Welcome to Precalculus @ SDSU!

Summer 2020 Online
July 7 –  August 19

Professor Maha Rayan

Professor Maha Rayan

This class will be organized as follows:

Live Zoom Classes M, T, W 9:00-9:50 am Lecture style classes taught by your instructor. Also recorded so that video can be accessed by those who could not attend live session.
Live Break Out Zoom Sessions T, Th Times will be arranged based on students’ scheduled choices on the first day of class Small break out sections taught by Teaching Assistants (TAs)
Posted Videos M,T,W, Th Watch at your convenience, 3-4 short videos per day Created and posted by your instructor to preview or review material discussed in class. Will be available throughout the course.
Online Assessments F, Sat Open noon on Fridays through noon on Saturdays Students will be allotted two hours to take each quiz during the 24-hour time slot or create a video project
Description of the Course

This course is specifically designed for students majoring in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  The goal of this semester is to increase students’ procedural fluency and conceptual understanding of the basic concepts that they will see when they take calculus.  The goal of these sessions is to engage students in using the mathematical functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric) to model phenomena from the contexts of engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, and geometry.

Prerequisite: Score of 50 or higher on ALEKS test.

Contact information for Instructor and TAs

Instructor Information

Instructor name:  Professor Maha Rayan

Office hours and location:  TBD

Email address:  MRayan@sdsu.edu

Coordinator: Dr. Janet Bowers

Teaching Assistants: 

Student Learning Objectives
  1. Graph functions: Students will be able to graph functions of study (polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric) and identify properties such as intercepts, behavior toward infinity, asymptotes, discontinuities, and inverses.
  2. Solve Equations: Students will develop conceptual understanding and procedural proficiency for solving equations from the families of functions listed above.
  3. Use Appropriate Terminology: By the end of the course, students will be able to explain geometric, algebraic, graphical and real-life interpretations of these functions using appropriate terminology.
  4. Create Models and use Technology as Appropriate: Students will be able to develop appropriate models for explaining data and solving applied problems from various client disciplines. When possible, students will develop the proclivity to use technology to explore shapes of graphs and how values of parameters affect the shape of graphical models.
  5. Develop Math Study Skills: Students will identify their current levels of understanding and transition from memorization to deeper conceptual understanding.  For example, if you find yourself saying “The test wasn’t fair…the wording was different,” then you may be memorizing instead of developing deeper understanding.  A key goal of the course is to try asking yourself, “Why does this concept work as it does?” Once you develop this way of thinking, the wording won’t even be an issue!

Tentative Class Schedule (Summer 2020)

Math Content in Math 141


  Labs & Lab Homework

Week 1

7/7 – 7/9

Introduction to class

4.2:   Polynomial functions & models
4.3:   Division of polynomials
3.3:   Complex numbers

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 HW due Sun.

Introduction to course & lab

HW due Mon, 

Week 2

7/13 – 7/16

4.4:   Real zeros of polynomial func
4.5:   Fundamental thm of algebra
 4.6:   Rational functions & models
4.8:   Radical equations & power func
5.1:   Combining functions

Worksheet: Rational  function graphs &  applications

 HW due Mon, 

Week 3

7/20 –  


5.2:   Inverse functions & their representations  
5.3:   Exponential functions & models
5.4:   Logarithmic Functions

Review for Test 1

TEST 1:  3.3, 4.2-4.6, 4.8, 5.1-5.3

  HW due Sun. 

Virus Lab


HW due Mon, 

Week 4

7/27 – 7/30

5.5:   Properties of logarithms
5.6:   Exponential and Log equations
6.1:   Angles & their measures
6.2:   Right triangle trigonometry     

HW due Sun. 

Radian measure & linear/angular speed lab

 HW due Mon, 

Week 5

8/3 – 8/6

6.3:   Sine & Cosine functions &      their graphs
6.4:   Other trig functions & their graphs
6.5:   Graphing trig functions (Harmonic motion)

HW due Sun. 

Graphing of trig functions

Harmonic Motion (focus on graphing pendulum and Ferris wheel)

HW due Mon, 

Week 6

8/10 – 8/13

Review for Test 2

  TEST 2:  5.4-5.6, 6.1-6.6, 8.1-8.2,  


HW due Sun. 

  Review for Final Exam


  HW due Mon, 

Week 7

8/17 – 8/19

6.6:   Inverse trig functions
Review for Final Exam

FINAL EXAM:  Wednesday, August 19, 

HW due 

HW due Mon,