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SYLLABUS FOR PRECALCULUS
OTHER: TI89 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, 7^{th} Edition, by Ron Larson, Robert Hostetler, David C. Falvo
ISBN13: 9780618
643448
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 (ThursdayFriday)  Jan. 34 
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 (ThursdayWednesday)  Apr. 1723 
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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