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Mathematics

College-Level Math

The RSC Math Department currently offers two courses that satisfy the General Education requirement: General College Math (Non-STEM Pathway) and College Algebra (STEM* Pathway). Each was developed to meet particular degree requirements.  To decide which one is best for you, compare each course’s design to the needs of your degree program.  If you are not certain about your degree, visit with your advisor to determine which pathway is best for you. 

Important:  Whichever course you choose, check that it will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  For the Oklahoma Regents Transfer Grid, visit this link.

MATH 1473 – General College Math (Non-STEM Pathway)

Prerequisite  

MATH 0134 – Math Literacy, or MATH 0144 – Algebraic Literacy, or equivalent

Course Description

This course includes an exploration of various topics designed to give the student an appreciation of mathematics and to expose the student to mathematical problems within numerous disciplines.  This course is not intended for students majoring in science, mathematics, computer science, and business.

Rationale

In this course, students learn from an examination of the general use of mathematics through hands-on projects.  Students develop numeracy or math literacy using math skills to analyze and interpret real-world data, draw conclusions, and solve problems.  Examples include:

·      Using measurements to determine a cost estimate for home repairs and remodeling;

·      Calculating the final cost when a discount is given;

·      Determining which is a greater value: cash back or a lower APR on an automobile purchase;

·      Deciding the monthly payment needed on a credit card purchase to avoid charge on a 24 month zero interest promotion;

·      Using unit price to determine which product and size to purchase to get the lowest cost;

·      Applying the logical thought of the principles of mathematics in everyday decision making.

MATH 1513 – College Algebra (STEM Pathway)

Prerequisite  

MATH 0144 – Algebraic Literacy or equivalent

Course Description

This course includes a study of equations and functions (polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic) as well as systems of equations and is suitable for students subsequently taking the engineering calculus sequence.

Rationale

In this course, students learn how to substitute letters for numbers to create equations that will find unknown values using known values.  This skill is needed in the fields of hard sciences and engineering.  Successful completion of College Algebra and Trigonometry is considered the equivalent of completing Precalculus and prepares the student for the engineering calculus sequence.  Examples include:

·      Civil Engineers use algebra to calculate how much weight roads and structures can tolerate and their ability to hold up to extreme heat, high winds, and other natural elements;

·      Architects use algebra to ensure that their blueprints accurately depict the dimensions of a room, structure and other parts of a building by converting inches or fractions to feet or yards in accurate proportions;

·      Animators use linear algebra to show the way that an object is rotated and shifted and made larger and smaller—key actions in animation;

·      Computer Programmers use algebraic representations in coding and software design.

*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math