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FAQ to succeed in MAT104 – COLLEGE ALGEBRA WITH TRIGONOMETRY I



What math do I need to take to get into MAT104? 

Who should take MAT104?

What will I learn in MAT104?

What materials will I need for MAT104?

What websites can I use to prepare for MAT104?

What if I have more questions?




What math do I need to take to get into MAT104?

Students may take this course after successfully completing an introductory algebra course, with a C- or better, at Clinton Community College (CCC) or another recognized institution (e.g. MAT 100 - 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 MAT104?

This course is generally taken by math, science, computer science and forestry students, however, students who excel in mathematics are encouraged to take this course. Also, MAT104 meets the State University of New York (SUNY) General Education course requirements and will satisfy the SUNY General Education knowledge area of mathematics at SUNY four-year institutions.
 
What will I learn in MAT104?

This course is the first of a two-semester sequence designed to prepare students for calculus and technical courses. Course topics include an introduction to relations and functions; the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, and rational expressions and functions; and right triangle trigonometry. Algebraic techniques of simplification will be emphasized. The use of the 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 to assess their preparedness to move on to MAT204 College Algebra with Trigonometry II.


Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT100, equivalent or placement


What materials will I need for MAT104?


REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

Algebra & Trigonometry with Guided Notebook and MyMathLab
, 1st edition; Trigsted. Addison Wesley.
ISBN # 978-0-321-89181-5.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:

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

A laptop or netbook is recommended for use with MyMathLab


What websites can I use to prepare for MAT104?


The Math Department at CCC recommends that you review the following prerequisite topics to be successful in MAT104:

  1. Fractions: Reducing, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing
  2. Translating: Sentences into algebraic expressions and equations, then simplifying and solving them
  3. Solving: Equations containing one variable
  4. Order of Operations: Evaluating expressions
  5. Factoring: factoring our the GCF and factoring trinomials
  6. Basic Graphing on the Coordinate Plane

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 member can be found on the CCC website at:

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


For more details on MAT104 course objectives visit: MAT104 Course Information Sheet