Topic  Name  Description 

Course Syllabus  Course Syllabus  
1.1: Solving Linear and Rational Equations in One Variable  Solving Linear Equations in One Variable  This passage assumes you have already been exposed to solving a variety of linear equations. This refresher is intended to support you as you explore and manipulate linear functions. 
Applications of Linear Equations  This section provides you with applications of the linear equation and its representation on the Cartesian plane. Examples are given in the context of realworld models and scenarios. 

Rational Equations  This section will prepare you for studying rational functions and their graphs. Methods for solving rational equations include using the LCD and factoring. Examples also include determining when there are excluded values in the solution. 

1.2 Quadratic, Radical, and Absolute Value Equations  Complex Numbers  This summary of algebraic operations on complex numbers will prepare you for solving quadratic equations with no solutions and the related implications for graphing quadratic and polynomial functions. 
Solve Quadratic Equations by Factoring  This is a refresher on solving quadratic equations using factoring methods. This section assumes you have been exposed to methods for factoring previously. 

Solve Quadratic Equations Using the Square Root Property  This is a refresher on solving quadratic equations using the square root property. This section assumes you have been exposed to simplifying roots algebraically. 

Using the Quadratic Formula and the Discriminant  This is a refresher on using the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations. This section will introduce the discriminant and explain how to use it to classify the number and type of solutions to a quadratic equation. This analysis is an essential step in learning how to analyze the behavior of functions using algebraic and graphical methods. 

Equations That are Quadratic in Form  This section explores solving different types of equations and analyzing solutions. 

Absolute Value Equations  In this section, you will explore methods for solving absolute value equations and how to analyze solutions to determine their feasibility. This section will help you become familiar with the algebra of absolute value equations in preparation for functions. 

Radical Equations  This is a refresher on solving various radical equations and determining whether there are extraneous solutions. Radical is another term for root, so you will be solving equations that contain square roots. 

1.3: Linear Inequalities  Using Interval Notation and Properties of Inequalities  This section is an important foundation for learning how to express intervals and sets fluently using words, setbuilder notation, and interval notation. You will use the concepts you learn here to describe the solutions to inequalities. Similarly, we can use sets to describe the behavior of all types of functions. You will be required to use the notation and concepts presented here in many future units in the course, so it is vital to make sure that you achieve mastery of the techniques presented here to be successful in the coming sections on functions. 
Solve Simple and Compound Linear Inequalities  This refresher on solving linear inequalities allows you to practice describing solutions using interval notation, set notation, and graphs. You will also have a chance to practice solving compound linear inequalities. 

Absolute Value Inequalities  This refresher on solving absolute value inequalities lets you practice writing solutions using interval notation. You will also practice graphical analysis of absolute value inequalities. 

2.1: Notation and Basic Functions  The Rectangular Coordinate System and Graphs  This section will introduce the cartesian coordinate plane and how to plot points and lines on it. You will also evaluate a twovariable linear equation and learn how a point on the cartesian plane can be a solution to a linear equation in two variables. 
Defining and Writing Functions  This section introduces the terminology and notation used to define and represent a function using words, function notation, and tables. We will use the concepts and notation introduced in this section throughout the course, so make sure you master them before moving on. 

Properties of Functions and Basic Function Types  In this section, you will analyze graphs to determine whether they represent a function and be introduced to the graphs of the basic functions. Pay close attention to the basic functions because they will be referred to throughout most of the course. 

2.2: Properties of Functions and Describing Function Behavior  Finding the Domain of a Function Defined by an Equation  When we purchase something from a retailer, we want to know what kind of payment they will accept. Some online retailers will accept a credit card or Paypal, but not Bitcoin. Similarly, with functions, we cannot always assume that we can evaluate a function using any number as . For example, what if you are working with the function and you try to evaluate the function at ? You cannot divide by zero, so we must let the user know that cannot be zero, much like how most retailers do not accept Bitcoin. The set of values that can be used for in a given function is called its domain, and the resulting values that will be output from the function and called the range. In this section, we will find the domain of a function and express it in many ways. 
Finding Domain and Range from Graphs  In this section, we will find the domain and range of functions given their graphs. 

