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Precalculus: the Mathematics of Numbers, Functions and Equations

University of Padova via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Calculus
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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Overview

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.

Taught by

Francis Clarke

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Mike L
5.0 6 months ago
Mike completed this course.
A very well-presented course which lived up to all its claims. The presentations were clear and easy to understand, and the instructors all had an easy-going and personable style (I would especially mention Francis Clark in this regard - a really good teacher). My only problem was that the course required a lot more of my time than I expected, and I had to rush through the final segments in order to finish in time.

I'm happy to recommend this course to anyone who needs to prepare for a more advanced maths class or who (like me) simply wants to recapture what was learned (and forgotten) long ago. But make sure you have enough time in your schedule to complete all the segments.
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
My school work isn't challenging enough for me, so taking this course has really stimulated my brain. I would like a career in mathematics or astrophysics. I'm sure what I've learnt recently will be useful to me in either. Thank you! P.s. the hardest part was inequalities involving absolute values. I will definitely be taking the second precalculus course.
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Anonymous
4.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course takes a lot of time and work, you must have a pretty good base of algebra to start with as you are expected to be able to manipulate difficult equations etc easily....or be really quick at learning! I did not take the tests, however, the exercises and quizzes are really testing.
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Anonymous
4.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A very helpful and stimulating course. The explanations are very clear, though the quizzes are challenging. There is a lot of material and working through the examples involves considerable time and paper! There was a good sense of community in the group.
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a well prepared and presented course. The theory in every topic was well explained and presented with many solved examples and diagrams. In particular, the videos and the downloads were very helpfull for following the course.
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Dna47a D
5.0 3 months ago
Dna47a completed this course.
Wonderful course. The video explanations by Prof. Francis and the exercises solving videos by Prof. Carlo and Prof. Alberto are just too good. Plus the Professors themselves are always active in the forum to help clear all your doubts.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
One thing I particularly liked about this course was the use of quizzes and the thorough answers to questions. Also the continuing participation of the educator in the forums.

And the section on inequalities.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
great course if somewhat brain straining for me. But that is why I took it, now I'm retired I can study for the joy of it rather than needing to use it to earn a living.
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Juli S
5.0 7 months ago
Juli completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
That was a very good course. The topics were explained very well, both the theory and the exercises. The PDF was a big help for me.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
There ist nothing negative With this course. I enjoyed it a lot. Was fun! Will go on With advanced precalculus.
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