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Course Descriptions: Mathematics

MA 060 Sub J Math

1(F,S)
This beginning math course is designed to help students gain basic math concepts. Instruction is organized so that students can focus on their areas of greatest need as determined by the placement exam. Topics covered will vary individually according to student need. Placement testing required.

MA 071-079 Math Skills Seminar

3(F,S)
Instruction designed to improve the math skills and algebra skills of students who need additional work to prepare for college credit mathematics courses. Instruction is organized so that students can work on their greatest areas of need as determined by the placement exam. The course may be repeated as many times as necessary in order to fulfill the requirements for placement in a college credit class. Topics covered will vary according to student need and can range from operations on whole numbers, fractions and decimals to working with radicals, exponents, logarithms, quadratic functions, and quadratic equations. Placement testing required.

MA 131 Business Mathematics

3(F)
This course covers the topics of simple interest and discounted notes, markup, taxes, compound interest and present value, annuities, sinking funds, amortization, depreciation, inventories, insurance, and stocks and bonds. A sufficient score on the math placement exam is required prior to enrollment.

MA 151 College Algebra

4(S)
Instruction in the standard topics of college algebra. Includes solution of equations, complex numbers, quadratic function theory, variation, logarithms, polynomials, determinants and matrices, and progressions. PREREQUISITE: MA 079 or satisfactory score on placement test.

MA 156 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3(OD)
The student is introduced to areas of interest in applied and pure mathematics. Content may vary, including topics such as statistics, probability, graph theory, trigonometry, game theory, operations research, group theory, and encryption. This is a terminal math class intended to meet a general education graduation requirement. PREREQUISITE: MA 076, satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.

MA 171 Finite Mathematics

3(F)
This course can be taken instead of college algebra for business, life and social science students. The course uses the ideas of modeling, matrices, and linear regression to study finance and management problems. PREREQUISITE: 079 or satisfactory score on placement test.

MA 172 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

3(F)
This course is designed to give potential elementary teachers knowledge and skills in basic mathematical concepts. Topics included are problem solving, sets, logic, numeration systems, whole numbers, integers, number theory, and probability. PREREQUISITE: MA 079, satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.

MA 173 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

3(S)
A continuation of instruction in mathematic concepts and manipulation for potential elementary teachers with emphasis on geometry, measurement, computer programming, and the use of computer software for geometric concepts. PREREQUISITE: MA 172.

MA 252 Pre-Calculus I

3(F)
The first of a two-semester sequence, this mathematics course is designed to review and teach the mathematics needed for success in a first course in calculus. Topics emphasized are the algebra of functions and their graphs, rates of change, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric function, and multivariate functions. PREREQUISITE: MA 079 or satisfactory score on
placement test.

MA 253 Pre-Calculus II

3(S)
The second semester of the two semester pre-calculus sequence. PREREQUISITE: MA 252.

MA 255 Statistical Methods

4(F,S)
This course covers the principles of descriptive statistics, probability, and probability distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. PREREQUISITE: MA 079 or satisfactory score on placement test.

MA 261 Applied Calculus

4(S)
The course covers the fundamentals of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on applications to business and social science problems.
PREREQUISITE: MA 151 or MA 252.

MA 262 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I

4(F)-AY
The first semester of a two-semester sequence in calculus, this course covers functions, elementary transcendental function, limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of the derivative, and curve sketching. PREREQUISITE: MA 253 or equivalent.

MA 263 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II

4(S)-AY
The second semester of a two-semester sequence in calculus, this course covers integration theory, methods of integration, applications of the integral, Taylor’s theorem, infinite sequences and series. PREREQUISITE: MA 262 or equivalent.