Welcome to MA 110 in Fall 2019

Algebra and Trig for Calculus at the University of Kentucky

Course Description

Welcome to MA 110! MA 110 is a 4-credit hour class designed to prepare you for calculus. It consists of a one-hour lecture that meets on MWF and a one-hour recitation that meets on TR, for a total of five contact hours per week.

Topics will include trigonometric functions, exponentials and logarithms, graphs, polar coordinates and conic sections. Students may not receive credit for MA 110 and either of MA 109 and MA 112. This course is not available for credit to students who have received credit in any higher numbered mathematics course except for MA 111, MA 123, MA 162, MA 201 or MA 202. Credit is not available by special examination. Math placement exam recommended. Lecture, three hours, recitation two hours per week.


The Canvas website is located at https://uk.instructure.com/. Canvas is an online platform that administers courses throughout the university. For this course, we will use Canvas to maintain your grades, access the homework system and other important links, house documents for students, and occasional announcements.

Class Schedule

The table below summarizes which lecture times and which recitation times you will attend based on the section number you are enrolled in.

Section Instructor Class Room Class Time Exam Room
001-006 Dr. Katherine Paullin CB 106 MWF 8:00am-8:50am see section number below
001 Casey Hill CB 347 TR 8:00am-8:50am CB 106
002 Melanie Brooks CB 337 TR 8:00am-8:50am CB 114
003 Casey Hill CB 307 TR 9:00am-9:50am CB 106
004 Melanie Brooks CB 337 TR 9:00am-9:50am CB 114
005 Justin Garagnani LAW 399 TR 10:00am-10:50am CB 106
006 Michael Morrow CB 337 TR 10:00am-10:50am CB 118
008-017 Dr. erica j. Whitaker CB 118 MWF 3:00pm-3:50pm see section number below
008 Ryan Rogers CB 347 TR 10:00am-10:50am CB 110
009 Ryan Rogers CB 333 TR 11:00am-11:50am CB 110
010 Justin Garagnani FB 307B TR 11:00am-11:50am CB 106
011 Michael Morrow CB 213 TR 12:00pm-12:50pm CB 118
012 Alli Fitisone CB 337 TR 12:00pm-12:50pm CB 118
013 Alli Fitisone RGAN 207 TR 1:00pm-1:50pm CB 118
014 Jamison Wallace CB 337 TR 1:00pm-1:50pm CB 118
015 Jamison Wallace CB 346 TR 2:00pm-2:50pm CB 118
016 Sara Janus CB 337 TR 2:00pm-2:50pm CB 106
017 Sara Janus CB 342 TR 3:00pm-3:50pm CB 106

Instructor Information

Instructor Office Office Hours Mathskeller Hours Email
Dr. Katherine Paullin POT 729 MWF 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and by appointment katherine.paullin@uky.edu
Dr. erica j. Whitaker POT 741 MWF 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and by appointment ewhitaker@uky.edu
Casey Hill POT 802 Tu/Th 10-11 Th 1-2 casey.hill@uky.edu
Melanie Brooks POT 757 Tu 10-11, 12:30 - 2; Th 10-11, 12:30 - 1:30 melanie.brooks@uky.edu
Justin Garagnani POT 706 Tu 2-4 Th 3-4 justin.garagnani@uky.edu
Michael Morrow POT 722 Tu/Th 1-2 Tu 3-4 michael.morrow@uky.edu
Ryan Rogers POT 902 Tu/Th 9-10 Fri 2-3 RyanJ.Rogers@uky.edu
Alli Fitisone POT 802 Tu/Th 2-3 Tu 10-11 allison.fitisone@uky.edu
Jamison Wallace POT 906 Tu 10-12 Th 11-12 jamison.wallace@uky.edu
Sara Janus POT 718 Tu/Th 11-12 Tu 12-1 sara.janus@uky.edu

Course Schedule

A tentative course schedule can be downloaded here: ma110schedulefa19.pdf. It is also available in Canvas->MA110->Modules.


