## Mathematics

### Mathematics

The mission of the Mathematics department is to support students in learning those numerical skills and analytical abilities that will enable them to solve the problems that they will encounter in both their career responsibilities and their future academic pursuits.

The overall goal of the Mathematics department is to provide students with the mathematical knowledge needed for their degree and to prepare transfer students for further study in mathematics. After completing their mathematics coursework, students should be able to:

- Clearly communicate mathematical concepts using correct terminology and notation;
- Simplify and solve algebraic expressions and equations;
- Construct and interpret graphs in various coordinate systems;
- Read, interpret, analyze, and synthesize data and make reasoned conclusions;
- Simplify and solve transcendental expressions and equations;
- Apply and use mathematical models to solve problems.

Students enrolled at the college are placed into math classes based on placement scores or previous college credit. They follow one of three basic tracks of courses, depending on their educational goals. Students whose goal is to earn a certificate or A.A.S. degree select the technical math sequence or the business math sequence. Those who take math classes to earn an A.A. degree and/or to transfer to another college take the traditional math sequence. For more information about degree opportunities, see All Degrees & Certificates.