Course Syllabus



Course Description:

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Preparation for calculus: polynomial, absolute value, radical, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs; analytic geometry, polar coordinates.


Student Learning Outcomes:

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Graph functions and relations in rectangular coordinates and polar coordinates;
  2. Synthesize results from the graphs and/or equations of functions and relations;
  3. Apply transformations to the graphs of functions and relations;
  4. Recognize the relationship between functions and their inverses graphically and algebraically;
  5. Solve and apply equations including rational, linear, polynomial, exponential, absolute value, radical, and logarithmic, and solve linear, nonlinear, and absolute value inequalities;
  6. Solve systems of equations and inequalities;
  7. Apply functions to model real world applications;
  8. Identify special triangles and their related angle and side measures;
  9. Evaluate the trigonometric function of an angle given in degree and radian measure;
  10. Manipulate and simplify a trigonometric expression;
  11. Solve trigonometric equations, triangles, and applications;
  12. Graph the basic trigonometric functions and apply changes in period, phase and amplitude to generate new graphs; and
  13. Prove trigonometric identities

Course Content:

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  1. Functions including linear, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, absolute value, logarithmic, trigonometric; definitions, evaluation, domain and range;
  2. Inverses of functions;
  3. Algebra of functions;
  4. Graphs of functions including asymptotic behavior, intercepts, and vertices;
  5. Transformations of quadratic, absolute value, radical, rational, logarithmic, exponential functions;
  6. Equations including rational, linear, radical, polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic, and absolute value;
  7. Linear, nonlinear, and absolute value inequalities;
  8. Systems of equations and inequalities;
  9. Characterization of real and complex zeros of polynomials;
  10. Unit circle and right triangle trigonometry;
  11. Trigonometric and inverse trigonometric identities and formulas;
  12. Graphing trigonometric functions:  period, amplitude, phase shift, inverse trigonometric functions; and
  13. Polar coordinates


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Precalculus from OpenStax, ISBN 1-947172-06-9

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    Important Notes:

    • All first week assignments need to be completed and submitted by the due date to avoid possibly being dropped from the class.
    • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phone (541-4660 ext. 249 voice or 542-1870 TTY for deaf students). All information will remain confidential.
    • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. "Ideas or phrasing" includes written or spoken material, from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.  Please see the YourCollegeName handbook for policies regarding plagiarism, harassment, etc. [link to your college's academic honesty policies]

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