Math 143 - Preparation for Calculus

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Catalog Description

MATH 143. Preparation for Calculus.
(4-0) 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 co-variational 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.


book coverCarlson/Oehrtman/Moore
Precalculus: Pathways to Calculus
ISBN: 9780984579556


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ISBN: 9780108000003


Chapter & Sections Topics Time
Unit 1 – Review of Algebra  
Module 1, Investigations 1-3  
Unit 2 - Co-variational reasoning, proportional reasoning, and functions  
Module 2, Investigations 1-5
Module 3, investigations 1-3
Unit 3 - Applications to exponential, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric functions  
Module 4, Investigations 1-4, 6-9
Module 5, Investigations 1-2
Module 6, Investigation 1
Module 7, Investigations 1-6, 8, 9
Module 8, Investigations 1-3



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 non-equivalent expressions.
  • Create algebraic expressions to model applications.
  • Demonstrate co-variational 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 pre-calculus mathematics (such as the unit circle definition of the trigonometric functions) by applying them to unfamiliar situations.

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