Algebra for Calculus

Professor Hlas
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Hibbard 530

Course Information

Section 012: MTWTh 1-1:50 (HHH 231)
Section 013: MTWTh 4-4:50 (HHH 301)

This course is designed for students pursuing degree programs that require calculus. Topics covered include: algebraic concepts, techniques, and applications including polynomial and rational expressions, linear and quadratic equations, complex numbers, inequalities, absolute value, functions and graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, and zeros of polynomials.

Course objectives will be achieved by:

  1. Group work -- Working in groups provides insight to mathematical problems and different ways of thinking than your own. Think of your group as a mini-classroom. How can you guide group members to an answer without showing them how to solve it?
  2. Conceptual understanding -- Before we can become proficient, we must first understand why the mathematics works, which will aid in the remembering of important mathematical procedures.
  3. Procedural fluency -- Improvement of algebraic skills will be necessary in order to focus on upper-levels of mathematics. This will be done by focusing on increasingly faster and more efficient techniques.

This course meets the following Liberal Education Learning Goals: creative and crticial thinking, and effective communication.

More course information is available on D2L.

Required Materials

Connally, E., Hughes-Hallett, D., Gleason, A.M., et al. (2007). Functions modeling change: A preparation for calculus, third edition. John Wiley & Sons. (ISBN: 978-0-471-79303-8)


Graphing calculator (i.e., TI-84). Calculators with computer algebra systems (e.g., TI-89 and TI-92) and cell phones will not be allowed on exams.

Math Lab - free mathematics help (