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MATH 140: Precalculus: Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (3 credits)

Course Description

Study of the elements of trigonometry and analytic geometry including trigonometric functions and their inverses, relations, graphs, and applications; conic sections; vector applications; cartesian and polar coordinate systems; parametric equations and applications; and related topics. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Grade of “C” or better in MATH 135 or equivalent, satisfactory math placement test score, or consent of instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Utilize precise mathematical language and symbols to effectively communicate mathematics in written and/or oral form and in the presentation of evidence.
  • Traverse the bridge from theory to practice by applying concepts and properties of trigonometry, vectors, and complex numbers to solve problems.
  • Analyze and graph trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, conics, polar equations, and parametric equations.
  • Apply formal rules or algorithms by demonstrating proficiency in performing operations with trigonometric expressions and equations.
  • Use appropriate symbolic techniques to analyze and solve application problems requiring the use of trigonometry and analytical geometry and in the critical evaluation of evidence.
  • Understand the concept of proof as a chain of inferences by demonstrating proficiency at proving trigonometric identities and other types of proofs.

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page last updated: April 28, 2014

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