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MATH 1720 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

MATH 1720 - Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (formerly Pre-Calculus II Trigonometry)

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Designed as a course for students who plan to major in mathematics and/or science and are not prepared to take calculus. Topics include the trigonometric functions of the acute and general angle, applications of right triangles, identities, related angles and the reduction formulas, radian measure, graphs and graphical methods of the trigonometric functions, applications, and inverse trigonometric functions.

Course Outcomes:

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will have demonstrated an acceptable level of mastery of the basic concepts and principles of trigonometry and an understanding of mathematical logic necessary to apply these concepts and principles to problem solving. Acceptable mastery of the course contents will indicate a trigonometry background necessary to pursue further course work in mathematics and other areas in which Pre-Calculus II is a prerequisite.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

MATH 1710 with a grade of C or better or MATH 1130 with a grade of A, or four years of high school mathematics including Algebra II and an ACT math subscore of 23.

Course Topics:

The Trigonometric Functions


  Trigonometric Functions of Angles

  Trigonometric Functions of Real Numbers

  Values of the Trigonometric Functions

 Trigonometric Graphs

 Applies Problems

Analytic Trigonometry

  Verifying Trigonometric Identities

  Trigonometric Equations

  The Addition and Subtraction Formulas

  Multiple-Angle Formulas

  Product-to-Sum and Sum-to-Product Formulas

 The Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Applications of Trigonometry

 The Law of Sines

 The Law of Cosines

Specific Course Requirements:

• Connection to the web through a dependable Internet Service Provider (ISP)

• Required Textbook (see below)

• Scientific or approved Graphing Calculator (see below)

• Some proficiency in using the email, discussion board, and drop box components of D2L

• A valid Picture ID (e.g., driver's license)

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Optional: A printed copy of the entire PowerPoint slide Presentations (6 slides per page) may be obtained.See course syllabi with-in the actual course.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Quizzes: All scheduled Quizzes will be online (multiple choice and/or short answer). Quiz problems must be worked on paper with answers submitted online to the instructor by the stated deadline. The textbook, homework, and course notes may be used as a resource when doing a Quiz (but not on a Test). Assistance from another person is not permitted. A score of zero will be assigned for each Quiz not completed and submitted by the stated deadline. Each student's lowest Quiz grade will be dropped. Make-up Quizzes may be allowed (at the discretion of the instructor), provided the student contacts the instructor, preferably in advance, to offer an explanation and request an extension. Detailed solutions to all Quiz (and Mod Check) problems may be viewed after the quiz has been submitted. Quizzes are graded automatically by D2L immediately upon submission.

Tests: There will be four major Tests (non-cumulative) and a comprehensive Final Exam. All Tests will be done online on the scheduled test date. All Tests except Test 2 and the Final Exam may be accessed via a computer at the student's home, school, workplace, etc. Test 2 (at mid-term) and the Final Exam must be proctored on the campus of the student's "home school" or some other RODP test site. The only materials allowed during a Test are pencil or pen, eraser, clean white paper, and an approved calculator. A student who must miss a scheduled Test due to an emergency should make every attempt to notify the instructor prior to the test deadline. A student who is allowed to do a Make-up Test may be required to do it on paper under the supervision of a proctor. All Tests must be done entirely by the enrolled student, with no assistance from another person. Anyone caught cheating will receive a grade of zero, a grade of F in the course, and may face other punitive measures. For additional (partial) credit on Tests 1, 3, and 4, after submitting the Test online, you must send (preferably FAX) your worksheets to the Instructor. Be sure to number each problem, and write your name on the worksheets. After Test 2 and the Final Exam, give your worksheets to your PROCTOR to send to the Instructor. Tests will be graded and grades posted within a week after the test date. There will be no exemptions from taking the Final Exam. An appointment to take a proctored Test should be made by the student about two weeks before the scheduled Test. The appointed test time must be at least two hours before closing time at the testing center, and the student must show a picture ID.



Grading Procedures:
Assignment NameNumber of AssignmentsPointsPercentage of Final Grade
Discussions4 sets @ 25 points each1005
Mod Checks32 @ 4 points each1285
Quizzes8 @ 10 points each (lowest dropped)7010
Test 1110010
Test 2110015
Test 3110010
Test 4110010
Final Exam110025
Total Points 1591100
Grading Scale:

Letter grades will be assigned according to the following intervals:

90.00 - 100 +   = A

80.00 - 89.99   = B

70.00 - 79.99   = C

60.00 - 69.99   = D

00.00 - 59.99   = F

Assignments and Projects:

PowerPoint Presentations: Students enrolled in this course are required to view the PowerPoint presentation (online or on CD) for each lesson before doing the homework. Each presentation contains a "keyword" on a randomly selected slide. Students are required to submit this keyword to the instructor (one of the questions in the Mod Check). Printed versions of these presentations are available for purchase at a nominal fee, but should be used only for review. The printed slides do NOT contain the required keyword. Viewing the animated presentations diligently has proven to greatly increase the probability of success in this course! 

Homework: Homework assignments in WebAssign consist of algorithmically generated problems, tied to the course textbook. Homework must be submitted by 11:59 pm (Central time) on the due date listed in the D2L Course Calendar (NOT the due date in WebAssign, which is actually the last date available). An individual student who occasionally may need additional time to complete an assignment may obtain an automatic 1-day extension by emailing the Instructor. You may submit each assignment multiple times. Your last submission will be automatically graded and recorded. Homework grades will be transferred from WebAssign to D2L Grades at the end of the semester.

Lessons 6, 7, 23, and 30 must be done on paper and must be turned in to the Instructor. Any student work that is to be faxed or scanned should be written in dark pencil or ink. All graphs should be done on graph paper (or copy paper, if done and printed from a graphing utility).

Lessons 10, 19, 28, and 35 (Reviews) and the Final Review are recommended (not required), and are NOT to be turned in.



Class Participation:

Discussions: Online discussions among students are to be posted at the appropriate time in the appropriate folder of the course message board. Students are required to regularly read and post course-related messages. D2L allows the instructor to track discussion messages posted, as well as messages read. Both quantity (articles "read" and "posted") and quality of participation in these threaded discussions will count in the student's Discussions grade, which counts 5% of the overall grade. All students enrolled in the course have free access to this online tutoring service paid for by the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). Regular and significant utilization of this service is expected (and strongly recommended) of students who need tutorial assistance, and may be considered in the case of a borderline grade.


Homework assignments (online in WebAssign and/or on Paper) are to be completed before the deadlines posted in the course Calendar. Quizzes and Tests must be completed on the scheduled dates. Any student who is unable to meet a stated deadline should contact the instructor before the deadline to request an extension. Points may be deducted, particularly on Tests that are done after the posted deadline.

Late Policy:

Students are expected to participate in all interactive aspects of the course. You should regularly communicate with other students and the instructor using the D2L online communication tools, including email and discussions. View the online PowerPoint Presentation for each Lesson before attempting the homework. Practice until you can navigate proficiently in D2L. Check the course message board every day or two for new postings. For this course, use the email component of D2L, in lieu of your regular email address, such as one supplied by your Internet Service Provider. When you have technical problems with your computer or the online components of this course, get the necessary assistance immediately. Observe course netiquette at all times.


Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 27, 2018