Trigonometry Syllabus for 2020-2021
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MATH-1316-DC028 Trigonometry


Prerequisite: MATH 1414-minimum grade of C or Department Chair consent

Course Description

In-depth study and applications of trigonometry including definitions, identities, inverse functions, solutions of equations, graphing and solving triangles. Additional topics such as vectors, polar coordinates and parametric equations may be included.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information


Trigonometry 5th Edition, by Mark Dugopolski


You will need a graphing calculator for this course. A TI-84 is preferred.  If you already own another graphing utility, check with me to see if it is appropriate for this course.  You will not be able to use a TI-89, TI-92, or TI-Nspire calculator on exams.  Students unable to afford the purchase of a graphing calculator can apply to check one out for the semester.  It is a first come, first served, so bring a copy of your schedule as soon as possible to the Adult Students Program, Student Services Center, Room 130, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You will need a MyMathLab Access Code to access the online homework program.  In addition to the online homework, if you do not want to buy a hard copy of the textbook, you can use this program to access an electronic copy of the textbook.

You will need access to a working computer with internet access and a printer. There are student computers located in the AC Library and the Academic Success Center - Math (Math Outreach Center) for student use. This enables you to access the course in Blackboard.

You will also need an Amarillo College student I.D. for any testing and tutoring that occur on the Amarillo College campus.

Student Performance

Learning Objectives:
After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

  • Compute the values of trigonometric functions for key angles in all quadrants of the unit circle measured in both degrees and radians.
  • Graph trigonometric functions and their transformations.
  • Prove trigonometric identities.
  • Solve trigonometric equations.
  • Solve right and oblique triangles.
  • Use the concepts of trigonometry to solve applications.


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY:  Scholastic dishonesty (cheating) of any kind will not be tolerated in this course.  Cheating is defined in Webster’s College Dictionary as “taking an examination in a dishonest way, as by having improper access to answers.”  Improper access includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student’s paper and using unauthorized sources of information while taking a test.  Participating in scholastic dishonesty will result in a non replaceable grade of zero on the assignment or exam involved.  Thus, if you are caught cheating on an exam, a grade of zero will be assigned with no chance of the final exam replacing that grade.  Further action at a higher level may be sought if necessary.  Scholastic dishonesty is clearly defined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities.  If you are caught with a cell phone out during an exam for ANY reason, you will receive an F for the course.

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS/CLASSROOM GROUND RULES: Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment.  Behaviors that are not supportive include but are not limited to:  tardiness/leaving early, electronic device noises, talking during lecture, abusive, offensive, or disrespectful language and/or demeanor toward AC faculty, staff, students and/or property. 

In order to receive credit for a course, all material listed on the syllabus must be covered.  The state of Texas sets the requirements; therefore, this course will move at a pace to ensure that these requirements are met.  Complaining about the pace will not result in less material being covered.

Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or “Student Rights & Responsibilities” will be subject to disciplinary action which may include but is not limited to:  removal from the classroom, consultation with department chair and/or other AC authority, withdrawal from the course and/or the college.


  1. BE ON TIME: Students need to be on time to every class meeting.  It is distracting and disrespectful to the class when you arrive late.  If you must be late, please take the seat nearest to the door.  If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be counted absent.   
  2. BE PREPARED: Students need to have all homework completed and ready to discuss when class begins. 
  3. NO DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR will be tolerated.  Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:  cell phones (ringing or text messaging) and beepers, abusive language and/or behavior, talking while instructor is lecturing, sleeping, leaving class early, arriving late, and getting up during lecture to go to the trash can or restroom.
  4. SUBSTITUTE BEHAVIOR:  If a substitute should come in to teach the class, you are expected to be on your best behavior and treat him/her with the highest respect.    I would not send anyone in to teach who is not fully capable of doing so.

Grading Criteria

Your semester grade (90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, Below 60 F) will be determined as follows:



Drop 2 lowest online and 2 lowest written



Drop 2 lowest

Major Exams


Final Exam


Also, final exam grade will replace lowest major exam grade, if higher

All grades will be posted on AC Connect under My Grades. Be aware that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, prohibits instructors from disclosing information regarding grades over the phone, via email, or to a third party. Thus, if you need to discuss your grade with me, you must do so in person or check online



Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. If an absence occurs, the student is responsible for the information and assignments covered in class. Attendance will be taken during every class period.  If a student is more than 10 minutes late or leaves more than 10 minutes early, they will be counted absent.

