Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH 117

During the first week of classes, all students enrolled in this course will take an assessment test. The assessment is part of a larger effort to reduce the number of withdrawals and low grades in our introductory math courses by identifying early on those students needing extra assistance.

In preparation for the assessment test, you may find practice problems on this site: http://webwork.math.luc.edu/webwork2/Math-lib/, clicking on the "Guest Login" button, and then clicking the link to the appropriate "Practice" set. From there, you can solve practice problems online and check your answers.

NOTE: The problems should be done without the use of any calculator as the actual assessment will follow the same format.

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

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  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 21, 25, 27, 30, 34, 38
1.2 4, 18, 20, 28, 30, 43, 46, 49
1.3 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12, 18, 20, 22, 24
1.4 8, 14, 35, 43, 52, 58
1.5 18, 24, 32, 45
1.6 9, 12, 18, 20, 26, 28, 29, 75, (and 502.XP)
1.7 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 50, 51, 52, 53, (and CYM.001)
Chapter 2. Linear and Quadratic Functions
2.1 6, 9, 11, 32, 35, 37, 38, 48, 52, 66
2.2 16, 22, 26, 27, 29, 33
2.3 2, 3, 6, 8, 22, 23, 24, 25
Chapter 3. Polynomial Functions
3.1 7, 8, 17, 23, 27, 33
3.2 3, 31, 32, 33, 37, 40, 46
3.3

11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 32

3.4 11, 15, 16, 19, 27, 28, 30, 31, 34, 42
Chapter 4. Rational Functions
4.1 2, 3, 5, 6, 9
4.2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Chapter 5. Further Topics in Functions
5.1 25, 30, 33, 38, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 54, 63
5.2 4, 5, 11, 14, 17, 22, 24, 27
5.3 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. As part of the required text for MATH 117/118, you are asked to purchase an access code for WebAssign. This access code may be (re)used for MATH 117 and MATH 118 at no additional charge.

By department policy, all sections of MATH 117 and MATH 118 require online homework on "Core Problems; " this course component should count at least 5% towards students' final course grade. (The ground rules document provided by your instructor will have further details.) 

If you have received(*) a Class Key from your instructor or otherwise, follow the steps below to register for your section in WebAssign:

  1. From www.webassign.net, click on “I have a Class Key” in the “Account Log In” box (https://www.webassign.net/v4cgi/selfenroll/classkey.html) and enter luc ABCD WXYZ (where ABCD WXYZ is an eight-digit number provided to you by your instructor).
  2. If the correct class and section is listed, click Yes, this is my class. (Else, see WebAssign Support for help getting started.)
  3. If you do not already have a WebAssign account, check I need to create a WebAssign account and click Continue. Otherwise, check I already have a WebAssign account and enter your username, institution, and password. The institution is luc all in lowercase. (NOTE: For roster management purposes, it would be helpful if you choose your LoyolaID when setting up your WebAssign account.)
  4. At this point, you will have three choices:
    • Enter an access code purchased at the Loyola Bookstore or from the Cengage website,
    • Purchase an access code online from WebAssign, or
    • Continue the 14 day free trial. (**)
    Select the appropriate choice to access the e-book and homework assignments.

FURTHER NOTES: (*)If you registered for your section more than one week before the start of classes, then you should receive an email with Class Key from the department no later than the Friday before classes begin. Students without a Class Key by the start of classes can get this information from their instructor.

(**) Students may register for their WebAssign course immediately, even without an access code. Open enrollment closes two weeks after the semester begins.

Center for Tutoring and Academic Excellence

The Center for Tutoring & Academic Excellence offers free collaborative learning opportunities that include small group tutoring and tutor-led study halls to Loyola students. To learn more or request tutoring services, visit the Center for Tutoring & Academic Excellence online at http://www.luc.edu/tutoring.

Loyola Math Club Tutoring

The Loyola Math Club offers free tutoring to students in 100-level MATH courses (and others). 

Math Club tutoring for Fall 2016 has not yet been announced. (Spring tutoring took place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30pm in Cuneo Hall Room 111.)