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Summer 2013    MTH 121 - Trigonometry (4.0 units)

Section 8166     Class Begins 6/01/2013Ends 8/1/13

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.

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

  • Instructor:  Leslie Banta
  • Email:  (Do not use Etudes to contact me.)
  • Textbook Information (choose one):
    • Textbook:  Trigonometry by Ratti and McWaters ISBN 0321614704. Approximate cost new $200  OR online access to text available ISBN 032119991X (approx. $80) available from Pearson when you access the course.
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 10 to 16 hours per week reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions. Remember this is a 17 week class condensed into 8 weeks!
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class.  Complete the online orientation for math classes.  Access the class following the instructions in the orientation for Course Compass.
  • Assignments & Tests: Assignments will consist of textbook exercises (provided online), 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 Course Compass program. Etudes will only be used for orientation to the Course Compass program.  Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • 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