Courses
Below are brief descriptions of courses and sample syllabi that are part of the Institute for Mathematics Learning – MATH 121, MATH 122, MATH 124, MATH 126, MATH 128 and MATH 150. Official course descriptions can be found in the WVU Catalog.
View the WVU Course Catalog.MATH 121: Introductory Concepts of Mathematics
- Coordinator: Dr. Erin Goodykoontz
- Lead instructor: Seth Cole
- Description: This course is designed for non-science majors who do not need advanced techniques of mathematics for other course work in their programs. The course includes topics in modern mathematics and does not serve as a prerequisite for any other math course.
MATH 122: Quantitative Skill and Reasoning
- Coordinator: Joelleen Bidwell
- Lead instructor: Jeanina Butcher
- Description: This course is a review of quantitative skills, including the arithmetic and algebra needed for science, technology, engineering and mathematics related disciplines and as a prerequisite for higher-level mathematics courses. Students in majors that do not require college algebra or calculus should consider MATH 121 or STAT 111 instead.
MATH 124: Algebra and Applications
- Coordinator: Clark Metz
- Co-coordinator: Andy Blankenship
- Description: This course is a study of algebra with an emphasis on applications for science, business, technology, and social science. Topics include graphing and solving problems using linear, quadratic, square-root, logarithmic, and exponential functions, solving equations, and performing operations on matrices. This course will serve as a pre-requisite course for Math 150 and is not intended for students planning to enroll in Math 155.
Math 124: Algebra and Applications with Co-requisite Course Math 104
- Coordinator: Clark Metz
- Co-coordinator: Andrew Blankenship
- Description: This course is a study of algebra with an emphasis on applications for science, business, technology, and social science. Topics include graphing and solving problems using linear, quadratic, square-root, logarithmic, and exponential functions, solving equations, and performing operations on matrices. This course will serve as a pre-requisite course for Math 150 and is not intended for students planning to enroll in Math 155. Math 104 is associated and synchronized with Math 124. It reinforces basic learning/study-skills and intermediate algebra skills necessary to succeed in Math 126. Based on the criteria defined by the Math Department, some students are required to register for this course.
MATH 126: College Algebra
- Coordinator: Dr. Lori Ogden
- Co-coordinator: Ryan Hansen
- Description: The goals of College Algebra are that after finishing this course students will be able to understand and use the concept of a function; solve mathematical application problems by connecting mathematical results to contextual meanings; solve equations and inequalities in one variable using multiple representations, graph equations and functions and relate graphical features to related algebraic and numeric features; use and compare algebraic, graphical, and numerical approaches to solving problems involving lines, parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperboles; use and compare algebraic, graphical, and numerical approaches to solve problems involving, functions (including higher order polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic).
Math 126: College Algebra with Co-requisite Course Math 106
- Coordinator: Dr. Lori Ogden
- Lead instructor: Sylvanus Waibogha
- Description: The goals of College Algebra are that after finishing this course students will be able to understand and use the concept of a function; solve mathematical application problems by connecting mathematical results to contextual meanings; solve equations and inequalities in one variable using multiple representations, graph equations and functions and relate graphical features to related algebraic and numeric features; use and compare algebraic, graphical, and numerical approaches to solving problems involving lines, parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperboles; use and compare algebraic, graphical, and numerical approaches to solve problems involving, functions (including higher order polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic). Math 106 is associated and synchronized with Math 126. It reinforces basic learning/study-skills and intermediate algebra skills necessary to succeed in Math 126. Based on the criteria defined by the Math Department, some students are required to register for this course.
MATH 128: Trigonometry
- Coordinator: Dr. Matt Schraeder
- Lead instructor: Adam Goodykoontz
- Description: The goals of Trigonometry are that after completing this course students will be able to choose the appropriate interpretation of function (algebraic, graphic, and numeric), especially for trigonometric; identify functions arising from the study of circular motion; apply right angle trigonometry and trigonometric functions of general angles to relevant problems; model with trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions; solve trigonometric equations and inequalities analytically, approximately, and graphically; utilize trigonometric identities to simplify expressions; make use of trigonometric identities to develop exact values of trigonometric ratios of non-special angles; interpret graphs of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions and define their domains and ranges; utilize the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines to solve problems related to oblique triangles; and formulate and solve problems using vectors and the polar coordinate system.
MATH 150: Applied Calculus
- Coordinator: Cody Hood
- Lead instructor: Doug Squire
- Description: This course is for students in disciplines needing calculus for applications. The course includes limits of sequences and functions, continuity derivatives, and integrals of polynomials, rational functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions, partial derivatives, maxima and minima. Pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) may differ on regional campuses.