Math 181

Homework – Chapter 1


Listed below is a selection of problems from each section that should provide practice on the key concepts and skills, while keeping the redundancy to a minimum.  As such, it is important that you complete all of these problems.  Some will (hopefully) be relatively quick and easy; others will likely take a fair amount of time.  Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to learning mathematics– make sure you allow enough time every day to keep up with the work. 


Feel free to practice on additional problems if you think the extra practice will help - I’ll gladly help with any problems you encounter whether or not a given question was assigned!  This suggestion applies especially in Chapter 1, where I tried not to assign too many problems that too closely resemble those that you would have done in precalculus.


As a general rule homework will not be collected.  However, I will on occasion select a couple of questions and tell you that I will be collecting them for a grade.  For these problems, you are expected to turn in a complete solution – not just a final answer. 

What is included in a complete solution?  It depends on the problem, obviously, but will generally include such things as:

A good rule of thumb is that someone should be able to read your work, and know what the problem was, what your answer is, and why, without needing to refer to the book.


1.1:  1, 10, 17, 23-29 (odd), 53, 58, 67, 73-74

1.2:  9, 10, 15, 18, 21

1.3:  3, 5, 31, 35, 41, 51, 53

1.4:  5, 7, 21, 25

1.5:  21, 23, 28, 29

1.6:  3-13 (odd), 17, 22, 25, 51, 53

1.7:  7, 17, 33