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Course Description for Mathematics and Engineering Division

All of the mathematics courses are based upon a strong foundation in algebraic skills.  The faculty has made a commitment to the proper placement of students in algebra  courses and above.  The student’s placement will be based on their high school mathematics background, THEA (TASP), SAT, and/or ACT scores.  Exemption to THEA (TASP) by GPA or TAKS (TAAS) which corresponds to the minimum passing standard of 230, with placement in MATH 0312, Intermediate Algebra.  Exemption to THEA (TASP) by SAT or ACT math scores which corresponds to the College Algebra standard of 270, with placement made in MATH 1314 or higher as appropriate.  Blinn College’s commitment to providing its students with a strong academic foundation is
reflected in requiring its graduating students to successfully complete 1000-level or above mathematics courses for the mathematics requirement in an A.A. or A.S. degree.

NON-TRANSFERABLE MATHEMATICS

Nontransferable course offerings in mathematics serve to develop and strengthen basic academic skills thereby permitting students to be successful, not only in passing the mathematics section of the THEA or alternative test, but also in college level mathematics courses.  Therefore, in an effort to teach students skills designed to provide a firm foundation in mathematics, the use of calculators or electronic devices with calculator functions (cell phone, PDA, computer, etc.) will not be allowed on exams or the pre/post tests in any nontransferable mathematic course.  Students must master the course objectives with a “C” or better before they will be permitted to advance to the next course.  Students must meet all prerequisites before taking credit courses.  The hours earned in nontransferable mathematics courses do not count toward a degree or certification.

MATH 0309 PREALGEBRA

Prealgebra is the study of fundamental operations of arithmetic on the rational number system, including an emphasis of signed number arithmetic, solving simple linear equations, and percent applications.  Enrollment in MATH 0309 is dependent upon the student’s performance on the mathematics section of THEA or an appropriate score on the alternative test instrument.  Three class hours and two laboratory hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 0310 INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA

Introductory Algebra is the study of solving linear equations and linear inequalities in one variable, solving equations and linear inequalities containing absolute values, graphing linear equations and linear inequalities, finding and applying slopes of lines, using properties of exponents, performing operations with polynomials, factoring polynomials, and solving quadratic equations by factoring.   Prerequisites:  MATH 0309 with a grade of “C” or better or high school Algebra I, and a score of 210 or higher on the mathematics section of THEA, or an appropriate score on the alternative test instrument. Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 0312 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

Intermediate Algebra is the study of factoring rules, rational expressions, rational exponents, radicals, complex numbers, inequalities, inequalities containing absolute values, quadratic equations, linear systems, and equations with radicals, rational expressions, and exponents.  Prerequisites:  MATH 0310 with a grade of “C” or better or high school Algebra I, high school Geometry, high school Algebra II, and a score of 230  or higher on the mathematics section of THEA, or an appropriate score on the alternative test instrument.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

TRANSFERABLE MATHEMATICS

Students may qualify for the following mathematics courses by satisfying the listed course prerequisite or by attaining a satisfactory score on the SAT, ACT, THEA, or the local placement exam.  High school background will also be considered in placement.

MATH 1314 COLLEGE ALGEBRA + *

College Algebra is the study of real and complex numbers, factoring, exponents, radicals, fractional and quadratic equations, inequalities, graphing techniques, functions, graphs of polynomial and rational functions, systems of equations, matrices, and exponential and  logarithmic functions.  Prerequisites:  MATH 0312 with a grade of “C” or better or high school Algebra I, high school Algebra II, high school Geometry, high school Precalculus, and a score of 270 or higher on the mathematics section of THEA, or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT or an alternative test instrument.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 1316  PLANE TRIGONOMETRY +

Plane Trigonometry is the study of definitions of the trigonometric functions, special angles, fundamental identities, solution of right triangles, circular measure, trigonometric reductions, solution of oblique triangles, functions of a composite angle , trigonometric
equations, inverse trigonometric functions, polar representation, DeMoivre’s Theorem, and graphs.  Prerequisite: MATH 1414 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

1324.  MATHEMATICS ANALYSIS I + *

Analysis I is the study of linear functions and graphs, matrices, inequalities and linear programming, simplex algorithm, mathematics of finance, probability, sets, counting techniques, permutations, combinations, statistics, central tendency, standard deviation, and applications in all areas.   Prerequisite:  MATH 1314 or MATH 1325 or (MATH 2412 or higher) or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 1325  MATHEMATICS ANALYSIS II + *

Analysis II is the study of polynomial functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, limits, differentiation of functions, curve sketching and optimization, techniques of derivatives, integration techniques including indefinite integrals and definite integrals, multivariate calculus, and applications in all areas.  Prerequisite:  MATH 1314 or (MATH 2412 or higher) or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 1332  COLLEGE MATHEMATICS + *

