Course Information

Course Number: MAT 1375

Course Title: Precalculus

Course Outline: Official course outline prepared by the Mathematics Department.

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students for the study of Calculus. Topics include an in-depth study of functions such as polynomial functions, inverse functions, radical functions, rational functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions; solving inequalities; elements of vectors and complex numbers; solving trigonometric equations and identities involving sum, double and half-angle formulas; Binomial Theorem; and progressions. A graphing calculator is required.

Credits / Hours: 4

Section Number: OL 91

Prerequisites: MAT 1275

Textbook: Precalculus, Second Edition, by Thomas Tradler and Holly Carley.  The textbook is available to download for free (pdf) or in softcover format for a small fee. To obtain the textbook click here

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Faculty Information

Professor Name:

  • Lili Grigorian

Office Hours/Information: For information about office hours, visit Contact Info & Communications.

Contact Information

  • Email: (Lili Grigorian)
  • Phone: (718) 260 5380 (Mathematics Department)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve absolute value equations algebraically.
    Solve equations graphically.
  2. Determine the domain, and range of a given function.
    Find the sum, difference, product, quotient, and composition of functions.
    Determine the effects of basic operations on graphs of functions.
    Determine the inverse of a function, if it exists.
    Determine the roots and relative extrema of polynomials.
    Sketch the graphs of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
    Solve equations involving polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
    Solve polynomial, rational and absolute value inequalities.
  3. Find the amplitude, phase shift, and period of trigonometric functions.
    Use the trigonometric identities, half- and double-angle formulas to modify trigonometric formulas.
    Solve trigonometric equations
  4. Write a complex number in rectangular and polar forms.
    Multiply and divide two complex numbers in polar form.
    Find the magnitude, direction angle, horizontal, and vertical components of a vector.
  5. Find the n-th term of arithmetic and geometric sequences.
    Find the n-th partial sums of arithmetic and geometric sequences.
    Find terms of a binomial expansion using the Binomial Theorem.
  6. Use a graphing calculator to assist in the above.

Gen Ed Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand and employ both quantitative and qualitative analysis to solve problems.
  2. Employ scientific reasoning and logical thinking.
  3. Communicate effectively using written and oral means.
  4. Use creativity to solve problems.

Technology Requirements

  • A graphing calculator such as the TI-84+ is required.

Percent/Letter Grade conversion

A = 93.0 — 100
A- = 90.0 — 92.9
B+ = 87.0 — 89.9
B = 83.0 — 86.9
B- = 80.0 — 82.9
C+ = 77.0 — 79.9
C = 70.0 — 76.9
D = 60.0 — 69.9
F = 0 — 59.9
W = withdrawal up to 11/6/20 (WF after 11/6/20)

Grading Policy

The grading policy for the course appears on the Grading Policy page.

Class Etiquette & Netiquette

If possible, arrange to be alone in a quite place. All academically related tools should be on hand. (Textbooks, notebooks, pen/pencil etc.)  Avoid to have food and other non-academically related items next to you. Raise your hand if you have a question, remain in the BCU classroom for the entire session.

Students will conduct their online posts and replies with respect for others, which include courtesy, dignity and appropriate language at all times. Inappropriate behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and will negatively affect your grade. I strongly recommend that you review the Netiquette guidelines.The CUNY School of Professional Studies: Netiquette Guidelines:


Attendance will be taken each session, it is automatically recorded in BCU. Notify me via e-mail if you are unable to attend.

During our live lectures on BCU you are expected to answer questions, communicate with your classmates when placed in groups, participate in forum discussions on Blackboard, etc.

Academic Integrity Policy

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the college recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion. More information about the College’s policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the College Catalog

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