Graphing PiecewiseDefined Functions  We can apply the domain and range of functions in piecewisedefined functions. These functions are defined in pieces, and understanding how to define their domains helps us understand their behavior and how to define and describe them. 

Calculate the Rate of Change of a Function  We will continue exploring functions using equations, tables, words, and graphs by finding average rates of change of functions. 

Determine Where a Function is Increasing, Decreasing, or Constant  Now that we have more practice graphing and working with equations of functions, we will learn how to describe the behavior of a function over a large interval or by zooming in on a local area where the function's behavior changes. 

3.1: Composite Functions  Creating and Evaluating Composite Functions  Composite functions are combinations of functions. This section will teach you how to manipulate composite functions algebraically, define their domain and range, and graph them. 
Finding the Domain of a Composite Function  In this section, you will learn how to define the domain of a composite function. 

3.2: Transformations  Graphing Functions Using Vertical and Horizontal Shifts  In the next few sections, you will begin to strengthen your ability to graph functions without the aid of a graphing tool and without having to do a lot of algebra. You will learn some basic transformations that can be done to the graphs of the toolkit functions to make more complex functions. For example, we can take the graph of the square root function , shift it to the left or right, and determine the resulting equation. Conversely we can begin with the equation of and determine what has been done to the graph of without doing a lot of algebra. 
Graphing Functions Using Reflections  The next transformation we will learn is reflections. You will reflect graphs of functions across the axes and determine how the transformations change the equations of the functions. 

Determining Whether a Function is OnetoOne  Graphs can give us important clues about the behavior and characteristics of functions. In this section, you will explore the idea of a onetoone function. This is an important concept for defining the inverse of a function. If you move on to calculus, this is an important concept that will return when you learn about rates of change and derivatives. 

Graphing Functions Using Stretches and Compressions  The last set of transformations you will explore on the graphs of functions are stretches and compressions. You will find out how the equation of a function changes when you stretch the graph in the xdirection or the ydirection. 

3.3: Inverse Functions  Inverse Functions  Inverse functions bring together the concepts we have learned about composite functions and domain and range, so make sure you are confident with those sections before you dig in. A function must be onetoone to have an inverse. If you are uncertain how to determine whether a function is onetoone, it may be a good idea to revisit that concept. 
4.1: Linear Functions  Representations of Linear Functions  In this introductory section, you will practice representing a linear function using words, function notation, tables, and graphs. We will also introduce the language and techniques used to determine whether the graph of a linear function is increasing, decreasing, or constant. 
Interpreting Slope as a Rate of Change  Slope is one of the most important characteristics of a linear equation. We can use it to determine whether a linear function is increasing, decreasing, or constant, and we can also use it to graph linear functions quickly and easily. When a linear function represents a realworld application, the slope tells us important information about what is being modeled. 

Writing and Interpreting an Equation for a Linear Function  The equation of a linear function is different than that of the linear equations we solved in Unit 1 because it contains two variables. The two variables typically used in a linear function are and . The values in the equation represent the inputs to the function, and the values represent the outputs. In addition to the variables and , the linear function contains a slope and a constant called the yintercept. 

Parallel and Perpendicualr Lines  Now, you will build on your knowledge of writing equations of linear functions, drawing their graphs, and performing transformations by exploring parallel and perpendicular lines. You will learn how to identify whether lines are parallel or perpendicular given their equations and graphs. You will also learn how to define the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to another line given an equation and a point. 

4.2: Modeling with Linear Functions  Building Linear Models from Words  This section introduces a basic problemsolving method that will help you navigate the task of creating a linear model given verbal descriptions. 
Modeling a Set of Data with Linear Functions  Now, we will look at a system of two linear equations. There are three different types of solutions for a system of linear equations. We will explore this topic indepth later in the course. 

4.3: Fitting Linear Models to Data  Finding the Line of Best Fit  In this section, you will learn a convenient application for linear functions. Given a set of data points, you will be able to determine whether it is linear, and if it is, you will learn how to determine its equation using an online graphing calculator. It's fun when you can finally see the practical applications in math. 
5.1: Quadratic Functions  Understanding How the Graphs of Parabolas are Related to Their Quadratic Functions  We will continue our study of functions by exploring the characteristics of quadratic functions. You may have solved quadratic equations in the past, and now we will bring together the quadratic equation and the quadratic function. We will explore the graph of a quadratic function and use some of the same techniques for solving quadratic equations to find special points on the function. You will learn how to identify the vertex, axis of symmetry, and intercepts of the graph of a quadratic function and how to calculate their value given the equation of a quadratic function. 
Finding the Domain and Range of a Quadratic Function  The domain and range of a function are integral to its definition. In this section, you will learn how to use algebraic techniques to define a function's domain and range given its equation. 