  • The homework problems for this course are in Canvas->MA110->Modules. We will use the booklet titled Exercises in Math 110: Algebra and Trigonometry for Calculus, University of Kentucky Edition. You may download it for free from Canvas and/or pay for a printed copy from Ricoh, which is in the basement of the White Hall Classroom Building. To place an order, send an email to ukdscwhitehall@gmail.com and write that you would like the “Math 110 Book”. They will reply with the time they need to fulfill your order. The price is approximately $5.75 (only debit/credit cards accepted). If you prefer to pay using cash, you should arrange to pick up your copy at the library location of Ricoh.
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain the paper copy of the text and use it to practice. You should also bring it with you to recitation.
  • The proper presentation of your work is extremely important in math. Any submitted work must be written correctly, and the homework is a vital tool for practice.


  • WeBWorK is an online homework platform that is free to students. You will receive credit for completing problems through WeBWorK. A link is provided in Canvas->MA110->Modules.
  • In general, problems sets are due every Monday night during the semester. Check the Canvas calendar or the course schedule under Canvas->MA110->Modules for specific deadlines. Note that one week's worth of homework may involve several short assignments all due the same day.
  • Keep in mind that WeBWorK contains a very small sample of problems, which are based on the homework. You are responsible for all the material covered in the booklet mentioned above, which includes showing your work clearly and to proper mathematical standards.
  • The WeBWorK system is configured to administer 120 problems, each worth four points. Only 100 correctly answered problems (400 homework points) are required to obtain full credit. We encourage you to answer all the problems to practice material relevant to the exams and to make-up against missed problems. Individual extensions will generally not be granted.
  • Your WeBWorK score will be scaled to a total of 100 points in your overall course grade grade: divide by 4 to get your overall total. (400 homework points / 4 = 100 points max.)

Free Response Problems

  • You will be given a free response problem at the end of class on most Thursdays during recitation. Check the Canvas calendar or the course schedule in Canvas->MA110->Modules for the dates.
  • The source for the problems will be from the previous few sections of homework material.
  • You must show your work clearly and to proper mathematical standards to receive full credit.
  • There will be 11 problems given throughout the semester. Your best 10 scores will be counted toward your final grade.
  • In the event of an absence, see the policy outlined below under “Attendance/Absences”.
  • Free Response Problems are each graded out of 10 points. At the end of the course, the total will be scaled to a total of 50 points: divide by 2 to get your Free Response total (100 Free Response points / 2 = 50 points max.)

Multiple Choice Problems

  • You will be given a multiple choice problem at the end of class on most Tuesdays during recitation. Check the Canvas calendar or the course schedule in Canvas->MA110->Modules for the dates.
  • The source for the problems will be from the previous few sections of homework material.
  • There will be 11 problems given throughout the semester. Your best 10 scores will be counted toward your final grade.
  • In the event of an absence, see the policy outlined below under “Attendance/Absences”.
  • Multiple choice Problems are each graded out of 10 points (and include some partial credit for recitation attendance). At the end of the course, the total will be scaled to a total of 50 points: divide by 2 to get your Multiple Choice total (100 Multiple choice points / 2 = 50 points max.)


iClicker (“Reef”) is an online platform that administers electronic questions (“polls”) and takes attendance during lectures. Students must attend lecture to participate in polling and attendance. You may purchase a subscription online at https://www.iclicker.com/students.
  • Download the app to your device, such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet.
  • Create an account using your UK email address and the last 8 digits of your UK ID number (drop the initial “9” from your ID number).
  • You will automatically be given a free 14-day trial subscription. If you used iClicker previously and your account is expired, you can ask your instructor to help you obtain a 14-day trial for the beginning of the term. Do not create multiple accounts with multiple free trials. You will only receive credit from a single account. If you need to change your email address, password, or ID number, edit your account profile.
  • You will need to purchase one of the subscription plans; it is either $14.99 purchased from REEF directly, or $16.00 if purchased through the campus bookstore. If you have multiple classes that use iClicker, you need only 1 account and 1 subscription for all classes. (Please note that if you are enrolled in a Chemistry course this term, your chemistry bundle might include an iClicker subscription.)
  • In our Canvas course, please click the iClicker Sync menu option, which will log you into your iClicker account and connect you to our iClicker class. You need do this only once.
  • If you are unable to bring a device to class or unable purchase a subscription, please contact your instructor for assistance.
  • In the event of an absence, see the policy outlined below under “Attendance/Absences”.
  • Your iClicker score will be worth a scaled total of 30 points. We will count each day equally regardless of the number of questions. The percentage offered by REEF in the app is only an approximation of your score.


