Problem sets and exams

Almost every other Monday, there will be an exam during the last hour of the class period, closely based on an associated problem set. (There is also a final exam on Wednesday in the last week of the course.) Unless otherwise specified, all problems are from the 4th Edition of Elementary & Intermediate Algebra written by Sullivan et al and published by Prentice-Hall (Pearson).

Here are the exam dates and the associated problem sets (Exam 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, Exam 4):

1. Rational expressions:
• Date taken: October 23 Monday.
• Problems from the Chapter 6 cumulative review (pages 430&431): 9, 19, 23, 25, 28, 31.
• Extra-credit essay question: Explain your background in mathematics and what you are going to use this course for.
• Problems from §7.4 (pages 461&462): 13, 17, 19, 23, 25, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 53, 57, 69.
• Problems from §7.5 (pages 470–473): 45–67 odd, 95.
• Problems from §7.6 (pages 478–480): 11, 13, 25, 27, 39–51 odd, 69.
• Problems from §7.7 (pages 490–492): 15–33 odd, 47–53 odd.
• Problems from §7.8 (pages 502–506): 19, 21, 29, 41–56, 57, 61, 67, 69, 73, 79.
2. Systems of equations; roots:
• Date taken: November 6 Monday.
• Problems from §4.1 (pages 257–259): 17, 19, 21, 39, 41, 43, 45, 59, 61, 63, 65.
• Problems from §4.2 (pages 265–267): 13, 15, 17, 23, 25, 35, 37, 39, 41, 53.
• Problems from §4.3 (pages 274–276): 13, 15, 17, 27, 29, 31, 35, 47, 49, 55, 69, 71.
• Problems from §4.4 (pages 282–284): 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, 23, 25, 31, 33, 35.
• Problems from §4.5 (pages 291–294): 9–29 odd, 35, 37.
• Problems from §9.1 (pages 619&620): 33, 35, 37;
• Problems from §9.2 (pages 626–628):
• 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 51, 53, 55, 57, 73, 75, 93, 95, 97, 99, 107, 109, 111, 113;
• optional (using a calculator): 47, 49, 101, 103, 105.
• Problems from §9.4 (pages 641–643): 37–49 odd, 119–133 odd.
• Problems from §9.3 (pages 633&634): 65, 69, 71, 75, 87.
• Problems from §9.5 (pages 647–649): 21, 25, 31, 33, 41, 53, 65, 67, 71, 75, 109.
• Problems from §9.6 (pages 653–655):
• 13–33 odd, 37, 41, 47, 51, 61;
• Extra credit: Show at least two intermediate steps for each part: 91.a,b.
• Date taken: November 20 Monday.
• Problems from §9.9 (pages 678–680): 25, 37, 43, 47, 81, 89, 95, 103–121 odd, 134, 141.
• Problems from Section 8.6 (pages 581–584): 43, 45, 47, 49, 51–59 odd, 67, 69, 71, 73, 81–93 odd, 101, 102, 103–109 odd.
• Problems from Section 8.7 (pages 592–594): 43–73 odd, 81–87 odd, 99–103 odd, 115–121 odd.
• Problems from §10.1 (pages 699–701): 19–26, 27–33 odd, 45–52, 53–71 odd.
• Problems from §10.2 (pages 712–716): 23–39 odd, 41–49 odd.
• Problems from §9.8 (pages 667–670): 17, 19, 23, 33, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55, 57, 61.
• Problems from §10.3 (pages 721–723): 49–59 odd, 85.
• Extra credit (show at least one step both immediately before and immediately after each time you remove an absolute value operation from the equation): Solve the equation |x + 1| + 5 = |2x|.
4. Functions:
• Date taken: December 6 Wednesday.
• Problems from §6.7 (pages 421–423): 23–41 odd.
• Problem from §9.8 (pages 667–670): 104.
• Problems from §10.1 (pages 699–701): 73–85 odd, 93–101 odd.
• Problems from §10.2 (pages 712–716): 99, 101.
• Problems from §8.1 (pages 528–531): 17–20, 21, 23, 25, 33, 39, 45, 49, 53, 55–58, 64, 65, 66.
• Problems from §8.3 (pages 546–549): 25–36, 39–42, 45–52, 53, 57, 61, 67, 75, 79.
• Problems from §8.4 (pages 555–558): 17, 19, 21, 23–30.a&c, 33&34.a–e, 37, 39, 51, 52.
• Problems from §10.4 (pages 734&735): 17–25 odd, 41–59 odd.
• Problems from §10.5 (pages 746–749): 15, 17, 19, 23–37 odd, 47, 51, 59, 67, 69, 77, 79, 93, 95.
• Extra-credit problem: Consider a graph in 2 dimensions that consists of a single point, say (2, 3). Is this the graph of a function? (Explain why or why not.)
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