Determining the Maximum and Minimum Values of Quadratic Functions  You will use the ideas in this section to define key characteristics of polynomial and rational graphs. These ideas continue into firstyear calculus and help us analyze behaviors of functions and trends in general. 

5.2: Power and Polynomial Functions  Power Functions  In this section, you will learn how to identify a power function and use interval notation to express its longrun behavior. If you need a refresher on how to use interval notation, now is a good time to review. 
Polynomial Functions  Now, you will learn how to identify a polynomial function and what makes them different from a power function. You will also be able to define the key characteristics of a polynomial function, such as the degree, leading coefficient, end behavior, intercepts, and turning points. 

5.3: Graphs of Polynomial Functions  Identify the xIntercepts of Polynomial Functions whose Equations are Factorable  This section will dig deeper into the relationship between the graph of a polynomial function and its equation. You will see how to use the factors of a polynomial function to determine where the xintercepts are, and you will also learn about the multiplicity of a zero (xintercept) and how to find it. 
Graphing Polynomial Functions  In this section, we will bring all we know about polynomial functions and use it to sketch a graph given an equation. You will also learn about the intermediate value theorem and how we can use it to analyze behaviors when we don't know exactly where the zeros of a polynomial are. 

5.4: Dividing Polynomials  Use Long Division to Divide Polynomials  This section will give you the algebraic skills to find zeros of polynomials without the aid of a graphing utility. We will use the skills learned here in the coming sections on finding zeros of polynomials and rational functions. If it has been a while, you may need to recall how to use long division to divide integers. 
Use Synthetic Division to Divide Polynomials  Synthetic division is another algebraic method for finding roots (xintercepts) of polynomials. Some people prefer this method because it is tidier than long division. With synthetic division, it is important to understand how to interpret your results. 

5.5: Finding Roots of Polynomial Functions  Three Techniques for Evaluating and Finding Zeros of Polynomial Functions  In this section, we will apply polynomial division techniques to analyze and evaluate polynomials. You will be able to evaluate a polynomial function for a given value using the remainder theorem and the factor theorem. These two techniques work well when the roots of a polynomial are integers. We need to use the rational zeros theorem when we have rational roots. This technique also uses polynomial division but will yield zeros that are rational numbers. 
Using the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra and the Linear Factorization Theorem  After you finish this section, you will be able to find the complex zeros of a polynomial function. This is the last stage in finding zeros of polynomial functions. 

6.1: Characteristics of Rational Functions  End Behavior and Local Behavior of Rational Functions  In the first section on rational functions, you will learn about their general characteristics and how to use standard notation to describe them. When you are finished, you will be able to use arrow notation to describe longrun behavior given a graph or an equation. You will also be able to use standard notation to describe local behavior. 
Domain and Range of Rational Functions  Domain and range are essential for rational functions since some inputs make them undefined. It is crucial to understand how to define the domain and range of rational functions because it allows you to determine asymptotes and the longrun behavior of rational functions. 

Zeros of Rational Functions  In this section, you will use many of the same tools you used to find zeros of polynomials to find the zeros of rational functions. Finding the zeros (intercepts) will help you graph rational functions without a calculator. 

6.2: Finding Asymptotes of Rational Functions  Vertical and Horizontal Asymptotes of Rational Functions  This section will dive deeper into the analytic and algebraic tools for finding the three types of asymptotes found in rational functions. Defining asymptotes will help you graph rational functions without a calculator, determine where the function is undefined, and give you a picture of the general behavior of the function. 
6.3: Graphs and Equations of Rational Functions  Graphing Rational Functions  In our final section on rational functions, we will bring all the skills we have learned together to draw graphs of ration functions without the help of a calculator. We will use asymptotes, intercepts, and general characteristics of the function in question. You will also be able to determine the equation of a rational function given a graph. 
7.1: Intorduction to Exponential Functions  Properties of Exponential Functions  First, we will see how to identify an exponential function given an equation, a graph, and a table of values. You will be able to determine whether an exponential function is growing or decaying over time and how to define its domain and range. 
Equations of Exponential Functions  In this section on exponential functions, you will determine the equation of an exponential function given two points or a graph. 

