Precalculus: One-dimensional models

Fall 2017
Credits per quarter

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physics, education

This course explores the use of functions to model change. Topics include linear, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions . Problems will be approached algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally, and c ollaborative learning will be emphasized. Context will usually be provided by examples in physics, and students interested in earning credit in physics should register for Precalculus Models in Physics which pairs this course with a study of energy.

This course is preparatory for Precalculus: Trigonometry , offered in winter; and the two courses together serve as preparation for calculus.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: economics, education, and STEM fields.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Special expenses:

A scientific calculator is required. A graphing calculator is recommended, but computer software may substitute for having a graphing calculator.


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:

6-7:50p Tue/Thu
2017-06-29This course has a new schedule: Now meets Tu/Th 6-7:50