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Precalculus with Applications -- Spring 2019

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MTH 132 - Precalculus with Scientific Applications. Functions used in calculus including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric. Systems of equations and inequalities, conic sections, polar parametric equations, sequences and series, and Binomial Theorem. (PR:Math ACT 24 or above, or C or better in MTH 127 or C or better in MTH 130)

  • Time and Place: 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm MTWRF at Corbly Hall 436.
  • Instructor: Peter Saveliev (call me Peter).
  • Office: Smith Hall 713.
  • Office Hours: MWF 2:00, or by appointment.
  • Office Phone: x4639
  • E-mail:
  • Class Web-Page:
  • Prerequisites: solid algebra skills, some knowledge of Cartesian coordinates, familiarity with basic functions
  • Text: Stewart, Redlin, Watson. Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th edition.
  • Computer Restrictions: graphic calculator TI-83 or TI-83+.
  • Activities: the student will practice each outcome via the homework given in the textbook and online.
  • Evaluation: the student achievement of each outcome will be assessed via in-class quizzes, online quizzes (, and in-class tests.
  • Grade Breakdown:
    • participation: $20\%$,
    • quizzes: $30\%$,
    • midterm: $20\%$,
    • final exam: $30\% $;

i.e., the total score is the following weighted average of the five scores: $$\text{TOTAL }= .20 \times P + .30\times Q + .20\times M + .30\times F.$$