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Precalculus Mathematics


An introduction to the elementary functions (polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric) and their properties. Intended primarily for students intending to enroll in MATH 125.


Precalculus, Contributing Authors, OpenStax College, 2015.


MATH 002 or 2 years of high school algebra and a score of 22 or more on Enhanced ACT Mathematics, or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test. Not open to students with credit in MATH 103.

Credit Hours: 
Chapter Topics
1 Graphs, Functions, Models
2 More on Functions
3 Quadratic Functions and Equations; Inequalities
4 Polynomial Functions and Rational Functions
5 Exponential Functions and Logarithmic Functions
6 The Trigonometric Functions
7 Trigonometric Identities, Inverse Functions, and Equations
8 Applications of Trigonometry
9 Systems of Equations and Matrices
10 Analytic Geometry Topics

Open for only two hours credit for students with credit in MATH 101.

The use of a graphing calculator is integrated throughout most of the text. Students must be able to solve problems using graphing calculator skills as well as techniques involving algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The instructor will need to use a graphing calculator in some of the daily classroom presentations. Instructors should refer to Common Exams and Course Coordinator, page 33.)

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