Summer Review Calculus
The importance of a solid foundation in algebra cannot be over-emphasized. Algebra is used throughout Math 110 and Math 140 as it is in all subsequent courses. The student cannot be expected to grasp the new concepts encountered if s/he is deficient in this important basic tool. The following are some of the skills with which a student should be very familiar.
Trigonometry also plays an important role in calculus and is used throughout Math 140. The student must know trigonometry in order to be successful in the course. In particular the student should be familiar with the following:
The most appropriate texts for review of these fundamentals are those high school texts with which the student is already familiar.
Students who plan to take Math 110 or 140 and whose Profile of Academic Abilities indicate that they should take at least one of the courses from Math 4, 21, 22, 26, 40 and 41, have a serious deficiency in algebra and/or trigonometry. Students must show proficiency in these areas before scheduling Math 110 or 140. Passing Math 22 and 26 or Math 41 demonstrates that the student has acquired the necessary skills in algebra and/or trigonometry.
Enrollment in similar courses offered by other colleges and universities is equally satisfactory. Successful completion of these courses can demonstrate that the student has the necessary proficiencies in algebra and/or trigonometry.
If a student scores remedially in algebra and/or trigonometry and is unable to take courses during the summer, or if the student is unable to study the material on his/her own, it is required that s/he take the algebra and trigonometry courses noted on the Profile before scheduling Math 110 and 140.
The following are some texts that are appropriate for learning algebra and trigonometry:
Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 6th Edition
Jerome E. Kaufman
College Algebra, 4th Edition
College Trigonometry, 3rd Edition
Aufmann, Barker and Nation
Houghton Mifflin Company
A Primer for Calculus, 6th Edition
Precalculus, 5th Edition
Approved by the Mathematics Department, June 2007