MTH163: Precalculus I  3 Credits 
Overview 

The general purpose of this onesemester course is to prepare students for a course in applied or businessoriented calculus sequence by providing them with the necessary competencies in algebra, functions (including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic), and matrices, as well as competence in using a graphing utility. At NOVA, this course will prepare the student for the applied calculus sequence, MTH 271272, “Applied
Calculus III”. MTH 163 can also be used in conjunction with MATH 164, “Precalculus II” in preparation for a course in calculus with analytic geometry. At NOVA, MTH 163164 prepares students for MTH 173174, “Calculus with Analytic Geometry III.”
NOTE: Credit cannot be awarded for both MTH 166 and MTH 163 .
Prerequisite : The prerequisite are competency in Math Essentials Units MTE 19 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests, or completion through unit 9 in an MTT course.

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Objectives 

If you do well in this course, you will be able to:
 Solve problems involving equations, inequalities, and systems of equations.
 Operate on functions (addition, multiplication, composition, and inverses).
 Graph linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
 Factor polynomials and find zeroes of polynomials.
 Use matrices to solve systems of linear equations.
 Use a graphing utility as an aid in problemsolving.

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Materials 

In addition to the access to the Enhanced WebAssign site, textbook and other materials listed with the bookstore, you will also need a graphing calculator (for details regarding acceptable models, please refer to your course syllabus). 
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Grading 

Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)
Assignments 

% of Final Grade 
Homework
(EWA  total for all sections) 

10% 
Quizzes
(EWA  6 @ 50 points each) 

30% 
Exams
(3 @ 150 points each) 
450 
45% 
Exam Projects
(3 @ 50 points each) 
150 
15% 
Total 
1000 
100% 
Final grades will be based on the following scale:
Grading Scale 
Grade 
Points 
Percent 
A 
9001000 
90–100 
B 
800899 
80–89 
C 
700799 
70–79 
D 
600699 
60–69 
F 
0599 
059 

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Exams 

There are 3 exams in this course. NOTE: You must pass at least two (2) of the three (3) exams in order to pass this course, regardless of how well you do in the other assignments.

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ELI Policies and Procedures 


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Beginning the Course 


Last Updated:
October 23, 2013

