Preparation for Calculus
Prerequisite and degree relevance: the minimum required score on the ALEKS placement exam. Credit for M305G may NOT be earned after a student receives credit for any calculus course (e.g. 408C, 308K, M403K, or equivalent) with a grade of at least C-. Only one of M305G and any college-level trigonometry course may be counted. M301, 305G and equivalent courses may not be counted toward the major requirement for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, degree with a major in mathematics or toward the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree.
Course description: The purpose of this course is to prepare students for calculus courses. Some students are taking this course as a review; many because they did not scored high enough on the ALEKS placement test to enter calculus directly.
The course emphasis is on techniques needed in calculus, with an emphasis on rigorous algebraic practice and on recognizing and interpreting graphs. It is assumed that the students have had at least three and a half years of high school mathematics.
Required text: Connally, Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, ET AL, Functions Modeling Change, third edition.
Responsible Party: Elizabeth Stepp, August 2009
Review: Functions – Piecewise, Absolute value, quadratic functions, domain and range.
Transformations of graphs
Composition, Inverses, and Combination of functions
Solving Equations: Exponential, Logarithmic, Trigonometric, Polynomial, Rational