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Course Syllabus for Precalculus Algebra


CCL DESCRIPTION: This is the first of two courses designed to emphasize topics
which are fundamental to the study of calculus. Emphasis is placed on equations and
, functions (linear, polynomial, rational), systems of equations and inequalities,
and parametric equations. Upon completion, students should be able to solve practical
problems and use appropriate models for analysis and predictions. This course has been
approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core
requirement in natural science and mathematics.


COREQUISITE(S): MAT 171A Precalculus Algebra Lab

Sullivan & Sullivan, Algebra and Trigonometry Enhanced with Graphing
Utilities, 5th Edition, ISBN 978-0-13-600492-9

Traditional with Web Support

Homework (20%) Chapter Tests (60%)
Final Examination (20%)

1.1 Rectangular Coordinates ; Graphing Utilities; Introduction to Graphing Equations
1.2 Solving Equations Using a Graphing Utility; Linear and Rational Equations
1.3 Quadratic Equations
1.4 Complex Numbers ; Quadratic Equations in the Complex Number System
1.5 Radical Equations; Equations in Quadratic Form; Absolute Value Equations;
Factorable Equations
1.6 Problem Solving: Interest; Mixture; Uniform Motion; Constant Rate Jobs
1.7 Solving Inequalities
2.1 Intercepts ; Symmetry; Graphing Key Equations
2.2 Lines
2.3 Circles
2.4 Variation
3.1 Functions
3.2 The Graph of a Function
3.3 Properties of Functions
3.4 Library of Functions; Piecewise-Defined Functions
3.5 Graphing Techniques: Transformations
3.6 Mathematical Models : Building Functions
4.1 Linear Functions , Their Properties, and Linear Models
4.2 Building Linear Models from Data
4.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Properties
4.4 Building Quadratic Functions from Verbal Descriptions and from Data
4.5 Inequalities Involving Quadratic Functions
5.1 Polynomial Functions and Models
5.2 Properties of Rational Functions
5.3 The Graph of a Rational Function
5.4 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
5.5 The Real Zeros of a Polynomial Function
5.6 Complex Zeros; the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
11.7 Plane Curves and Parametric Equations
12.1 Systems of Linear Equations: Substitution and Elimination
12.2 Systems of Linear Equations: Matrices
12.3 Systems of Linear Equations: Determinants
12.7 Systems of Inequalities

COMMENTS: Any policy concerning the possible acceptance of a late assignment or
the possibility of a special arrangement that might be made with the student who missed a
scheduled examination due to circumstances beyond his/her control is left to the discretion of
the instructor.

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