Calculus I

Course cost

$400

$2400

Pay monthly

$23 / mo

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online starting every 2 weeks
  • Includes everything you need
  • College Credits

    Earn 3 credits transferable to your school of choice

  • Game-changing results

    Interactive experience, starting every 2 weeks

  • Affordable

    80% less expensive than traditional college

Course
overview

From the co-founder of MasterClass, the world’s best Calculus course is here.

Outlier’s groundbreaking, science-backed approach is delivering unprecedented student success.

Choose from 3 world-class instructors to find the teaching style that best suits you. Practice your skills with question sets, quizzes, and a gorgeous active -learning-based digital textbook. You'll have access to our free, friendly tutors and study group if you need extra help.

Using real-world examples from science to sports to human happiness, this painless(ish) course will help you master calculus (and even enjoy some non-derivative laughs along the way).

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Brilliant
instructors

We’ve hand-selected three renowned instructors from MIT, Davidson, and University College London. Sample each instructor and choose one that best fits your learning style, or hop between all three!

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How it
works

First, choose between a 14-week term or 7-week intensive. 

Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass), and choose between our 3 Calculus instructors. 

Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on evidence-based active learning principles. 

When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule. 

Earn 3 transferable college credits provided by University of Pittsburgh, a Top 60 school.

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Dedicated
support

Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors. 

Free tutoring is available for this course when you need it. And, if you do all the work but do not pass, we will offer a full refund*.

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Transferable credits from a top 60 school

You'll earn college credits from the University of Pittsburgh upon course completion.

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Full refund if you do the work and don't pass

If you’ve put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course but do not receive a passing grade, that’s on us and you will receive a full refund. You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (12 days from start for 14-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses).

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Traditional course Outlier Calculus I

Cost per course

$2,400 on average

Cost per course

$400

Credits

Usually 3-4 credits from your school

Credits

3 transferable credits from the University of Pittsburgh

Risk

Pay full price after the drop deadline

Risk

Full refund if you do the work but don't pass

Format

In-person or Zoom

Format

Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)

Instructors

1 per class

Instructors

3 world-class instructors

Lectures

Specific time and place

Lectures

On-demand, anywhere

Exams

Specific hour

Exams

Flexible window

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What you’ll learn

For Outlier’s Calculus I course, we require that students have taken and passed a Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry course before enrolling with us.  This course covers all the Calculus concepts and techniques you’ll need for college credit, and then some. You’ll also learn how to:

  • Predict your lifetime happiness levels with a simple derivative

  • Predict the perfect temperature for a slice of pizza using Newton’s Law of Cooling

  • Debunk fake YouTube stunts with polynomial derivatives

  • Throw away your expensive graphing calculator forever

  • Use Exponential Decay to model why the Buffalo Bills are losing fans

Other key concepts covered:

  • Functions

    Representing Functions

    Modeling with Functions

    Transforming Functions

    Exponential Functions

    Inverse and Logarithmic Functions

    Limits

    Tangents and Instantaneous Velocity

    Limits of Functions

    Limit Laws

    Continuity of Functions

    Limits at Infinity

    Derivatives

    Derivatives as Functions

  • Integration

    Approximating Area and Distance

    Definite Integrals

    The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

    Indefinite Integrals

    Using Substitution

    Differentiation

    Differentiating Polynomials and Exponential Functions

    The Product and Quotient Rules

    Differentiating Trigonometric Functions

    The Chain Rule

    Implicit Differentiation

    Differentiating Logarithmic Functions

    Differentiating in the Sciences

    Differentiating Exponential Functions

    Related Rates

    Linearization and Differentials

    Hyperbolic Functions

  • Applying integration

    Finding Areas Between Curves

    Volume by Integration

    Volume by Integration - Cylindrical Shells

    Calculating Work

    The Mean Value Theorem for Integrals

    Applying differentiation

    Finding Maximums and Minimums

    The Mean Value Theorem

    Derivative Tests

    Indeterminates and L'Hospital's Rule

    Sketching Curves

    Using Graphing Tools

    Optimization

    Antiderivatives

Frequently asked questions

  • They’re $400 per course, for now. We’re committed to keeping costs low for students, but can’t guarantee this introductory price forever, so if you want to enjoy the world’s best online courses for 80% less than the average IRL college course, enroll ASAP!

