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Precalculus (MAT 170)

Precalculus (MAT 170)


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.

This course tailors content and personalizes the learning experience around your skill level, 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. Individualized coaching is also provided as you move through each new topic.

What you’ll learn

  • Use basic algebraic operations on numbers, expressions, and equations.
  • Solve real-world application problems.
  • Apply algebraic and trigonometric reasoning to solve a range of problems.
  • Begin future studies in calculus.

What to expect in class

ALEKS Topics, Quizzes, Active Learning Assignments, Practice Exams, Final Exam.

Exams and grading

Instructor paced

  • 5% - Exams Quiz (1)
  • 5% - Introductory Materials Quiz (1)
  • 20% - Active Learning Assignments (4)
  • 70% - Final Exam (1)


  • 100% - Final Exam (1)

Algebra II or MAT 117
University Credits: 
3 credits
CMASAS Credits: 
1 credit (Math)
Self-paced or Instructor-led (15 weeks)
Start Dates: 
Jan 10, 2023