Math-Stats Dept meeting
Mar 20, 2015
1100--1210
M-1194
Present: Boyes, Matt Clark,* Neena Gill, Kovacs, Shawn Lanier,* Noffsinger, Papin,* Stemmann, Steverson, Thoo, Wardlaw (* = via telephone)
Minutes
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1) We discussed restructuring the Big 4 (Math 110, 111, 50, and 52) to reduce the four semesters to three. Some concerns raised were:
a) Availability of a suitable textbook
b) Courses in other disciplines that have a math prerequisite
c) Students who need a Math 110-level course (how do we serve them)
Stemmann informed us that, when he had asked Elena Heilman, the current (interim) Dean who oversees that Learning Assistance courses, if more sections of Learn 174 Basic Math Facts could be offered if we were to discontinue offering Math 110, Heilman responded in the affirmative.
Thoo said that, after we decide on the contents of the restructured courses, we would put our a query to the other departments who may offer courses that have any of the Big 4 as a prerequisite to find out if the new courses would continue to fulfill their needs.
After a long discussion, we decided:
a) We shall stop offering Math 110 beginning in Fall 2016.
b) We would keep the contents of Math 111, 50, and 52 mostly the same as they are now, but effecting the following changes:
i) Math 52: REMOVE the ellipse and hyperbola (which are currently optional); remove the "sideways" parabola; remove 3x3 and larger systems of linear equations; remove systems of nonlinear equations; make OPTIONAL nonlinear inequalities; ADD factoring polynomials.
ii) Math 50: REMOVE factoring; ADD introduction to the Cartesian coordinate system.
iii) Math 111: REMVOVE introduction to the Cartesian coordinate system; remove multiplying polynomials with two or more factors that are greater than monomials; remove negative exponents.
2) Math 50 would be renumbered to 100+.
3) Gill said that should would check on the articulation of biology courses with UC that have a Math 52 prerequisite following our removing some material from Math 52.
4) We decided that we would revise Math 1A at YC to change the units from 5 units to 4 units to accommodate the Computer Science ADT. The revised outline would conform to the C-ID descriptor. Clark said that WCC will keep Math 1A at 5 units for now.
5) We decided on the following CSLOs for Math 20 and 21.
Math 20
1. Solve an equation by applying a combination of methods
2. Simplify a difference quotient
3. Analyze and graph a rational function
4. Find the domain of a function
5. Find the zeros of a polynomial
Math 21
1. Graph and analyze the graph of a trigonometric function
2. Solve a trigonometric equation
3. Solve an application problem involving right triangles
4. Prove an identity
5. Find the value of a trigonometric function of an unknown angle given the value of a different trigonometric function of that angle
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