You may think that precalculus is simply the course you take before calculus. You would be right, of course, but that definition doesn't mean anything unless you have some knowledge of what calculus is. Let's keep it simple, shall we? Calculus is a conceptual framework which provides systematic techniques for solving problems. These problems are appropriately applicable to analytic geometry and algebra. Therefore....precalculus gives you the background for the mathematical concepts, problems, issues and techniques that appear in calculus, including trigonometry, functions, complex numbers, vectors, matrices, and others. There you have it ladies and gentlemen....and introduction to precalculus!
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Sequences, series and induction

An assortment of concepts in math that help us deal with sequences and proofs.
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Proof by induction is a core tool. This tutorial walks you through the general idea that if 1) something is true for a base case (say when n=1) and 2) if it is true for n, then it is also true for n+1, then it must be true for all n! Amazing!

Basic sequences and series

This sequence (pun intended) of videos and exercises will help us explore ordered lists of objects--even infinite ones--that often have some pattern to them. We will then explore constructing sequences where the nth term is the sum of the first n terms of another sequence (series). This is surprisingly useful in a whole series (pun intended) of applications from finance to drug dosage.

Geometric sequences

What happens when the ratio between successive terms in a sequence is the same (or it has a "common ratio")? Well, then we'd be dealing with a geometric sequence (which comes up extremely frequently in mathematics).

Finite geometric series

Whether you are computing mortgage payments or calculating how many users your website will have after a few years, geometric series show up in life far more than you imagine. This tutorial will review all the important concepts and more!

Infinite geometric series

You're already familiar with finite geometric series, but you don't want the summation to stop!! What happens if you keep adding? The terms are getting small fast! Can it be that the sum of an infinite number of rapidly shrinking terms can be finite! Yes, often times it can! Mind-blowing! Stupendous!

Advanced sequences and series

You understand what sequences and series are and the mathematical notation for them. This tutorial takes things further by exploring ideas of convergence divergence and other, more challenging topics.

Recursive functions

In this tutorial, we'll see that we can often define a function in terms of itself! This may seem circular and illogical at first, but, as we'll see, it is actually quite reasonable and useful!