Welcome to the permanent home page for Section ES31 of MATH-1300 (Precalculus) at Southeast Community College in the Fall term of 2021. I am Toby Bartels, the instructor.

Course administration

Contact information

I am often available outside of those times; feel free to send a message any time.


The official textbook for the course is the 11th Edition of Precalculus by Sullivan published by Prentice-Hall (Pearson). You will automatically get an online version of this textbook through Canvas, although you can use a print version instead if you like. This comes with access to Pearson MyLabs, integrated into Canvas, on which many of the assignments appear.

Graphs and functions

  1. General review:
  2. Graphing points:
  3. Graphing equations:
  4. Lines:
  5. Systems of equations:
  6. Functions:
  7. Graphs of functions:
  8. Properties of functions:
  9. Word problems with functions:
  10. Examples of functions:
  11. Composite functions:
  12. Inverse functions:
Quiz 1, covering the material in Problem Sets 1–12, is on September 13 Monday.

Logarithms and polynomials

  1. Linear functions:
  2. Coordinate transformations:
  3. Quadratic functions:
  4. Applications of quadratic functions:
  5. Exponential functions:
  6. Logarithmic functions:
  7. Properties of logarithms:
  8. Applications of logarithms:
  9. Polynomial functions:
  10. Advanced factoring:
  11. Rational functions:
  12. Inequalities:
Quiz 2, covering the material in Problem Sets 13–23, is available on April 21 Wednesday.


  1. Graphs and functions:
  2. Logarithms and polynomials:

Final exam

There will be a comprehensive final exam on December 15 Wednesday, in our normal classroom at the normal time but lasting until 1:40 PM. (You can also arrange to take it at a different time from December 13 to 17.) To speed up grading at the end of the term, the exam will be multiple choice, with no partial credit.

For the exam, you may use one sheet of notes that you wrote yourself; please take a scan or a picture of this (both sides) and submit it on Canvas. However, you may not use your book or anything else not written by you. You certainly should not talk to other people! Calculators are allowed, although you shouldn't really need one, but not communication devices (like cell phones).

The exam consists of questions similar in style and content to those in the practice final exam on MyLab.

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