# Syllabus and Course Outline for Pre-calculus Algebra

Please note: Test dates are given for your convenience only. I reserve the right to make changes in the test dates as
needed. Any changes will be announced in class as early as possible.

The numbers in parentheses represent the homework assignment for each section.

 WEEK CHAPTER/SECTION TOPIC 1 3.1 Functions (39–60, 73–86) 3.4 Library of functions; piecewise-defined functions (9–38, 41–44) 2 3.5 Graphing techniques : transformations (7–62) 5.1 Polynomial functions and models (11–88) 3 5.2 Properties of rational functions (11–52) 5.3 The graph of a rational function (7–12, 15–48) 4 R.6 Synthetic division (5–26) 5.5 The real zeros of a polynomial function (11–80, 89–94) 5 5.5 The real zeros of a polynomial function (11–80, 89–94) 5.6 Complex zeros : Fundamental Theorem of Algebra (7–40) 6 6.3 Exponential functions (11–20, 29–90) (Thursday, Oct. 1) TEST Test #1 (§3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 5.1–5.3, 5.5, 5.6) 7 6.4 Logarithmic functions (9–62, 87–110) 6.5 Properties of logarithms (7–72, 81–92) 6.6 Logarithmic and exponential equations (1–60, 75–86) 8 6.6 Logarithmic and exponential equations (1–60, 75–86) 6.7 Compound interest (1–52) 6.8 Exponential growth and decay models (1–12, 19, 21) 9 12.2 Systems of linear equations: matrices (5–72) 10 (Tuesday, Oct. 27) TEST Test #2 (§6.3–6.8, 12.2) 12.4 Matrix algebra (7–64) Reminder: Tuesday, November 3 is the last day to drop with a “W” grade. 11 12.4 Matrix algebra (7–64) 11.1 Conics (no assignment) 11.2 The parabola (11–74) 12 11.3 The ellipse (13–76) 11.4 The hyperbola (13–64) 13 13.1 Sequences (9–68) 13.2 Arithmetic sequences (3–57) 14 13.3 Geometric sequences; geometric series (9–60, 67–82, 87) (Thursday, Nov. 26) HOLIDAY Thanksgiving Day 15 13.4 Mathematical induction (1–18) (Thursday, Dec. 3) TEST Test #3 (§12.4, 11.2–11.4, 13.1–13.3) 16 13.4 Mathematical induction (1–18) 13.5 The Binomial Theorem (5–42) 17 (Tuesday, Dec. 15) FINAL Final Exam (Comprehensive, with slight emphasis on §13.4 & §13.5)
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