Precalculus: One-dimensional models

Fall 2017 quarter

Taught by

Allen Olson
physics, education
  • UG


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.

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.

Program Details

Fields of Study

education mathematics

Preparatory For

economics, education, and STEM fields.


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

6-7:50p Tue/Thu

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

Special Expenses

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


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