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Math 1a - Introduction to Calculus
Fall 2004
Precalculus Review

Course Info
Schedule (MWF)
Schedule (TuTh)
HW Solutions
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Quiz Information

Two precalculus quizzes will be held on Friday, October 1, and Friday, October 8, at 3 p.m. in Science Center Hall C. Each quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. No calculators will be allowed on the quizzes. The higher of your two precalculus quiz scores counts as 5% of your course grade.

If you find that in studying for the precalculus quizzes, you are learning much of this material for the first time or you are really struggling to remember it all, then you are strongly encouraged to consider taking Math Xa instead of Math 1a. We won't spend time in 1a teaching these precalculus skills. However, they will spend time doing just that in Math X.

Studying for the Quizzes

Some topics to be covered on the quiz are listed below. Click on the topic for a set of practice problems with answers for that topic. (The practice problems have been borrowed from previous years' Math X courses.)


Exponential and Logarithmic Functions


For more review, take a look at the following sections in your textbook.

  • §1.3 New Funtions from Old Functions
  • §1.5 Exponential Functions
  • §1.6 Inverse Functions and Logarithms
  • Appendix C: Trigonometry

You might also look at the Algebra Review Guide [PDF 138KB] available from the publishers of our textbook. Also, consider these trigonometry review problems and their solutions used by Dr. Bruff in his Math Warm-Up Series session on trigonometry.

Page maintained by Derek Bruff (bruff@fas.harvard.edu).
Last updated on October 6, 2004.
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