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Katherine Ann Cook
B CUSP 122
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Elementary Functions

Covers college algebra with an emphasis on polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Prerequisite: either a minimum grade of 2.5 in B CUSP 121 or a score of 147-150 on the MPT-GSA assessment test. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This course covers college algebra with an emphasis on polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. It focuses on strengthening computational skills and exploring strategies for use in mathematics and other technical disciplines.

Student learning goals

Solve algebraic problems.

Present a solution to a mathematical problem in a logical and systematic way.

Use technology to interpret and solve mathematical problems.

Apply mathematical ideas to new problems.

Identify and implement effective techniques for learning mathematics and other technical disciplines.

Read technical material, identify key points, and articulate questions to deepen understanding.

General method of instruction

Class time will be spent working independently to improve computational skills, in groups on a project, and in interactive workshops.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Class assignments and grading

There are two types of assignments in this course: ALEKS and a group project. ALEKS is an online, self-paced program, and we'll be working in the Prep for Calculus module (subscription required, cost is ~$30-40). The group project will include topics related to those covered in 123 and may require outside sources and use of technology.

Your learning will be assessed through ALEKS, in-class activities, and a group project. You will receive frequent, informal feedback in class and written feedback on projects.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Katherine Ann Cook
Date: 04/17/2012