Mike Pierce


Math5 – Precalculus

My email address is . Please feel free to email me any questions you have. You can find all the crispy details about the course in the syllabus, while all the materials for the course, exercises, readings, videos, etc, will be posted here.

Syllabus                   Recordings

Week Zero – Orientation

Homework

Let’s get oriented before the class starts. The point of the homework this week is (1) to get you practice uploading homework to Gradescope, and (2) give me an chance to get to know a little about you before the class starts. :) And here’s some reading you might find beneficial for the week.

Week One – Arithmetic, Number Sense, and Units

Homework   ·   Tuesday’s Board   ·   Thursday’s Board

Tuesday we’ll talk about polynomials and rational expressions and various operations with them, and Thursday we’ll talk about converting between units and scaling units across dimensions. Here’s some reading you might find beneficial for the week.

Week Two – Functions & Coordinate Geometry

Homework   ·   Tuesday’s Board   ·   Thursday’s Board   ·   Pop Quiz 1

This week we’ll start on Tuesday talking about functions, then Thursday we’ll talk about $n$-dimensional space, vectors, curves, and distances. Basically I want y’all to think of functions abstractly and to think of space as being pure and geometrical before y’all get tunnel vision when we start graphing functions. ;) And here’s some reading you might find beneficial for the week.

Week Three – The Graph of a Function & Modelling

Homework   ·   Tuesday’s Board

This week we’ll talk about graphing a host of different functions and we’ll talk about some situations that can be modelled with linear or quadratic functions.

Week Four – More Functions, Transformations, & Modelling

Week Five – Trig ... or maybe not, maybe straight-up geometry?

Week Six – Yet more trig

Week Seven – idk yet