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Arizona State University


Arizona State University via edX

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This course is part of Global Freshman Academy (GFA), which means you can earn transferable ASU credit toward your college degree.

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. The cost to convert to credit is $600. 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.


Click to view the complete course syllabus here.

Taught by

Adrian Sannier and Sue McClure


3.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

4.2 rating at edX based on 9 ratings

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  • Charles Doyle
    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…
  • 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.

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