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Pre-Calculus online class question

  1. Sep 21, 2012 #1
    Hey guys, I'm trying to avoid taking a pre-calculus class so i can take Calculus in the spring.
    I found resources from OCW which I'm going to use in order to learn on my own in the Fall so I'll be prepared in the spring for Calculus. Can somebody please take 10-15 minutes to look over this link and let me know if this covers what the 'normal' Pre-Calc class would cover to prepare me for Calc 1? Thanks a lot!

  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 22, 2012 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    How about this? Why don't you take 10-15 minutes and post a summary of what's in the course notes?
  4. Sep 22, 2012 #3
    Chapter 2. Functions
    • domain, range, expression, table, graph, difference quotient
    • graphs (x, f(x)), vertical line test, piecewise, absolute value, greatest
    integer, equations, calculator, label axes, window
    • intervals of increase, decrease, local maximum, local minimum, average
    rate of change
    • transformations of functions, vertical shifts, horizontal shifts, reflections,
    vertical and horizontal stretching and shrinking, even and odd functions
    • extreme values, quadratic, standard form, completing the square,
    maximum, minimum values analytically and graphically
    • modeling, domains, ranges, pictures, functions
    • combining functions, function composition
    • inverse functions, one-to-one, horizontal line test, finding inverse
    functions, graphing inverse, domains and ranges
    Chapter 3. Polynomials
    • polynomial functions, end behaviour, zeros, graphs, local extrema, graphs
    and expressions
    • long division of polynomials, remainder theorem, factor theorem
    • applications
    • rational functions, horizontal and vertical asymptotes, graphs, limits,
    Chapter 4. Exponential and logarithmic functions
    • definitions, graphs, natural exponential and natural log, compound
    interest, evaluation analytically and by calculator, properties, common log,
    • laws of logs, expansion, contraction, change of base
    • equations, solving
    • modeling
    Chapter 5,6,7. Trigonometry
    • angles, radians, degrees, standard position, arc length, sector area, right
    angle trigonometry, 2 special triangles, applications, trigonometric
    functions of angles, SOHCAHTOA, signs of functions, ASTC, reference
    angles, standard position, identities, Pythagorus, similar triangles
    • unit circle, reference number, trigonometric functions of real numbers,
    even and odd trig functions, graphs, periods, transformations
    • inverse trigonometric functions, domains and ranges, evaluation,
    • trigonometric equations, solutions, algebraic, quadratic, identity use

    Thanks Mark.
  5. Sep 22, 2012 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    Looks pretty standard. If you are able to master this stuff on your own, you will be in good shape for Calculus.
  6. Sep 22, 2012 #5
    Excellent! Thank you Mark, sorry for being so 'lazy' in the original post. I thought it would be a bit of a 'spam' session if I posted all of that in the original post lol. Thanks again!
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