Math 104 - Precalculus - Hasmik Mkrtchyan
My name is Prof. Hasmik Mkrtchyan and I am pleased that you chose Precalculus as the course to satisfy your college mathematics requirement.
Student who successfully complete the course will be able to graph polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions and solve equations involving these functions.
Pre-Calculus lays down the tools necessary for Calculus. We cycle all the functions we saw in Algebra II but we dive deeper. These are functions not only used in Calculus as practice functions but also used to model very practical phenomena. We start with lines, then polynomials, rational functions. We then discuss the important topic of inverse functions and apply it to exponential and logarithmic functions. We then recap your trigonometry experience and apply the inverse functions there too. Next is a more detailed look at finding zeros of polynomials, conic sections, partial fractions, sequences and series - the latter being a big topic in Calculus II. Finally we wrap it all up with some systems of equations. All fun stuff!!! I can’t wait to get into it!
What to Expect in this Course
We will meet 4 times a week. A typical class begins with announcements, answer a few HW questions (if time permits), start the lecture, do a classwork, take a break, do some more lecture, check out some multimedia, finish with some more classwork
Since the students are expected to join the Zoom meetings scheduled for M, T, W, Th 8:00-10:35 AM 6/13/2022 - 8/4/2022, a desktop/laptop/tablet and a reliable internet connection are required..
Types of Assessments
I give five 1.5hourly exams to be written during class time on 8.5” x11” white paper, scanned and uploaded to CANVAS.
I give homework from the textbook. It may tend to be on the time-consuming side but more time spent in Pre-Calculus means less time reviewing the material in Calculus. HW is done on white paper and is scanned and uploaded to CANVAS. HW is due each end of week.
I give classwork. These are problems worked during class time, and submitted on Canvas
And just to make sure we celebrate our fun, I give a mandatory comprehensive two-hour final exam on the last day of class. This is also written on white paper scanned and uploaded to CANVAS
Precalculus by Openstax (current ed), ISBN-13: 978-1-938168-34-5 for the hardcover and it is FREE!
Other Relevant Course Information
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-ZOOM meeting lecture 4 times a week 8:00-10:35 AM
- Canvas messaging (Emails, video-messages, announcements, and comments).
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Last updated: 05/26/2022 Sub#: 1368