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Unformatted text preview: GATEWAY EXAMS IN CALCULUS at Michigan Stole University Richard 0. Hill
(rev. 7/2/97) Gateway Exams are designed to test basic skills and knowledge that are needed later in a
course or in ensuing courses. They in no way test understanding of concepts, which is done in
other ways. The choice of problems is meant to be representative, not comprehensive. The problems on such exams have surely been seen by students before and are of the type
that students should have some facility with. Ifthe students ﬁnd there are certain types of
problems they have trouble with, they are responsible for practicing sufﬁciently, on their own or with others. to gain the requisite skills. Suggested sources of explanations and practice problems
are available. The algebra exam (Calculus Gateway I) covers ten types of algebra and trigonometry
problems that arise in calculus. For emphasis, these ten types do not entail a comprehensive
coverage of all such skills; it is hoped facility with these will lead to facility with the rest.
Following is a description of the types of problems and some hints about what we are expecting. 2 2 2 2
1. Typical question: Expand [sz  or [3x2 — 7313“ + . Comments: You should have memorized (u + v)2 = u2 + Zuv + v2 and (u — v)(u + v) = u2  v2 . (In particular, doing these problems by “FOIL” is mathematically
correct but much slower. In calculus, such a computation would be a small part of a big problem
that you definitely do not want to make longer than you have to.) For this problem, 2 z 2
(3x — = (341:2)z —2(3xz)[33]+[3%) = 91:22.2 ~12xy +4E2 and 2 2
[3x2  3313”. + = (3xz)z  = 91:92.2  4%. Finally. you should be encouraged to do the middle steps in your head. 2. Typical question: Simplify {In/x3 . Comments: Rational exponents come up often enough in calculus that you need facility with them. Here, {In/F =[g(x3)m]lls = [ms/2]“ = [J‘s/2]“s = xuz = 3. Typical question: Factor 1:2  6x  7. Solve: J:2 = 6x +7 .
Comments: So many calculus, engineering. economics, etc.. problems have simple
quadratic problems embedded in them that you should be able to do simple ones by hand. Here, ,, ,t:2 ~6x7=(x7)(x+l) and x2 —6x~+7,x2 6x7=O,(x7)(x+l)=0,x=l,7. . 4. Typical question: Sketch the graphs 0f y = e: and y = 123 +1 '
x Comments: Even though you have a calculator handy, you should have memorized
addition and multiplication tables. For similar reasons. even though you have a graphing
calculator handy. there are several functions which are so common that you should have images in
your mind of the basic shapes of their graphs. and also know simple translations and expansions.
You should know the graphs of: ‘ 1 l
y=mx+b yzxz y=xJ yzlxl y=~/; y=; y=—2 y=sinx,y=cosx ‘ 5. Typical question: Simplify as much as possible: bf—f . b a
Comments: One way to simplify fractions like this is to multiply numerator and
denominator by the lowest common denominator. a bab aab bfz 37.13771 _ ‘¢b’_(ab)(a+b)_ +b
1 lablab tab" an, ‘ a_"b"""“ balblal 6. Typical question: Simplify as much as possible: a — (1  {a [a  (a  l)]}). I
Comments: Be careful of negative signs as you clear parentheses and brackets. Here.
a(l {a—[d(a 1)“) =al+{a [aa+ 1]} =a— Hot[1] =2a2 7. Typical question: Find the pointslope equation for the following straight lines:
(a) The line through the points (2. 3) and (4, 1).
(b) The line through the point (~2, 3) and parallel to the line y = 3x +7.
(c) The line through the point (~2, 3) and perpendicular to the line y = ~3x +7. Comments: You shduld know y  yo = m(x  x0) is the pointslope equation for a
change in y change in x ' I. straight line. Here, (x0, yo) is any point on the line and m : slope : F ( ) change in y [.3 1 d ‘
a Y m = m = = _~ ' .
or Change in x 4 _ (4) 3 an you can use either paint. Thus two possxble answers are y *3 = §(x +2) or y l = l~(x  4). For (1") and (c) you should know the
slopes of parallel lines are equal and the slopes of perpendicular lines are negative reciprocals.
Thus the answer for (b) is y — 3 = —3(x + 2) and the answer for (c) is y  3 =J1.(x + 2). 8. Typical question: The graph below represents a straight line with equation
y = mx + b. Estimate m and b. change in y
change in x the calculus problems that you will see will require you to estimate slopes and sometimes also
estimate 1:. Here, for (i) m =1 3 and b =5 l and for (ii) m = l/3 andb ~ 1. 9. Typical question: Sketch a 30°  60° right triangle and label its sides. Use it to ﬁnd
It 7:: Comments: You should know m = slope = and b = yintercept. Many of cosg and cscg. 79 x I
Comments: You should know the triangles / C i 3
' C
. a 7: 3 2r 2
and that in a right triangle ‘4 sm9 = etc. Thus cos; = cscz =  = 2.
s 1 10. Typical question: Sketch the graph of y = sin x over the interval = {n S x 5 iv: .
Find sin( #72) and sin%7r. Comments: You should know the graphs of y s sin x; y = cos x, y = tan x (as well as y a
cotx, y a sec x, y = csc 2:) over intervals bigger than just [0, 27: 1. Using these graphs is one way
of easily ﬁnding some values of the trigonometric functions. For example. you can easily see from
the graph that sin(§1r) 5 —1 and sinivt a l ...
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course MATH 132 taught by Professor Julies during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.
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