Jun 14, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

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MATH 2000 - Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Teachers (QL)

Credits: 4
This course is designed for prospective elementary school teachers. Although the study of algebra and functions generally begins at the middle school level and continues through high school grades, many core concepts and practices are accessible at a much earlier age. In fact, if the students are to be successful in algebra their teachers in early grades have to be cognizant and knowledgeable of what those algebraic concepts are and how they develop. The purpose of this course is to help prospective teachers develop algebraic reasoning skills so that they know where their students are headed in middle and high school grades. This course explores a variety of algebra topics including:  1) exploration into patterns, writing rules for patterns, recognizing specific patterns like arithmetic and geometric sequences, 2) exploration of algebraic symbols, equations vs. expressions, developing relational thinking, 3) exploring functions and their graphs, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and inverse functions. 4) Solving, graphing, and understanding properties of polynomial functions, solving real world problems using polynomial functions, derive quadratic formula, use technology to explore relationships, and 5) solve systems of linear equations using various techniques.

Prerequisite: MATH 1010  or equivalent course w/C grade or better, or appropriate placement, and ENGL 0990 .
Semester: Fall

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