
20232024 WWCC College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MATH 041  Corequisite Algebra for MATH& 141 Credits: 3 LEC hours per week: 3 MATH 041 is an intermediate algebra course to be taken concurrently with MATH& 141 . The course focuses on developing and applying algebraic, graphic, and metacognitive skills necessary for success in MATH& 141 , Precalculus I. This course has Pass/Not Pass grading. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in MATH 075 , MATH 021 , CAP 021 , or HSC 021 , appropriate placement, or permission of the Mathematics Department. Corequisite(s): MATH& 141 . Course Outcomes:
 Classify numbers as rational or irrational.
 Use standard function notation and demonstrate understanding of vocabulary terms such as domain, range, and independent and dependent variables.
 Create, use, and identify key features of the graphs of points, lines, and parabolas in the plane.
 Create, use, and interpret linear models in a variety of authentic settings.
 Apply exponent rules to simplify expressions with positive and negative exponents.
 Factor quadratic and quadraticstyle expressions.
 Solve quadratic equations by factoring and by using the quadratic formula.
 Perform polynomial long division.
 Simplify rational expressions and solve rational equations.
 Simplify radical expressions, convert between radical notation and rational exponents, and solve radical equations.
 Convert between logarithmic and exponential form of an equation.
 Recognize when approximations are appropriate and when exact calculations are necessary.
 Use technology as a tool for calculating and graphing.
 Explain the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset in the context of learning mathematics.
 Demonstrate techniques that improve problem solving in precalculus; for example, make predictions, document appropriately, and check the reasonableness of answers.
 Practice productive struggle to creatively solve problems, enhance metacognition, and strengthen independent learning.
 Describe a mathematician’s work in science, technology, engineering, math, or business.
 Access and use educational resources to supplement ongoing learning.
Course Topics:
 Functions
 Graphs
 Linear and quadratic models
 Solving quadratic equations
 Polynomial long division
 Rational and irrational numbers
 Rational expressions and equations
 Radical expressions and equations
 Rational exponents and exponent rules
 Exponentials and logarithms
 Problemsolving skills
 Mathematics in the world
 Study skills

