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Spring 2014      Math 121 Trigonometry (4 units)

Section # 4444        Begins  1/21/14       Ends 5/23/14

Course Description

This course will cover 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.

  • Instructor:  Leslie Banta
  • Email: (Do not use Etudes to contact me.)
  • Textbook Information:
    • Textbook:  Trigonometry by Ratti and McWaters ISBN 0321614704. Approximate cost new $200 OR online access to text ISBN 032119991X (approx. $100) available from Pearson when you access the course (choose only one of these options).
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 12 hours per week (more if this is a difficult subject for you) reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions. This course does NOT take “less time” nor is it “easier” to complete successfully than a face-to-face course (in fact, many students find that it takes more time and can be very challenging).  You should consider the amount of time you can devote to the course before you register for the course.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class and complete the online orientation for math classes.  Access the class (the same day) following the instructions in the orientation (
  • Assignments & Tests: Assignments will consist of reading, watching online instructional videos, practice exercises, journal responses, and discussion board activities.  Exams will be conducted online.  You will be required to submit your written work for the final exam within one week of the course ending date.
  • Additional Comments The entire course will be conducted online through the MyMathLab program and email contact with the instructor. Etudes will only be used for orientation to the MyMathLab program.  Students are required to have regular, reliable Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.   This course is NOT self-paced (there are due dates similar to what you would find in a face-to-face course). 
  • 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

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

You will be prompted to create a "strong" password, if you are a returning student use the same password you previously created.