FutureLearn: Precalculus: the Mathematics of Numbers, Functions and Equations

 with  Francis Clarke

Get an introduction to precalculus fundamentals

This course is the first of two precalculus courses from the University of Padova, providing you with an introduction to the fundamental mathematical skills required to complete a first course in calculus.

You’ll get familiar with the basic precalculus required for college or undergraduate-level studies, notably: factoring and division; sets and set operations; reasoning and proofs; functions and graphs; and equations and inequalities.

Through this course you’ll gain the foundation to support further mathematical studies, or improve your use of mathematics in everyday life.

This course is for anyone who wants to brush up on their basic mathematical skills, particularly students in the last year of high school, or at the beginning of undergraduate studies, who intend to take a first course in calculus.

This is a math course. It’s not about the culture or history of math, or its role in society, or about how much fun math can be. The object is to actually learn, to the point of competence, a certain type of elementary but essential mathematics. Sustained effort on the part of the student is an absolute requirement for progress; it could not be otherwise.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Calculus
Institution University of Padova
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 6 hours a week
Calendar 5 weeks long

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