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$400 Per Course

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About Calculus i

Outlier’s Calculus I course is designed to make learning calculus a painless-ish and entertaining experience! With high-quality videos of exceptional educators guiding you through examples from science, sports, and human happiness, our course will help you master calculus and even have a few laughs along the way. Choose the instructor that best fits your learning style (or hop between instructors whenever you like), and if you need extra help, you’ll have access to our friendly tutors, online study groups, and unlimited practice problems.

Earn college credit for Calculus I in just 4 easy steps: pass the pretest, enroll, start learning September 9th and pass the course , transfer credits to your school!


Now enrolling for Spring 2020

  • Earn transferable college credits
  • Stay sharp with our interactive textbook
  • Switch between engaging educators anytime
  • Generate unlimited practice exercises
  • Free tutoring and study groups available
  • Customize your educational journey




3 Versions of the course



During this course, you’ll learn from these distinguished educators. Each has created a full Calculus I course, covering each topic with their own teaching style, tools, and subject matter ranging from human happiness and sports to more traditional science-based examples. Choose the teacher that best fits your learning style (or hop between educators whenever you like!)


Hannah Fry, Ph.D.

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Dr. Hannah Fry is an associate professor in the mathematics of cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. She works with an interdisciplinary team to study many aspects of human behavior, such as shopping, relationships, transport, and urban crime.

In 2018, she was awarded the Christopher Zeeman Medal "for her contributions to the public understanding of the mathematical sciences." A gifted communicator, Fry brings the joy of math to a wide audience as a public speaker, television presenter, and radio host.

She is the author of a number of well-received books. Her TED talk, "The Mathematics of Love," has been viewed nearly 5 million times.


John Urschel, Ph.D. Candidate

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John Urschel is a doctoral candidate in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a retired NFL guard and lineman for the Baltimore Ravens.

An accomplished mathematician, he is the coauthor (with L. Zikatanov) of the Urschel-Zikatanov Theorem—a result regarding the connectedness of nodal decompositions of Fiedler vectors. He also has the fastest eigensolver for minimal Laplacian eigenvectors.

In 2017, Urschel was on Forbes' "30 under 30" list of outstanding young scientists.


Tim Chartier, Ph.D.

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Dr. Tim Chartier is an award-winning professor of mathematics and computer science at Davidson College. A skilled teacher and researcher, Professor Chartier received the Alder Award and the Daniel Solow Author’s Award from the Mathematical Association of America and is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. He specializes in sports analytics and has worked with the NBA, ESPN’s Sport Science, NASCAR teams, and others.

He has worked with Google and Pixar on K-12 educational initiatives. He is an award-winning author of multiple books on computer science. He is vice president of the Mathematical Association of America and first chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of Mathematics.

He serves as an expert resource for major news organizations such as NPR, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, and CBS.




What’s covered



  • Representing Functions
  • Modeling with Functions
  • Transforming Functions
  • Exponential Functions
  • Inverse and Logarithmic Functions


  • Tangents and Instantaneous Velocity
  • Limits of Functions
  • Limit Laws
  • Continuity of Functions
  • Limits at Infinity
  • Derivatives
  • Derivatives as Functions


  • Approximating Area and Distance
  • Definite Integrals
  • The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
  • Indefinite Integrals
  • Using Substitution

Applying Integration

  • Finding Areas Between Curves
  • Volume by Integration
  • Volume by Integration - Cylindrical Shells
  • Calculating Work
  • The Mean Value Theorem for Integrals


  • 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 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




+ Why is Calculus so scary?

It doesn’t have to be. That’s part of why we made this course. We want to give everyone the best possible chance to enjoy learning calculus, get their credits, and feel confident in their mathematical abilities.

+ Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone that needs or wants to learn calculus. This is a college-level Calculus I course, for which you will receive 3 transferable credits. A high school diploma is required before starting the course, however in the future we hope to offer the course to high school students as well.

It’s suitable for college students that need calculus for their major (or people who may have even failed the course before), recent grads, and anyone else that has an interest in taking a for-credit, world-class calculus course online.

+ Do I need to know anything about Calculus going into this course?

Previous calculus experience is not required! We will teach you calculus, but you should have a good understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. It’s a bonus if you’ve taken pre-calculus or math analysis, but those aren’t absolutely necessary. You will need to pass a short pretest before you can enroll in the course to make sure you have a mathematical foundation solid enough to allow you to succeed in learning calculus.

+ What do I need to be able to take this course?

A high school diploma, GED or equivalent is needed prior to starting the course, although we hope to be able to offer our courses to a broader audience in the future. You will also be required to pass a short pretest before enrolling in the Calculus I course. You will also need wifi, a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam, microphone, and Google Chrome installed.

+ Is the course completely online?

Yes, you can be anywhere in the universe (with wifi) and you'll be able to complete the course.

+ How much does an Outlier course cost?

$400 per course, for now. Our goal is to reduce the cost of college and reduce student debt, but there are many factors to consider as we plan for 2020 and beyond. TLDR: if you want the introductory price of $400, enroll asap!

+ *What is your refund policy?

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 withdraw from the course in the first 2 weeks and receive a full refund. For more information on refunds please refer to our Terms of Use.

+ When are the courses being offered?

Our Fall 2019 beta classes are now full but we are currently enrolling for the Spring 2020 semester. Each course is 14 weeks long and all coursework can be done on your schedule, with the exception of midterms and final which are open for a 1 week window.

+ Are any parts of this course scheduled or timezone sensitive?

Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take for a 1 week window so you may take midterms and final anytime during the exam week. However, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of final exam week.

+ Tell me more about these college credits. Where do they come from and how do I transfer them to my school?

We are excited to be partnering with the University of Pittsburgh for our fall course. Upon successful completion, you will receive 3 college credits from the University of Pittsburgh that can be transferred to your school of choice. Please check with your school's registrar on the process for getting outside coursework pre-approved or transferred. If you need a copy of the syllabus or any other supporting documents from Outlier you can email info@outlier.org and we'd be happy to send them to you. Once you've completed the course, transferring credits will be as easy as selecting "Transfer my credits" from the course website, filling out the form, and the University of Pittsburgh will mail an official transcript to your school of choice. We are currently in discussions with several top universities (including Pitt) as potential partners in 2020 and beyond.

+ How do you prevent cheating?

We have technology built into our courses that allows us to prevent academic dishonesty and detect it if it occurs.

+ Do you accept international students?

Yes, international students are welcome to join our courses as long as you have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and feel comfortable taking courses in English.

+ Do you accept financial aid?

Not yet. However, we hope to in the future, which will make all of our courses even more accessible.

+ Why is everything so dark?

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.

+ What's the catch? How are you able to offer high quality for-credit college courses for a fraction of the cost of most universities?

Unlike delicious, calorie-free ice cream and 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.



More questions? Email info@outlier.org



How It Works


Active Learning

Stay sharp with our interactive textbook.


Engaging Lectures

Switch between three different lecturers at any time.


Unlimited practice

Practice ‘til it clicks with infinite variations of problem sets.

Now enrolling for spring 2020