MATH 098

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 11, 2010 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course prepares students for college-level mathematics. Within a comprehensive conceptual framework, it refreshes students on fundamental arithmetic, and focuses on the numerical, algebraic, geometric and verbal representations of functions and algebraic equations. Important topics of this course include rates of change, linear equations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, quadratic equations and functions, and their applications.

Special information

Prerequisite: A score of 39 - 94 on the Accuplacer Arithmetic Skills portion of the Mathematics Assessment test offered by Placement Assessment Office. First day attendance required except by instructor permission.

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic arithmetic calculations and algebraic derivations, at the prerequisite level of College Algebra.
  • Understand the concepts of functions and algebraic equations.
  • Demonstrate sufficient understanding of linear, exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic functions, and their applications.
  • Understand the concepts of algebraic equations and functions in the aspects of their numerical, algebraic, geometric and verbal representations.