College Triogonometry

MATH 111 C, Fall 2016

Benedictine University


Basic Information


Academic Honesty

Course Description


Academic Accommodations For Religious Obligations (AAFRO)

Course Goals/Core Goals

In Class Work

Electronic Devices Policy

Learner Outcomes


Other Information



Assignment Schedule

Technology Requirement

Attendance and Tardiness

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Basic Information:

Instructor: Dr. Timothy D. Comar

Location:  Birck 227

Office: Birck 128

Phone: 630-829 - 6555

Time: Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Web Site:

D2L login:

Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.


by appointment


R. N. Aufmann, V.C. Barker, R. D. Nation, College Trigonometry, 6e, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.

Technology:  A graphing calculator without a computer algebra system (TI recommended), D2L, GeoGebra maybe used as needed.

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Course Description:

General study of the trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities, and equations, inverse trig functions, applications of trigonometry, vectors, polar coordinates,
and parametric equations. Prerequisite: Placement exam or a “C” or better in MATH 105 or MATH 110. 3 semester credit hours.

This course will encourage active learning in the classroom, collaborative work, and problem solving..

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Course Goals:

You will learn basic mathematical content and techniques as well as how to use these techniques to study and solve real-world problems.You will also learn now to analyze and interpret mathematical information. You will develop good oral and written communication skills as well.

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Course Goals/Core Goals:

Core Goals (for students using the 2013-2014 catalog or earlier catalog):

This course contributes to the science component of the core. The course is intended to enable students to continue to meet the following core goals:

1.      Demonstrate an effective level of cognitive, communicative, and research skills;

2.      Achieve a college level of computational skills and an ability to understand and interpret numerical data;

3.      Acquire a knowledge of the history and heritage of western civilization to include: c) scientific literacy through a knowledge of the history, the methods, and the impact of science on the individual, society, and the environment;

5.      Apply liberal learning in problem solving contexts as preparation for active participation in society;

6.      Make informed ethical decisions that promote personal integrity, the legitimate rights and aspirations of individuals and groups, and the common good.

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Learner Outcomes:

This course is designed to meeting the following Department of Mathematics Student Learning Objective:

5: Apply mathematics to other disciplines using mathematical modeling and problem solving.

Specific Course Goals:

  1. Evidence problem solving ability by demonstrating the following capabilities: understanding the problem, identifying the appropriate strategy to solve the problem, selecting the necessary tools to implement the strategy, evaluating the effectiveness of the strategy.
  2. Evidence a mastery of the concepts of a function and representing functions in multiple ways.
  3. Evidence a mastery of using functions to solve problems.
  4. Evidence a mastery of right triangle trigonometry, trigometric functions, and inverse trigonometry functions and the ability solve problems using trigonmetry.
  5. Evidence a mastery of basic trigonometry identities.
  6. Evidence the ability to solve applied problems using trigonometry.
  7. Evidence a mastery of the basic algebra of vectors.
  8. Evidence the abiity to apply trigonometry to polar coordinates and parametric equations

These outcomes will be achieved through homework assignments and exams.

IDEA Objectives:
1.     Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends). (Essential)
2.     Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories. (Essential)
3.     Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions). (Important)


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Your are expected to come to class regularly and on time.  You will not be admitted if you arrive more than fifteen minutes late. You are expected to work collaboratively or independently as assignments dictate and submit all required work on time.  Late papers will not be accepted. We are a community of diverse learners from diverse backgrounds; all class members should be treated with proper respect at all times.   I would expect that you will need to spend at least six hours per week outside of class on this course.   Be prepared to assimilate concepts over time, look at content from different perspectives, reflect upon your learning as the course proceeds.  Ask questions! No questions should remain unanswered, If there is material with which you are not fully comfortable, you are expected to ask questions either during class, during office hours, or electronically..

There is a significant amount of homework in this course. If you are struggling with the content, you may need to devote more than the recommended number of hours. Please seek appropriate assistance to help you complete your work within a reasonable amount of time.

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Technology Requirement:

Students are expected to use D2L for all course communications, accessing notes and course information, and the completion of certain assignments as indicated in this syllabus. This syllabus is posted in D2L. A graphing calculuator is required for many activities and homework. The freely-available software GeoGebra may be used for exploration. All homework should be submitted using word processing software. Figures may be hand-drawn, but should be inserted electronically into your homework submissions.

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Entry Questions


Quizzes and In Class Work 15%



Exam 1


Exam 2 15%
Exam 3 15%

Final Exam



The grading scale is 90% for A, 80% for B, 70% for C, and 60% for a D.  In addition to the above. It is the student’s responsibility to seek clarification of the course requirements and evaluation policy. Weeklly office visits are required after two quiz scores below a C or one exam score below a C until an exam score of C or better is achieved.

The College of Science is committed to giving regular and timely feedback to students to aid their progress toward achieving course learning goals. Normally, in class assignments, homework assignments and quizzes will be graded and returned within one week, and larger assignments such as exams will be graded within two weeks, following their submission. Per College of Science policy, students may not invoke an instructor's failure to meet the above schedule for grading and providing feedback as the basis for a grade appeal.

