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Postby Kingctb27 » Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:06 pm

Yes, I am dropping my calculus this year. No way I have time to do homework my senior year. ;-D
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Postby Lofunzo » Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:58 pm

Phatferd wrote:Here is the course description from the catalog.

Topics will include financial management, probability, statistics and selected topics such as geometry, logic, math modeling, and the history of mathematics.


Here is ASU's description of the equivalent class.


Applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems. Appropriate for students whose major does not require MAT 117 or 170. Prerequisite: MAT 106 or 2 years of high school algebra.


Sounds like generic covering everything to me. ;-D
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Postby Tavish » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:05 am

Phatferd wrote:Here is the course description from the catalog.

Topics will include financial management, probability, statistics and selected topics such as geometry, logic, math modeling, and the history of mathematics.


Or more commonly referred to as "High School Math".
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:13 am

Tavish wrote:
Phatferd wrote:Here is the course description from the catalog.

Topics will include financial management, probability, statistics and selected topics such as geometry, logic, math modeling, and the history of mathematics.


Or more commonly referred to as "High School Math".

Maybe 20 years ago. :-D If you wanted to, you could pretty much slide by at my high school without having a grasp of even those basics. All public education is a joke, but that's a topic for another day, and probably a different place. :-°
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Postby Phatferd » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:39 am

My HS math classes were a joke. I don't make excuses for my problems in math, but I got screwed in HS.

My school (public) decided to experiment with their math courses while I was there and the year after I was done with math they realized it was a failure (at my expense). They did this thing called Integrated Math instead of Algebra. We would learn a little bit of Algebra, Geometry and Trig. It was horrible, I wasn't able to master one before we moved onto the next.

I only knew about 3 chapters of basic Algebra before we moved onto Geometry and when I was thrown into College Algebra in college I was sooo lost.
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Postby matmat » Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:18 pm

I really did like modern algebra :)

as for the LAM, i think if the course is done right and you really don't need a more advanced course then you should be fine... :)
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Re: Math for the Liberal Arts

Postby 3 run homer » Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:13 pm

Phatferd wrote:Ok, since we are talking about college in a lot of threads I thought I would ask this question. I doubt anyone will be able to answer me because most on this site are advanced in math and wouldn't ever take this course.

As most of you know I hate math. A lot of this has to do with me just not being a math mind. I have taken Algebra and just enrolled in Liberal Arts math at my school. I went to the first class today and the math seems rather interesting. I was wondering if those who have ever taken both have any thoughts on Liberal Arts math.


I'm with ya. I too am mathamatically challenged. I took that class or one similar, turned out to be one of my favorites. Enjoy ;-D
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