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SYLLABUS FOR PRECALCULUS

OTHER: TI-89 Titanium Calculator (required)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Functions and their graphs, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry,
analytic trigonometry.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, students should have good foundation in Mathematics. More specifically,
the student should be able to:
1. Understand fundamental mathematical background in functions and their graphs.
2. Comprehend the use of trigonometry graphical calculator .

PREREQUISITES: Placement test

SYLLABUS:
It lists all the topics to be covered in this course. They are assigned to an approximate
week and indexed to the applicable sections in the text. This is your study guide
for each test and quiz. Master the topics on this list and you will be ready for
calculus.

COURSE TOPICS:

1. Real Number , Exponents and Radicals, Polynomial and factoring.
2. Rational Expressions , Solving Equations, Linear Inequalities in one variable.
3. Rectangular coordinates, Graphs of Equations , Linear Equations in two variables .
4. Analyzing Graphs of Functions, Library of Parent Functions, and Transformations of Functions.
5. Combinations of Functions : Composite Functions, Inverse Functions, Mathematical Modeling &
Variation.
6. Quadratic Functions , Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree, Polynomial and Synthetic Division ,
Complex Numbers .
7. Zeros of Polynomial Functions, Rational Functions.
8. Properties of Logarithms. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations .
9. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Models.
10. Radian and Degree Measure, Trigonometric Functions of any Angle.
11. Graphs of Sine, Cosine and Trigonometric Functions.
12. Inverse Trigonometric Functions.
13. Applications of Models.
14. Using Fundamental Identities.
15. Verifying Trigonometric Identities.
16. Solving Trigonometric Equations.

TEXTBOOK:
Precalculus, 7th Edition, by Ron Larson, Robert Hostetler, David C. Falvo ISBN-13: 978-0-618-
64344-8

FINAL GRADES WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE FOLLOWING

Incomplete (I) can be awarded in special cases. University
policy must be followed.

IMPORTANT DATES:

SPRING SEMESTER 2008 (Second Semester)  
New Year’s Day Holiday (Tuesday) (US & Canada) Jan. 1
New Student Orientation (Thursday-Friday) Jan. 3-4
Classes Begin, 8:00 AM (Monday) Jan. 7
Final Day Drop/ Add Changes Jan. 18
Last Day for Student Withdrawal from Classes Mar. 7
Good Friday Holiday (US & Canada) Mar. 21
Easter Monday Holiday (Canada) Mar. 24
Last Day of Classes, Spring Semester (Wednesday) Apr. 16
Final Examinations (Thursday-Wednesday) Apr. 17-23
Semester Ends, 11:00 PM (Thursday) Apr. 24

COURSE SCHEDULE *

Week
 
Dates
 
Topic
 
Reading Material and
Assignments
1
 
Jan 7
Jan 9
Welcome, Introduction &
Appendix A.1, A.2 and A.3
Appendix A.1 to A.6
2
 
Jan 14
Jan 16
Quiz 1 Appendix A4, A.5 &
A.6
Sections 1.1 to 1.4 1.25%
 
3
 
Jan 21
Jan 23
Quiz 2 & Sections 1.1, 1.2,
1.3 & 1.4
Sections 1.5 to 1.7 1.25%
 
4
 
Jan 28
Jan 30
Quiz 3 & Sections 1.5, 1.6
& 1.7
Sections 1.8 to 1.10 1.25%
 
5
 
Feb 4
Feb 6
Test 1
& Sections 1.8 to 1.10
Sections 2.1 to 2.4 15%
 
6
 
Feb 11
Feb 13
Quiz 4 & Sections 2.1, 2.2,
2.3 & 2.4
Sections 2.5 & 2.7
1.25%
7
 
Feb 18
Feb 20
Sections 2.5 & 2.6
Midterm Course Review
All previous Sections plus
Appendix A 5%
8
 
Feb 25
Feb 27
Midterm Exam &
Sections 3.1 & 3.2
Sections 3.1 to 3.4 20%
 
9
 
Mar 3
Mar 5
Quiz 5 & Sections 3.3 & 3.4
 
Sections 3.5, 4.1 & 4.2
1.25%
10
 
Mar 10
Mar 12
Quiz 6 & Section 3.5, 4.1 & 4.2 Sections 4.3 to 4.6
1.25%
11
 
Mar 17
Mar 19
Quiz 7 & Sections 4.3, 4.4,
4.5 & 4.6
Sections 4.7 & 4.8
1.25%
12
 
Mar 24
Mar 26
Easter Holiday
Test 2
Sections 5.1, 5.2 & 5.3
15%
13
 
Mar 31
Apr 2
Sections 4.7& 4.8
Quiz 8
Section 5.1, 5.2 & 5.3
1.25%
14
 
Apr 7
Apr 9
Section 5.1, 5.2 & 5.3
 
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
 
15
 
Apr 14
Apr 16
Final Day of Class & Course
Review
All course material and lecture
notes
16 Apr 21 Final Exam  

* This syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be made based on our class experiences. You will be informed
sufficiently in advance about any relevant changes.

WITHDRAWALS
In the event you choose to withdraw from our course, the burden of following through with the withdrawal
process is your responsibility. You may or may not be dropped for excessive absences. However, failure
to attend does not guarantee being dropped. Please understand that if you do not officially withdraw
before the end of the 9th week of the semester (March 7, 2008),
you must be assigned a grade
based upon what you have earned. This may be anything from A ( unlikely ) to F. Please refer to the
College Catalogue for more detail. If you believe you MUST withdraw, for any reason, PLEASE consult
with me first! Perhaps we can find a way to help you complete our course successfully.

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