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    Oct 21, 2021  
2021-22 Gaston College Catalog 
2021-22 Gaston College Catalog
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MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry (4 Credit Hours)

Class Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Clinical/Work Experience Hours: 0
Prerequisites: Take MAT 171  
Corequisites: None
This course is designed to develop an understanding of topics which are fundamental to the study of Calculus. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of trigonometric functions in multiple representations, right and oblique triangles, vectors, polar coordinates, conic sections, and parametric equations. Upon completion, students should be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to trigonometry-related problems with and without technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Use the unit circle and right triangle definitions to evaluate and graph trigonometric functions and their inverses, to derive trigonometric identities, and to simplify trigonometric expressions.
  2. Use multiple methods to solve problems involving trigonometric equations, right triangles, and oblique triangles.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of vector definitions and perform vector operations.
  4. Convert equations and graphs between rectangular and polar coordinate systems, and apply to complex numbers.
  5. Use multiple representations to define, construct and analyze conic sections.
  6. Create, graph, and analyze parametric equations.

This course has been identified as a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course under the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students completing courses designated as UGETC, with a C or higher, will receive equivalent general education course credit for those courses at the receiving UNC institution.

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