Yipee! No more algebra for non-science majors.

algebra_workUL Lafayette has added a new math course, Math 102, for freshmen majoring in non-science areas. Beginning this fall, students can take the course, which emphasizes quantitative reasoning, as an alternative to college algebra.

Three faculty members created the course: Dr. Kathleen Lopez, an associate professor of mathematics; Melissa Myers, a master instructor; and Christy Sue Langley, a mathematics instructor.

In a press release, Myers says universities across the country are moving away from formula-based teaching to concept-oriented, practical applications of mathematics. Myers, who is also director of freshman mathematics at the university, says this course will likely appeal to the majority of students enrolled in the College of the Arts and the College of Liberal Arts.

In the past, college algebra was the first math course taken by all undergraduates.

There are two paths students follow upon completion of their initial math course. One path is taken primarily by business and science-oriented majors, who are required to take advanced mathematics courses. The other path is for non-science majors, with the courses they take emphasizing applied mathematics.

“Creating a college algebra alternative designed specifically for non-science majors will enable us to better serve these two different populations,” notes Myers.

Course topics in Math 102 include traditional concepts, such as linear and exponential functions, as well as topics designed to increase students’ ability to reason quantitatively. The course emphasizes critical thinking.

“Our primary goal is to make students better educated," Myers continues. "As consumers, for instance, we’re constantly exposed to advertisements. Upon completion of this course, our students will be better educated consumers who are able to recognize misleading advertisements.”

Some of the skills students will learn include:

“Students will be able to use the reasoning and mathematical skills they learn in this course to enhance their decision-making skills, both personally and professionally,” Myers adds.

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