Instructor: Anthony J. Giovannitti, Ph.D.
Office: Boyd 325
Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Prerequisites: Four years of high school mathematics including algebra and trigonometry or consent of department.
Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students for calculus, physics, and related technical subjects. Topics include an intensive study of algebraic and transcendental functions accompanied by analytic geometry. Credit for this course is not allowed if the student already has credit for MATH 1413 or 1634.
Topics: Functions and Their Graphs, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, Trigonometric Equations, Analytic Trigonometry, Applications of Trigonometric Functions, Polar Coordinates and Systems of Equations.
Text: Precalculus by Robert Blitzer
Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of functions and functional notation, and show how to graph functions.
2. An understanding of operations on functions including function composition.
3. An understanding of polynomial and rational graphs, including intercepts and asymptotes.
4. An understanding of how to find the zeros of polynomials and factoring polynomials.
5. An understanding of inverse functions and show how to find them graphically and algebraically.
6. An understanding of the properties of exponential and logarithmic expressions and solve exponential and logarithimic equations.
7. Show how to find the values of the trigonometric functions from right triangles and circles.
8. How to graph the trigonometric functions.
9. How to prove trigonometric identities.
10. How to use sum, difference, double angle and half angle formulas.
11. How to solve problems that involve triangles using the law of sines and law of cosines.
12. An understanding of polar coordinates and show how to graph functions using polar coordinates.
13. An understanding of how to solve a system of linear equations.
3 75-minute tests during class periods.
1 Comprehensive Final. (This will be given July 31, 2003 from 10 am to 12 pm in Boyd 301.)
Your course grade is based on these 3 parts as follows:
Tests 1-3 300 points
Final* 100 points
*The grade from your final can be used to replace one of your in-class test grades.
Letter grade: A450>B400>C350>D300>F
July 2 Last Day to withdraw with a W
July 4 Independence Day Holiday
July 8 Test Two**
July 22 Test Three**
July 29 Last Day of Class
July 31 Final Exam: 10 am to 12 pm in Boyd 301
** Subject to change.