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15 November 2007 @ 11:55 pm
 
Okay, trying to decide which math class to take next semester... I'm trying to choose between Mathematics for the Liberal Arts and College Algebra. Here are the descriptions for each:

MAT 120: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
MAT 120 develops mathematical and problem-solving skills. Appropriate technological skills are included. Content is selected to highlight connections between mathematics and the society in which we live. Topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistical methods, and consumer mathematics. Additional content will include one topic in geometry, numeration systems, decision theory, or management science.

MAT 121: College Algebra
MAT 121 includes a brief review of intermediate algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, and linear systems. Additional topics can include nonlinear systems, conic sections, introduction to sequences and series, permutations and combinations, the binomial theorem, and theory of equations. A graphing calculator is required for this course.

I was leaning towards Math for the Liberal Arts, since it's stuff I might actually use. But, I don't know, is it the "easy course" where I'll just be doing stuff I already know? I don't want to be bored out of my mind, but I'd like to not have to spend a lot of effort. I don't care much for math in general, but I need to take one of them for my degree. College Algebra is offered at more times, so I could pick later classes if I wanted to. Mayhaps I'll see what math classes other people have taken and what they thought of it.

For my other classes, I'm hoping to get into Astronomy (They only offer two classes and they usually fill up quick). Plus, I'm planning to take General Psychology I and then English Composition II online, since I took English online last semester and it seemed to work well. I should be done taking theatre classes after this semester. I would be interested in Makeup II and Costume Design, but I don't need them and I'll probably be too busy with my other classes. There's just too much I want to study. *snicker* Still trying to decide whether to go to Metro or if another college would be better. I'll have to check around and see what other colleges offer as far as film and television. I don't really want to go out of state, but I might be able to handle moving outside the Denver area if I find a good program somewhere else.
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Dracodracowayfarer on November 16th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Astronomy's fun. That was one of my favorite classes.

I'd recommend College Algebra, just because it's more generally applicable and is a prereq for some other classes.
seepocke on November 17th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
College Algebra
Hi,
Just wanted to add my 2 cents here since I'm a Math teacher: I would def. take the "College Algebra" course if you're looking for a more "serious" Math class. The description of the other one just doesn't sound very concrete... seems like that class wants to cover too many different topics and connect them to "the society in which we live". I don't think you need a class for those connections. To me that class sounds like a class for people who HATE Math and constantly feel the need to ask "Why do I need this?"
If you take Astronomy, you'll need Math anyway, so I'd take "College Algebra" I'm sure you'll do ok and learn a lot you didn't know yet!