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The Primitives of Precalculus
by Robert Curtis

What If You Can't Solve For x? - Trying To Isolate The Variable

  • P1: Solving Equations:
    • P1.2: What If You Can't Solve For x?:
      • P1.2.a: Trying To Isolate The Variable:
        • P1.2.a.1: ChalkTalk Help Movie
        • P1.2.a.2: LiveMath Notebook
        • P1.2.a.3: LiveMath Help Movie
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Math 213: Calculus I (4 credits)
Math 214: Calculus II (4 credits)
Math 351: Multivariable Calculus (4 credits)
(same as Calculus III, Calculus IV, Vector Calculus)
Math 317: Differential Equations (3 credits)
Math 331: Linear Algebra (3 credits)
Math 315: Probability Theory (3 credits)
Calculus-Based Statistics
Math 207: Applied Calculus (3 credits)
Survey of Calculus • Liberal Arts Calculus
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Math 136: Precalculus (4 credits)
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Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
Review by: Anonymous
Courses Completed: Calculus I
Review: This course is amazing! I took it as a requirement for admission to an MBA program, and couldn't have been happier with the quality and rigor of the course. I previously took calculus two times (at a public high school and then a large public university commonly cited as a "public ivy"), this course was by far the best and *finally* made the concepts click. Previously I had no idea what was going on because terrible PhD students were teaching the course and saying stuff like "a derivative is the slope of a tangent line" - ??? but what does that mean ???, but the instructors in the Shorter University course explain everything in ways where it FINALLY made sense (e.g., "imagine a roller coaster hitting the top of a hill, there's a moment where it shifts momentum and you're not accelerating or decelerating, that's what a 0 rate of change is - that's when the derivative would be zero"). They explain everything in multiple ways and relate it to other concepts. It all made perfect sense when I finally had a good instructor. Really recommend this class
Transferred Credits to: The Wharton School, UPenn



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Date Posted: Feb 19, 2020
Review by: Rebecca Johnson
Courses Completed: Applied Calculus
Review: I took the Business Calculus course from Distance Calculus in 2013. I was admitted to my MBA program, but then they told me I needed to take Calculus before starting the program. I finished the Business Calculus course in about 3 weeks in August before my program started. Not the most fun thing to do over the summer, but at least I got it done. Thanks Diane and Distance Calculus team!
Transferred Credits to: Kellogg MBA Program



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Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
Review by: Brian Finley
Courses Completed: Calculus II
Review: I took Calculus II through Distance Calculus and can't recommend it enough. Being able to take the course at my own pace while I was working full time was tremendously helpful, especially since I hadn't taken a math course for 5 years prior. The instruction was excellent and the software they used to teach the course was intuitive and facilitated the learning process very well. This calc II class enabled me to take multivariable calc, linear algebra, and real analysis at Harvard University's extension school, which ultimately qualified me for the economics PhD program that I will graduate from next year. 8 years on, I'm still grateful to Professor Curtis and Distance Calculus.