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Math 1014

Precalculus with Transcendental Functions

Math 1014 covers topics in Precalculus, including College Algebra and Trigonometry with various applications. It is a self-paced course with all materials available online.

Math 1014 Course Policy

About this course:

Math 1014 is a three credit course that covers topics in Precalculus, including College Algebra and Trigonometry with various applications. It is a self-paced course with all materials available online.

Instructor: Jessica Thompson
Contact info:

How we work in this course:

Learning at the Math Emporium is based on a student-led learning approach, where knowledge is constructed by the students' exploration and hands-on problems.

You will be asked to work in Math 1014 (free) online text-book at your own pace, work examples, and work on practice problems that will prepare you for the quizzes and exams in your course. Students should be prepared to actively develop learner autonomy and independence, instead of passively listening to a lecture. Please click in this link to know the steps to work in our course.

Your grade in this course:

The final grade for this course is computed based on the following:

  • Midterm tests: 65%
  • Quizzes: 15%
  • Final Exam: 20%
pie chart of grade weights

You will receive scores for 12 Graded Quizzes this semester.

  • Most quizzes (Quizzes 2 - 10) will be based on the mathematical content of the course. Each of these quizzes will have 10 questions.
  • Three quizzes (Quiz 1, Quiz S, & Quiz E) will not be based on mathematical content.
    • Quiz 1: This is the Orientation Quiz. It covers things you need to know to succeed in your course. Quiz 1 has 15 questions.
    • Quiz S: You will get Quiz credit for completing several Canvas activities involving study habits.
    • Quiz E: You will get Quiz credit for completing an end-of-semester survey about the Emporium.
  • Only the highest 9 Graded Quiz scores will be used to calculate your ending Quiz % Average at the end of the semester.

You will receive grades for 4 Midterm Tests. 

  • Each Midterm Test consists of 20 problems in multiple-choice format covering the same material as the corresponding Practice Problems.
  •  You may take each of the 4 Midterm Tests twice before the deadline date and time that appear to the right of the test link in the Quiz and Test System for that test.  If you take the test a second time, your better score will count for ⅔ of that test score, while your lower score will count for ⅓ of that test score.
  • There are 4 Midterm Tests that must be taken for this course. The LAST day to start a test is called the deadline day. Deadline days for your Midterm Tests are: (remember, the times of your deadlines can be found in the Quiz & Test system)

    Test 1 - September 15
    Test 2 - October 6
    Test 3 - October 27
    Test 4 - November 17

You will take a Comprehensive Final Exam.

  • The Final Exam consists of 25 problems in multiple-choice format covering all of the course content.  
  • The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken one time before the deadline in the Emporium proctored area.
  • The LAST day to start the Final Exam is:  December 10
  • Note: Since the final exam is worth 20% of your course average, you can’t earn an A in this course if you miss the final exam.

If you want to track your grade in the course, you can use the Grade Estimator.

Honor Code: 

The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states:

"As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do."  

Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code. For more details about how the honor code applies to Emporium courses, see the Emporium Honor Code Policy.

For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit the University's Honor System.

Getting Help in this course

Learner autonomy means that you will be in charge of persistently seeking help in a timely manner, keeping track of the deadlines and managing your time wisely. 

At the Math Emporium you will have support from your instructor and tutors to succeed. Visit the help resources available for you at the Math Emporium.

You should feel free to contact your instructor with any questions you may have.

Instructor: Jessica Thompson


Course Schedule

Week Day/Deadline Activity Content
Week 1 August 29 Quiz 1 Orientation Information
Week 2 September 1 Quiz 2 Modules 1.1 - 1.6
Week 3 September 8 Quiz 3 Modules 1.7 - 1.11
Week 4 September 15 Test 1 Modules 1.1 - 1.11
Week 5 September 22 Quiz 4 Modules 1.12 - 2.2
Week 6 September 29 Quiz 5 Modules 2.3 - 2.7
Week 7 October 6 Test 2 Modules 1.12 - 2.7
Week 8 October 13 Quiz 6 Modules 3.1 - 3.7
Week 9 October 20 Quiz 7 Modules 4.1 - 4.3
Week 10 October 27 Test 3 Modules 3.1 - 4.3
Week 11 November 3 Quiz 8 Modules 5.1 -5.3
Week 12 November 10 Quiz 9 Modules 6.1 - 6.5
Week 13 November 17 Test 4 Modules 5.1 - 6.5
Week 14 December 1 Quiz 10 Modules 6.6 - 7.1
Week 15   No Graded Material  
Week 16 December 10 Final Exam All Course Material