Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH 117

Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager. Precalculus (WebAssign eBook), 3rd edition.

Chapter 1: Relations and Functions
    1.1  Sets of Real Numbers and The Cartesian Coordinate Plane
    1.2  Relations
    1.3  Introduction to Functions
    1.4  Function Notation
    1.5  Function Arithmetic
    1.6  Graphs of Functions
    1.7  Transformations

Chapter 2: Linear and Quadratic Functions
    2.1  Linear Functions
    2.2  Absolute Value Functions
    2.3  Quadratic Functions
    2.4  Inequalities with Absolute Value and Quadratic Functions

Chapter 3: Polynomial Functions
    3.1  Graphs of Polynomials
    3.2  The Factor Theorem and the Remainder Theorem
    3.3  Real Zeros of Polynomials
    3.4  Complex Zeros and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

Chapter 4: Rational Functions
    4.1  Introduction to Rational Functions
    4.2  Graphs of Rational Functions

Chapter 5: Further Topics in Functions
    5.1  Function Composition
    5.2  Inverse Functions
    5.3  Optional: Other Algebraic Functions

Chapter 7: Hooked on Conics
    7.2  Circles

Chapter 8: Systems of Equations and Matrices
    8.1  Systems of Linear Equations: Gaussian Elimination
    8.2  Systems of Non-Linear Equations and Inequalities

Below are “core problems” that we expect students to be able to solve to ensure understanding of the material in the course syllabus. The WebAssign core homework problems are taken from Precalculus (3rd ed.) by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager.

Chapter 1. Relations and Functions
1.1 2, 10, 21, 25, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38
1.2 4, 7, 10, 11, 16, 18, 20, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 43, 46, 49
1.3 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 37, 39, 40
1.4 8, 10, 14, 16, 35, 43, 49, 52, 58
1.5 5, 18, 22, 24, 31, 32, 45
1.6 9, 12, 17, 18, 20, 26, 28, 29, 46, 47, 53, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 75, (58-60, 62-73 contained in problem 502.XP)
1.7 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 44, 50, 51, 52, 53, (and CYM.001)
Chapter 2. Linear and Quadratic Functions
2.1 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 29, 32, 35, 37, 38, 46, 48, 52, 60, 66
2.2 8, 9, 12, 16, 22, 26, 27, 29, 33
2.3 2, 3, 6, 8, 22, 23, 24, 25
2.4 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 38, 45, 47, 49
Chapter 3. Polynomial Functions
3.1 3, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 27, 33
3.2 3, 4, 31, 32, 33, 37, 40, 46
3.3

11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 22, 32

3.4 11, 15, 16, 19, 27, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 42
Chapter 4. Rational Functions
4.1 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 19
4.2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13
Chapter 5. Further Topics in Functions
5.1 25, 30, 33, 38, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 54, 62, 63
5.2 1, 4, 5, 11, 14, 17, 22, 24, 27
5.3 (Optional) 1, 6, 7, 12, 14, 17, 21, 26, 43
Chapter 7. Hooked on Conics
7.2 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17
Chapter 8. Systems of Equations and Matrices
8.1 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 20
8.7 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

WebAssign is an online, interactive environment for teaching and learning.  Using WebAssign students will complete Core Homework Problems common to all sections; individual instructors may also assign additional homework.  WebAssign also provides access to the text as an e-book.  By department policy, homework will count at least 5% towards students' final course grade.  The ground rules provided by your instructor will have further details.

In order to gain access to WebAssign, you must purchase an access code as detailed below.  If you purchased an access code in either MATH 117 or MATH 118 for the Stitz-Zeager text in a previous semester, do not purchase a new code as the code you previously purchased remains valid.

Instructions for students to obtain the e-book and to use WebAssign: To get started, you will need a class key which your instructor will provide.  The class key begins with the letters luc and is followed by two four digit numbers.  So the class key will have the form: luc #### ####.  Once you have the class key, proceed according to the following steps:

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  6. At this point, you will have three choices.  Select the appropriate choice to access the e-book and homework assignments:
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