Distance Precalculus with Trigonometry

Precalculus is the course before the main Calculus sequence, and is known by many different names:


Simply put, Precalculus studies all of the topics of high school algebra: solving equations, graphing, quadratic formula, rational polynomials, factoring, logarithms, exponentials, trigonometry, and additional topics like systems of equations, inequalities, conic sections, et al.

Course Catalog Listing

MAT 1140: Precalculus with Trigonometry [4 credit hours]

Course Description: Properties of real numbers, order and absolute value, complex numbers, scientific notation, factoring polynomials, linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, linear inequalities, and graphing, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, including identities, inverse trigonometric functions, and right triangle trigonometry.

Prerequisite: Algebra I, II; Geometry
Detailed Course Syllabus in PDF

Fresh, Innovative Approach

There are many Precalculus courses taught on-line throughout the world, which mainly consist of using Blackboard to host the course, problems are assigned from a paper textbook, quizzes are multiple-choice, and you can email your instructor if you have questions.

Our Distance Precalculus is a completely different course.

We do not believe paper textbooks and multiple choice answers are educationally beneficial. Such courses may be easy to "pass", but we do not feel such courses prepare you for future Calculus study, which is the core reason why you take a precalculus course.

We are taking Distance math education to the next level: Video study and student video creation, coupled with high-powered computer algebra software, following a dynamic and exciting curriculum.

Methodologies

Distance Precalculus is taught using the following methodologies:

Similar to our Distance Calculus course structure, this course is based upon heavy amounts of communication between the student and the instructional team. All assignments are based upon the mastery learning model, and turned in recursively back-and-forth between student and instructor until 100% mastery is achieved.

This is an excellent course for the computer novice. Even if checking your email is a not a "natural" activity for you, the Distance Precalculus course is an excellent way to simultaneously prepare for Calculus, and conquer whatever computer "phobia" fears you may have. By the end of this course, you won't be nearly as scared of your computer as you had been at the start - you might even like your computer.