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Precalculus:  MATH 1000, MATH 1120, MATH 1130, MATH 1150

 

Precalculus is a preparation for Calculus I.  It includes topics in Algebra and Trigonometry.  Here at Auburn University we offer four course in this sequence.  Based on your major and math placement exam score, you may need one or more of these courses as either a requirement or prerequisite.  They are each offered every semester on campus and also as a distance education course during the summer semester.

The textbook is the same for each:  Stewart, Redlin, Watson.  Precalculus:  Mathematics for Calculus.  6th Edition, Brooks/Cole.  Most instructors use the Enhanced WebAssign online homework management system supplementary to the text.  Access to this is available as a separate purchase or bundled with the text.  It contains homework, tutorials, videos, and an e-text.

Please find additional information on each course below.

 

MATH 1000 - College Algebra

 

College Algebra is a 3 credit hour course considered to be developmental which means it cannot count for core credit, though it can count as a general elective.  This course does not have any prerequisites.  The course description, as found in the Course of Instruction, is as follows: Fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions.  This course typically is set up on a lecture/lab format with 2 days each week in the classroom with the instructor for lecture, and 1 day in the computer lab with the instructor or a lab TA for one-on-one help.  This course participates in the uniform final exam.

Sample MATH 1000 Syllabus

Text and Topics MATH 1000

 

MATH 1120 - Precalculus: Algebra

 

Precalculus:  Algebra is a 3 credit hour course which can count as core math credit depending on the student's major.  Students can either test into MATH 1120 by scoring at least a 48 on the math placement exam or by passing MATH 1000.  The course description, as found in the Course of Instruction, is as follows: Algebra of functions including polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic inequalities, the binomial theorem.  This course is typically set up on the lecture format with homework in WebAssign, and it participates in the uniform final exam.

Sample MATH 1120 Syllabus

Text and Topics MATH 1120

 

MATH 1130 - Precalculus: Trigonometry

 

Precalculus:  Trigonometry is a 3 credit hour course which can count as core math credit depending on the student's major.  Students can either test into MATH 1130 by scoring at least a 56 on the math placement exam or by passing MATH 1000.  The course description, as found in the Course of Instruction, is as follows:  Preparatory course for the calculus sequence. Basic analytic and geometric properties of the trigonometric functions. Complex numbers, de Moivre's Theorem, polar coordinates.  This course is typically set up on the lecture format with homework in WebAssign, and it participates in the uniform final exam.

Sample MATH 1130 Syllabus

Text and Topics MATH 1130

 

MATH 1150 - Precalculus:  Algebra and Trigonometry

 

Precalculus:  Algebra and Trigonometry is a 4 hour course which can count as core math credit depending on the student's major.  Students can either test into MATH 1150 by scoring at least a 56 on the math placement exam or by passing MATH 1000.  The course description, as found in the Course of Instruction, is as follows:  Preparatory course for the calculus sequence.  Algebraic functions, Exponential Logarithmic functions. Analytic and geometric properties of trionometric functions. This course is typically set up on the lecture format with homework in WebAssign, and it participates in the uniform final exam.

Sample MATH 1150 Syllabus

Text and Topics MATH 1150

Distance Education

Each precalculus course is offered online each summer as a distance education course:  MATH 1003, 1123, 1133, and 1153.  The online course uses a mixture of Canvas and Enhanced WebAssign for assignments and media instruction tools.  Students are able to interact with the instructor using online conferencing technologies at times which are conducive to their busy schedule.  Excluding the final, all coursework is done online.  Currently, the final is scheduled on campus.

Distance Education Sample Syllabus

 

 


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