Precalculus Models in Physics

Fall 2017
Winter 2018
Credits per quarter

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physics, education

This program combines a course in precalculus with introductory physics.  In fall, we will study energy in its many forms: motion, electricity, heat, sound, light, and forms of stored energy. The physics of energy, energy transfer, and energy conservation will provide context for studying mathematical models that use linear, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions .

In winter, we will study momentum as we expand our models to two and three dimensions using trigonometric functions, rational functions, parametric curves, vectors, and polar coordinates.

Conceptual understanding and collaborative learning will be emphasized. Problems will be approached algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally. Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.

This program is preparatory for calculus, and taking the 4-credit course Physics: Oscillationsin the spring after this program provides the equivalent of a standard, algebra-based, first-year physics sequence.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: medicine, education, mathematics, and further studies in STEM fields.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Successful completion of Algebra 2 in high school, or successful completion of a college intermediate algebra course designed as a prerequisite for precalculus, or sufficient evidence of competency in the prerequisite material.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

 6-9:30p Tue/Thu