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MATH-126: Precalculus I

General Information

  • Name: Precalculus I
  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: MATH 96 with a grade of C- or better or three units of high school mathematics at the level of algebra and above with a grade of C- or better within the last three years, or appropriate score on the WNC placement or equivalent test

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers the fundamentals of algebra; polynomial, rational and radical equations; absolute value and quadratic inequalities; relations and functions; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions, their graphs and applications; systems of equations.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:

  • solve
    • linear, quadratic, radical, and fractional equations. (GE3)
    • absolute value and quadratic inequalities. (GE3)
    • systems of equations and inequalities (not necessarily linear.) (GE3)
  • identify functions and find inverse functions. (GE3)
  • graph, find slopes and equations of linear functions, use them in models. (GE3)
  • sketch the graphs of basic functions and transformations of them. (GE3)
  • graph polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and use them in models. (GE3&6)

III. Topics

Fundamentals of algebra, equations, complex numbers, linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions, system of equations and inequalities. Additional topics may also include: matrices, determinants, conic sections, counting techniques and probability, mathematical induction.

Scheduled MATH-126 classes:

Fall 2016