MATH1380 Precalculus

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning. The course is designed for students who have sound algebra skills. The primary goals of this course are to help individuals acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of college algebra and trigonometry, showing how college algebra and trigonometry can be used to model and solve authentic real-world problems. This course is intended to be a one-semester path to calculus for students who have had at least three years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry. This course consists of material from MATH 1300 and MATH 1320. Course topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses; systems of equations and inequalities; introduction to linear programming, matrices and determinants; trigonometric identities; equations and applications, parametric equations; polar coordinates; sequences and series; mathematical induction, probability; conics; and modeling. (Cannot be taken for credit if student has received credit for both MATH 1300 and MATH 1320).


  • apply the basic mathematical concepts that form the foundation of algebra and trigonometry
  • utilize procedures for manipulating algebraic and trigonometric expressions and equations
  • demonstrate and apply critical thinking skills to solve a variety of problems
  • apply algebraic principles appropriately to applications
  • utilize a systematic approach to problem solving which incorporates verbal, numeric, visual and symbolic strategies
  • communicate mathematical understanding to others verbally and in written form
  • expand mathematical reasoning skills and formal logic to develop convincing mathematical arguments


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5 credits: 5 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other