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The information presented here is intended to describe the course goals for current and prospective students as well as others who are interested in our courses. It is not intended to replace the instructional policies and course materials presented in class.
The following information applies to the Newark campus. For information about satellite campus courses, please see the contact information at the bottom of this web site.
Every effort is made to update this information on a routine basis. However, if you have questions about enrollment, purchasing materials, and prerequisite skills, please check with your advisor or instructor.
The most updated Course Description can be found at the UD Course Description Search. Information on the sections currently offered can be found at the UD Course Search. Additional information about Math 117 offered in the recent semesters can be found in the Math 117 Departmental Syllabus.
Additional Course Description:
This four-credit course will concentrate on analyzing and exploring the basic function classes (linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, radical, and absolute value). Within these function classes, students explore their graphs and transformations of graphs, solve equations and inequalities, analyze applications, perform composition, determine inverse functions, and practice other important skills and understandings. In addition, this course prepares students for Math 241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A by providing instruction on the skills and concepts needed for success in Math 241 and also provides a course similar to the level of intensity of Math 241.
The Math Placement Exam will assist in determining if you have the appropriate background for this course. Our experience has shown that students without appropriate mathematical background do not succeed in this important first semester course. The consequences can be severe. Unsuccessful students find themselves behind in their math course sequence and other science courses required for their major program and may not graduate in a timely manner.
The following list illustrates the topics intended for coverage in a typical semester. Your instructor may cover these topics in a different order or may add topics if necessary.
Required Math Placement Test Level: 65 or above, or a grade of C- or better in Math 010. For more information regarding math placement, please see the Math Placement Exam webpage.
Additional Prerequisite Discussion:
This course requires a strong intermediate algebra background. This includes the ability to perform operations with rational expressions and numerical fractions (without the use of a calculator), working with radicals and rational exponents, factoring polynomials, solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula, solving absolute value equations and inequalities, and the ability to use algebra to solve word problems and other applications. Many of these topics are covered in a typical Algebra II course or Intermediate Algebra (Math 010) course.
Prerequisite Skills Example Document: MATH 117 Prerequisite Skills Examples
The following are the textbook is typically used in this course. Students should wait until the first day of class to ensure the appropriate textbook and other course materials are purchased.
Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus by Stewart, Loose-Leaf version. Also required is EWA (Enhanced Web Assign) associated with this text.
Calculator Requirement: Currently, graphing calculators are not allowed. A scientific calculator is required for exams.
In most cases, during the fall and spring semesters, the course meets
four hours per week in a MWF course lecture and a discussion on either Tuesday
or Thursday. Assessment activities
generally include tests, quizzes, and other course activities as determined by
the instructor. Common, out-of-class exams including a cumulative final exam
are usually required.
This course is offered during some of the short sessions.
There are several campus resources that provide additional assistance.
Math Tutorial Site:
Satellite Campus Information: Students enrolled at other campuses should contact the math faculty for the specific campus for additional information about this course.
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