1.
Course Number 
Course Title 
Semester Units 
Hours 
MATH 179 
Precalculus:
Functions and
Graphs 
5 
5 hours lecture
1 hour lab 
2. Catalog Description
Graphic, numeric, and analytic approaches to the study of precalculus
concepts from
college algebra and analytic trigonometry. Use of trigonometric equations,
theorems, and
identities to solve vector, right triangle, and oblique triangle problems.
Application of
appropriate technology including but not limited to computer programs and
graphing
utilities to model, analyze, and interpret a collection of data or to solve
realworld
application problems from a wide variety of disciplines. Topics include the real
number
system; algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their inverses;
graphing
techniques for polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions; complex
numbers;
theory of equations; trigonometric functions and their inverses with emphasis on
the
circular functions; trigonometric equations and identities ; vectors; partial
fractions; polar
coordinates; mathematical induction; sequences and series; matrices; and the
binomial
theorem. A student can earn a maximum of 6 units for successfully completing any
combination of MATH 170, MATH 175, and MATH 179.
3. Course Prerequisites
A grade of "C" or better in MATH 110 or equivalent and MATH 097 or
equivalent.
(MATH 103 does not meet the prerequisite for this course ).
4. Entrance Skills
a. Identifying and/or simplifying :
1. Linear, quadratic, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential, and
logarithmic equations
2. Polynomial expressions
3. Rational expressions
4. Algebraic expressions involving radicals and/or rational exponents
5. Logarithmic expressions
6. Complex numbers
7. Basic mathematical formulas from related disciplines
b. Solving:
1. Algebraic equations
2. Logarithmic and exponential equations
3. Systems of equations and inequalities
4. Applications from a wide variety of disciplines
c. Graphing, Transforming, and/or Operating on the
following:
1. Polynomial absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions and
their inverses
2. Linear and quadratic inequalities
3. Systems of equations and inequalities
d. Factoring polynomials
e. Functions:
1. Determine the domain and range
2. Find the inverse
3. Perform basic operations
f. Geometry:
1. Formulas for geometric objects
2. Properties of geometric figures
g. Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving:
1. Inductive and deductive reasoning
2. Effective communication of mathematical arguments
5. Course Objectives

Students successfully completing MATH 179 will be
able to: 

Comp. 4
Box 1d 
a. analyze linear, quadratic, polynomial,
rational, absolute value, exponential,
logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses from a
graphic,
numeric, and analytic perspective 

Comp. 5
Box 2e 
b. analyze and solve applied problems from
various disciplines and involving a wide
variety of equations including but not limited to: linear, quadratic,
polynomial,
rational, radical, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic, and
trigonometric
equations 

Comp. 3 &
Comp. 4
Box 1a & 1f 
c. apply critical thinking and mathematical
reasoning skills necessary in collegiatelevel
algebraic problem solving in related disciplines such as science,
business,
and engineering 


d. use the techniques of analytic geometry to
graph conic sections 

Comp. 4
Box 2c 
e. observe, interpret, and analyze the behavior
of graphs of a wide variety of
functions and statistical plots including the trigonometric functions 


f. use sequences and series to solve theoretical
and applied problems from various
disciplines such as science, business, and engineering 

Comp. 5
Box 4e 
g. use phase shift to illustrate translation of
trigonometric functions including
amplitude if applicable 


h. find the principal domain and range of the
trigonometric functions 


i. use arclength and radian measure to analyze
the trigonometric functions 


j. apply the trigonometric identities in solving
trigonometric equations 


k. use trigonometric equations, theorems, and
identities to solve vector, right
triangle, and oblique triangle problems, and 

Comp 1&
Comp 4
Box 5h &
Comp 5
Box 4b 7 4c 
l. select and apply appropriate technology
including but not limited to computer
programs and graphing utilities to model, analyze, and interpret a
collection of
data or to solve realworld application problems requiring the use of
collegiatelevel
mathematics. 
6. Minimum Instructional Facilities
a. Standard mathematics classroom equipped with:
1. Whiteboards covering three walls
2. Graphing utility overhead viewing panels
3. Multimedia computer stations with projections capabilities, and a
projection screen.
b. Basic skills math lab equipped with:
1. Whiteboard
2. Pulldown projection screen
3. Computer workstation for each student
4. Appropriate mathematical software
5. Word processor, spreadsheet, and other workplace software
6. Instructor’s work station with multimedia projection capabilities
7. Minimum Student Materials
a. Graphing utility
b. Floppy disk
c. Portfolio
8. Course Content

a. Linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational,
absolute value, exponential,
logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, their graphs and their
inversesb. Graphic, numeric, and analytic
methods to solve application problems
including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, absolute value,
exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric equations
c. Polynomial and rational functions and equations
including the use of
graphing utilities and synthetic division to graph
d. Trigonometric functions developed from the unit
circle using radian and
degree measure
e. Trigonometric identities
f. Graphic, numeric, and analytical methods to
solve linear and nonlinear
systems of equations and inequalities
g. Matrices and determinants
h. Sequences and series
i. Binomial theorem
j. Mathematical induction
k. Conics, parametric equations, and polar
coordinates
l. Vectors in a plane 
Comp. 6
Box 3e 
m. Historical contributions of number and
mathematical theories and
concepts from diverse cultures. 
9. Method of Instruction
Comp. 6
Box 1a &
1c 
a. Lecture
b. Team work
c. Discussion
d. Integrated computer instruction 
10. Methods of Evaluation
Comp. 2 &
Comp. 4
Box 3d 
a. Independent exploration activities
evaluated and graded by the instructor
b. Midterms and final exam will include questions designed to evaluate
students’ grasp of concepts and mastery of skills
c. Final exam to be comprehensive and taken inclass. 
11. Texts
Required text:
a. T Varberg, D. Varberg. Precalculus: A Graphing Approach. Prentice Hall
Press, 1995.
Supplementary text/workbook:
b. Heath and Company, 1996.
10. Exit Skills
A. Identify and/or perform
1) Domain and range of algebraic and trigonometric functions
2) Operations of algebraic and trigonometric functions
3) Inverses of algebraic and trigonometric functions
4) Operations with complex numbers
5) Trigonometric form of complex numbers
B. Solve
1) Algebraic and absolute value equations and inequalities
2) Logarithmic and exponential equations
3) n^th order systems of equations and inequalities
4) Application problems involving oblique triangles, the Pythagorean
Theorem, Law of Sines , Law of Cosines, and vectors
5) Trigonometric equations using the basic trigonometric identities
6) Application problems from variety of disciplines
7) Application problems involving right triangle trigonometry
C. Interpret from a graphical, numerical, and/or analytic
perspective:
1) Trigonometric functions developed from the unit circle using radian or
Degree measure
2) Inverse trigonometric functions
3) Amplitude, period, frequency, and phase shift of trigonometric functions
4) Algebraic functions and their inverses including: polynomial, radical,
rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions
5) Linear and quadratic inequalities
6) Systems of equations and inequalities
D. Apply inductive and/or deductive reasoning and the
basic trigonometric identities
to verify other trigonometric identities