Financial Applications of Exponential Functions  In the last section on exponential functions, you will learn how to apply the compound interest formula and explore continuous growth. 

7.2: Graphs of Exponential Functions  Characteristics of Graphs of Exponential Functions  This section will define the key characteristics of the graph of an exponential function, including horizontal asymptotes, longrun behavior, and intercepts. 
Transformations of Graphs of Exponential Functions  In this section, you will apply what you know about transformations of functions to graphs of exponential functions. You will perform vertical and horizontal shifts, reflections, stretches, and compressions. You will also investigate how these transformations affect the equation, its domain and range, and the end behavior of the function. 

7.3: Introduction to Logarithmic Functions  Convert Between Logarithmic and Exponential  Logarithms are the inverses of exponential functions. You will explore the relationship between an exponential and a logarithmic function. You will also explore the basic characteristics of a logarithmic function, including domain, range, and longrun behavior. 
Common and Natural Logarithms  In this section on logarithmic functions, you will explore logarithms with base ten and base e and how they are related to their inverse exponential functions. 

7.4: Graphs of Logarithmic Functions  Characterisitics of Graphs of Logarithmic Functions  Now, we will define the domain and range of a logarithmic function given an equation or a graph. We will also construct graphs of logarithmic functions given tables and equations. 
Transformations of Graphs of Logarithmic Functions  Finally, we will transform the graph of logarithmic functions using vertical and horizontal shifts, reflections, and compressions and stretches. Given the graph of a logarithmic function, we will practice defining the equation. 

7.5: Properties of Logarithmic Functions  Properties of Logarithms  Before diving into solving logarithmic and exponential equations, it is helpful to know the properties of logarithms because they can help you out of tricky situations. In this section, you will learn the algebraic properties of logarithms, including the power, product, and quotient rules. 
Expanding and Condensing Logarithms  Finally, we will wrap up the properties of logarithms by learning how to expand and condense logarithms and use the change of base formula. 

8.1: Solving Exponential Equations  Using Like Bases to Solve Exponential Equations  Getting the variable out of the exponent can be tricky, but you will learn the basics in this section. 
Solving Exponential Equations Using Logarithms  The next step in solving exponential equations involves using their inverse, the logarithm. You will work with several different bases and even with exponents that are expressions. 

8.2: Solving Logarithmic Equations  Using the Definition of a Logarithm to Solve Logarithmic Equations  In this unit, you will explore the techniques for solving logarithmic equations. We will begin by using the definition of a logarithm to "undo" it. Then, we will work up to more complex techniques. 
Solving Applied Problems Using Exponential and Logarithmic Equations  Now, we will solve applied problems that involve halflife and the radioactive decay of chemical elements. 

8.3: Exponential and Logarithmic Models  Models of Exponential Growth and Decay  Did you know that you can predict the temperature of a cup of hot tea after it sits for 20 minutes? This section will take a deeper look at applications of exponential functions and the behaviors they model in the real world around us. We will explore halflife, radioactive decay, and Newton's law of cooling. 
Using Logistic Growth Models  The spread of a virus such as COVID19 depends on how many people have the virus and how many people are left in the population to which the virus can spread. This behavior can be modeled using a logistic growth model. In this section, you will learn about the different components of a logistic growth model and what behaviors it is used to model. 

8.4: Fitting Exponential and Logarithmic Models to Data  Use Data to Build a Logarithmic Model  Now, we will practice building models using datasets. Here, you will see a short video on using an online graphing calculator to do the calculations required. Billions of data points are collected every year in fields from consumer behavior to weather. Fitting this data to a model allows us to explore the behaviors we observe around us meaningfully. The first model you will build is logarithmic. 
Use Data to Build a Logistic Model  
9.1: Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables  Introduction to Systems of Linear Equations  This section will introduce the basic characteristics of a system of linear equations. 
Analyzing the Solution to a System in Two Variables  Now that you know some methods for solving linear systems, it is vital to understand the solution. Linear systems have either one solution, no solutions, or infinitely many solutions, which we can determine by analyzing the solution. 

