Textbook: Precalculus, by Beecher, Penna, Bittinger, 4th Edition
This course will roughly follow the text but will skip some sections and do some others out of order. This is so that the most important and required concepts will be covered.
Pg XVI of the text's preface lists an optional student solutions manual (for odd numbered problems) for those who may wish this supplement.
The first chapter (Chapter R) of the text (pgs 1 - 57) is a review chapter for concepts that the student needs to be familiar with for this course. They include:
- Real numbers, notation
- exponents, scientific notation
- algebraic manipulation of polynomials
- factoring
- solving linear and quadratic polynomials
- algebraic manipulation of rational and irrational expressions
It will be assumed that the student is familiar with these concepts. However, I understand that familiarity does not necessarily mean that these concepts are fully baked in. Please feel free to ask questions in class or schedule office time if clarification of these concepts is needed.
IMPORTANT:
By necessity, the first 3 weeks (roughly part way into Chapter 5) will be covered quickly. This material should be a review of what has already been studied in algebra courses. The following lists what will be covered during the first week of classes:
Day 1 (Tue, Aug 27): Sections 1.5, 3.2, 3.5
Day 1 homework: Sect 1.5: 14-17, 27, 28, 38, 66; Sect 3.2: 3-8, 39, 41, 42, 63, 64; Sect 3.5: 1, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 23, 24
Day 2 (Thu, Aug 29): Sections 3.4, 4.4
Day 2 homework: Sect 3.4: 1, 19, 23, 29, 30, 37, 53, 75, 76; Sect 4.4: 55-58, 63
Day 3 (Fri, Aug 30): REVIEW QUIZ; Section 1.2
Day 3 homework: Sect 1.2: 18-21, 46, 47, 49, 50, 55, 57-59
PLEASE READ: The Review Quiz on Fri, Aug 30 will count for 5% of your total grade, be short (30 min) and consist of questions related to Algebra. Some of these questions may be covered in the first 2 days, others may not be. Again, the first 3 weeks should be familiar to all students in precalculus. This quiz will help determine if any student should in fact not be taking precalculus.
All 3 homeworks assigned each week will be due the following Tuesday (but Thu, Sep 5 for the first week's assignments)
PLEASE work the assignments as they are assigned instead of waiting until the following Monday to start. This will allow for questions to be answered in class or during office hours before the assignments are due.