**Austin
Community College
Department of Mathematics****

**Alternatives
to College
Algebra**

or

Hints to Help
the
Beginning Student Distinguish between

First-Level
College-Credit Mathematics Courses

**College
Mathematics (ACC's MATH 1332) (UT’s
M302) ****

__Goal__: To broaden the students'
repertoire of
mathematical problem-solving techniques past algebraic techniques.

This
course covers a variety of mathematical topics such as
set theory, logic, and probability.
Students learn basic college-level techniques in a variety of
mathematical areas and learn what types of problems can be solved with
each
technique. The algebra prerequisite for
the course reflects the need for the students to have an understanding
of the
conceptual aspects of mathematics rather than a need for them to
remember the
details of how to solve all the types of algebra problems encountered
in high
school algebra. Students with weaker
algebraic manipulative skills should still be able to complete this
course
successfully.

**Elementary
Statistics
(ACC's MATH 1342) (UT's M316 or UT's STA309) ****

__Goal__: To teach the student to do basic statistical
analyses and to enable the student to be an "intelligent user" of
standard statistical arguments.

The
focus of this course is on using conceptual mathematical
skills to solve a particular type of applications problems. Algebraic manipulation is not a major part of
this course; however, students will be required to use formulas
extensively. (A "pretest"
indicating the level of skill expected is available from the
mathematics
department.) Enough explanation will be
given that students who once learned algebra, but have forgotten many
of the details,
will be able to handle the algebraic aspects of the course easily.

__Goal__: To teach the student some applications of
algebra to business and economics problems and to provide a minimal
level of
algebraic foundation for the first semester of business calculus.

The
focus of this course is on the applications problems,
with algebra skills from the first two years of high school algebra
used as
necessary. Students who are not able to demonstrate all the skills from
high
school Algebra II just before beginning the course will probably find
this
course very difficult.

__Goal__: To provide the student with the algebraic
foundation for calculus.

The
student is expected to be currently confident and skilled
in __all topics__ from the first two years of high school algebra
or from
MATD 0390, Intermediate Algebra, and the new material will build on
that
foundation with little or no review.
Students who are not able to demonstrate all the skills from
high school
Algebra II just before the beginning of the course will probably find
this
course very difficult.

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*Additional information about ACC's
mathematics
curriculum and faculty is available on the Internet at http://www.austincc.edu/math/