Taking Pre-Calculus

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Taking Pre-Calculus

As of Winter quarter 2015, there are two different pathways available to students who wish to fulfill their Calculus (TMATH 124) prerequisites at UWT:

TMATH 115 & TMATH 116 Sequence – A stretched two-part series of courses designed to prepare students for Calculus. This sequence is best suited for students who prefer a slower pace and deeper exposure to the material than what is covered in TMATH 120.

  • TMATH 115 introduces the concept of a function, its notation, and prepares student to work with piece-wise, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions. Emphasizes computational skills, graph reading, and problem solving.
  • TMATH 116 continues studying the concept of a function, its notation, and trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions. Introduces parametrized curves, polar coordinates, and complex numbers. Emphasizes computational skills, graph reading, and problem solving techniques.


TMATH 120 – A quarter long course designed to provide the essentials for Calculus.  TMATH 120 examines polynomial, rational, exponential, and trigonometric functions.  This course is best for students who are prepared to master the concepts presented in TMATH 120 at a rapid pace.  


See http://www.washington.edu/students/crscatt/tmath.html for additional course description details.

Prerequisites for pre-calculus

In order to register for pre-calculus, either the sequence (TMATH 115 & 116) or accelerated course (TMATH 120), students must meet one of the following criteria:

  •         A 2.0 or higher in TMATH 98 or approved intermediate algebra course.
  •         A score of 237 or greater on the Accuplacer Advanced, Algebra & Functions Math test
  •         An APTP score of 151-165 on the APTP-GS or 145-153 on the APTP-AS
  •         Or, a score of 5 or 6 on the IB Exam

If you have questions regarding these placement options, please discuss them with your Academic Advisor.

To register for the Math Placement Test please send an email request to ouetests@uw.edu including your name, student ID number, telephone number and availabilities.  If you would like more information about the Math Placement Test, you can do so by visiting the webpage.