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This course is designed as a review of the principles of arithmetic: fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percent, introduction to algebra, US customary and metric measurements, formulas for area, perimeter, and volume from a calculator based perspective.NOTE: This course does not apply to any associate degree or career certificate. For students required to complete MTH 115 or MTH 117, basic algebra readiness is better demonstrated by completing MTH 114. Specific calculator required. Contact EMPS division office for referral or additional information.
Prerequisite: Score of 6 or higher on the Math Placement Test. A student who scores below 6 on the Math Placement Test should meet with a counselor to discuss options.
Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.
Offered Summer 2023: Yes
This developmental course is the first course in the algebra sequence. Basic algebra topics include, but are not limited to: expressions, linear equations and functions with graphing, exponents, basic polynomial operations, and factoring. Modeling and problem solving will be introduced throughout the course.
NOTE: This course does not apply to any associate degree or career certificate program. A specific graphing calculator is required for the course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 101 (C or better) or Basic Algebra Readiness which includes an appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course focuses on developing mathematical maturity through problem solving, critical thinking, data analysis, and the writing and communication of mathematics. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. Instruction will emphasize the connections between verbal, numerical, symbolic and graphical representation of the concepts being taught. Emphasis will be placed on modeling and problem solving, with techniques and manipulations covered in context. The three strands of the course are Algebra, functions, and modeling as they apply to linear, polynomial, rational, and exponential expressions, equations, and functions. NOTE: This developmental course serves as a prerequisite for MTH 140, MTH 141, MTH 142 or MTH 108. This course does not apply to any associate degree or career certificate program. A specific graphing calculator is required for the course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
This developmental course is the second course in the algebra sequence that further develops the concepts of basic algebra. Intermediate algebra topics include, but are not limited to: polynomial inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities; quadratic, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic equations and functions. Modeling and problem solving will be introduced throughout the course.
NOTE: This course does not apply to any associate degree or career certificate program. A specific graphing calculator is required for the course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 102 or MTH 105 (C or better) or appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course covers the basic principles of mathematics, with application to problems encountered in various industries. Review of fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and percent are covered. Introductory algebra, practical geometry, measuring systems, precision, accuracy, and scientific notation are also covered.
NOTE: For students required to complete MTH 115 or MTH 117, basic algebra readiness is better demonstrated by taking MTH 114. A specific calculator is required for this course. Contact EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: Score of 6 or higher on the math placement test. A student who scores below 6 on the math placement test should meet with a counselor to discuss options.
This course explores the basic principles of mathematics with an emphasis on career technical applications. Operations of signed numbers including integers fractions and decimals are studied. Further areas of study include ratios, proportions, percentages, measuring systems, unit conversions, precision, accuracy, scientific notation introductory algebra, practical geometry and right-angle trigonometry.
Typically Offered: Offered fall and spring only.
Offered Summer 2023: No
This course covers college mathematics for students majoring in technology. It includes algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 114 or MTH 102 or MTH 105 (C or better) or appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This is the first college-level math course in a two course sequence which is intended for students planning to major in elementary education. This course is not intended to offer teaching methods to future educators. Topics include problem solving, sets, logic, functions, numeration systems, real number system, number theory, probability and statistics. To fulfill the general education core curriculum math requirement the second course in the sequence, Math 221 (Mathematics for Elementary Teaching II), must also be completed. NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS Division office for details.
Prerequisite: Geometry Proficiency AND MTH 108 (C or better), or appropriate score on CLC Math Placement Test, or Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course is primarily intended to prepare students for Finite Mathematics and Calculus for Business and Social Sciences. This course will also serve as a prerequisite to Trigonometry. College algebra topics include, but are not limited to: conic sections, sequences and series, systems of nonlinear equations, matrix algebra, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and accompanying equations. Modeling and applications are incorporated throughout the course.NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact EMPS Division Office for details. Credit will not be given in MTH 122 to those with prior credit in MTH 144 Precalculus. This course will not meet the General Education Math Requirement for AA or AFA degrees but may serve as an elective. This course with the combination of an IAI MTH course meets the Math requirement for the AS degree. Check the catalog for other Associate degrees including AAS degrees to see if this course meets the Math requirement.
Prerequisite: MTH 108 (or higher math level) C or better, or appropriate score on CLC Math Placement Test, Math SAT, or MATH ACT
This course is primarily for students who intend to take MTH 145 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. Trigonometry topics include, but are not limited to: trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, and applications of trigonometry. Modeling and problem solving will be implemented throughout the course. NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: Geometry Proficiency and MTH 122 C or better or an appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
Designed primarily for business, commerce or social science students of whom it may be required. Topics include set theory, elementary combinatorics, probability, matrix algebra, introduction to linear programming, and Markov chains. NOTE: Specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 122 (C or better) or MTH 144 (C or better) or an appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course is to develop competency in analytical reasoning, problem solving, and multi-step decision making as well as exposing students to some current trends in mathematical thought. The emphasis is on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems involving mathematics. The course covers three or four of the following topics in depth: graph theory, counting techniques and probability, topics in geometry, logic/set theory, linear programming, and game theory.NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact EMPS division office for details. This course does not meet the math requirement in the Associate of Science and Associate of Engineering Science, but may be used as elective credits.
Prerequisites: MTH 105 or MTH 108 or higher level math course (C or better) -or- two years of approved high school algebra (C or better) and Basic Algebra Readiness -or- an appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course develops conceptual understanding in several areas, including: representing and analyzing data through such statistical measures as central tendency, dispersion, normal distribution, and correlation and regression; using logical statements and arguments in a real-world context; estimating, approximating and judging the reasonableness of answers; graphing and using polynomial functions and systems of equations in the interpretation and solution of problems; and selecting and using appropriate approaches and tools in formulating and solving real-world problems.NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact EMPS division office for details. This course does not meet the math requirement in the Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering Science, but may be used as elective credits.
