Math 100: Pre-calculus
Daily schedule

MW 1:15-2:35, F 1:15-2:05

12/14 Last day of classes.
  • We'll discuss questions you may have before the final.
12/11 Read 9.5.
  • We'll begin our discussion of recommended study questions 9.4: 3, 5, 6, 12 and 9.5: 17, 35.
12/9 Read 9.4/9.5.
  • Quiz on sections 9.1 and 9.2.
  • You will learn how to determine horizontal and vertical asymptotes of rational functions and be able to use information about a graph to find a possible formula for a rational function.
  • You will learn how to identify rational functions written algebraically.
  • We'll discuss recommended study questions 9.3: 16, 19, 30.
12/7 Read 9.3.
  • Hand in section 9.1: 3, 5, 17, 21, 39 and 9.2: 5, 7, 9, 15, 21.
  • You will learn how to give a possible formula for a polynomial given a graph or other information about function values and degree.
  • There will be no more homework due after today. I will post recommended study problems and solutions for each section. I will devote a portion of each class to answering questions about these study questions.
12/4 Read 9.2.
  • Hand in section 6.7: 5, 16, 35, 39, 51.
  • You will learn how to recognize polynomial functions, how to analyze their long run behavior, and how to use a graph to estimate inputs corresponding to given outputs.
12/2 Read 9.1.
  • Quiz on sections 8.1-8.3.
  • You will learn how to recognize power functions algebraically, how to find a formual for a power function given a table of data, and what to expect in terms of the long run behavior of a power function.
11/30 Read 6.7.
  • Hand in section 8.2: 4, 8, 18, 40, 44 and 8.3: 1, 10, 16, 34.
  • We will discuss inverse trigonometric functions today.
  • You will learn the domain and range of the inverse sine, cosine, and tangent functions.
  • You will learn how to solve "special" trigonometric equations exactly and how to use your calculator to solve general trigonometric equations.
11/23 Read 8.3.
  • Hand in section 8.1: 3, 9, 11, 15, 18.
11/20 Read 8.2.
  • We'll start talking about inverse functions.
  • Hand in section 6.6: 10, 12, 28, 30, 34 and Review Exercises for Chapter 6: 61, 60, 64.
11/18 Read 8.1.
  • We'll think about function compositions and decompositions.
11/16 Read 6.6.
  • We'll discuss the tangent function today.
  • We will also look at some situations modeled by trignometric functions.
11/13 Exam II.
  • The exam is cumulative although sections 3.3, 3.4, 4.1-4.3, 5.1-5.4, 6.1-6.5 will be emphasized. You will have from 11-12:15 to work on it.
11/11 Review.
  • No quiz today.
  • Bring questions to class for review.
11/9 Read 6.6.
  • Hand in section 6.4: 2, 12, 14, 20, 28; 6.5: 2, 4, 6, 16, 20. .
11/6 Read 6.5.
  • Hand in section 6.1: 18, 20, 26; 6.2: 6, 20, 28, 30; 6.3: 14, 28, 30.
  • We will apply the concepts from Chapter 5 to graph transformations of trigonometric functions.
11/4 Read section 6.4.
  • Quiz on sections 5.2, 5.3, 5.4.
  • We will use special values of the sine and cosine to help us sketch graphs.
11/2 Read sections 6.2 and 6.3.
  • Hand in section 5.4: 4, 10, 12, 16, 20.
  • We will define the sine and cosine functions today.
  • We will learn how to convert between radians and degrees.
10/30 Read section 6.1.
  • Hand in problems 2, 14, 16, 22, 32 from section 5.2 and 4, 8, 10, 26, 28 from section 5.3.
10/28 Read section 5.4.
  • Quiz on sections 4.2, 4.3, 5.1.
10/26 Read section 5.3.
  • Hand in problems 8, 10, 18, 26, 42 from section 5.1.
10/23 Read section 5.2.
  • Exam redos are due today.
  • The problems in section 4.2 all look good for practice. Please hand in only 4, 10, 14, 26, 46.
  • Also hand in problems 2, 4, 6, 16, 28 from section 4.3.
10/21 Read sections 5.1.
  • Quiz on Tools for Chapter 3 and sections 4.1.
  • You should start the problems due on Friday by today.
10/19 Read section 4.3
  • We will discuss half-life and doubling time (section 4.2).
  • We will also discuss the graphs of logarithmic functions and exponential functions. You may want to re-read section 3.3.
  • You should be able to do all of the problems 1-30 and 34-51 in section 4.1. Please hand in only problems 2, 8, 14, 19, 28.
10/16 Re-read section 3.4 on the number e. Please also read section 4.2 on logarithms and exponential models.
  • You should be able to do all of the problems 1-77 in the Tools for Chapter 3 section. Please hand in only problems 18, 28, 42, 68, 76.
10/14 Read pgs 146-148 on working with exponents. Please also read section 4.1 which introduces logarithms.
10/9 Exam I. The exam will cover sections 1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1.
10/7 Review.
  • HW 4 is due today. Hand in the following problems: Section 2.2: 20, 22, 24, 31, 32; Section 2.3: 2, 4, 8, 14; Section 2.5: 2-8 even, 18; Section 2.6: 4, 6, 14, 16, 18, 30; Section 3.1: 16, 26; Section 3.3: 5-8, 19.
10/5 Read sections 3.5.
  • More TBA.
10/2 Read sections 3.4.
  • Quiz on sections 2.1-2.3.
9/30 Read section 3.1/3.3.
  • HW 3 is due today. Hand in the following problems: Section 1.4: 20, 22, 32, 38; Section 1.5: 6, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, 32; Section 2.1: 4, 8, 10, 22, 30.
9/28 Read sections 2.5 and 2.6 .
  • Get a good start on your homework due Wed.
9/25 Read sections 2.2 and 2.3.
  • Quiz on sections 1.3-1.5.
9/23 Read section 2.1.
  • HW 2 is due today. Hand in the following problems: Section 1.2: 4, 5, 6, 12, 16, 20; Section 1.3: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, 22; Tools for Chapter 1 problems 22, 26, 28.
  • There is an ella assignment due Friday.
9/21 Read section 1.5.
  • Start working on problems from sections 1.4 and 1.5 due 9/30.
9/18 Read section 1.4.
  • Quiz on sections 1.1-1.2 and Tools for Chapter 1 problems 1-32.
  • See ella for questions due Monday.
9/16 Read section 1.3.
  • HW 1 is due today. Hand in the following problems: Section 1.1: 8, 10, 24, 32; Tools for Chapter 1 (pgs. 58-59): 11, 13, 15.
  • Get started on problems from section 1.3 due next Wednesday.
9/14 Read section 1.2.
  • Get started on the homework problems for section 1.2 due next Wednesday.
9/11 Read section 1.1.
  • See ella for the Beginning of Semester survey (under tests and quizzes).
  • See ella for the assignment due Monday before class begins. If you respond by 9pm Sunday evening I will give you feedback before class.