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FAQ to Succeed in MAT 204 – COLLEGE ALGEBRA WITH TRIGONOMETRY II



What math do I need to take to get into MAT204?

Who should take MAT204?

What will I learn in MAT204?

What materials will I need for MAT204?

What websites can I use to prepare for MAT204?

What if I have more questions?




What math do I need to take to get into MAT204?
 
Students can take this course after successfully completing MAT104 College Algebra with Trigonometry I at Clinton Community College (CCC) or an equivalent course at another recognized institution. 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 MAT204?

This course is generally taken by math, science, and computer science majors who are preparing for Calculus I; however, other students who have met the prerequisites may take this course as a math elective. Successful completion of MAT204 will satisfy the SUNY General Education Requirement for the knowledge area of mathematics.



What will I learn in MAT204?


This course is the second of a two-semester sequence designed to prepare students for calculus and technical courses. Course topics include exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities and equations; oblique triangles; polar coordinates; conic sections; systems of equations; and matrices. 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. 

Prerequisite: MAT104-College Algebra with Trigonometry I, equivalent or placement


What materials will I need for MAT204?



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 MAT204?

The Math Department at CCC recommends that you review the following prerequisite topics to prepare for MAT204:

  1. Factoring polynomials
  2. Simplifying expressions involving algebraic fractions, including complex fractions
  3. Simplifying expressions involving rational exponents and radicals
  4. Solving linear and quadratic equations
  5. Graphs of linear and quadratic functions
  6. Families of functions and transformations
  7. Right triangle trigonometry

(If you have the textbook listed above, you should review chapters R, 1, 2, 3, 4, & 7.2.)


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 MAT 204 course objectives visit: MAT204 Course Information Sheet