**Precalculus**

**Spring 2012
**

**Purpose:** The
purpose of this course is to prepare students for Calculus. Calculus is the
mathematics of change. We will be using a functions based approach. From a
practical point of view, in Calculus, we reduce everything down to algebra as
quickly as possible. Therefore the successful student in Calculus will find
proficiency with algebra to be of paramount importance. Since trig functions
provide very useful examples of the types of functions which we can study using
Calculus, we will cover Trigonometry. At this point we will try to explore some
of the incredible vistas which will present themselves before the end of the
semester.

**Texts: **Conally, Hughes-Hallet,
Gleason, *et al*.* Functions Modeling Change.* 3^{rd} ed. Wiley 2007.

You
will need a graphing calculator in order to evaluate exponential, logarithmic
and trig functions as well as to check the graphs of your functions. We
recommend the TI 84+. Students are responsible for announcements made in class.

**Grading**

MidtermsÉÉÉÉÉ.45%

Homework......ÉÉÉ.15%

Term PaperÉÉÉÉÉ.5%

Final ExamÉÉ.ÉÉ..35%

**Test dates**

Algebraic, exponential, and
logarithmic functionsÉ.....Feb. 16

Trigonometric
functionsÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ...Mar. 22

Additional topics as time
permitsÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.Apr. 26

**Office: ** Dar
114N 664-2116

**Hours:** MW
9:25 – 9:50,

TTh 9 - 9:50, 2 – 2:50

**e-mail:** steve.wilson@sonoma.edu

**url:** http://www.sonoma.edu/users/w/wilsonst/Courses/Math_107/