All exams are held in the evening during the times and dates listed below. They are scheduled in several different rooms across campus depending on your section, so please check the class schedule at the beginning of this syllabus to ensure you will find the correct location to take your exams. Each exam will consist of multiple-choice questions based on the corresponding chapter’s material and free response questions that are commensurate with the corresponding chapter’s recitation problems. You must bring a pencil, eraser, and student ID (or another official picture ID) with you to the exam.
  • Exam 1 will be on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
  • Exam 2 will be on Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
  • Exam 3 will be on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
  • The exams will not have extra credit and will not be curved.
  • In the event of an absence, see the policy outlined below under “Attendance/Absences”.
  • Exams are each worth 100 points.

Final Exam

The final exam will be on Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm during finals week. It is comprehensive and worth 120 points. It will consist of multiple choice questions based on material from all chapters and free response questions that are commensurate with the recitation problems from all chapters. It is scheduled in several different rooms across campus depending on your section, so please check the class schedule at the beginning of this syllabus to ensure you will find the correct location to take your final exam. You must bring a pencil, eraser, and student ID (or another official picture ID) with you to the final exam.

Calculator/Note Policies

No calculators, notes, books, phones, or electronic devices are allowed for any exam or any recitation problems. Only your pencil, eraser, and ID are allowed.


The points earned from WeBWorK problems, iClicker questions (scaled), recitation problems, exams, and the final exam will be totaled. Your grade will be based on the percentage of points earned divided by points possible. The free response questions are eligible for partial credit based on the clarity and proper mathematical standards of the work submitted. The following gives a breakdown of the point distribution.
WeBWorK Problems 100 points (or approx. 15%)
iClicker Questions 30 points (or approx. 5%)
Free Response Problems 50 points (or approx. 8%)
Multiple Choice Problems 50 points (or approx. 8%)
3 Exams 300 points (or approx. 46%)
Final Exam 120 points (or approx. 18%)
TOTAL 650 points (or 100%)
A total percentage of at least 90% (585 points) is an "A", at least 80% (520 points) is a "B", at least 70% (455 points) is a "C", at least 60% (390 points) is a “D”, and below 60% is an “E”.


Students are expected to take the common hour exams during the scheduled time period (see Exams). Students are also expected and required to attend all lecture and recitation classes for the entire class period. Late arrivals or early departures may be regarded as an unexcused absence. According to University Senate Rules, accommodations will be made for absences for:
  • Serious illness (requires notification within one week).
  • Serious illness or death of immediate family member (requires notification within one week).
  • University approved trips (requires prior notification from University personnel).
  • Major religious holidays (requires notification prior to the course add deadline in writing).
  • Interviews for full-time jobs or graduate school (requires prior notification).
  • Other circumstances deemed as reasonable cause by the instructor.
Instructors have the right to request appropriate verification. There are three components of your grade that can be affected by absences:
  1. Lecture participation (iClicker): For lecture attendance, your clicker grade will automatically allow you to have up to five excused absences without providing any documentation. If you are absent, please collect your documentation in a safe place and keep careful count. If you accumulate six or more EXCUSED absences from lecture, you should provide official documentation for ALL of the absences to your lecturer within one week of the sixth excused absence (and for any absence thereafter). (In other words, in order to drop more than five days of lecture, you need to bring MORE than five days' worth of verifiable excuses.)
  2. Recitation Problems: In the event of an excused absence, submit your documentation to and inform your recitation instructor. Upon verification, you will make arrangements with your recitation instructor for how to make up the problem on a case-by-case basis. Recitation problem absences that are not properly reported and documented will receive a zero.
  3. Exams: Absences from exams should be reported (in advance) on this form . Students who have university excused absences or who have university-scheduled class conflicts with uniform examinations need to make arrangements to take exam at an alternate time. According to university policy, , it is the student's responsibility to resolve scheduling conflicts with common hour exams, and this must be done at least TWO WEEKS before the exam. If you fail to inform your instructor of exam conflicts in timely manner, a penalty may be assessed on your exam score. To avoid any problems request alternate exams here as soon as you know you may have a conflict. Exam absences that are not properly reported and documented will receive a zero.
In case of any absence, it is the student’s sole responsibility to obtain any missed information and abide by the deadlines.

