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Courses

MATH 0987 - Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning

This course integrates numeracy, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning and understanding of functions.  Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts.  This course prepares students requiring Learning Support (or otherwise advised to refresh their mathematical literacy) to take MATH 0997 (Support for Quantitative Reasoning) and Math 1001 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning).  MATH 0997 is not intended to prepare students for MATH 1111.  Students needing MATH 1111 are advised to enroll in MATH 0989 or MATH 0999 as placement indicates.

Hours:
4



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MATH 0989 - Foundations for College Algebra

A course for students needing in-depth preparation in basic mathematics and beginning algebra.  The course is required for students whose MPI scores indicate a need for the course and whose major requires College Algebra, MATH 1111.  The course will cover the following topics:  Real Numbers, Linear Equations and Problem Solving, Lines and Graphing, Exponents and Polynomials, Linear Inequalities, Factoring Polynomials, Rational Expressions and Equations and introduce Functions and Radicals.  Students required to take this course must pass with a grade of C or higher before enrolling in MATH 0999.  Other students may volunteer to take this course to enhance their current math skills.

Hours:
4



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MATH 0997 - Support for Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

A course designed to allow students to simultaneously satisfy their LS requirements and take MATH 1001, an Area A math course. This course is designed to support a student taking MATH 1001 with just in time assistance. Topics will parallel topics being studied in MATH 1001 as well as the essential quantitative skills needed to be successful in MATH 1001. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the information and the processing and understanding which conclusions can be reasonably determined.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Corequisite: MATH 1001

Hours:
2



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MATH 0998 - Support for Mathematical Models

A course designed to allow students to simultaneously satisfy their LS requirement and take MATH 1101, an Area A Math. The course will cover the Beginning or Intermediate Algebra topics needed for the student to be successful in Mathematical Models.  Emphasis is on the use of elementary functions to investigate and analyze applied problems and questions, supported by the use of appropriate technology and on effective communication of quantitative concepts and results. The course allows the instructor to assist the students with an deficiencies they may have while attempting the Mathematical Models topics. The material covered in MATH 0998 is meant to provide background information or just-in-time remediation of the topics covered in MATH 1101. Co-requisite MATH 1101A course designed to allow students to simultaneously satisfy their LS requirement and take MATH 1101, an Area A Math. The course will cover the Beginning or Intermediate Algebra topics needed for the student to be successful in Mathematical Models. Emphasis is on the use of elementary functions to investigate and analyze applied problems and questions, supported by the use of appropriate technology and on effective communication of quantitative concepts and results. The course allows the instructor to assist the students with an deficiencies they may have while attempting the Mathematical Models topics. The material covered in MATH 0998 is meant to provide background information or just-in-time remediation of the topics covered in MATH 1101. 

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Corequisite: MATH 1101

Hours:
2



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MATH 0999 - Support for College Algebra

A course designed to allow students to simultaneously satisfy the LS requirement and take MATH 1111, an Area A math course. The course will cover the Beginning or Intermediate Algebra topics needed for the student to be successful in College Algebra. The course allows the instructor to assist the students with any deficiencies they may have while attempting the College Algebra topics. The material covered in MATH 0999 is meant to provide background information or just-in-time remediation of the topics covered in MATH 1111. Topics to be covered include: polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and equations, quadratic functions and their graphs, and systems of equations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Corequisite: MATH 1111

Hours:
3



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Special Note:

There are two different pathways through LS Math. One is for students whose majors require MATH 1111, College Algebra, or higher in their core. The other is for students whose majors allow MATH 1101 or MATH 1001 in Area A of core.

Placement Test Preparation

Math

  1. Go to Accuplacer, sign in or create an account.
  2. Select the Elementary Algebra Learn As You Go test. Note what the Elementary Algebra test measures and, as you’re taking the test, how well you perform on each portion of the test. Write down how many you get correct out of each type of test question.
  3. If you have areas of weakness identified in the Learn As You Go test, explore the Math Resources listed below or do an Internet search for a specific concept you wish to improve upon. Practice!
  4. Next, select a Sample Test. At the conclusion of the test, compare the number of correct answers you got on each type of test question to the number of you answered correctly on the Learn As You Go test. If needed, practice some more.
  5. On the actual placement test:
    1. Take your time. Answering the math problems as accurately as possible could save you time and money in the future if you are not required to take an extra math class.
    2. Remember the order of operations, using the mnemonic device Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to remind you Parentheses, then Exponents, then Multiplication, then Division, then Addition, then Subtraction.
    3. Check your answers. Remember, in a multiple choice test, there are usually at least two wrong answers that are based on the most common miscalculations or process errors.
    4. Calculators and scrap paper. Certain placement test problems will allow you to use the built-in calculator. If not, use the scratch paper that will be provided. (This scratch paper will be collected before you leave the test, so don’t make your to-do list on it.)
    5. Know your terminology. As you go through the practice tests, look up any words you are not familiar with. Words like perimeter, sum, difference, product, quotient, solution, slope, intercept, etc. are important and come up often in algebra. Don’t ignore them!
    6. Know your formulas. As you go through the practice test, you may notice that the practice test assumes you know certain formulas, e.g. quadratic equations. If this is assumed on the practice, then you should assume you’ll need to know it on the actual placement test.
    7. Know how to plug numbers into an equation/expression. This know-how comes up often and it helps even on problems that don’t specifically ask you to do it. Get comfortable with negatives and parentheses.
    8. Know how to factor. Factoring comes up often, so the sooner you get it down, the better. If you do not know your times tables by heart, we recommend you learn them.

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