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Course Information:
Course Title: Introductory Mathematics
Department Name: Department of Mathematics and Science
Course Number: MAT 100 a
Semester Offered: Spring 2014
Course Meeting Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Course Meeting Time: 9:00 – 10:15
Course Meeting Places: BAC 002
Prerequisites: None
Cr.3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered every semester.
Blackboard Site: Introductory Math Forum, accessible under the condition that you are registered for MAT 100 a and for Blackboard at the link:

Instructor Information:
Name: Valentin Vankov Iliev
Office Phone: (073)-888497
e-Mail Address:
Office Location: BAC, Room No 323
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30-11:30, or by appointment. Office hours are intended as time set aside to discuss any problems you might have in understanding the material presented in this course. If you have a question, but cannot be present during office hours, contact me via email. I will make every effort to answer your questions quickly, but there are no guarantees. Office hours are best for this purpose. Professor Homepage Website:

Course Description:
Mathematics underpins all science and this may cause problems for students whose understanding of the subject is weak. In this course we are giving a clear and confident presentation of the core mathematics needed by a student starting his/her study in AUBG. Each topic is introduced very gently, beginning with simple examples that bring out the basics and then moving on to tackle more challenging problems. The professor takes the time to explain the tricks of the trade and also shortcuts, but is careful to explain common errors allowing students to anticipate and avoid them.

Course Goals:
In the end of the course the students will be able to:
Manipulate algebraic expression involving algebraic function, Solve inequalities involving rational functions including such involving absolute value, Understand the basic principles of elementary analytic geometry; Graph and analyze the equations of quadratic functions;

Demonstrate a knowledge of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, including their definition, domain, graphs, operations and inverses; Solve systems of linear and simple non linear equations;

Solve simple equations involving trigonometric expressions.

General Education Goals:
Students will be able to:
Make direct observations in a “real world” situation,
Apply elementary mathematical methods in other areas of research and social experience, Justify their conclusions using basic mathematical knowledge, Communicate and argue using basic mathematical concepts.

More generally, in the context of General Education Philosophy of the University, students will be able to:
Reason analytically, symbolically and quantitatively;
Use symbols, models, numbers and quantities;
Generate, by practice, confidence in the use of the language of mathematics.

Texts and Resources:
E. Swokowski and J. Cole, Precalculus, 12th edition, Brooks/Cole, 2011

Four homeworks - 10%, Quiz 1 - 10 % , Midterm Test – 15%, Quiz 2 - 15 %, Two pop-quizzes – 5% + 5%, Final Exam - 40% Quiz 1, Midterm, and the Final Exam are cumulative.
Note that all exams are open book. You will be allowed to bring 2 additional pages of personal notes (8-1/2 x 11, front and back, if needed). Calculators are allowed, but cell phones and computers are not allowed during the tests.

Grading scale: g = grade = maximum 100 pts,
100 ≥ g ≥ 95: A, 95 > g ≥ 91: A − , 91 > g ≥ 87: B +, 87 > g ≥ 83: B 83 > g ≥ 79: B −, 79 > g ≥ 75: C +, 75 > g ≥ 70: C, 70 > g ≥ 65: C − 65 > g ≥ 60: D +, 60 > g ≥ 55: D, 55 > g : F

In case you are not satisfied with your score on some of Quiz 1, Midterm, or Quiz 2, you may choose exactly...
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