Course Syllabus

Contact Information



Name: Ben Markham 
Office/Campus Location: C226A

Virtual Office hours:  MWR 11-11:45am; T 10-11:45am;

Campus Office Hours:  MTWR 2-3pm

Course Communication Policy

Conversations—the IvyLearn Inbox

You must use the conversations feature of IvyLearn for course-related communications.  You can access the coversations features through the Inbox icon on the Global Navigation Menu within IvyLearn.  Using conversations, you can send and receive messages from within IvyLearn. Conversations must be initiated from within IvyLearn but can be replied to via email. Please check your Inbox frequently.

For information on how to access Conversations (send and receive) click this link to open the Canvas Guides (  The Canvas Guides will provide you with the necessary information to get started with conversations within IvyLearn.

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Instructor’s Supervisor

Name: Martin Wolfger
Phone Number: 812-330-6131
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***Algebra and Trigonometry by Abramson, OpenStax, ISBN:  978-1-938168-37-6 is the recommended text for this course.  The text is available online and linked directly in this course within the Modules.  A low-cost print option is available through the campus bookstore.

***A bound, quadrille composition notebook is recommended for this course.

***A scientific or graphing calculator is required for this course.


Course Outline of Record

COURSE TITLE: Trigonometry with Analytic Geometry


PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or ”C” or better in MATH 043 Intermediate Algebra

SCHOOL: Arts, Sciences, and Education






CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Presents an in-depth study of right triangle trigonometry, oblique triangles, vectors, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations and complex numbers in rectangular and polar/trigonometric forms, rectangular and polar coordinates and conics.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Convert between degree measure and radian measure.
  2. Find trigonometric function values of any angle expressed in degree or radian measure..
  3. Solve right triangles..
  4. Solve oblique triangles using the laws of sine and cosine.
  5. Use and apply properties of vectors.
  6. Graph trigonometric functions.
  7. Utilize trigonometric identities.
  8. Solve trigonometric equations.
  9. Convert between rectangular and polar coordinate systems.
  10. Apply the properties of complex numbers in rectangular and polar forms.
  11. Determine the features of a conic section from a standard equation.
  12. Graph circles, parabolas, ellipses and hyperbolas.
  13. Use the above principles to solve practical applications.
  14. Use scientific/graphing calculators proficiently.
  15. Use computer technology which may include the Internet, the Web, email, or computer tutorials to enhance the course objectives.


COURSE CONTENT:  Topical areas of study include:

Complex numbers                                           Angles and trigonometric functions

Right and oblique triangles                             Vectors

Graphs of trigonometric functions                   Trigonometric equations and identities

Rectangular and polar coordinates                 Rational functions



Course Policies & Procedures


All grades will be maintained in IvyLearn’s online grade book. You are responsible for tracking your progress by referring to the online grade book. You can generally expect to receive grades and feedback within seven days of the assignment due date. If exceptions occur, the instructor may notify you.

Due Dates & Deadlines

The Syllabus is an important tool to help you understand the course, what’s expected of you, and the deadlines.

You are required to submit work on time for a chance to receive credit. Deadlines for each week/assignment are summarized in the syllabus.  These are also available in IvyLearn in the Calendar. You should check the syllabus and/or calendar frequently for deadlines and to be aware of what to expect next. Deadlines are listed in Eastern Time and are subject to change.

You are responsible for timely assignment submission. Should a computer system or network go down, you must still turn in work in a timely manner. Don’t wait until the last minute. Plan ahead by seeking alternative means for submitting work before it is due. Local libraries and all Ivy Tech Community College campuses can serve as alternative resources. Contact the closest/most convenient campus or other public lab for schedules and Internet availability. Not having access to the required software on a home or work computer is not a legitimate excuse for turning in homework late.

Make-Up Policy

Late assignments will be assigned a grade of “0” unless you have received prior approval from the professor. If you have a problem or scheduling conflict that prevents you from submitting an assignment on time, you should contact the instructor immediately. The instructor will determine if the seriousness of the problem warrants an extension on the assignment. Unless absolutely unavoidable, you need to contact the instructor before missing the deadline – not after. Instructors have the right to decline accepting work for any credit after a deadline passes with a few specific exceptions, including but not limited to:

  • If there is an outage of the IvyLearn system that is verified by central system administrators, instructors will provide an extension for students to submit work at no penalty.
  • If the student has documentation of serious illness or death of an immediate family member, instructors will work with the student to determine an alternate deadline.

