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Preparatory Mathematics for Engineers
Textbook
Precalculus : Concepts Through Functions, A Unit Circle Approach to
Trigonometry, 1/e, by Michael Sullivan and Michael Sullivan III.
Course Objectives: This course is designed to help the student:
•Establish a clear understanding of numbers and their properties .
•Use graphical and algebraic methods to solve linear equations and inequalities.
•Develop the basic concepts of functions and carry out basic algebraic
operations .
•Establish a clear understanding of different type of functions such as
polynomials, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions .
•Solve logarithmic and exponential equations.
•Explore some trigonometric identities by using the concepts of right triangle.
Course Outcomes: This course requires the student to demonstrate the
following:
1. Develop the basic properties of real and complex numbers.
2. Solve linear equations and inequalities and be able to sketch the solution
set .
3. Define the basic concepts of functions including and the concepts of domain
and range.
4. Perform basic operations on functions and conclude new domains.
5. Perform basic tests on functions such as onetoones.
6. Fins the inverse of a function, if exists.
7. Make a basic sketch of polynomial and rational functions.
8. Solve logarithmic and exponential functions and examine the relationship
between exponential and logarithmic expressions .
9. Sketch the graph of basic logarithmic and exponential functions.
10. Define some basic trigonometric identities.
11. Establish knowledge of the basic trig identities that are driven from the
right triangle.
12. Sketch some trigonometric functions and identify the domain, periods, and
amplitudes.
13. Develop skills to work out application problems.
Topics Covered Algebraic and fractional expressionsEquations and inequalities and some applications. 
Functions  definition, graphs, and properties. 
Linear Functions and applications 
Quadratic Functions and Applications 
Polynomial and Rational Functions 
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 
Trigonometric Functions 
Introduction to Limits numerical, graphical and algebraic approach 
Tentative Exam Schedule
Date and Time  Percentage  
Exam 1  TBA  20% 
Exam 2  TBA  20% 
Exam 3  TBA  20% 
Quizzes and Homework  TBA  10% 
Final Exam  TBA  30% 
Attendance Policy:
Attendance is a vital part of the course work. It is the university policy that
if a student is absent 15% of the class sessions (which, in our case, translates
into 6 hours), he/she will be withdrawn from the course with a grade of WF.
Late attendance: Not only you are expected to be in class, but you are also
expected to be there on time. Three (3) late attendances will count as one
absence. Late is defined as follows: showing up to class after I have finished
calling the class roster, and within the first 10 minutes of the lecture.
Showing up more than 10 minutes late to the lecture counts as an absence.
Academic Integrity:
You are encouraged to work in groups, discuss ideas and compare answers with
other students. However, you are not allowed to work together to the extent that
submitted work is indistinguishable from copied work. Your submitted work is a
personal work, expressed in your own words, with your own numerical computations
and algebraic steps . Copying, cheating or plagiarism, if detected will result in
a WF grade in the course for all who are involved. In addition, those involved
may be reported to the administration for disciplinary action.
Course Syllabus and Weekly Schedule
Hour  Material  Sections 
1  Line in the plane and solving linear equations  F3 
2  Functions  1.1 
3  Graphs of Functions  1.2 
4  Properties of Functions  1.3 
5  Library of Functions; Piecewisedefined Functions  1.4 
6  Graphing Techniques: Transformations  1.5 
7  Properties of Linear Functions  2.1 
8  Exam 1  
9  Quadratic Functions and Their Zeros  2.3 
10  Properties of Quadratic Functions  2.4 
11  Inequalities Involving Quadratic Functions  2.5 
12  Complex Zeros of a Quadratic Function  2.7 
13  Equations and Inequalities Involving the Absolute Value Function  2.8 
14  Polynomial Functions and Models  3.1 
15  Properties of Rational Functions  3.2 
16  The Graph of a Rational Function; Inverse and Joint Variation  3.3 
17  Polynomial and Rational Inequalities  3.4 
18  Exam 2  
19  The Real Zeros of a Polynomial Function  3.5 
20  Complex Zeros ; Fundamental Theorem of Algebra  3.6 
21  Composite Functions  4.1 
22  OnetoOne Functions; Inverse Functions  4.2 
23  Exponential Functions  4.3 
24  Logarithmic Functions  4.4 
25  Properties of Logarithms  4.5 
26  Logarithmic and Exponential Equations  4.6 
27  Angles and Their Measure  
28  Trigonometric Functions: Unit Circle Approach  5.2 
29  Properties of the Trigonometric Functions  5.3 
30  Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions  5.4 
31  Phase Shift; Sinusoidal Curve Fitting  5.6 
32  32 Trigonometric Identities  6.3&6.4 
33  Exam 3  
36  Trigonometric Equations (I)  6.7 
37  Finding Limits Using Tables and Graphs  13.1 
38  Algebra Techniques for Finding Limits  13.2 
39  Algebra Techniques for Finding Limits  13.2 
4045  Review 
Mujo Mesanovic
Schedule for Fall 2008
Phone # 5152995
Day Time  Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday 
09:00  STA 202 NAB 013  STA 202 NAB 113  
10:00  OFFICE HOUR  OFFICE HOUR  OFFICE HOUR  
11:00  MTH 003 PHY 114  OFFICE HOUR  MTH 003 PHY 114  OFFICE HOUR  MTH 003 PHY 114 
12:00  MTH 001 PHY 103  MTH 001 PHY 103  MTH 001 PHY 103  
13:00  
14:00  MTH 001 NAB 010  MTH 001 NAB 010  MTH 001 NAB 010  
15:00  OFFICE HOUR 
STA LAB CHE 110  STA LAB NAB 105 
Other office hours are available by appointment.
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