I will assign readings listed below. Most readings will have associated exercises due in class the next day. Unless otherwise specified, all readings and exercises are from Algebra & Trigonometry written by Abramson and published by OpenStax.

1. Introduction and review:
• Date assigned: July 11 Wednesday.
• Date due: July 16 Monday.
• Exercises due:
1. Which of the following are equations?
1. 2x + y;
2. 2x + y = 0;
3. z = 2x + y.
2. You probably don't know how to solve the equation x5 + 2x = 1, but show what numerical calculation you make to check whether x = 1 is a solution.
3. Write the set {x | x < 3} in interval notation and draw a graph of the set.
4. Suppose that ax2 + bx + c = 0 but a ≠ 0; write down a formula for x.
2. Graphing:
• Date assigned: July 16 Monday.
• Date due: July 18 Wednesday.
• Reading: Section 2.1 (pages 74–83) from the textbook.
• Exercises due:
1. In which number quadrant are both coordinates positive?
2. Fill in the blank: Given a graph in a coordinate plane, a point on the graph that lies on at least one coordinate axis is a(n) ___ of that graph.
3. Write down a formula for the distance between the points (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) in a rectangular coordinate system.
3. Systems of equations:
• Date assigned: July 18 Wednesday.
• Date due: July 23 Monday.
• Section 11.1 (pages 876–888);
• Section 11.2 (pages 892–898);
• Section 11.3 (pages 903–910).
• Exercises due:
1. Given a system of two equations in the two variables x and y, if the graphs of the two equations intersect at the point (3, 5), then what is the solution of the system? (That is, what are the values of the two variables?)
2. Fill in the blank: If a system of equations has no solutions, then the system is ___.
3. Consider the system of equations consisting of x + 3y = 4 (equation 1) and 2x + 3y = 5 (equation 2). If I solve equation (1) for x to get x = 4 − 3y and apply this to equation (2) to get 2(4 − 3y) + 3y = 5 (and continue from there), then what method am I using to solve this system?
4. Functions:
• Date assigned: July 23 Monday.
• Date due: July 25 Wednesday.
• Section 3.1 (pages 160–175);
• My online notes on functions.
• Exercises due:
1. Fill in the blanks with mathematical expressions: If (3, 5) is a point on the graph of a function f, then f(___) = ___.
2. Fill in the blanks with geometric words: The graph of a relation is the graph of a function if and only if every ___ line goes through the graph at most once; a function is one-to-one if and only if every ___ line goes through its graph at most once.
3. In the ___ function, the output is always defined and equal to the input.
5. Piecewise-defined functions:
• Date assigned: July 25 Wednesday.
• Date due: July 30 Monday.
• Most of Section 3.2 (pages 180–189);
• My online notes on partial functions;
• The rest of Section 3.2 (Graphing Piecewise-Defined Functions, pages 189–192).
• Exercises due: Fill in the blanks with vocabulary words:
1. The set of all arguments (inputs) of a function is the function's ___, and the set of all values (outputs) of the function is its ___.
2. A function defined by multiple formulas, each with its own interval of applicability, is said to be ___-defined.
6. Properties of functions:
• Date assigned: July 30 Monday.
• Date due: August 1 Wednesday.
• My online notes on properties of functions.
• Section 3.5, objective 3 (Determining Even and Odd Functions, page 233 and the top of page 234).
• Section 4.1, objective 3 (Interpreting Slope as a Rate of Change, the bottom of page 283 through the middle of page 285).
• Section 3.3 (pages 196–205).
• Exercises due: Fill in the blanks with vocabulary words:
1. Suppose that f is a function and, whenever f(x) exists, then f(−x) also exists and equals f(x). Then f is ___.
2. If c is a number and f is a function, and if f(c) = 0, then c is a(n) ___ of f.
3. Suppose that a function f is defined on (at least) a nontrivial interval I and that, whenever a ∈ I and b ∈ I, if a < b, then f(a) < f(b). Then f is (strictly) ___ on I.
7. Composite and inverse functions:
• Date assigned: August 1 Wednesday.
• Date due: August 6 Monday.
• Exercises due:
1. Fill in the blanks with a vocabulary word and a mathematical formula: If f and g are functions, then their ___ function, denoted f ∘ g, is defined by (f ∘ g)(x) = ___.
2. Fill in the blank with a vocabulary word: If f is a one-to-one function, then its ___ function, denoted f−1, exists.
3. Fill in the blank with an ordered pair: If f is one-to-one and (2, −3) is on the graph of f, then ___ is on the graph of f−1.
8. Linear functions:
• Date assigned: August 6 Monday.
• Date due: August 8 Wednesday.
• Section 4.1, objective 1 (Representing Linear Functions, pages 280–282).
• Section 4.2 (pages 309–316).