METHOD OF EVALUATION: Homework (20%), Quizzes (10%), Exam Prep (10%), Midterm Exam (30%), Final Exam (30%)

HomeworkIn a problem solving course, working many homework problems is essential to your success.  There will be quite a few homework problems in each section.  We will be using a combination of paper homework and an online homework system called WeBWorK to deliver and grade the majority of your assignments this term.  Homework will be assigned every class period.  It is strongly suggested that you complete each and every homework assignment (and work many additional problems!).  Homework assignments must be completed by the deadline shown on the course calendar unless prior permission for late homework has been granted.  Any homework that has been assigned and not completed by the deadline will be assigned a grade of ‘0’!  All of the homework problems are selected to prepare you for the exams.  The more problems you solve, in class or on the assignments, the better your understanding and comprehension level will be and more likely you are to be successful with the exams.  It is impossible to pass this course without working the homework sets.

You should get started on the homework as soon as possible after that section is covered in class.  The longer you wait to start the homework, the more your short term memory from the classroom presentation will fade.  Doing the homework is the practice needed to put the concepts into long term memory.  It is difficult to score well on exams without getting the practice provided by doing the homework.  Poor course grades are often a reflection of inadequate time spent outside of class doing the homework.


Quizzes: There are no make-ups on in-class quizzes under any circumstances.  Students who arrive at class late or leave class early will receive a grade of zero on that day’s quiz. There will be regular quizzes delivered either in Canvas or via WeBWorK


Exam PrepThere were will practice/review activities for the midterm exam and for the final exam.  These activities will contribute 10% of your overall course grade.  Each activity will take the form of either a review homework set or a practice quiz/test.


ExamsTwo exams will be given during the course of this semester--a midterm exam and a final exam.  The exams will be a mix of problem solving, essay questions, and conceptual thinking problems and will include topics covered in lecture.  Each exam is comprehensive and contributes 30% toward your final course grade.  Each exam will include material covered in class and in lab up to that point, with emphasis on material covered since the last exam.  The final exam will be comprehensive.  Each exam will consist of a written part and an electronic portion delivered via IvyLearn.  The content of the exams may be altered to accommodate the flow of the course.  In general, no make-up exams will be given without prior arrangement.  Plane tickets do not constitute sufficient reason for a make-up exam!  

Exams not taken when scheduled will receive a grade of zero. However, if a student has a valid hardship reason for missing an exam, then a makeup exam will be considered and may be granted based on the following criteria:

  • The hardship was caused by circumstances or events beyond the student's control.
  • Advance notice was given to the instructor, or if the event was unforeseen, notice was given as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Documentation or other evidence is given.
  • All homework due by the exam deadline is completed.

Attendance Policy – Don’t Get Dropped from Class!

Ivy Tech performs administrative drops for students who do not “attend” class early in the semester. You need to complete an assignment (which may include, but are not limited to, such things as attending a live or synchronous session; posting in a graded discussion board, blog or wiki; or submitting a written assignment or taking a quiz) prior to NW deadline listed below in order to avoid being dropped for non-attendance. Posting any items not related to the graded assignments will be reviewed but may be disqualified for attendance purposes.

Attendance Drop Deadline: Tuesday, October 26th

  1. Regular, prompt attendance is expected. Attendance has a very large impact on your grade.  If you miss a class, use the course calendar on page 10-11 to determine what you need to cover on your own.
  2. A primary reason for poor performance in this course is poor attendance. Good attendance does not guarantee a good grade, but poor attendance usually results in a poor grade.
  3. Attendance will be taken every class meeting.
  4. Active involvement in classroom discussions and exercises is a vital component of effective learning.
  5. Please make every effort to be on time to avoid disrupting the class. Please turn off cell phones and put them away.
  6. Your attendance is a visible testament to your commitment to your education. As an adult, you may have other responsibilities that conflict with class time.  You are, nevertheless, responsible for all information and instructions discussed in class whether you were there or not!

