Calculus Preparation Resources

Resources curated for students who plan on enrolling in Calculus at San Francisco State University

The resources are divided into eight major topics using MDTP: Linear, Expressions, Functions, Trigonometry, Polynomials, Rational Functions, Exponential Functions and Logarithmic Functions. Each topic has an associated "emphasis," which ranks from one to five stars. The emphasis is generated after considering the data of the overall performance for students who have taken the diagnostic test during Spring of 2017 and the experience of the faculty. We encourage students to practice each section, while dedicating time using the emphasis denoted here and the results from your MDTP diagnostic test.

Calculus Resources

Calculus Resources by Topic
Topic Emphasis Resources
Linear ☆☆☆☆★
Expressions ☆★★★★
Functions ☆★★★★
Trigonometry ★★★★★
Polynomials ☆★★★★
Rational Functions ☆★★★★
Exponential & Logarithmic Functions ☆☆★★★


If you are a student who took Precalculus (MATH 199) at SF State, then you are eligible to sign up for a free course on WileyPLUS so that students may use the same interface for additional practice.

To register, go to the WileyPLUS website, and sign in with your existing ID, the same as the one used for precalculus (MATH 199). You can use this information on this WileyPLUS registration flyer (PDF) to sign up for the course.


Other Resources:

  • DESMOS - an online free graphing calculator, available for both Android and Apple devices. Great tool to have on your mobile device.
  • GeoGebra - Math Calculators with Graphing, Geometry, 3D, Spreadsheet, CAS and more! There's many tutorials that give visual understanding for trigonometry and function transformations on this site.
  • Wolfram Alpha Pro & Mathematica - Wolfram Alpha Pro is a powerful online computational tool. Current SF State students have access to the pro version. Follow the instructions on San Francisco State University Math Resources: Mathematica & Wolfram Alpha Pro.
  • Math with Timmy - The site contains many precalculus sample quizzes, along with a mirror of this page that's also optimized for the mobile browsers. This page contains many additional resoucres for upper division mathematics courses.

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