Math 112 syllabus

Precalculus Algebra

Course Description:  Covers algebraic, graphical and numerical properties of functions, focusing on linear, quadratic, general polynomial, absolute value, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics also include equations, inequalities, and complex numbers. Applications of mathematics to modeling real world situations are emphasized. Credit for both MA 112 and MA 115 is not allowed. Core course

Prerequisites:  C or better in MTH 100 or a sufficient Mathematics Placement Exam score or a sufficient ACT Mathematics subscore.

Textbook:  Custom Edition: Precalculus: A Right Triangle Approach, 4th edition, by Bittinger, Beecher, Ellenbogen, Penna. ISBN 1256528641

Coverage:  Section R.1 and chapters 1-5 (omitting 2.5).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognition of function model groups by name, equation and general graph shape:  linear, quadratic, cubic, general polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic.

  2. Vocabulary used to describe graphs:  domain, range, increasing, decreasing, x- intercept, function zero, y-intercept, maximum, minimum, asymptote, vertical, horizontal, axis, scale, coordinates.

  3. Real number line and solving inequalities to describe number sets on that line.

Remarks:

Week 1

Students should complete the orientation assignment on MyMathLab before starting the homework.

Selected topics from review chapter (see review chapter assignment on MyMathLab) Cover 1.1 and start 1.2
Week 2 Finish 1.2 and cover 1.3
Week 3 Cover 1.4, 1.5, & 1.6
Week 4 Cover 2.1 & 2.2
Week 5 Exam 1 during this week. Start 2.3
Week 6 Finish 2.3 Cover 2.4 & 3.1
Week 7 Cover 3.2 & 3.3 Start 3.4
Week 8 SPRING BREAK
Week 9 Finish 3.4. Cover 3.5 & 4.1
Week 10 Exam 2 during this week. Cover 4.2
Week 11 Cover 4.3 & 4.4
Week 12 Cover 4.5 & 4.6
Week 13 Cover 5.1, 5.2 & 5.3
Week 14 Exam 3 during this week. Cover 5.4
Week 15 Cover 5.5 & 5.6
Week 16 Review for final exam

 

 

The course has an online homework component using MyMathLab.

Last Updated February 19, 2014