Because academic honesty and integrity are core values at a university, the faculty finds that even one incident of academic dishonesty may merit expulsion.
  • Cheating on classroom or outside assignments, examinations, or tests is a violation of this code.
  • Plagiarism, falsification of academic records, falsification of records and the acquisition or use of test materials without faculty authorization are considered forms of academic dishonesty and, as such, are violations of this code.
  • Instructors and students are responsible for maintaining academic standards and integrity in their classes. Consequences for academic dishonesty may be imposed by the course instructor. Such consequences may include but cannot exceed a grade of "F" in the course.

(The full text of the Student Code of Conduct may be found at Code of Conduct )

Spring 2021: Math 144-02

The due dates above will NOT be changed. It is the responsibility of the student to adhere to these deadlines and to take responsibility to make sure that these deadlines are met.

Note: Students may finish this course early by completing all assignments and tests. There is no limit to how fast a student can finish this course.

Note that it is the students’ responsibility to know when testing is available in the Polya Lab. Students MUST bring their Vandal Cards and wear a mask when taking tests in the Polya Lab. The Polya Lab will be open every Thursday afternoon for early testing. Testing will only occur at the following listed start times. Students will not be allowed to test once the start time has passed. The testing start times for the entire semester are on the next page.


(Students should plan on being in the Polya lab at least 5 minutes prior to the start time.) Students can only test starting at any one of the designated start times. For example, if a student shows up on Friday, February 26 at 2:00 PM, then that student will NOT be allowed to test until the next start time at 3 PM..

Test 1 Start Times

Friday, Feb 26

9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30p.m.

Test 2 Start Times

Friday, Apr 2

9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Test 3 Start Times

Friday, Apr 30

9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

The best way to be successful in this course is to fill out every page of this notebook. Fill out each page of this notebook by carefully reading the eText and by watching videos and animations before attempting the corresponding homework problems.


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