MATH 8 - TRIGONOMETRY                                                  Course Number:  15108

Instructor:  Tom Dyer                                                                           MW:  10-11:50 am






Text:  Trigonometry (Prepared exclusively for the Sierra Math Dept.) – Pearson Custom Publishing


A calculator with trig functions is required.    However, a graphing calculator, while helpful, is not required.


We will cover most of the concepts contained in chapters 1-6 and several sections from chapters 7 and 8 in the text.    The concepts and their applications which will be covered are illustrated in the list of write-up problems.    These problems are your homework, and will turned in according to the  SCHEDULE, on the days that we have unit tests.    These will be graded on completeness and accuracy.    The homework points vary from unit to unit.    You are encouraged to work together on these assignments.    The write-up problems should be treated as the MINIMUM  homework necessary to prepare yourself for exams.    Treat these assignments as if they were take-home tests – the points towards your grade are comparable.



There will be 5 unit tests, 100 points each.    These will be closed book tests.    One sheet of notes will be allowed for each of the unit tests.    The final exam, which is cumulative, is worth 300 points towards your grade.



Work necessary to complete any problem, be it on homework, tests, or activities in class must be shown to receive credit.



If you miss a test, a make-up test (which may be more difficult than the original) must be made up within 1 week of the original test date.    Make-up tests will be taken in the library.    You will need to show the librarian a picture ID.    You will be allowed to make up at most 2 unit tests.



Group activities, which will be collected at graded, cannot be made up due to absence regardless of the reason and will result in a score of 0 for each activity missed.    However, up to two class meetings worth of activities due to absence will be deleted from the calculation of your course percentage score (the first two class meeting’s worth, if you miss more than two).


This means part of your grade is “attendance-based”.


Although I do not have an office, my “office” hour during the week is 12-12:30  on Mondays and Wednesdays-I will be in the Tutoring Center during those times.    Should you need to contact me at other times you may leave a message on voice mail (789-2649 ext.3573) or email me at     My home phone is (530) 273-4409 (don’t abuse this please).


Should you find that you need extra help with the subject matter, tutoring is available in the Tutoring Center located in room L210 (upstairs north side of the library building).    Don’t get behind.






            Group Activity Ground Rules:

1)  Each person in the group will write the solution(s) as well as the method(s) of solution(s).  

2)  Each person has a right to ask the other members of his/her group any question regarding the problem(s).

3)  Each person in the group has a responsibility to try to answer questions posed by other members of his/her group.

4)  No two groups may interact.    We will switch groups periodically at random, but not during an activity.

5)  Strictly copying another group member’s work will not be tolerated, and will result in a 0.   

6)  One paper from each group will be randomly selected and graded.    All group members will receive that grade.







By enrolling in this class, you agree to abide by the guidelines outlined in this course syllabus.