# Department of Mathematics Syllabus

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## MAT 12: Precalculus

Approved: 2011-09-01 (revised 2013-12-01, )
This course requires the Math Placement Exam. Read More.
Suggested Textbook: (actual textbook varies by instructor; check your instructor)
Precalculus, 7th edition (Custom Version) by Cohen/Lee/Sklar; Cengage Publishing; Approximate cost - \$49.00-67.00
Search by ISBN on Amazon: 978-1133271130
Prerequisites:
Two years of High School algebra, plane geometry, plane trigonometry, and satisfying the Mathematics Placement Exam.
Suggested Schedule:
 Lecture(s) Sections Comments/Topics 1 1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.2, App. B.4 interval notation, absolute value, factoring, completing the square, quadratic formula, distance formula, midpoint formula 1 1.6, 1.7 lines, symmetry, circles 1 2.3, 2.4 solving inequalities 1 3.1, 3.3 functions, difference quotients; Emphasize finding domains and simplifying difference quotients 1 3.2, 3.3 graphs of functions, shapes of graphs, average rate of change 1 3.4, 3.5 translations, reflections, composition of functions 0.5 3.6 inverse functions 0.5 4.2 quadratic functions 1 4.4 setting up functions in applications 1.5 4.5 max-min problems 0.5 4.6 graphing polynomials 1.5 4.7 graphing rational functions, Give examples of polynomial division when covering slanted asymptotes. 1 5.1, 5.2 exponential functions, Assign Appendix B.3 to read 0.5 5.3 logarithmic functions 1 5.4 properties of logarithms 1 5.5 solving equations with logarithms and exponentials, Omit inequalities, or cover them only briefly. 0.5 6.1 trig functions of acute angles, Assign pp. 437-439. 0.5 6.2 right-triangle applications 1 6.3 trig functions of angles 0.5 7.1 radian measure and geometry 1 8.1 trig functions of real numbers 1 8.2, 8.3 graphs of sine and cosine, Omit phase shift, and assign pp. 585-590. 1.5 9.1, 9.2 addition formulas, double-angle formulas 1 9.4 trig equations 1 9.5 inverse trig functions, Omit the inverse cosine. 0.5 14.2 Pascal's triangle, Binomial Theorem, (Instructors can refer to Sec. 14.2 in the 7th edition for this material.) 0.5 13.2, 13.4 Factor Theorem, Rational Roots Theorem, (Instructors can refer to Sec. 13.2 and 13.4 in the 7th edition for these topics.) 1 5.7 exponential growth and decay, (if time permits)