• Exercises due:
1. Fill in the blank with a vocabulary word: A(n) ___ function is a function that is defined everywhere and has the same average rate of change between any two inputs.
2. Fill in the blank with a mathematical formula: If f is a linear function and you know its values at x1 and at x2, then the rate of change of f is ___.
3. Fill in the blank with an algebraic expression: If a linear function f has rate of change m and initial value b, then f(x) = ___ for all x.
9. Coordinate transformations:
• Date assigned: August 8 Wednesday.
• Date due: August 13 Monday.
• Exercises due: Assume that the axes are oriented in the usual way (positive x-axis to the right, positive y-axis upwards).
1. Fill in the blank with a direction: To change the graph of y = f(x) into the graph of y = f(x − 1), shift the graph to the ___ by 1 unit.
2. Fill in the blanks with directions: To change the graph of y = f(x) into the graph of y = −f(x), reflect the graph ___ and ___.
3. To change the graph of y = f(x) into the graph of y = f(2x), do you compress or stretch the graph left and right?
• Date assigned: August 13 Monday.
• Date due: August 15 Wednesday.
• Exercises due:
1. Fill in the blank with a vocabulary word: The shape of the graph of a nonlinear quadratic function is a(n) ___.
2. Fill in the blanks with algebraic expressions: Given a ≠ 0 and f(x) = ax2 + bx + c for all x, the vertex of the graph of f is (___, ___).
3. Given a ≠ 0, b2 − 4ac > 0, and f(x) = ax2 + bx + c for all x, how many x-intercepts does the graph of y = f(x) have?
11. Exponential and logarithmic functions:
• Date assigned: August 15 Wednesday.
• Date due: August 20 Monday.
• Exercises due:
1. If f(x) = Cbx for all x, then what is f(x + 1)/f(x)?
2. Rewrite logb(M) = r as an equation involving exponentiation.
12. Properties of logarithms:
• Date assigned: August 20 Monday.
• Date due: August 22 Wednesday.
• Section 6.5 (pages 516–524);
• My online notes on laws of logarithms;
• Section 6.6 (pages 526–534).
• Exercises due:
• Fill in the blanks to break down the expressions using properties of logarithms:
1. logb 1 = ___;
2. logbb = ___;
3. logb (uv) = ___;
4. logb (ux) = ___.
• In solving which of the following equations would it be useful to have a step in which you take logarithms of both sides of the equation?
1. log2 (x + 3) = 5;
2. (x + 3)2 = 5;
3. 2x + 3 = 5.
13. Applications of logarithms:
• Date assigned: August 22 Wednesday.
• Date due: August 27 Monday.
• Exercise due: Suppose that a quantity A undergoes exponential growth with a relative growth rate of k and an initial value of A0 at time t = 0. Write down a formula for the value of A as a function of the time t.
14. Polynomial functions:
• Date assigned: August 27 Monday.
• Date due: August 29 Wednesday.
• Section 5.2 (pages 360–371);
• Section 5.3 (pages 375–389);
• My online notes on graphing polynomials (but the last paragraph is optional).
• Exercises due:
1. Give the coordinates of a point on the graph of every power function, a point on the graph of every power function with a positive exponent, a point on the graph of every power function with an even exponent, and a point on the graph of every power function with an odd exponent.
2. If a root (zero) of a polynomial function has odd multiplicity, does the graph cross (go through) or only touch (bounce off) the horizontal axis at the intercept given by that root? Which does the graph do if the root has even multiplicity?
• Date assigned: August 29 Wednesday.
• Date due: September 5 Wednesday.
• Section 5.4 (pages 393–399);
• Section 5.5 (pages 402–411).
• Exercises due:
1. Suppose that f is a polynomial function and c is a number. If you divide f(x) by x − c, then what will the remainder be?
2. Suppose that f is a polynomial function with rational coefficients and c is an integer If x − c is a factor of f(x), then what is f(c)?
3. If a + bi is a root (or zero) of a polynomial function with real coefficients, then what else must be a root of that function?
16. Rational functions:
• Date assigned: September 5 Wednesday.
• Date due: September 10 Monday.
• Exercises due:
1. If a graph gets arbitrarily close to a line (without necessarily reaching it) in some direction, then the line is a(n) ___ of the graph.
2. If the reduced form of a rational function is defined somewhere where the original (unreduced) form is not, then the graph of the original function has a(n) ___ there.
17. Inequalities:
• Dates: Optional!
• Reading: My online notes on solving inequalities.
• Exercise (optional): Suppose that you have a rational inequality in one variable that you wish to solve. You investigate the inequality and discover the following facts about it:
1. the left-hand side is always defined;
2. the right-hand side is undefined when x is 1 but is otherwise defined;
3. the left-hand side and right-hand side are equal when x is 3 and only then;
4. the original inequality is true when x is 2 or 3 but false when x is 0, 1, or 4.
What are the solutions to the inequality?
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