Last Day to Withdraw

If you wish to withdraw from this course, you are responsible for completing an official withdrawal form with the registrar. Your local registrar contact information can be looked up here:

The last day to withdraw from this course is Tuesday, November 30th.


Student Behavior Statement

Students should always conduct themselves in a respectful manner.

No conduct will be tolerated that might endanger or threaten anyone in the class.

Disruptive behavior, substance abuse, downgrading or disparaging remarks, and any other behavior that shows a lack of respect for the instructor or other students, will not be tolerated.

At the instructor’s discretion, a student causing problems may be asked to leave the class for the session.  If a student persists in causing problems, further disciplinary action may be taken, up to and including dismissal from class and/or the College.

Academic Honesty Statement

The College is committed to academic integrity in all its practices.  The faculty value intellectual integrity and a high standard of academic conduct.  Activities that violate academic integrity undermine the quality and diminish the value of educational achievement.

Cheating on papers, tests, or other academic works is a violation of College rules.  No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as cheating.  This may include, but is not limited to, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty such as the acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials and/or distribution of these materials and other academic work.  This includes students who aid and abet as well as those who attempt such behavior.

Copyright Statement

Students shall adhere to the laws governing the use of copyrighted materials. They must insure that their activities comply with fair use and in no way infringe on the copyright or other proprietary rights of others and that the materials used and developed at Ivy Tech Community College contain nothing unlawful, unethical, or libelous and do not constitute any violation of any right of privacy.

ADA Statement

Ivy Tech Community College seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with documented disabilities.  If students need an accommodation because of a documented disability, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services.  If you need an accommodation because of a documented disability, you are required to register with Disability Support Services at the beginning of each semester.  If you will require assistance during an emergency evacuation, notify your instructor immediately.  Look for evacuation procedures posted in your classrooms. 


  1. Attend class every class session.
  2. Be actively engaged in what is happening in class. Turn off your phone.
  3. Get started on the homework as soon as possible after each class.
  4. Do all of the homework in a timely manner – don’t procrastinate.
  5. If you need help, seek out help immediately. You can also come see me during my office hours or other pre-arranged times.  You can also see an Ivy Tech Math tutor.
  6. Free virtual tutoring is available via Zoom by appointment Monday through Friday.


How is my grade calculated?

Grades in this course are determined by the following criteria:


                        Homework                                                 20%

                        Quizzes                                                     10%

                        Exam Prep                                                10%

                        Midterm Exam                                           30%

                        Final Exam                                                 30%


NO extra credit assignments will be available at any time during the course.


Grading Scale


90% - 100%                A        

80% - 89%                  B        

70% - 79%                  C        

60% - 69%                  D        

Below 60%                   F         



Optional Campus Support

You are welcome to use the services and equipment available at the most convenient Ivy Tech Campus. Services include academic advising, equipment, libraries, and tutoring.  Free tutoring is available for this course in the Academic Success Center (D117 at the main Bloomington campus building) Follow the information link in the Course Navigation Menu for details.



The Ivy Tech Library is available to students’ on- and off-campus, offering full text journals, books, and other resources essential for course assignments.  The Library can be accessed from the “Library” tab in IvyLearn or from the “Library” tab in Campus Connect.


Disabilities Services

Students with questions or needs for disabilities support services should contact their local Disabilities Support Services director/coordinator. In the future, it is recommended that students contact Disabilities Support Services at least 30 days before the start of the semester.  For information about disabilities support services at another campus, please visit:


Title IX Statement

Ivy Tech Community College is committed to providing all members of the College community with a learning and work environment free from sexual harassment and assault. Ivy Tech students have options for getting help if they have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment or stalking. This information can be found at

If students write or speak about having survived sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, federal law and Ivy Tech policies require that instructors share this information with the Campus Title IX Coordinator. The Campus Title IX Coordinator will contact students to let them know about accommodations and support services at the College and in the community as well as options for holding accountable the person who harmed them. When contacted, students are not required to speak with the Campus Title IX Coordinator.

If students do not want the Title IX Coordinator notified, instead of disclosing this information to their instructor, students can speak confidentially with certain individuals at the College or in the community. A list of these individuals can be found at under Confidential Employees and/or Community Resources.


Course Summary:

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