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Course Description

A significant part of this course covers trigonometric functions and fundamental trigonometric identities. In particular, we will understand how trigonometric functions are developed from both a right angle and a unit circle perspective.

After understanding what trigonometric functions are, we will derive various identities and use them to manipulate and simplify complicated trigonometric identities.

The final part of this course will cover polar coordinates, parametric equations, and conic sections.

Course Methodology


The prerequisite for this course is Math 118. For our purpose, this means you need to understand and be able to use all concepts from Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

This prerequisite is extremely critical for your success in this class as the content in this class builds on Chapter 1 and 2. If you have not mastered Chapter 1 and 2, you will struggle in this class.

We will have a ungraded pretest on the first day of class. This will help you understand what concepts you should to review to succeed in this class.


We will be using Precalculus, Mathematics For Calculus, 7thedition written by James Stewart et al.


Lectures are held in class four days a week. Most lecture notes will be typed up, available on at this page.

Some examples will have a Show Solution button. I recommend when you are reading through the notes to try solving the problem on paper, then comparing your solution after.

Think, Pair, Share

In lecture, after introducing a concept, seeing how to use it in a few examples, you will be given a similar problem to work on. We will use the following strategy:

Finally, I will present my solution. Instead of passively absorbing math concepts we are learning by doing 😤



Homework will be posted every Thursday and due the following Thursday at the beginning of class. The accepted format is on paper in person. Grading is based on two criteria: completeless and a few problems will be chosen to be graded for correctness.


Quizzes will be in person every Thursday, except for the first week. They will be held during the last 10-15 minutes of class and will cover the previous week's material.


There will be two midterms and one final exam during finals week. All exams will be cumulative at the date the midterm is given.

Exam dates:

Grading Policy

The aforementioned assignments have the following grading breakdown:
A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D F
93-100 90-93 87-90 83-87 80-83 77-80 73-77 70-73 60-70 0-60

Academic Integrity

Cheating of any form requires, at minimum, a F on the assignment. Let us define what is allowed for each assignment.

Resource Homeworks Quizzes + Midterms + Final
Me (the professor) Yes Yes
Course materials (lectures + notes) Yes No
Textbook Yes No
Collaboration with peers Yes No
Online resources (internet + math engines like Photomath) No No

Other Important Information


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Getting Help

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