# Math 121: Precalculus

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### Course Prerequisites

One of:

- MATH 110, “C” or better
- appropriate score on the math placement test.

### Course Description

The following topics will be covered: properties and graphs of functions (polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions); solving equations; trigonometric identities and applications of trigonometric functions; polar coodinates; and, partial fractions. Extensive computer use required.

### Credit Awarded

4 hours of credit (some exceptions noted below)

Credit is not given for Math 121 if the student has credit in MATH 165, MATH 170, or MATH 180.

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### Course Materials

#### Textbook

Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 8th edition by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, Saleem Watson.

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Sections |
Topics |
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Week 1
Sec 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 |
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Intro to Functions Functions Domain and Range Graphing Functions, Inc/Dec VLT |

Week 2 Sec 2.7, 2.4 |
Algebra of Functions: ASMD/Comp
Average Rate of Change |

Week 3
Sec 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1 |
Polynomial Functions
Polynomial Functions Exponential Functions |

Week 4
Sec 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 |
Angle Measure
Right Triangle Trig Trig/Trig Functions of Angles |

Week 5
Sec 5.1, 5.2 |
Exam 1
The Unit Circle/Trig Functions |

Week 6
Sec 2.6, 2.8 |
Transformations of Functions
Inverses of Functions |

Week 7
Sec 4.3, 4.4 |
Logarithmic Functions
Log Laws |

Week 8
Sec 5.3, 3.6 |
Graphs of Sine and Cosine
Rationale Functions and Their Graphs |

Week 9
Sec 3.6, 5.4 |
Rationale Functions and Their Graphs
Graphs of the Tan/Cot Functions Review Exam 2 |

Week 10
5.5, 7.1 |
Inverse Trig Functions and Their Graphs
Verifying Trig Identities |

Week 11
Sec 7.2, 7.3, 4.5 |
Trig Identities: Add/Sub
Trig Identities: Double/Half Angle Solving Equations: Exponential/Log |

Week 12
Sec 4.5, 7.4, 7.5, 6.5 |
Solving Equations: Exponential/Log/Trig
Solving Equations: Trig Law of Sines |

Week 13
Sec 6.5, 6.6, 8.1 |
Law of Sines/Law of Cosines
Law of Cosines Polar Coodinates |

Week 14
Sec 8.2, 9.7 |
Graphs of Polar Equations
Partial Fractions Part 1 |

Week 15
Sec 9.7 |
Review for Exam 3
Partial Fractions Part 2 Review for Final Exam |