Online Calculus Class Descriptions with Topic Overviews

Online calculus classes are offered at many institutes of higher learning, some as part of a degree or certificate program and others as standalone courses.

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Online Courses in Calculus

Below are course descriptions of some common online calculus courses.

  • Introduction to Calculus Course: An introductory calculus course generally instructs students on the techniques for exponential and circular functions, differentiation, anti-differentiation and the Riemann integral. These online calculus classes teach students to find centers and moments of mass, represent functions as power series and use space and plane vectors for physics and geometry applications.
  • Advanced Calculus Course: Advanced online calculus courses review what was learned in the introductory class and then expounds on this knowledge, incorporating various techniques of integration, polar coordinates, infinite series and vector calculus.
  • Calculus: Single Variable Course: A conceptual course geared toward students in engineering or physical science tracks, single variable calculus aims to teach about theoretical applications of calculus versus more computational forms of the study. Students are introduced to topics such as Taylor's formula, approximations and continual and discrete calculus.
  • Pre-Calculus Algebra Course: This course will cover trigonometric functions. Additional topics include complex numbers and De Moivre's Theorem.
  • Calculus II Course: In this course, students will study integral parametric equations. Students will also examine topics like lines and infinite sequences.

Program Information

Many college and university students, including those who study science, engineering and economics, take calculus classes. In many cases, these courses may be offered via the Web. Some schools offer their online courses free of charge, though these courses don't award college credit of any kind. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one such school, offering online calculus courses, such as single variable calculus, multivariable calculus and calculus theory through its OpenCourseWare program.

Online calculus courses are delivered in varying formats from different colleges, though many are taught by the same staff and offer the same curricula as on-campus programs. There are generally prerequisite courses that are required before a student may enroll in any of the higher-level online calculus classes.

Online calculus classes are offered via standalone courses, and certificate and bachelor's degree programs. Students will study topics such as pre-calculus algebra, advanced calculus and single variable calculus.

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