Texts & Materials

Textbooks. All students are required to have their own copies which they can write on, mark up, or otherwise annotate (electronic versions are fine as long as you have the capacity to annotate).

  • Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions, available at http://www.opentextbookstore.com/precalc/. We will work through most of the chapters in this text. Rather than printing out the entire textbook, you may want to consider ordering the text from one of the links available at the textbook website.
  • College Physics, available at http://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/college-physics. We will work through  a few selected chapters of this textbook so you may not want to order the entire text.


  • A scientific calculator that in addition to the basic arithmetic functions is capable of powers, roots, trigonometric functions (sin, cos, tan), exponential and logarithmic functions, and the inverse of those functions. Such calculators are available for <$20. If you already have a graphing calculator, that is fine. Also, there are many calculator apps (free or inexpensive) available for smartphones, and one of those would be fine as well.
  • 3-ring binder.
  • 3 bound notebooks: one for reading/lecture notes, one for problem sets, and one for lab. You may choose to have 6 bound notebooks, having a set of 3 for each of math and physics.
  • Access to WAMAP, an on-line homework system for submitting your pre-calculus homework (free).
  • Access to WebAssign, an on-line homework for submitting your physics homework (purchase required, <$40).
  • You can find information about registering and purchasing WAMAP and WebAssign here.