Pre-Calculus: Algebra and Trigonometry

Department of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Memphis

**Course Description:**

A one-semester four-hour course
designed to review material covered in three years of

high school algebra and analytic geometry. This course is referred to as "Pre-Calculus"

since it is intended to prepare students with the mathematical background needed to take

a course or course sequence in college-level calculus.

Topics to be covered include an extremely fast-paced review of algebra
(algebraic notation,

solving equations and inequalities, rules for exponents and square roots,
rational and radical

expressions), functions and graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, the
definitions of

the trigonometric functions in terms of the unit circle, graphs of the
trigonometric functions

and their inverses, using trigonometric identities, solution sets for
trigonometric equations,

applications of trigonometry, trigonometric representation of complex numbers, and,

if time permits, force-vector diagrams and
conic sections.

**Course Prerequisites:**

Two years of high school algebra, or DSPM 0850.

**Text:**

__Precalculus____: Functions and Graphs__, by Swokowski and Cole (Brooks/Cole, 12th edition).

**Course Content:**

Chapters 1 through 6 (Algebra and Trigonometry) from the text, plus

part of Chapters 7 (Vectors, Complex Numbers) and 10 (Conic Sections).

**Web Resources:**

http://www.dpdsdogs.com/dpd/math/1730/
(instructor’s class website)

http://www.webassign.net/ (publisher’s online
homework website)

http://www.memphis.edu/msci/ (math
department’s website)

**Class Meetings:**

9:40-11:05 a.m. Tues/Thurs, and 9:10-10:05 on Fridays

Dunn Hall, Room 223

**Instructor:**

D. P. Dwiggins, PhD (send e-mail: ddwiggns@memphis.edu)

**Office:**

Room 368, Dunn Hall (third floor)

**Hours:**

11:30-1:30 Monday-Thursday

**Telephone:**

678-4174

**Course Evaluation:**

There will be four 100-point tests and a 100-point daily average,

which is based on quizzes and homework.

The lowest of these five 100-point scores will be dropped,

and the next lowest may be replaced by the final exam score, if higher.

**Grade Calculation:**

The final exam is also worth 100 points which, along with the quizzes and
tests,

gives a total of 500 points.

Divide the resulting total by 5 to obtain the semester average, with grades
assigned

according to the **Grade Scale **. If you complete the publisher’s online
assignments and

this homework score is higher than the average computed above, then I will add
in the

online homework score, giving a total of 600 points, dividing by 6 to give a
higher

semester average.

**Make-Up Policy:**

No make-up for missed quizzes (lowest will be dropped, others may be replaced by

extra credit homework assignments). Three-day make-up (with excuse) for missed
test or exam.

**Attendance Policy:**

As needed for purposes of reporting to the University and faculty advisors.