Precalculus I is designed to prepare you for Precalculus II, Calculus, Physics, and higher math and science courses. In this course, the main focus is on five types of functions: linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. In accompaniment with these functions, you will learn how to solve equations and inequalities, graph, find domains and ranges, combine functions, and solve a multitude of real-world applications.In this course, you will not only be learning new algebraic techniques that are necessary for other math and science courses, but you will be learning to become a critical thinker. You will be able to determine what is the best approach to take such as numerical, graphical, or algebraic to solve a problem given particular information. Then you will investigate and solve the problem, interpret the answer, and determine if it is reasonable.A few examples of applications in this course are determining compound interest, growth of bacteria, decay of a radioactive substance, and the maximum height of a rocket. You will also use a graphing calculator to model a data set and find the function of best-fit and then interpolate or extrapolate from that function.This course has been developed through a partnership with the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. The Saylor Foundation has modified some materials created by the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges in order to best serve our users.
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: Beginner
- Size: One-on-One
- Cost: Free
- Institution: Saylor
- Topics: Calculus, Precalculus, Physics