Yosemite Community College District

Modesto Junior College

Division of Science, Math and Engineering

MATH 122 – PreCalculus 2


Text: PreCalculus, ninth edition by Sullivan

Instructor:  Mike Adams                             Section Number:  0246

Class Meets: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 7:50 am to 9:25 am

Office:  Founders Hall 160T                         Office Phone:  575-6791

E-Mail: (or you can click the link above)

Course Content: We will cover Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 14. (The rest of the book was covered in Math 121) 

Assignments: There will be a total of five tests in this course. One of these is the final, which will be cumulative. The other three will be at the ends of chapters 6, 7, 9, and 10. Please see the calendar for dates. Tests will be returned to you to use for studying. Homework will be assigned from every section. Quizzes will happen every day, and will be used for participation points.

Grading:        Homework-                                                   100 points

                       Tests- 200 points each, drop one               600 points

                        Final Exam- 300 points, no excuses!          300 points

                                                                                    Total: 1000 points

A:900-1000     B:800-899       C:700-799       D:600-699       F:0-599

Sometimes, at the end of a semester, a student’s grade is very close to the borderline of the next grade. Perhaps their earned points add up to 797– a “C”. In that situation, I look at two things to determine if I should move the student up to the higher grade. One of the things I look at are the “participation points” quizzes. There is one every Friday, and they do not directly affect a student’s score. But if a student is close to a borderline, I will add up to 5 extra credit points based on the number of quizzes the student participated in. There is also an extra-credit class contract a student can do. If the student properly filled in the contract, I will add up to 10 extra credit points to move them to a higher grade. If a student is more than 15 points away from the higher grade, then that isn’t really on the “borderline”, is it?

Make-Up Test Policy: The purpose of dropping a test is to allow for illness or other emergencies. For this reason, make up tests will not be given.

Attendance Policy: Students who stop participating in the course run the risk of being dropped. There are two ways to determine if a student has stopped participating: the weekly 'participation' quizzes and the online homework. If a student misses two quizzes in a row and does no work at all on several consecutive homework assignments, they may be dropped from the course. Be sure to tell the instructor immediately if there are any emergencies that will impact your ability to participate in the course. I am especially strict about attendance in the first weeks of the semester when the class has a wait list. If there are other students who are waiting patiently to be given a seat in the class, then you should be especially careful about maintaining participation.

Calculators: Graphing calculators are required. I will be using the TI-84 graphing calculator in class examples. Anything less than a TI-89 will be allowed on tests. The numbering system for Texas Instruments calculators is not sequential, so be sure to check with me to determine if you calculator is acceptable. Calculators from other brand names are acceptable, if you clear them with me before you use them.

Cheating: The assignments in this course are intended to be the work of your own, individual brain. Unauthorized assistance of any kind will result in an undroppable grade of 0 for that assignment. Subsequent or serious offenses will result in a course grade of F or further disciplinary action as I deem appropriate. All instances of cheating are reported to the administration, and they may choose to take their own actions as well.

Class Structure: Mondays and Wednesdays will begin with some time devoted to answering questions. This will usually take about 20 to 30 minutes. After the questions have been answered, we will cover new material from the book. Fridays will begin with a 30 minute activity, after which we will cover new material. Before every test we will spend a day on review.

Keep in mind that this is a college course and the students have a responsibility to manage their own studies.  If you procrastinate on your homework or neglect your studying, I will not make any special accommodations.

Web Pages: The primary website for this class is The official syllabus, assignments, calendar, and resource links are all there. Homework will be done on the In order to use the online homework system, you will need the course ID number: adams38674. You will also need an access code. This access code was packaged with your textbook if you bought it new at the MJC bookstore. You can also purchase the access code directly from the website.

Special Needs Accommodation: If you think you might qualify for special accommodations in this class, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the many excellent services that are available at our campus, from Tutoring to Counseling to Disabled Student Services. All accommodations must be established by the appropriate specialist, and they need to be arranged well ahead of time, so do not delay! If you would like to discuss your situation with me, please do so right away.

Catalog Description: Together with MATH 121, a two-semester Precalculus course sequence. A comprehensive course in analytic geometry and trigonometry. Topics include: vectors, rotation of axes, conic sections, polar and parametric functions, and trigonometric functions & graphs with applications.

C.L.O.s: “Class Learning Outcomes” are the central point and purpose of each class. Every class at MJC has a reason it exists, and the faculty who teach that class should be able to explain that reason to the students who are taking that class.

Math 122 has two CLOs. If you succeed in this course, you should have learned the skills necessary to:

  • Analyze and solve level appropriate problems including trigonometry, vectors, conic sections, polar and parametric functions, and applications.
  • Effectively communicate, using appropriate mathematical notation, processes and strategies in solving level appropriate problems including trigonometry, vectors, conic sections, polar and parametric functions, and applications.

Please note the second CLO. It indicates that an important component of this course is communication, and your work will be graded accordingly. Simply getting a question right only meets the first CLO. It is essential that you also take the time to communicate the reasoning that lead to your answer if you want to achieve the best possible score.