Course Information

Grade Structure


Are you ready?: The first chapter covers a review of algebra, analytic geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus. You will take a Math 103 placement exam in your first recitation, this exam is designed to test these review skills that you should know prior to taking Math 103. If you score poorly on this exam, you are in the wrong place. Please switch to Math 101: Algebra and Trigonometry, a half-credit course offered online or in the evenings through LPS. A mediocre score on the placement exam helps you to identify gaps in your background that you need to plug as soon as possible.

Get Help : Before it’s too late, please seek out help. One definition of too late is after you receive a low exam 1 score. The hardest part of the course is keeping up with the pace. Each lecture will cover about 1 ½ to 2 sections of material. If you miss a class, then you will find it hard to catch up. Each section builds off of the previous one so waiting until the weekend to catch up might be impractical.

  • Ask lots of questions in recitation. Take advantage of recitation, don't just show up to take the quiz.
  • Instructor's office hours
  • TA's office hours
  • Sunday Night Reviews (7-9pm each week)
  • Math/Maple Center (Mon. - Thurs. 6:30-9:30pm)
  • Online Help (Discussion board on Blackboard's plenary site for 103 monitored M- Th 9pm - 1am)
  • Learning Resource Center, offered by the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, in Stouffer Commons, Suite 300, 3702 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19104, tel: (215) 573-9235
  • The Tutoring Center
  • Math Department Approved Tutors
  • Miscellany

    Lecture Notes