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Precalculus Course Syllabus
Course overview
Catalog Description:
Precalculus: Topics include elementary theory of functions and equations,
analytic geometry, vectors, introductory logic, mathematical induction,
sequences and finite series. 4 credits. (4 lecture).
Course Intent: This course is intended primarily to
prepare students for calculus course. It can also be used for general
mathematics credit.
Audience: This course is for students who need a background for taking a
beginning calculus course.
Course Learning Outcomes:
• Solve equations and inequalities.
• Develop and use various problemsolving techniques.
• Study functions as ordered pairs .
• Given an algebraic equation determine its geometric graph.
• Review synthetic division .
• Develop partial fraction decomposition .
• Find the zeros of real functions .
• Solve polynomial equations.
• Summarize the six basic trigonometric (identifies).
• Introduction to vector (2 and 3 dimensional).
• Introduce DeMoivre’s theorem.
• Prove various trigonometric identities.
• Apply the law of cosines and the law of sines for various situations.
• Name points in coordinate geometry using polar coordinates.
• Recognize geometric formulas relating to circles , parabolas , ellipses, and
hyperbolas.
• Use translation of axes, rotation of axes, and polar equations of conics .
• Introduce the Binomial theorem.
• Recognize the use of arithmetic and geometric sequences.
• Understand mathematical induction .
Getting ready
Prerequisites:
Math 1314: Pass with a “C” or better.
Math 1316: Pass with a “C” or better.
Corequisites: Graphing Calculator required. TI83 or TI 84, Plus or
Silver Edition recommended.
Required Material: Precalculus by Larson/Hostetler, Sixth
Edition, Houghton Mifflin, 2004
ISBN13: 9780618314348
Instructor guidelines and policies
Attendance: It is the student’s responsibility to attend class and record all notes. Attendance will be taken daily. If a student is absent from class it still remains the student’s responsibility to secure the notes from one of the other members of the class and to submit any required assignments
Assignments: No late assignments will be accepted.
Makeup Exams: No makeup exams will be given for any reason. One of the four major test grades (the lowest grade) will be dropped.
Cell phones and beepers: All cell phones and beepers must be turned off during lecture.
GRADE DETERMINATION: *Four major tests will be given with the lowest grade being dropped. The computer assignments will add up to 20 points to the total of the three test grades and the final that will count as two test grades. .
Your grade will be determined by the following  Details  Points (if applicable)  Percent of Final Average 
Exams  Four exams will be given  100/test  60 
Computer Assignments  Maple 10 Problems  100  10 
Final Exam  Dec. 12, 10 12:00 AM  100  30 
Total:  100% 
LETTER GRADE ASSIGNMENT:
Letter Grade  Final Average in Percent 
A  10090% 
B  8980% 
C  7970% 
D  6960% 
F  59% 
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Disability Services Office at the respective college at the beginning of each semester. Faculty is authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the Disability Support Services Office.
Tentative Instructional Outline:
Week Number 
Reading Assignment  Reference Chapters 
1  Review: Topics include the following: Graphs and Graphing Utilities, Lines in the Plane and Slope , Functions (As sets of Ordered Pairs), Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree, Polynomial and Synthetic Division  Ch.1.1,1.2,1.3 1.7,1.8 
2 NO CLASS 9/03/07 
Review: Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions. This unit concludes with Partial Fraction Decomposition. Review: Trigonometric Function (The Unit Circle)  Ch: 2.5, 2.7 4.2 
3  Review: Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions, Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions, Inverse Trigonometric Functions. Using Fundamental Identities  Ch.,4.5,4.6 4.7,5.1 
4  Verifying Trigonometric Equations, and Sum and Difference Formulas .  Ch. 5.25.5 
5  Review TEST 1  
6  This unit includes Law of Sines,  Ch.6.1 
6  Law of Cosines, Vectors in a Plane,  Ch. 6.26.3 
7  Vectors and Dot Products , and DeMoivre’s Theorem.  Ch.6.46.5 
8  Review TEST 2  
9  Topics include Lines, Introduction to Conics (Parabolas, Ellipses)  Ch.10.1 – 10.3 
10  Hyperbolas , Rotation of Conics,  Ch.10.410.5 
11  Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates  Ch.10.610.7 
12  Graphs of Polar Equations and Review  Ch.10.8 
Review TEST 3  
13  This unit contains Sequences and Summation Notation, Arithmetic Sequences,  Ch.9.19.2 
14  Geometric Sequences, Mathematical Induction, and The Binomial Theorem.  Ch.9.39.5 
15  Review TEST 4  
Review for Final  
16  FINAL EXAM WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 1012:00 AM 
HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PRECALCULUS MATH 2412
PROBLEM ASSIGNMENTS
MAPLE10  
CHAPTER  PAGE  PROBLEMS  Problems 
1.1  9  Read  
1.2  21  15,25,89  
1.3  36  31,49,67,77  
1.7  75  41,49  
1.8  83  19,43,61  
2.5  160  11,21,25,33,37,47,69,85,89  
2.7  184  5,15,27,39,47  
4.2  278  151 E.O.O.  
4.5  307  2761 E.O.O.  
4.6  318  137 E.O.O. 3947 Odd  
4.7  328  185 E.O.O.  
5.1  359  1111 E.O.O.  
5.2  367  155 E.O.O.  
5.3  376  141 Odd,45,51,55,59  
5.4  384  135 Odd, 39,47,51,53,59,65,69  
5.5  394  153 Odd,95,97,99  
Review  399  185 E.O.O.  
6.1  416  133 E.O.O.35,39,43  
6.2  423  115 Odd,23,27,31,39,41  
6.3  436  175 E.O.O.  
6.4  447  141 Odd  
6.5  457  1113 E.O.O.  
Review  461  1107 E.O.O.  
10.1  704  149 Odd  
10.2  712  151 Odd  
10.3  722  147 Odd  
10.4  732  137 Odd  
10.5  740  7,11,17,19,23,27,33,45,51  
10.6  747  151 E.O.O  
10.7  754  169 E.O.O.  
10.8  762  155 Odd  
Review  772  198 E.O.O.  
9.1  621  1101 E.O.O.  
9.2  631  173 E.O.O.  
9.3  640  185 E.O.O.  
9.4  652  7,13,,15,29,35  
9.5  659  153 E.O.O.  
Review  686  1107 E.O.O. 
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