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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I’m planning on going back to college and I need to take the following math course in a month and a half when the new Spring semester begins:

MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

Limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of elementary functions and trigonometric functions, applications.

However, I haven’t done math in about 7 years and most of my Pre-Calc knowledge is either rusty or gone. I don’t have the option of taking a preparation course since the ladder of classes I need to take all begin with Calculus, and I don’t have the time or money to prolong the process.

Below is the table of contents from a used Pre-Calc book I bought. I’m hoping to go through it as quickly as possible try to relearn what I forgot. From these listed chapters and sections what should I study in order to prepare for my MATH 150 course? What sections can I omit and what sections do I have to pay special attention too? Thanks for any help you can give.

Chapter P - Prerequisites

P.1 Real Numbers

P.2 Exponents and Radicals

P.3 Polynomials and Factoring

P.4 Rational Expressions

P.5 The Cartesian Plane

P.6 Exploring Data: Representing Data Graphically

Chapter 1 – Functions and Their Graphs

1.1 Graphs of Equations

1.2 Lines in the Plane

1.3 Functions

1.4 Graphs of Functions

1.5 Shifting, Reflecting, and Stretching Graphs

1.6 Combinations of Functions

1.7 Inverse Functions

Chapter 2 – Solving Equation and Inequalities

2.1 Linear Equations and Problem Solving

2.2 Solving Equations Graphically

2.3 Complex Numbers

2.4 Solving Equations Algebraically

2.5 Solving Inequalities Algebraically and Graphically

2.6 Exploring Data: Linear Models and Scatter Plots

Chapter 3 – Polynomial and Rational Functions

3.1 Quadratic Functions

3.2 Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree

3.3 Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions

3.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

3.5 Rational Functions and Asymptotes

3.6 Graphs of Rational Functions

3.7 Exploring Data: Quadratic Models

Chapter 4 – Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

4.1 Exponential Functions and Their Graphs

4.2 Logarithmic Functions and Their Graphs

4.3 Properties of Logarithms

4.4 Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

4.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Models

4.6 Exploring Data: Nonlinear

Chapter 5 – Trigonometric Functions

5.1 Angles and Their Measure

5.2 Right Triangle Trigonometry

5.3 Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle

5.4 Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions

5.5 Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions

5.6 Inverse Trigonometric Functions

5.7 Applications and Models

Chapter 6 – Analytic Trigonometry

6.1 Using Fundamental Identities

6.2 Verifying Trigonometric Identities

6.3 Solving Trigonometric Equations

6.4 Sum and Difference Formulas

6.5 Multiple-Angle and Product-to-Sum Formulas

Chapter 7 – Additional Topics in Trigonometry

7.1 Law of Sines

7.2 Law of Cosines

7.3 Vectors in the Plane

7.4 Vectors and Dot Products

7.5 Trigonometric Form of a Complex Number

Chapter 8

8.1 Solving System of Equations

8.2 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

8.3 Multivariable Linear Systems

8.4 Matrices and Systems of Equations

8.5 Operations and Matrices

8.6 The Inverse of a Square Matrix

8.7 The Determinant of a Square Matrix

8.8 Applications of Matrices and Determinants

Chapter 9 – Sequences, Series, and Probability

9.1 Sequences and Series

9.2 Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums

9.3 Geometric Sequences and Series

9.4 Mathematical Induction

9.5 The Binomial Theorem

9.6 Counting Principles

9.7 Probability

Chapter 10 – Topics In Analytic Geometry

10.1 Conics

10.2 Translations of Conics

10.3 Parametric Equations

10.4 Polar Coordinates

10.5 Graphs of Polar Equations

10.6 Polar Equations of Conics

MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

Limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of elementary functions and trigonometric functions, applications.

However, I haven’t done math in about 7 years and most of my Pre-Calc knowledge is either rusty or gone. I don’t have the option of taking a preparation course since the ladder of classes I need to take all begin with Calculus, and I don’t have the time or money to prolong the process.

Below is the table of contents from a used Pre-Calc book I bought. I’m hoping to go through it as quickly as possible try to relearn what I forgot. From these listed chapters and sections what should I study in order to prepare for my MATH 150 course? What sections can I omit and what sections do I have to pay special attention too? Thanks for any help you can give.

Chapter P - Prerequisites

P.1 Real Numbers

P.2 Exponents and Radicals

P.3 Polynomials and Factoring

P.4 Rational Expressions

P.5 The Cartesian Plane

P.6 Exploring Data: Representing Data Graphically

Chapter 1 – Functions and Their Graphs

1.1 Graphs of Equations

1.2 Lines in the Plane

1.3 Functions

1.4 Graphs of Functions

1.5 Shifting, Reflecting, and Stretching Graphs

1.6 Combinations of Functions

1.7 Inverse Functions

Chapter 2 – Solving Equation and Inequalities

2.1 Linear Equations and Problem Solving

2.2 Solving Equations Graphically

2.3 Complex Numbers

2.4 Solving Equations Algebraically

2.5 Solving Inequalities Algebraically and Graphically

2.6 Exploring Data: Linear Models and Scatter Plots

Chapter 3 – Polynomial and Rational Functions

3.1 Quadratic Functions

3.2 Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree

3.3 Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions

3.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

3.5 Rational Functions and Asymptotes

3.6 Graphs of Rational Functions

3.7 Exploring Data: Quadratic Models

Chapter 4 – Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

4.1 Exponential Functions and Their Graphs

4.2 Logarithmic Functions and Their Graphs

4.3 Properties of Logarithms

4.4 Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

4.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Models

4.6 Exploring Data: Nonlinear

Chapter 5 – Trigonometric Functions

5.1 Angles and Their Measure

5.2 Right Triangle Trigonometry

5.3 Trigonometric Functions of Any Angle

5.4 Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions

5.5 Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions

5.6 Inverse Trigonometric Functions

5.7 Applications and Models

Chapter 6 – Analytic Trigonometry

6.1 Using Fundamental Identities

6.2 Verifying Trigonometric Identities

6.3 Solving Trigonometric Equations

6.4 Sum and Difference Formulas

6.5 Multiple-Angle and Product-to-Sum Formulas

Chapter 7 – Additional Topics in Trigonometry

7.1 Law of Sines

7.2 Law of Cosines

7.3 Vectors in the Plane

7.4 Vectors and Dot Products

7.5 Trigonometric Form of a Complex Number

Chapter 8

8.1 Solving System of Equations

8.2 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

8.3 Multivariable Linear Systems

8.4 Matrices and Systems of Equations

8.5 Operations and Matrices

8.6 The Inverse of a Square Matrix

8.7 The Determinant of a Square Matrix

8.8 Applications of Matrices and Determinants

Chapter 9 – Sequences, Series, and Probability

9.1 Sequences and Series

9.2 Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums

9.3 Geometric Sequences and Series

9.4 Mathematical Induction

9.5 The Binomial Theorem

9.6 Counting Principles

9.7 Probability

Chapter 10 – Topics In Analytic Geometry

10.1 Conics

10.2 Translations of Conics

10.3 Parametric Equations

10.4 Polar Coordinates

10.5 Graphs of Polar Equations

10.6 Polar Equations of Conics