Syllabus and Course Outline for Precalculus 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; piecewisedefined 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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