Course Objective: The purpose of Math 108 is to equip the student with math skills sufficient for the study of calculus. There is a review of basic algebra and the study of algebraic manipulations involving absolute value and/or inequalities. There is the study of functions, including polynomials, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions. Approximately four weeks of the course is devoted to trigonometry.

Achievement of the objectives is measured mostly by tests, as described under "Grading" below. Some emphasis will be placed on students' ability to express answers using correct and precise mathematical language and notation.

Text: The required text is the Math 108 Course Pack, available in the Campus Bookstore. This book used to be divided into two volumes but is now available as just one book. If you happen to have both volumes from a previous semester, the content of the volumes has not changed, so you will be able to use older versions as your text if you wish.

The course will cover nearly all of the material in the course pack. A couple of sections may be omitted due to time constraints, most likely in Chapter 9.

Calculators: All quizzes, tests and exams will be written in such a way that the use of a calculator is not required. Therefore, NO CALCULATORS OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES WILL BE PERMITTED DURING QUIZZES, TESTS OR EXAMS.

Test Schedule: Dates for the tests and final exam are below. Students who have a valid schedule conflict with the date or time for the final exam will have the chance to have their situations addressed a few weeks before the end of the semester. See Final Exam.

Date Time Room
Test 1 Tuesday, February 11In Class Regular Classroom
Test 2 Tuesday, March 3In Class Regular Classroom
Test 3 Tuesday, March 24In Class Regular Classroom
Test 4 Tuesday, April 28In Class Regular Classroom

Grading: The course grade will be determined based on the points accumulated by the student out of a possible 1000 points.

  • Ten percent of the grade (100 pts.) will be based on the student's performance in class. This includes quiz scores, class participation and preparedness, and/or attendance. These points are awarded at the discretion of the individual instructor. Each instructor will inform their class of how these points will be awarded.
  • Students in all sections will take common (not necessarily identical, but common) tests. There are four of these tests. Each is worth 15% of the course grade (4 x 150 = 600 total pts). Makeups will not be given except in extreme circumstances deemed appropriate by the instructor.
  • There is also a common final exam worth 30% (300 pts.) of the course grade.

    Course Grades will be given as follows:
    Total PointsGradeTotal PointsGrade

  • One important note about grading: instructors do not "give grades." Instructors simply award points based on the work the student produces. Each student's point total happens to correspond to a letter grade at semester's end. Very little (if any) subjectivity is involved in the grading process. Students are responsible for earning the requisite number of points (as detailed above) to earn the grade they desire.
  • Students using the Pass/Fail grading option need 500 points for "P."
  • Be sure to read the information concerning late withdrawals and the granting of the grade "I" on the following link: Late Withdrawals and Incompletes
  • Homework: Homework will not be collected for a grade unless an instructor has determined that homework will be part of the 100 points of instructor discretion grade. It is expected that the student is mature enough to do the non-collected homework without the instructor checking.

    It cannot be overstressed that homework, including reading assignments, is an integral part of the course. There is not sufficient class time for an instructor to go over every variation of problem that can be encountered. The homework therefore is meant to reinforce what is done in class AND is a tool for independent discovery. There is a definite correlation between students who have faithfully and seriously done the homework and those who are familiar with the problems on tests.

    Attendance: It is EXPECTED that students will attend class. We WILL enforce the University policy that allows an instructor to take punitive measures (including not allowing a student to take the final exam or even failing a student in the course) if a student is absent for 25% of classes. Individual instructors may include attendance as part of the 100 points of the instructor discretion grade.

    Attendance may be taken at every class via a sign-in sheet that will be passed through the class. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that he/she signs the sheet. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE is it acceptable for a student to sign a classmate in.

    Math Help:

  • Each instructor maintains office hours (usually at least 3 hours each week) to help students.
  • University Tutoring Services offers free tutoring for Math 108. Their website Discovery Website contains time and location information.
  • If you need help for an issue related to the class, see your instructor during his/her office hours or make an appointment.
  • If you have any questions regarding Math 108, see the course coordinator, Dan McKinney, in WH 226 (office) or via mckinney at (email). Email is the easiest way to contact the coordinator.

    Binghamton University is committed to full and equitable access for all enrolled students. Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must register with Services for Students with Disabilities located in University Union Room 119 (777-2686).