Algebraic Methods for Solving Systems in Two Variables  We continue our study of systems of linear equations by learning
different methods for solving them. You will learn to use graphs,
substitution, and the addition method to solve linear systems. 

An Application of Systems in Two Variables  Systems are great for modeling the relationship between behaviors we can observe. In this section, you will explore the profits of a fictional company. You will combine your knowledge of graphing linear functions, solving systems of linear equations, and analyzing the results to understand when a company will break even. 

9.2: Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables  Solve Systems with Three Variables  We will further our study of systems of linear equations in this section by adding a variable. A linear function with three variables is similar to one with two, but the algebra used to solve them can get complex quickly. In this section, you will verify whether an ordered triple is a solution to a linear system with three variables and learn how to use elimination to find a solution. 
Classify Solutions to Systems with Three Variables  In this section, you will learn how to analyze the solution to a system with three variables. 

Writing Systems of Equations as Matrices  Finally, you will learn how to set up a system as a matrix. 

9.3: Systems of NonLinear Equations  Algebraic Methods for Solving Systems of NonLinear Equations  Now, we will explore graphical and algebraic methods for finding the solution to a system of equations containing combinations of different equations, including linear, quadratic, and circles. 
NonLinear Inequalities  Finally, we will explore nonlinear inequalities. You will graph a quadratic inequality and a system of nonlinear inequalities. Graphing nonlinear systems of inequalities is similar to graphing inequalities, but you will need to take additional steps to determine the region where there are solutions to both inequalities. 

10.1: Ellipses  Writing Equations of Ellipses  First, we will focus on ellipses and the components that make up the equation for an ellipse. You will learn how to write the equation of an ellipse given different components of the ellipse. 
Graphing Ellipses  This section will focus on graphing ellipses given equations that are either centered at the origin or not centered at the origin. 

10.2: Hyperbolas  Writing Equations of Hyperbolas  Hyperbolas can be constructed by intersecting a right circular cone with a plane at an angle where both cone halves intersect. In this section, you will explore the characteristics of hyperbolas and use them to construct hyperbola equations. We will focus on whether or not the hyperbolas are centered at the origin. 
Graphing Hyperbolas  This section will focus on graphing hyperbolas given equations that are centered at the origin and those that are not. 

10.3: Parabolas  Parabolas Centered at the Origin  Parabolas can be constructed when a plane cuts through a right circular cone. If the plane is parallel to the edge of the cone, a parabola is formed. In this section, you will explore the characteristics of parabolas and use them to construct equations of parabolas. Note that these are not the parabolas we studied before because they are not functions. 
Parabolas Not Centered at the Origin  This section will focus on graphing parabolas given equations not centered at the origin. 

11.1: Sequences and Their Notations  Sequences Defined by an Explicit Formula  If you plan to learn calculus, this introduction to sequences and series will be very helpful. The first topic you will explore is how to write the terms of a sequence given a formula. 
Sequences Defined by a Recursive Formula  In this section, you will learn what a recursive formula is and apply it to find the terms of a recursively defined sequence. 

11.2: Arithmetic Sequences  Write the Terms of an Arithmetic Sequence  We will explore two kinds of sequneces in this unit. The first is the arithmetic sequence. In this section, you will learn the characteristics of arithmetic sequences and use a formula to find the terms. 
Use a Formula for an Arithmetic Sequence  Now, we will learn how to find the terms of an arithmetic sequence given a recursive formula. 

11.3: Geometric Sequences  Write the Terms of a Geometric Sequence  We continue with geometric sequences. Now, we'll cover the characteristics and terms of a geometric sequence. 
Use a Formula for a Geometric Sequence  Finally, we will find the terms of a geometric sequence given a recursive formula. 

11.4: Geometric Series  Use the Formula for an Arithmetic Series  At the last stop on our journey, we will learn the basic properties of an arithmetic series. We will also learn how to use standard notations to express series. 
Use the Formula for a Geometric Series  Finally, we will use formulas to find the terms of a geometric series. 

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