Course Coordinator
Tim McNicholl (mcnichol@iastate.edu)
Catalog Description
MATH 143. Preparation for Calculus.
(40) Cr. 4 F.S. Prereq: ALEKS score of at least 50%.
Preparation for MATH 160, 165, and 181. Functions, graphing, basic trigonometry, logarithms, exponentials. Emphasis on covariational reasoning. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may not count MATH 140, 141, 142, 143 or 195 toward General Education Requirements. Only one of MATH 141, 142, 143 may count toward graduation.
Textbook
Carlson/Oehrtman/Moore
Precalculus: Pathways to Calculus
ISBN: 9780984579556
Turning Point RF Clicker
ISBN: 9780108000003
Syllabus
Chapter & Sections Topics  Time 

Unit 1 – Review of Algebra  
Module 1, Investigations 13  
Unit 2  Covariational reasoning, proportional reasoning, and functions  
Module 2, Investigations 15 Module 3, investigations 13 

Unit 3  Applications to exponential, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric functions  
Module 4, Investigations 14, 69 Module 5, Investigations 12 Module 6, Investigation 1 Module 7, Investigations 16, 8, 9 Module 8, Investigations 13 
Objectives
The student who successfully completes this course will be able to do the following;
 Demonstrate equivalence of algebraic expressions by means of the basic principles of algebra (such as the distributive law and laws of exponents) and find counterexamples to nonequivalent expressions.
 Create algebraic expressions to model applications.
 Demonstrate covariational reasoning by using written descriptions and graphs to discuss how the value of a function changes with its argument. In particular, use the concept of rate of change to analyze this behavior. Create functions to model applications.
 Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles of precalculus mathematics (such as the unit circle definition of the trigonometric functions) by applying them to unfamiliar situations.
Old Exams
(if there are any)
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