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Spring 2013    MTH 121 - Trigonometry (4.0 units)

Section 4444     Class Begins 22/01/2013

Course Description

This course will explore the mathematical uses and implications of triangles with its focus on the six trigonometric functions, the inverse trigonometric functions, and their graphs. Students will learn to solve triangles, apply trigonometry to physical phenomena, and work with the trigonometric functions in an algebraic setting. Topics will also include De Moivre's Theorem and applications with vectors. A graphing calculator will be required for the course.

Recommended Prep: Prerequisite: MTH 56 or qualification for MTH 121 through the assessment process.

  • Instructor:  Aeron Ives
  • Email:
    Textbook Information: Required: MyLab access code (~$90); Recommended: TI-89 graphing calculator (~$135). Optional: Trigonometry, by Ratti and McWaters, ISBN: 0-321-56798-6, ~$170;
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 12 hours per week reading, working on assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.  This class is not self-paced.  Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.
  • Special Requirements: Log into ETUDES by the first day of class (1/22), read the orientation, and get the Course ID. Then go to, register using your Access Code and the Course ID, and begin working on the first week’s assignment and discussion.
  • Assignments & Tests: Approximately daily homework; approximately weekly quizzes; a cumulative Final Exam. See syllabus or Assignments in MyLab for more detail.
  • Additional Comments: After an initial login to eTudes to read the orientation and get the access code, the entire course will be conducted online through the MyLab system. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, send emails and private messages, and work independently on a schedule.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411