Free tutoring in the Mathskeller

The Mathskeller is located in CB 063 in the basement of the Whitehall classroom building. Many instructors from the Department of Mathematics will hold office hours in the Mathskeller. In addition, free drop-in tutoring is available. The Mathskeller is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday (except academic holidays) during the semester. Additional information is available at https://math.as.uky.edu/mathskeller/.

Registration Deadlines

  • Last day to add a course is Friday, 30 August 2019.
  • Last day to drop a course without a "W" is Friday, 13 September 2019.
  • Last day to drop a course with a "W" and no letter grade is Wednesday, 6 November 2019.


  • Monday, 2 September 2019 (Labor Day)
  • Monday-Tuesday, 21-22 October 2019 (Fall Break)
  • Wednesday-Friday, 27-29 November 2019 (Thanksgiving)

Dead Week

Dead week refers to the last week of regular instruction before the week of final exams. No exams or quizzes are scheduled. Homework/WeBWorK and iClicker questions will continue as usual as will the recitation problems to replace your lowest scores.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Use expressions and equations.
    1. Simplify arithmetic expressions.
    2. Simplify algebraic expressions.
    3. Solve algebraic equations.
    4. Sketch the graph of equations.
  2. Use algebraic functions.
    1. Compute the value of a function and interpret its meaning.
    2. Solve a functional equation and interpret its meaning.
    3. Read the graph of a function.
    4. Sketch the graph of a function using transformations.
    5. Compute the inverse of a function.
    6. Evaluate and simplify logarithmic expressions.
    7. Solve exponential equations.
    8. Compute the limit of a function graphically.
  3. Use trigonometric functions.
    1. Sketch angles in standard position.
    2. Convert angle measurements between radians and degrees.
    3. Compute exact values of the six trigonometric functions.
    4. Solve applied problems using right triangles.
    5. Sketch the graph of trigonometric functions using transformations.
    6. Apply the fundamental identities to prove additional identities.
    7. Compute exact values of the inverse trigonometric functions.
    8. Simplify inverse trigonometric expressions into algebraic expressions.
    9. Solve trigonometric equations.

Classroom Behavior

Students are expected to arrive to lecture and recitation classes on time, not leave early, engage with the class, and not distract others. Many students find math to be a challenging subject. Behaviors such as using the internet for non-class related purposes or having non-class related conversations can distract the instructor or your classmates. If you are disrupting class, you may be asked to leave, and it will be considered an unexcused absence.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to pursue their studies with steadfast commitment to intellectual honesty and personal integrity. Per university policy, students shall not plagiarize, cheat, or falsify or misuse academic records. Students are expected to adhere to University policy on cheating and plagiarism in all courses. The minimum penalty for a first significant offense is a zero on the assignment on which the offense occurred. If the offense is considered severe or the student has other academic offenses on their record, more serious penalties, up to suspension from the University may be imposed. It is much easier to learn the math rather than risk the consequences.

Disability Resource Center

If you have a short- or long-term disability, please reach out to the DRC office. We will be happy to accommodate students with documentation provided by the UK Disability Resource Center. Those students should inform their instructor by providing their accommodation letter to their lecture instructor as soon as possible. Accommodations require at least one-week notice. The DRC is located on the corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive in the Multidisciplinary Science Building, Suite 407. You can reach them via phone at (859) 257-2754 and via email at drc@uky.edu. Their web address is http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/DisabilityResourceCenter/.

Non-Discrimination Statement and Title IX Information

The University of Kentucky faculty are committed to supporting students and upholding the University's non-discrimination policy.

Discrimination is prohibited at UK. If you experience an incident of discrimination we encourage you to report it to Institutional Equity & Equal Opportunity (IEEO) Office, 13 Main Building, (859) 257-8927.

Acts of Sex- and Gender-Based Discrimination or Interpersonal Violence: If you experience an incident of sex- or gender-based discrimination or interpersonal violence, we encourage you to report it. While you may talk to a faculty member or TA/RA/GA, understand that as a "Responsible Employee" of the University these individuals MUST report any acts of violence (including verbal bullying and sexual harassment) to the University's Title IX Coordinator in the IEEO Office. If you would like to speak with someone who may be able to afford you confidentiality, the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program and Bias Incident Support Services (Frazee Hall – Lower Level), the Counseling Center (106 Frazee Hall), and University Health Services are confidential resources on campus.


This syllabus is subject to change in the event of circumstances requiring its modification as deemed by the coordinator. Students will be notified of any significant changes.