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It is important to keep in mind that colleges will have a choice as to what course they require for their own degree. Some schools may choose to have Intermediate Algebra or Geometry (if it has Elementary Algebra as a prerequisite). Other schools might develop their own course for their students. The main point is to increase the level of mathematics that students take as their final mathematics course and, at the same time, to allow for local control for mathematics departments to produce courses that serve their students.
Below is a list of possible topics that one might include in a locally developed course. This is a list of possible topics to pick and choose from when developing OR a mathematics course locally developed that requires Elementary Algebra as a prerequisite. The list is not meant to be an exhaustive. Also, it is not meant that all topics are included. Each college would develop its own course.
Please keep in mind the following:
The list below does not include any of the standard Intermediate Algebra topics. Any of them may be included as desired in developing this course.
Throughout the content covered, this course should emphasize problem solving skills, critical thinking techniques, applications to the real world, and learning how to learn.
Many of these topics are also in transfer-level courses. However, in this course they must be taught at the Intermediate Algebra level (i.e. with only Elementary Algebra as a prerequisite).
This course could not serve as a prerequisite to a transfer-level mathematics course. The transfer-level mathematics courses are required to have Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite in order to articulate with CSU and UC.
This course is intended to be a terminal course, serving as a graduation substitute for those students who do not take Intermediate Algebra.
The topics in this course will vary from school to school, and, most likely, from instructor to instructor within the same school.
Faculty are encouraged to develop their course with the mathematical needs of their particular student body in mind.
If you develop a course for your voc ed students, work with the voc ed faculty to ensure the course is meaningful for their students. The course must be taught by a faculty member with minimum quals in mathematics, not a voc ed faculty member.
Here are suggested topics that faculty from several colleges have contributed.
Comparison of Voting MethodsPluralityRun-off Methods
Scoring SystemsRanking MethodsApproval VotingComparison of Apportionment MethodsQuota MethodsEarly MethodsCurrent Methods
Financial MathSimple InterestCompound InterestFuture ValuePresent ValueAnnuitiesLoans, including Financial Aid PackagesEffective Yield
Population Growth
Fractals
Functions
Definitions
Applications
Game Theory
Geometry
Basic figures in geometry
Deductive reasoning
Parallel lines and planes
Congruent triangles
Quadrilaterals
Inequalities in geometry
Similar polygons
Right triangles
Circles
Constructions and loci
Areas and plane figures
Areas and volumes of solids
Coordinate geometry
Non-Euclidean GeometryPolyhedra
Transformations and Symmetries
Intro to Axioms, Proofs, and Theorems
Manipulatives
Graph TheoryPathsNetworks
Linear Programming
Linear ModelingMaximize Profit
Minimize Business Costs
Number Theory
ProbabilityVenn DiagramsAddition Rule
Complement
Independent EventsDependent EventsConditional ProbabilitiesMutually Exclusive Events
Counting PrinciplesMultiplication Rule
Trees
Reasoning
Inductive Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Patterns
Logical Connectives
Argument Forms
Symbolic Logic
Truth and Falsehood of Compound Statements
Puzzle/problem Solving
Set TheorySets, subsets, attributes, categorization
Notation and representation
Operations
Cardinality
Statistics
Randomness versus deterministicData and sampling
Organizing DataMeasures of Center and SpreadGraphs: Histogram, Pie Chart, Box Plot
Technology
Graphing calculator techniques
Computer financial software
Trigonometry
Angles
Basic definitions
Right Triangles
Pythagorean Theorem
Graphs
Construction uses
Thanks to the following for their contributions and assistance for the topics list: Genele Rhoads (Solano Community College), Zwi Reznik (Fresno City College), Norbert Bischof (Merritt College), Fred Teti (City College of San Francisco), Noelle Eckley (Lassen College), Rick Hough (Skyline College & President of CMC3), Susan Dean (De Anza College), Peg Hovde (Grossmont College & Past President of CMC3-South), Teresa Henson (Las Positas College), Janet Tarjan (Bakersfield College), Jay Lehmann (College of San Mateo).
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