M140

Precalculus

A study of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; the Cartesian coordinate system for the plane and the algebra and graphing of functions with special emphasis on polynomial, exponential and logarithmic function.   Definitions and graphs of the trigonometric functions; solutions of triangles, analytic trigonometry including circular and inverse trigonometric functions.   Solutions of word problems are stressed throughout.

Prerequisite:   Two years of High School Algebra.

 

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Commentary

So you are about to continue your study of precalculus. Congratulations! The world needs you, and thousands of others like you---people trained in algebra and, indeed, in more far more advanced mathematics. The world needs you for carrying on the work begun by others and for making all the wonderful discoveries which are still to be made.

Perhaps you will be the man or woman who will find a way to prevent cancer or heart disease or even the common cold. There is not doubt that we are on the verge of wonderful new discoveries in many fields of study. But all these things can be done only by men and women who understand mathematics.

Here are some suggestions to help you be successful in acquiring these mathematical skills:

  • Do your homework.

  • Check your work

  • Learn from your mistakes.

  • Know how to get help if you need it.

  • Organize your class materials.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions

  • Hand in assignments on time.

The demands that classes, homework, work and family place on your time is a very difficult load to carry. One key to managing your time is developing a schedule, and sticking to it. Remember that I am here to help you be successful!