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FAQ to Succeed in MAT103 – FINITE MATHEMATICS



What math do I need to take to get into MAT103?


Who should take MAT103?

What will I learn in MAT103?

What materials will I need for MAT103?

What websites can I use to prepare for MAT103?

What if I have more questions?




What math do I need to take to get into MAT103?
 
Students may take this course after successfully completing an introductory algebra course at Clinton Community College (CCC) or another recognized institution (e.g. MAT100 – Introductory Algebra or equivalent). Students may also place directly into this course by scoring sufficiently high on the CCC math placement exam or by recommendation of a math faculty member.

Who should take MAT103?


This course is taken by students of a wide variety of academic programs of study. Some programs of study that require or recommend this course are humanities, social science, human services, education, and business. Successful completion of MAT103 will satisfy the SUNY General Education Requirement for the knowledge area of mathematics.

What will I learn in MAT103?


This course emphasizes mathematical skills and techniques applicable to business, life sciences and social sciences. Course topics include linear functions, quadratic functions, mathematics of finance, systems of equations, matrices, linear programming, set theory, basic probability and combinatorics. The use of a graphing calculator is required for this course to further the exploration of these topics and their applications.  Near the end of the course, students will complete a comprehensive, departmental final exam.

Prerequisite: MAT100, equivalent or placement

What materials will I need for MAT103?

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

Finite Mathematics for Business, Economics, Life Sciences and Social Sciences, Books a la Carte Plus MyMathLab with Pear, 13/E, Barnett; Publisher: Pearson, isbn #9780321947468


REQUIRED MATERIALS:

A graphing calculator (the TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 Plus)

What
websites can I use to prepare for MAT103?

The Math Department at CCC recommends that you review the following prerequisite topics to prepare for MAT103:

  1. Operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division) with integers and fractions
  2. Simplifying algebraic expressions
  3. Solving linear equations
  4. Graphing linear equations
  5. Domain & range of functions and evaluating functions
  6. Operations (addition, subtraction, & multiplication) involving polynomials
  7. Factoring polynomials
  8. Solving quadratic equations

You can do this from home by selecting any of the aforementioned topics on the math-tutorial websites listed below; there you will find mini-lectures, worked problems, practice problems and helpful tips.



What if I have more questions?


Feel free to contact a member of the Math Department in person, by phone or via email. A list of department members can be found on the CCC website at:

http://www.clinton.edu/MathDepartment/content-staff/gid/85/default.cml


For more details on MAT103 course objectives visit: MAT103 Course Information Sheet