Math Changes starting Winter 2014

 

Major changes to the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning requirement (QSR) in the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) went into effect Winter quarter 2014.  The Math Department has made changes to its developmental curriculum to take advantage of the changes in the DTA.

 

The new courses MATH 098 and MATH 099 replace the old courses MATH 080 and MATH 099 as of Spring quarter 2014.

 

MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra I:  Fundamentals and applications of algebra including solving linear equations and inequalities, lines, solving systems of equations, functions, graphing functions, rational exponents, exponential functions, logarithms. Prerequisite: MATH 070 (2.0 or better), or a score of 25 or higher on the Algebra COMPASS test.

Note: MATH 098 was offered Winter quarter 2014 as MATH 080; its number has changed effective Spring quarter.

 

MATH 099 Intermediate Algebra II: Factoring and performing operations on polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, rational functions and equations, radical functions and equations. Prerequisites: MATH 098 (2.0 or better) or a score of 51 or higher on the Algebra COMPASS test, or a score of 28 or higher on the College Algebra COMPASS test.

 

For some students, the path to college-level is shorter than in the past. Students can pass from MATH 098 directly into MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120, and this will satisfy the QSR for their degree.

 

This video by Dean Susan Hoyne may also be helpful.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do students still need to take MATH 080?

A: No. There is no MATH 080 Elementary Algebra any longer. The prerequisites for MATH 098 are the same as what they used to be for MATH 080. Students who have completed Math 070 or who get Algebra COMPASS scores of 25 or higher should register for MATH 098. See the flowchart of Shoreline Math Courses.

 

Q: Who should still take MATH 099?

A: Students who need to take a precalculus course for their program will still have to take MATH 099.  For example, science, math, engineering, and business students will probably still need to take MATH 099.

Students who plan to take courses that have a prerequisite of MATH 099 (such as some science courses) will still need to take MATH 099.

Students who plan to transfer to the University of Washington (UW) may also need to show that they meet the UW Math Admissions requirement (3 years of high school algebra including Algebra 2, or MATH 099). UW-bound students should contact the University of Washington to be sure they are taking the right pathway.

 

Q: Who does not need to take Math 99?

A: Students who do not need a precalculus course for their program may go directly from MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra I to MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120, and this will satisfy their QSR for their degree.

Students who plan to transfer to the UW may go directly from MATH 098 to MATH& 107. This will satisfy both the QSR for their degree and the UW Math Admissions requirement.

Students who plan to transfer to the University of Washington (UW) may also need to show that they meet the UW Math Admissions requirement (3 years of high school algebra including Algebra 2, or MATH 099). UW-bound students should contact the University of Washington to be sure they are taking the right pathway.

 

Q: Can a student who completed MATH 080 Elementary Algebra (Fall 2013 or earlier) go directly into MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120?

A: No, the student needs to have the equivalent of MATH 098 in order to satisfy the prerequisite for MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120.  Here are some options for these students.

  • Recommended for most students: Take our 2-credit bridge class, made of modules from our self-paced sequence (MATH 092 and MATH 095).  These two modules plus the old MATH 080 will serve as the prerequisite for MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120.  Students who want to take the bridge course should sign up for 2 credits of Math 096. 
  • Take MATH 099.  Students who go from MATH 080 to new MATH 099 will have some gaps, and will need to do some review.  The Math Department recommends that these students also take the 2-credit bridge course to help fill the gaps.

Q: What about the "new MATH 080" (MATH 080 Winter 2014)?

A: We offered Intermediate Algebra I under the MATH 080 number for one transitional quarter only, Winter 2014. Starting Spring quarter 2014, this class is numbered MATH 098.

Students who passed MATH 080 Intermediate Algebra I Winter quarter 2014 have met the prerequisites for MATH& 107, MATH& 146, PHIL& 120, and ECON& 201. However, these students will need to email mathadvising@shoreline.edu to get an entry code.

 

Q: What is the bridge course?

A: We offer a 2-credit bridge class, made of modules from our self-paced sequence (MATH 092 and MATH 095).  These two modules plus the old MATH 080 will serve as the prerequisite for MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120.  Students who want to take the bridge course should sign up for 2 credits of Math 096.

 

Q: Can students who completed the bridge course simply register for MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120?

A:  Starting Spring 2014, students who have passed the bridge course should be able to register for MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120 without any additional permission.   If any student encounters a problem with this, he or she can email mathadvising@shoreline.edu to get an entry code.

 

Q: Can a student go directly from MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra I into other courses that currently have a MATH 099 prerequisite (for example, CHEM& 121)?

A: The prerequisites on most courses remain unchanged.

MATH 098 will serve as the prerequisite for MATH& 107, MATH& 146, PHIL& 120, and ECON& 201. Students who have passed MATH 098 should be able to register directly for any of these classes without additional permission. If any student encounters a problem with this, he or she can email mathadvising@shoreline.edu to get an entry code.

 

Q: What if I still have questions?

A:  You can contact a Math advisor, or email mathadvising@shoreline.edu.