Algebraic Thinking is an entry-level math class designed for students who are returning to math after a time away or for those who wish to strengthen their understanding of math before taking precalculus or entering college coursework such as science or economics. In order to build a strong learning community, students will benefit from twice-weekly live virtual instruction with the faculty in addition to faculty developed resources. Algebraic Thinking develops problem-solving and critical-thinking skills by using algebra and mathematics to solve context-based problems. Problems are approached algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally. Students will engage in a thorough exploration of functions and function notation as well as linear, quadratic and exponential functions, and right-triangle trigonometry.
Collaborative learning will be a fundamental component of the course. Reliable internet access and a graphing calculator, or other graphing software, are required for the course. Students are encouraged to have a camera-enabled device. A small dry-erase board, and markers or a pen-enabled tablet are required. Students should expect 2 to 4 hours per week of synchronous meetings using Zoom. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous participation if conditions require.
Successful completion or strong understanding of intermediate algebra.
Mathematics, science, business and economics, education, and environmental studies
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