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PRECALCULUS: FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS (SMT-271204)

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Course Description:


Learn the foundational concepts needed to prepare for further studies in mathematics and its applications. Topics covered will include: precise and correct usage of mathematical terminology, sets, functions and their inverses, rational functions, linear, quadratic, cubic and quartic equations, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, changing number bases, complex numbers, graphing, and solving word problems. The Maple computer algebra system will be employed as a tool for exploration.

Students will individualize their learning experience by selecting one of three possible tracks: preparation for Calculus, preparation for Discrete Mathematics, or preparation for mathematical aspects of studies in Business. Selected additional topics will be covered in accordance with the individual student's chosen track.

The primary audience for this study consists of beginning students who are planning further studies in Mathematics, related fields, IS/IT, or Business. This course will also be appropriate for students seeking general education credit in mathematics.

Important Note: students should not include Precalculus twice in their degree program. This topic may only be studied once, either in the 2 credit version or in the 4 credit version.

Prerequisites: Algebra

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Mathematics.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Mathematics-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Sep.

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