Online Precalculus

MAT 170 - Precalculus

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Overview

In this college-level precalculus course, you will prepare for calculus by focusing on quantitative reasoning and functions. You'll develop the skills to describe the behavior and properties of linear, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions. This course tailors content and personalizes the learning experience around your skill level, allowing you to achieve mastery in a certain concept before moving on to the next. Utilizing the ALEKS learning system, students in this personalized course will be instructed on the topics they are most ready to learn. Individualized coaching is also provided as you move through each new topic.

Self paced courses allow students to complete course assignments at their own pace, as long as the course is completed within a year. Self paced courses are great...

  • Students who want to start right away
  • Students who are self-directed and can set and stick to a plan for completing the course
  • Students who may want to either go faster or slower than the instructor led version
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Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Before taking this course, you should already have a strong understanding of algebraic skills such as factoring, basic equation solving, and the rules of exponents and radicals. These algebraic skills can be mastered though the college algebra course.

MAT 117 College Algebra is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for success in this course.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Aug. 16, 2022

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: Self-paced or 16 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Use basic algebraic operations on numbers, expressions, and equations
  • Solve real-world application problems
  • Apply algebraic and trigonometric reasoning to solve a range of problems
  • Begin future studies in calculus

What to expect in class

ALEKS topics, quizzes, active learning assignments, practice exams, and final exam

Exams and grading

Instructor led

18%

ALEKS Topic Goals & Completion

12%

Active Learning Assignments

70%

Exams (4)

Self paced

100%

Final Exam

Transcript

This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Mathematics (MA) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff

Fabio A.

Fabio A.

Milner

Director & Professor of Mathematics,

Applied Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Arizona State University

Sue

Sue

McClure

Lecturer,

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Arizona State University

Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass