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 to see what gaps exist in your knowledge. Then based on your performance, you will know exactly what concepts you need to go back and review. I will provide the relevant sections and videos to watch to get up to speed for this class!


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


Lectures are held in class. Interactive lecture notes will be typed up, available on at this page. These are interactive lecture notes! They will be available at least a day before the class session covering the material. You should read through the lecture notes before class and play with the interactive components. Feel free to follow along in class on any device!

Each lecture has examples with 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. This can help solidify the concept in your mind because you are actively involved, instead of passively reading.



One or two students will be chosen at the beginning of class to answer a question related to the previous lecture. Questions will usually be simple definitions of a concept.


Homework will be posted every Tuesday and due the following Tuesday 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 Tuesday, 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


Students registed with the DRC should contact me ASAP so we can set up the necessary arrangements!

Office Hours

Reading/listening to in-class lectures and reading material on your own is a uni-directional flow of information from the content to you. In order to bi-directional flow of information, such as discussions, you should attend office hours to clear up any questions you have about anything. Doesn't need to be course related :)
Using office hours is an important step in being successful in college. If you need help, don't hesitate to reach out!