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Learning in this course will take place both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Some learning will be completed independently and some will be done collaboratively. As much of the classroom time it devoted to active learning, it is imperative that you follow this proceedure for completing the various components of homework for this course.

1. Look on the schedule of the section or sections that will be addressed in the next class.

2. Read the section in the text and the corresponding lecture notes posted in D2L.

3. Print out and answer the corresponding Entry Questions. (These questions must be written in your own handwritting and be submitted to the instructor at the beginning of class for entry into class on the given day.)

4. There are practice problems listed for each section of the text. These will not be collected. Some of these will be addressed in class. It is imperative that you attempt all problems as you read and re-read each section. See what you can do before class discussion, and then try some more after class discussion. If there are problems you cannot do after thinking about them, please be sure to ask for assistance.

5. There are collected homework sets approximately each week. These are listed in bold type in the syllabus. These assignments are collaborative and will be graded.

Studying mathematics is a social process. Much benefit can be gained by sharing insights and by struggling through problems with your peers. Learn to work with each other and learn from each other. You are strongly encouraged to study and work with other class members.  You are also strongly encouraged to consult Dr. Comar outside of the class periods either during office hours or via e-mail at or text.

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In Class Work:

Mathematics is best learned actively by doing mathematics rather than by watching another do mathematics. The struggle of grappling with new, complex problems and choosing appropriate problem solving strategies will help solidify and deepen your mathematical and problem solving abilities. As such, much of the class time will be devoted to solving problems, and these problems will be collected for credit.

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Quizzes may be given on any day and may be unannounced.. There likely will be an announced quiz weekly based homework and the week's content.

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There will be three in-class exams on Tuesday, 9/20/16, Tuesday, 10/25/16, and Tuesday, 11/29/16.  The comprehensive final exam is scheduled for Thursday, 12/15/16, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m in Birck 112.There are no makeups for missed exams. If you miss an in-class exams, the average of your other two exams will count as the score for the missing exam.

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Absence and Tardiness:

Absence due to documented illness, participation in Benedictine University athletic activities, religious observance, or other extenuating circumstances will be excused.  It is your responsibility to inform Dr. Comar in the event of such absences.  Class attendance is very important.  Others will depend on you for participation in class discussion.  It is incumbent upon you to obtain class notes and updated assignments for missed classes. No student shall be admitted fifteen minutes after the scheduled classtime.


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Academic Honesty:

The search for truth and the dissemination of knowledge are the central missions of a university. Benedictine University pursues these missions in an environment guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and our Benedictine heritage. Integrity and honesty are therefore expected of all members of the University community, including students, faculty members, administration, and staff. Actions such as cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, forgery, falsification, destruction, multiple submission, solicitation, and misrepresentation, are violations of these expectations and constitute unacceptable behavior in the University community. The penalties for such actions can range from a private verbal warning, all the way to expulsion from the University. The University's Academic Honesty Policy is available at , and students are expected to read it. Acts of any sort of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  All instances will be pursued.  The first case of any academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the assignment.  A second case will result in failure of the course. Any incident of academic honesty on the final exam will result in failure of the course.

Your name should appear on all of your submissions of your work.  If collaboration is allowed, you must state with whom you have collaborated.  You are responsible for understanding any authorized collaboriation policies on specific assignments. You must also properly reference any other print, electronic, or human resource that you consult.

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Academic Accommodations For Religious Obligations (AAFRO)

A student whose religious obligation conflicts with a course requirement may request an academic accommodation from the instructor. Students must make such requests in writing by the end of the first week of the class.

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Electronic Devices Policy

One aspect of being a member of a community of scholars is to show respect for others by the way you behave. One way of showing respect for others in the educational community is to do your part to create or maintain an environment that is conducive to learning. That being said, allowing your cell phone to ring in class is completely inappropriate because it distracts your classmates and thus degrades their overall classroom experience. For the sake of your classmates, you are expected to turn off your cell phone or set it to mute/silence BEFORE you enter class-every class. Furthermore, if you use your cell phone in any manner during class (e.g. text messaging, games, etc.), you will be dismissed from class and will forfeit any points you might have earned in the remainder of the period. If you use your cell phone in any manner during a test or quiz, you will receive a zero for that test or quiz. (This policy also applies to pagers, iPODs, BlackBerrys, PDAs, Treos, MP3 players and all other electronic communication and/or data storage devices.)

To diminish disturbance, cell phones will be silenced and left at the front of the class before class begins.

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Other Information:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

If you have a documented learning, psychological or physical disability, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, please contact Michelle Schaefer in the Academic & Career Enrichment (ACE) Center in Goodwin Hall Rm 214, (630) 829-6041. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The University will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Final Drop Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016

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This syllabus is subject to change.  Any changes will be communicated to all class members electronically.

Contact Dr. Comar:

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