Please remember the deadline for dropping a class at AC is April 22. If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an F for the course.

Students must initiate a drop by discussing the situation with their high school teacher.  The high school teacher will email in the drop request, on behalf of the student.


Week 1

Orientation and Syllabus, 1.1

Quiz 1 (all quizzes are online)

Week 2

1.2, 1.3

Quiz 2, Quiz 3

Week 3

1.4. 1.5

Quiz 4, Quiz 5

Week 4

1.6, Ch. 1 Apps

Quiz 6

Week 5

Test 1 (Online covering Chapter 1), Graphing Sine and Cosine (sections 2.1 and 2.2)

Quiz 7

Week 6

Graphing tan, cot, sec, csc (sections 2.3 and 2.4), Ch. 2 Apps

Quiz 8

Week 7

3.1, 3.2

Quiz 9

Week 8

3.2 (cont’d), 3.3

Quiz 10, Quiz 11

Week 9

Test  2 (Written covering sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, and 3.2; No Calculator Allowed), 3.4

Quiz 12

Week 10

3.5, 3.6

Quiz 13, Quiz 14

Week 11

Ch. 3 Apps, Test 3 (Written covering sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6)


Week 12

4.1, 4.2

Quiz 15, Quiz 16

Week 13

4.3, 4.4, Ch. 4 Apps

Quiz 17, Quiz 18

Week 14

Test 4 (Online covering Chapter 4), 5.1, 5.2

Quiz 19, Quiz 20

Week 15

5.3, Apps

Quiz 21

Week 16

Final exam


Additional Information


Homework will be assigned from each section once we have completed the section.  There will be two assignments for each section; written and online. 

The written homework problems will be provided to you by your high school teacher.

The written homework must be done in pencil. Anything that is wrong or needs to be corrected must be cleanly erased. Do not write, doodle, or perform mathematical calculations in the margins. Homework must be neat and legible. Your high school teacher will be the judge as to what is neat and legible. Do not tear your paper out of a spiral and leave jagged edges. If your homework extends over more than one sheet of paper, you must staple the sheets together.  All work must be presented in an orderly manner with the problem running in a single column.  The two lowest written homework grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.

The online homework will be completed on MyMathLab (MML).  To register for the class, use the course code XXXXXXXXXX. If you have use a Pearson MyLab or Mastering product before, login with your username and password.  If you have never used a Pearson MyLab or Mastering product, create a new account.  You will need a student access code, which is available at the AC bookstore. The two lowest online homework grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.

You are strongly encouraged to go to the Outreach Center if you feel you need extra help beyond meeting with your high school teacher or your Amarillo College Instructor of Record, or if you just want a place where you can do your homework and get help if you need it. The Outreach Center is located in Durrett Room 104.


Quizzes will be completed online.  Due dates are listed on mymathlab.  The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Major Exams
Four exams will be given during the semester. Note that no makeup exams will be given. If a student misses an exam, the grade will be replaced with the final exam grade. If the student does not miss any exams during the semester, the final exam grade, if higher, will replace the lowest major exam grade.

Final Exam
A comprehensive final exam will be given Monday, 5/10 through Wednesday 5/12.  Your high school teacher will tell you the specific date and time.  The final is a 2 hour written exam.  If needed, you may take the final on the Amarillo College campus.  This will require approval from both your high school teacher and your Amarillo College Instructor of Record.  Arrangements will need to be made 2 weeks in advance.  All testing on the Amarillo College campus requires an official Amarillo College ID.  The ID is free and can be obtained in the Student Services Building.

Extra Credit
Outside the dropped homework assignments and quizzes and the replacement of the lowest exam, extra credit is not offered.


Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or in silent mode and OUT OF SIGHT while in the classrooms and the computer labs. 

Free Help:  If you feel yourself getting behind in class or having problems with certain concepts covered, get help immediately.  It is YOUR responsibility to get help.

  1.  Your instructor is your first, BEST resource for help.  Feel free to come to office hours or make an appointment.
  2. Free one-on-one tutoring at the Academic Success Center - Math (Math Outreach Center) in Durrett 104 is available.  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  Hours:  MTWRF 8am – 8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun closed.

Additional Contacts:

Penelope Davies, Department Chair, 371-5901

Vicky Barker, Staff Assistant 371-5158

Syllabus Created on:

01/15/21 2:35 PM

Last Edited on:

01/15/21 2:35 PM