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.

You may begin using WebAssign on the first day of class. In order to access WebAssign after the 14-day grace period, you must purchase an access code as detailed below. If you purchased an access code in MATH 117 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: Once your instructor has uploaded the class roster to WebAssign, your personal class page will be activated. You will access it with your Loyola ID and password as detailed below. (Note to returning students: there is a change from previous semesters... you no longer need a class key to use WebAssign.)

  1. Go to www.webassign.net/luc/login.html (Note the change in URL from previous semesters.)
  2. Use the LOG IN @ LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO button in the center of the page. The LOG IN button in the upper right-hand corner should NOT be used.
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  4. Successful login should bring you to a WebAssign home screen from which you can access any of your courses having a WebAssign component.
  5. Select the desired course. If you have not already registered an access code for the course, a notice will be displayed with three choices:
    • Enter an access code (purchased at the Loyola Bookstore or from the Acadiem website),
    • Purchase an access code (online from WebAssign...  DO NOT select, as the access code generated will not work), or
    • Continue the free trial.
    Select the appropriate choice to access the e-book and homework assignments.
  6. If you purchased an access code for the Stitz-Zeager text in a previous semester, you do not need to purchase another code. 
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