    We’ve also recently partnered with Klarna to make Outlier even more affordable: now you can split your payment over 18 months, with 0% interest (that’s on us), meaning you can take an Outlier course for as low as $89 per month. 

    We’re proud to cover any student’s interest as part of our commitment to make education more accessible and fight student debt.


  • Yes, you can be anywhere in the universe with wifi, a laptop or desktop computer (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our requirements) and you'll be able to complete the course.

  • If you've put in the time and effort to do all the work for the course but do not receive a passing grade, that's on us and you will receive a full refund! You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (12 days from start for 15-week courses, and 3 days from start for 7-week intensive courses). For more information on refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.

  • When you Audit an Outlier course, it simply means you’re taking the course without the expectation of earning credits or impacting your college transcript. You will not receive a grade, a transcript, nor credits, and will not be participating in exams. 

    Audit Path is ideal for: 

    -High school students who are looking to add sparkle to their college applications, or learn more about a subject, but wish to avoid the burden of impacting their permanent records.

    -Lifelong learners who want to take a serious course but aren’t interested in receiving grades or college credits.

    Audit Path includes:

    -Lifetime access. Your course will never expire.

    -Access to all course materials (except midterms and final exams).

    -Access to our Student Success team to ensure you’re still reaching your learning goals.

    Audit Path makes you exempt from the following:

    -Quizzes (though Auditing students can still participate) 

    -Midterm finals/grade

    -Final exams/grade

    If Auditing sounds right for you, after registering for your course, simply email us at success@outlier.org and let us know you’d like to go the Audit path. Note: You must contact us with this request before the drop deadline for your course.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • We are excited to be partnering with the University of Pittsburgh for our courses. Upon successful completion, you will receive 3 college semester credits from the University of Pittsburgh, transferrable to other colleges and universities subject to review and approval by the receiving institution.

    When you transfer your credits, it will come as an official transcript from the University of Pittsburgh. The course syllabus will include the specific course numbers.

    Not sure how to approve your credits or where to start? We’ve created a Transfer Credit Tool Kit for each step you would need to complete when approving and transferring your credits (checklist included).

    Once you've completed the course, you may request a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh and they will send an official E-Transcript to your school of choice.

  • In order to avoid putting students solely at the mercy of cold, unfeeling robots, Outlier uses a hybrid approach to proctor exams, with both AI proctoring software and human review to ensure the academic integrity of our students while also avoiding false negatives. Our AI software only flags *possible* breaches of academic integrity. Then, the Outlier team reviews by hand each and every possible problem flagged by the software to make a determination. To learn more, read our Academic Integrity Policy. If you have further questions, the team at hello@outlier.org is always standing by to help. 

  • Yes, we welcome international students from most countries, subject to certain limited restrictions under U.S. trade law.

  • Outlier is currently offering 1,000 scholarships for frontline workers who are staying on the job during the  COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients get a free Outlier course of their choice, redeemable until November 19, 2022 (two years from the scholarship’s launch). 

    This scholarship is available for the first 1,000 eligible applicants who complete a simple questionnaire and short video submission.

    Learn more here.

  • The pre-requisites for Outlier’s Calculus I course are Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry or the equivalent.

    For all Outlier courses, we recommend students have earned at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. You must be 13 or older and willing to commit yourself academically to enroll in our courses. Students attempting Outlier courses should be ready for the academic rigor of college-level coursework. Be sure to pick the right Outlier courses for both your ability and your long-term goals.


  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact support@outlier.org. Please include specifics regarding the accommodation you are seeking. Additionally, if you have a disability accommodations letter from a school you are currently attending, you may send that to us as well.

    Outlier is committed to ensuring that learners with accessibility needs have equal opportunity to succeed in our courses.

  • The talented faculty at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

  • Early on in the process of designing Outlier, we found that many students use their laptops late at night, and don’t feel like staring into a lightbulb. Too much white in the background of videos and active learning would be fatiguing and unpleasant. We also think it’s pretty neat that we decided to do this before Apple shifted everything to dark mode.

  • Unlike most things that sound too good to be true, this is for real — $400 for 3 college credits that you can transfer to your school of choice. Our team has been working tirelessly to build a product that will make world-class education more equitable and more accessible, and change the way people define excellent education.