This course focuses on statistical reasoning and the solving of problems using real-world data rather than on computational skills. Emphasis is on interpretation and evaluation of statistical results that arise from simulation and technology-based computations using technology more advanced than a basic scientific calculator, such as graphing calculators with a statistical package, spreadsheets, or statistical computing software. Topics will include data collection processes (observational studies, experimental design, sampling techniques, bias), descriptive methods using quantitative and qualitative data, bivariate data, correlation, and least squares regression, basic probability theory, probability distributions (normal distributions and normal curve, binomial distribution), confidence intervals and hypothesis tests using p-values.Note: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS Division office for details. Credit will not be given in MTH 142 to those with prior credit in MTH 222. This course does not meet the math requirement in the Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering Science, but may be used as elective credits.Prerequisite(s): MTH 105 or MTH 108 or higher level math course (C or better) -or- two years of approved high school algebra (C or better) and Basic Algebra Readiness -or- an appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course is primarily for students who intend to take MTH 145 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. Precalculus topics include, but are not limited to: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, graphs, and equations, trigonometric identities, applications of trigonometry, systems of nonlinear equations and inequalities, conic sections, and sequences and series.NOTE: Use of a specific graphing calculator will be integrated throughout the course. Contact EMPS Division Office for details. Students who earn a grade of C in MTH 108 must complete the sequence of MTH 122 College Algebra and MTH 123 Trigonometry as a prerequisite for MTH 145 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. Students with credit for both MTH 122 and MTH 123 will not be given credit for MTH 144. Students may not receive credit towards degree for both (MTH 122 and MTH 144) or (MTH 123 and MTH 144).
Prerequisite: Geometry Proficiency and MTH 108 (B or better) or an appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course covers the calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions. Analytic geometry topics are limited to the line and circle. Calculus topics include limits, differentiation and integration of both algebraic and transcendental functions, including trigonometric functions, with applications. NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 123 (C or better) or MTH 144 (C or better) or appropriate score on CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course is a continuation of MTH 145. Techniques of integration, applications of integration, differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates and infinite sequences and series will be covered. NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 145 (C or better)
This is the second college-level math course in a two course sequence which is intended for students planning to major in elementary education. This course is not intended to offer teaching methods to future educators. Topics include probability, statistics, modeling, plane and solid geometry, measurement, similarity and congruence, geometric constructions, area, volume, classroom manipulatives, and/or computer software.
Prerequisite: MTH 121 (C or better)
This course covers solving real-life business applications in statistics. The course includes, but is not limited to, using principles of probability, descriptive statistics, and an introduction to one and multi-sample inferential statistics such as the F-test and Analysis of Variance. Note: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS Division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 122 (D or better) or MTH 108 (C or better) or appropriate score on CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT
Includes analytical geometry and calculus topics such as functions and their graphs, rectangular coordinate systems, limits, differentiation and integration of algebraic, logarithmic and exponential functions. Applications are included along with selected topics from multivariable calculus. NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 122 (C or better) or MTH 127 (C or better) or MTH 144 (C or better) or an appropriate score on the CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This is a first course in vectors, matrices, vector spaces and linear transformations and includes a substantial proof component. Applications of topics to problems arising in engineering and business are included. The course may be taken concurrently with, but should not replace, a course in multivariable calculus. A student should expect to take a more complete linear algebra course at a baccalaureate transfer institution. Computer software will be integrated as appropriate.
NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS division office for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 146 (C or better)
This is an introductory course that involves the solving of various ordinary linear and nonlinear differential equations of first and higher order and the solving of systems of differential equations. Methods include separation of variables, various substitution techniques, use of integrating factors, undetermined coefficients, and variation of parameters. Laplace transforms, infinite series, and selected numerical methods. Applications include simple harmonic motion, population growth and decay, cooling, L-R-C circuits, and mixing problems. Uniqueness and existence theorems are covered. It is intended for students of science, mathematics, and engineering that features modeling and graphical visualization as central themes. NOTE: Computer software and graphing calculators are integrated into the course where appropriate.
Introduction to the mathematical analysis of finite collections and to the mathematical foundations of sequential machines, computer system design, data structures and algorithms. Topics include, but are not restricted to sets, counting, recursion, graph theory, trees, networks, Boolean algebras, automata, and formal grammars and languages. This course is a beginning course in the mathematics of computer science.
NOTE: Specific graphing calculator is required for this course. Contact the EMPS division office for details.
Prerequisite: MTH 122 (C or better) or appropriate score on CLC Math Placement Test, Math ACT, or Math SAT.
This course is a continuation of MTH 146. Topics include vectors in two and three dimensions, vector operations, lines and planes in space, vector functions, functions of more than one variable, partial derivatives, directional derivatives, gradients, and multiple integrals. Solid analytic geometry topics include quadric surfaces, cylindrical and spherical coordinates and curves in 3-space. Vector calculus topics include vector fields, line integrals, surface integrals, curl and divergence, Green’s Theorem, Stokes’ Theorem, and the Divergence Theorem. NOTE: A specific graphing calculator is required for this course.
This course addresses the in-depth study of special topics in mathematics that do not have specific courses in the catalog. Course content will vary depending on the topic being studied. Topics may include but are not limited to: mathematical statistics, real analysis, complex analysis, general topology, abstract algebra, combinatorics, set theory, mathematical logic etc. This course is repeatable up to three times, any topic only once, for a maximum of 6 hours towards degree completion.
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