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This course emphasizes real world applications in the development of beginning and intermediate algebraic topics. Topics include a review of fractions, decimals and percents, as well as the development of linear, quadratic, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions. It is designed for those students whose major and transfer institution requires only statistics or math for liberal arts as the transfer level math course for the degree. It will not meet the prerequisite for trigonometry, college algebra or any other transfer level math course. In addition this course is a good review for the ELM exam.
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The attached power point presentation illustrates the data collected for the first semester of the course. Math 46 is the standard beginning algebra course (5units) and Math 265S (4 units/6hours) is the pilot accelerated course. The students reported represent those who were present for both the pre and the post tests.
At the beginning of the semester, the students in the pilot course were significantly less well prepared than those in the beginning algebra sections. By the end of the semester the positions were reversed. What we were unable to collect was data on how the students in the accelerated course compared to those who had completed the intermediate algebra course on topics needed for statistics. It is hoped that this data will be available in the future.