Course Revision—MATH 102

Update (4-5-12): The following course revision proposal will be presented for a second reading on April 10, 2012 following a first reading on February 14, 2012.

(Following is the original post.) Here are materials for a proposed course revision that will be considered at an upcoming Curriculum Committee meeting:

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4 Responses to Course Revision—MATH 102

  1. matteo says:

    There was some discussion about making the language more accessible. here is a possibility:

    Revisits familiar concepts such as linear and quadratic equations/graphs, from the point of view of the ‘new’ concept of function. Emphasis is placed on multiple representations of functions and their use as models for applications. Other topics include, but are not limited to, systems of equations and radical expressions.

  2. matteo says:


    if I understand your suggestion correctly, you are suggesting that in the sentence

    -with an emphasis on linear and quadratic functions

    we insert the words

    -with an emphasis on THE PROPERTIES of linear and quadratic functions

    and that we remove the remark in parentheses

    -(but are not limited to)

    The first comment I’ll take as a friendly amendment. The comment in parentheses was a specific request from someone at a site, and so I can’t take it as a friendly amendment, though of course I agree (and my original language reflected this) that the word “include” logically implies “but are not limited to”.

  3. Ted W says:

    The proposed revision does a good job of aligning the current course content and outcomes with the catalog description. I have a few suggested changes in the wording to improve clarity. Note that I left out the parenthetical comment in the last sentence since the word “include” does not exclude other topics and it is not the practice in other course descriptions to have such a parenthetical comments.

    Suggested revised catalog description: An introduction to functions as a key concept in algebra, with an emphasis on the properties of linear and quadratic functions, their graphs, and their use in modeling real-world applications. Other topics include linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, and radical expressions.

  4. matteo says:

    thanks Brian!

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