College Mathematics is the study of logic and problem solving skills involving deductive reasoning, sets and number theory, functions including linear, quadratic, and applied problems involving systems of equations, equivalence involving applied problems related to ratio and proportion, measurement and geometric concepts including trigonometry, mathematics of finance, and an introduction to probability and statistics.  Prerequisites:  Math 0312 with a grade of “C” or better or high school Algebra I, high school Algebra II, high school Geometry, and a score of 250 or higher on the mathematics section of THEA or an appropriate score on an alternative test instrument.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 1342  MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS +

Statistics is the study of distributions and graphs, single summation, measures of central tendency, measures of variability, standard scores, foundations of statistical inference, normal distribution, standard error of mean, T distribution, F test, comparison of variances, multiple summation, comparison of means, chi square, correlation testing and prediction, and selection of the right inferential method.  Prerequisites:  MATH 1314 or MATH 1324 or MATH 1325 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 1350  FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS I +

Problem solving techniques, functions, different number bases, operations on and properties of integers, whole numbers, rational numbers, decimal numbers, and number theory.  Designed for Elementary Education majors.  Prerequisite:  MATH 1314 or MATH 1324 or MATH 1325 or MATH 1351 or (MATH 2412 or higher) or equivalent with a “C” or better.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 1351  FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS II +

Introductory probability and statistics, introductory geometry, constructions, congruence, similarity, translations and rotations, measurement and coordinate geometry.  Designed for Elementary Education majors. Prerequisite:  MATH 1314 or MATH 1324 or MATH 1325 or MATH 1350 or (MATH 2412 or higher) equivalent with a “C” or better.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 1414  COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING +

MATH 1414 is the study of functions, models of functions, graphs of polynomial and rational functions, real and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, inequalities, conic sections, sequences, series, and systems of linear and nonlinear  equations.  Prerequisite:  MATH 0312 with a grade of “C” or higher or high school Precalculus and a score of 270 or higher on the mathematics section of THEA, or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT or alternative test instrument.  Four class hours per week.  Credit:  Four semester hours.

MATH 2313  CALCULUS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES +

Calculus for the Life Sciences is the study of limits; rates of change, slope; differentiation, the derivation, maxima and minima; integration,  definite and indefinite integral techniques; curve fitting and basic trigonometric functions.  This course may not be used as a prerequisite for MATH 2414.   Prerequisites:  MATH 1314 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or consent of the Division Chair of Mathematics and Engineering.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 2320 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS +

Differential Equations is the study of linear ordinary differential equations, solutions using series, LaPlace’s transforms, and systems of differential equations.  Prerequisite:  MATH 2415 with a grade of “C” or better or approval of the Division Chair of Mathematics and Engineering.  Three class hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

MATH 2412  PRECALCULUS +

Precalculus is the study of functions and their graphs, inverse functions, polynomial functions, rational and irrational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines,  and analytic geometry.   Prerequisites:  MATH 1316 with a grade of “C” or better or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT.  Four class hours per week.  Credit:  Four semester hours.

MATH 2413  CALCULUS I + *

Calculus I is the study of limits, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, implicit differentiation, rates and related rates of change, applications of the derivative,   differentials, antiderivatives, definite integrals and applications of the definite integral, and other topics.  Prerequisite:  MATH 1316 or MATH 2412 with a grade of “C” or better or an appropriate score on the math section of the SAT or ACT or approval of the Division Chair of Mathematics and Engineering.  Four class hours per week.  Credit: Four semester hours.

MATH 2414  CALCULUS II +

Calculus II is the study of special topics, techniques of integration, approximate integration, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, differential equations, arc length, surface of revolution, polar coordinates, infinite  series, power series and Taylor series.  Prerequisite:  MATH 2413 with a grade of “C” or  better  or   approval  of   the  Division Chair  of Mathematics and Engineering.  Four class hours per week.  Credit:  Four semester hours.

MATH 2415 CALCULUS III +

Calculus III is the study of multivariable calculus; vector calculus, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, partial differentiation, directional derivatives and the gradient, multiple integration, line and surface integrals, Green’s Theorem, Stokes’ Theorem, and  the Divergence Theorem.   Prerequisite:  MATH 2414 with a grade of “C” or better or approval of the Division Chair of Mathematics and Engineering.  Four class hours per week.  Credit:  Four semester hours.

ENGINEERING GRAPHICS (ENGR)

ENGR 1304 ENGINEERING GRAPHICS I +

The course is an introduction to technical drawing, care and use of instruments, lettering, geometric construction, sketching, auxiliary views, orthographic and pictorial projections, sectioning, and dimensioning.  Drawings are made with the aid of drafting machines and computer-aided drafting.   Prerequisite:  None.  Two class hours and four laboratory hours per week.  Credit:  Three semester hours.

ENGR 1305 ENGINEERING GRAPHICS II +

This course concentrates on units and unit conversions, vector decomposition, vector products, statistics, tables and graphs, graphical analysis, root finding  and optimization, Newton’s laws, rate processes, accounting principles and their applications and development of skills in teamwork.   Prerequisite:  MATH 1316 with a grade of “C” or better.  Three class hours per week.  Credit: Three semester hours.

* Meets State Core Curriculum Requirements
+ Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Common Course Number (ACGM)