Welcome to Precalculus @ SDSU!
Summer 2020 Online
July 7 – August 19
Professor Maha Rayan
This class will be organized as follows:
Live Zoom Classes  M, T, W  9:009:50 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, 34 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 24hour 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
 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.
 Solve Equations: Students will develop conceptual understanding and procedural proficiency for solving equations from the families of functions listed above.
 Use Appropriate Terminology: By the end of the course, students will be able to explain geometric, algebraic, graphical and reallife interpretations of these functions using appropriate terminology.
 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.
 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!
Schedule
Tentative Class Schedule (Summer 2020)
Math Content in Math 141 
Lecture/Homework 
Labs & Lab Homework 

Week 1 
7/7 – 7/9 
Introduction to class 4.2: Polynomial functions & models 
Register for MML through Blackboard HW due Sun. 
Introduction to course & lab HW due Mon, 
Week 2 
7/13 – 7/16 
4.4: Real zeros of polynomial func 
Worksheet: Rational function graphs & applications HW due Mon, 

Week 3 
7/20 – 7/23 
5.2: Inverse functions & their representations Review for Test 1 TEST 1: 3.3, 4.24.6, 4.8, 5.15.3 
HW due Sun. 
Virus Lab
HW due Mon, 
Week 4 
7/27 – 7/30 
5.5: Properties of logarithms 
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 
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: 5.45.6, 6.16.6, 8.18.2, 7.1 
HW due Sun. 
Review for Final Exam
HW due Mon, 
Week 7 
8/17 – 8/19 
6.6: Inverse trig functions FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, August 19, 
HW due 
HW due Mon, 