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.
Content in this course will be adaptive, allowing you to achieve mastery in a certain concept before moving on to the next. Utilizing the ALEKS learning system, students in this personalized, self-paced course will be instructed on the topics they are most ready to learn while also providing individualized coaching as you move through each topic.
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.
This 3 credit hour course satisfies the Mathematical Studies (MA) general studies requirement at Arizona State University. This course may satisfy a general education requirement at other institutions; however, 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 the credit.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Charles Doylecompleted this course, spending 15 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I took this precalculus course as a free prep for my upcoming university college algebra and calculus courses. I completed everything except the final exam. I was very impressed with ALEKS, the automated guide that moved me along fast as long as I was entering correct answers. I think the best part of this course is that the frequent quizzes include review problems from previous chapters. Passing the quizzes means you are really understanding all of the material up to that point. If you take this course and make it all the way to the end, you are definitely going to be pretty good at precalculus. The textbook sections are well-written and the quizzes and exams good tests of your knowledge. I think this course is a breakthrough in online course technology, and I am hoping to see further versions like ALEKS calculus, statistics, etc.
Ashlynn Paipartially completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I am grateful to ASU and edx for letting me try out the ALEKS program for free. However, I thought ALEKS was a complete waste of time. Since I haven't had trig and precal in decades, I really needed to review, especially the trig topics. In around five hours or so I went through 50 topics of the same basic algebra (mainly Algebra I) over and over with tiny variations. Most of that time was spent either entering answers into ALEKS or doing second-grade arithmetic. After learning almost nothing in five hours, I realized I could have spent 30 minutes just reading a math book.