Precalculus Syllabus

Math 147 Course Schedule  for Kathryn Vogler. 

Precalculus  Graphical,Numerical, Algebraic.  Demana Waits Foley Kennedy.  2004.


Class meets daily, Monday through Friday.Dates and schedule subject to change based upon high school activity schedule.

General Date     Chapter                                Topic

09/01-09/30        P,1                          Prerequisites.  Cartesian system.  Linear equations. Solving equations graphically, algebraically.                                                                         Functions and Graphs.

10/01-10/30        1,2                          Piecewise functions. Graphical transformations.

11/01-11/30        2                             Complex numbers.

12/01-12/17        2                             Complex zeros. Graphs of rational functions.  Solving equations and  inequalities in one variable.

01/01-01/26        3                             Exponential functions.

01/24                                                End of Semester 1.  Comprehensive Final Exam.

01/25-02/28        3,4                          Logistic modeling. Logarithmic functions. Angles.  Trigonometry. Unit Circle.

03/01-03/31        4, 5                         Sinusoids. Graphs of Trigonometric functions.  Inverse functions.  Fundamental  Identities. Proving                                                                   trigonometric  Identities

04/01-04/31        5,6                          Sum & Difference Identities. Multiple-angle Identities. Law of Sines, Cosines. Vectors.                                                                                       Parametric Equations.  Polar Coordinates.

05/01-06/08        7                             Systems and Matrices.

06/09                                                End of Semester 2.  Comprehensive Final Exam.


Chapter exams will be given at the conclusion of each chapter. 

Near-daily homework assignments will be graded.

Students will be expected to become adept with graphing calculator provided by instructor.

Students will be expected to participate daily in class. 

Students will be expected to present problems and solution path to the class throughout year. 

Students will be expected to work in small groups as assigned.

Grade is based upon:   Tests = 50%, Homework = 40%, Participation = 10%

GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

1. Read, interpret, and communicate mathematical concepts.

2. Represent and interpret information/data.

3. Select, execute and explain appropriate strategies/procedures when solving mathematical problems.

4. Apply quantitative reasoning to draw and support appropriate conclusions..