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MATH 2412 Precalculus


Textbook: College Algebra and Trigonometry 2nd ed. By Ratti/McWaters  ISBN: 978-0-321-64471-8

Catalog Description: This course applies algebra and trigonometry to the study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs. Also included are conic sections; circular and trigonometric functions, inverse circular functions, identities, conditional equations, graphs, solution of triangles, polar coordinates, complex numbers, and vectors; and mathematical induction.   

Prerequisites:  MATH 1314 or MATH 1414 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission by department.  Other prerequisites include ENGL 0301 and READ 0303.

Semester Credit Hours:  (4-4-0)

Course Outcomes:  After successful completion of this course, you should be able to solve problems using the following skills:

  1. Exhibit an understanding of second degree relations, functions, and graphs.
  2. Decompose expressions using partial fractions.
  3. Exhibit an understanding of functions and their graphs, including conic sections and polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
  4. Determine composites and inverses of functions.
  5. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations.
  6. Determine the values of trigonometric functions, including those involving special angles and right triangles.
  7. Graph trigonometric functions; illustrate wavelength and phase shift.
  8. Solve problems involving trigonometric identities and equations.
  9. Solve problems involving the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines.
  10. Solve introductory problems involving vectors in the plane and polar coordinates.
  11. Solve applied problems using skills developed in this course.