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Andrew Moushegh Abian
B CUSP 122
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Elementary Functions

Covers college algebra with an emphasis on polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Prerequisite: either a minimum grade of 2.5 in B CUSP 121 or a score of 147-150 on the MPT-GSA assessment test. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

The emphasis of the course is to learn and improve the algebraic skills necessary to go on taking more math courses. The course covers fractions, exponents, radicals, factorization, linear functions, quadratic functions, some discussion of polynomials and rational functions, and an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions. Graphing of various functions is also covered.

Student learning goals

Improve algebraic skills

Learn functional notation, algebraic manipulation of functions, and composition of functions.

Recognize and be comfortable using polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions.

Ability to graph various functions, and manipulate functions symbolically.

Apply functions and concepts to solve real world problems.

Improve problem-solving ability.

General method of instruction

A typically class will consist of interactive lectures with use of examples from the textbook and small group work, usually involving worksheets. Regular attendance and participation is essential to success in this course.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Online textbook: College Algebra 4/e (4th Edition) by Judith Beecher, Judith Penna, and Marvin Bittinger. Students can purchase an online (eTextbook) version of the textbook from Pearson. There is no need to buy a hard copy of the text. However, if students prefer, they may purchase a hard-copy of the textbook at the UW Bookstore or at

There will be in-class worksheets, several quizzes, 2 mid-term exams and one comprehensive final exam. The course is not graded on a curve.

Grades will be determined using the following weighting: Homework - 20% Quizzes and in class work - 20% Midterms and Final Exam - 60%

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrew Moushegh Abian
Date: 02/05/2013