

Course List
Department of Mathematics,
Diablo Valley College
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description
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Basic skills courses:
 MATH 65  Arithmetic and Problem Solving
 MATH 66  Prealgebra and Problem Solving
 MATH 70  Refresher Arithmetic
 MATH 71  Prealgebra
 MATH 80  Topics in Basic Skills Math
 MATH 95  Using a Graphing Calculator
 MATH 110  Elementary Algebra

Midlevel courses:
 MATH 114  Geometry
 MATH 115  Principles of Numbers
 MATH 120  Intermediate Algebra
 MATH 121  Plane Trigonometry
 MATH 124  Mathematics for Liberal Arts
 MATH 130  History of Mathematics
 MATH 135  College Algebra
 MATH 140  Tutor Training
 MATH 142  Elementary Statistics With Probability
 MATH 170  Topics in Mathematics
 MATH 181  Finite Mathematics
 MATH 191  Precalculus

Calculus and up:
 MATH 182  Calculus I for Management, Life Science, Social Science
 MATH 183  Calculus II for Management, Life Science, Social Science
 MATH 192  Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
 MATH 193  Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
 MATH 194  Linear Algebra
 MATH 195  Discrete Mathematics
 MATH 292  Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
 MATH 294  Differential Equations
 MATH 298  Independent Study

 Math Lab:
 A mathematics laboratory is open daily in
the Learning Center where mathematics advisors are available to aid students.
Two hours of math lab per week may be required with courses numbered 135
and below, but help is available for all courses.

 Basic skills courses:

 MATH 65  Arithmetic and Problem Solving
 3 units, Cr
 Class Hours: 5 lecture, 2 lab
 Students will learn how to do arithmetic and use it in
their daily lives. Topics include simple arithmetic operations and long
multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents,
introduction to exponents and roots, and applications. The course will
incorporate the use of calculators and focus on study habits needed to
succeed in mathematics.

 MATH 66  Prealgebra and Problem Solving
 3 units, Cr
 Class Hours: 5 lecture, 2 lab
 Prerequisite: Math 65 or Math 70 or equivalent
 Note: Each section has a weekly 2 hour scheduled study
group. Students should check the course schedule and reserve the associated
time.
 Students will learn how to solve reallife problems by
translating them into the language of algebra. Topics include: signed numbers,
natural number exponents, order of operations, introduction to the idea
of variables, combining like terms, solutions to linear equations, application
problems, and use of geometric formulas. CSU

 MATH 70  Refresher Arithmetic
 1 unit, Cr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement, shortterm
 Note: Each section has a weekly 2 hour lab or scheduled
study group. Students should check the course schedule and reserve the
associated time. Students who have completed Math 65 will not receive credit
for Math 70
 Review of basic processes of arithmetic, commonly encountered
applications, use of elementary formulas and equations, introduction to
the metric system, use of hand calculators.

 MATH 71  Prealgebra
 1 unit, SC
 Class Hours: 3 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement, shortterm
 Recommended: MATH 70
 Note: Each section has a weekly 2 hours lab or scheduled
study group. Students should check the course schedule and reserve the
associated time. Students who have completed Math 66 will not receive credit
for Math 71.
 This course develops skills necessary for beginning algebra
and provides an introduction to algebra. Topics include: Review of fractions,
signed numbers, whole number exponents, order of operations, introduction
to the idea of a variable, combining like terms, solutions to linear equations,
application problems, and the use of geometric formulas.

 MATH 80  Topics in Basic Skills Math
 0.34 units, Cr
 Class Hours: Variable
 Note: ROK  May be repeated twice
 A supplemental course in mathematics to provide a variety
of topics for basic skills students . Specific topics will be announced
in the schedule of courses.

 MATH 95  Using a Graphing Calculator
 0.51 units, Cr
 Class Hours: Variable
 Note: ROk  May be repeated 3 times. Recommended preparation
will depend on the specific calculator to be used and will be shown in
the schedule of classes.
 A course on the use of a specific graphing calculator,
in support of a particular mathematics class, to enhance the student's
success in classes which require the use of such calculators.

 MATH 110  Elementary Algebra
 3 units, SC
 Class Hours: 5 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement
 Recommended: MATH 71 or equivalent
 Note: ROK  May be repeated once. Available in lecture
or Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) format. PSI involves working
on modules at your own pace and taking exams on each module.
 The techniques and reasoning of algebra, including emphasis
on definitions and axioms, linear equations, development and use of formulas,
algebraic functions, systems of equations, graphs, and introduction to
quadratic equations. Equivalent to a first course in algebra.

 Midlevel courses:

 MATH 114  Geometry
 3 units, SC
 Class Hours: 3 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement
 Prerequisite: MATH 110 or equivalent
 Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 116/118
 A study of lines, planes, triangles, polygons, and polyhedrons;
their lengths, areas, perimeters and volumes. Investigation of the Pythagorean
theorem, similar figures, and circles, mathematical proof, and geometric
construction.

 MATH 115  Principles of Numbers
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 110 or 114 or equivalent
 Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122
 Note: This course is open to all and is especially helpful
to those who plan to teach in elementary school.
 A study of our real number system, including emphasis
on definitions and axioms, approximation, algebra of formulas, mensuration,
review of fundamental processes of arithmetic from a viewpoint of structure.
CSU

 MATH 120  Intermediate Algebra
 4 units, SC
 Class Hours: 5 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement
 Prerequisite: MATH 110 (or higher level class), or passing
score on the assessment test
 Note: Available in lecture or Personalized System of
Instruction (PSI) format. PSI involves working on modules at your own pace
and taking exams on each module.
 Special products and factors, fractional equations, systems
of linear equations, inequalities, conics, complex numbers, the binomial
theorem, logarithms, and functions. This course is equivalent to secondyear
high school algebra course.

 MATH 121  Plane Trigonometry
 3 units, SC
 Class Hours: 3 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement
 Prerequisite: MATH 120 or equivalent
 Recommended: MATH 114 or equivalent
 Trigonometric functions and applications with emphasis
on theory. The solutions of right and oblique triangles with applications
to surveying, physics, engineering and navigation. CSU

 MATH 124  Mathematics for Liberal Arts
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement
 Prerequisite: MATH 120 or equivalent
 Applications of intermediate algebra and critical thinking
to the solving of contemporary problems in mathematics. A survey of topics
that may include (but are not limited to): exponential functions, logarithmic
scales, probability, statistics, finance, matrix operations, logic, and
geometry. CSU

 MATH 130  History of Mathematics
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 114 and 120
 Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122
 Note: This is a liberal arts course designed to be transferable
to fouryear colleges and universities.
 The chronological, biographical, and conceptual approaches
to the history of mathematics. The times, historical events, and people
who shaped the evolution of mathematical concepts and symbolism in western
civilization. The time span would begin with early man up to the 18th century
with selected topics from modern times. CSU

 MATH 135  College Algebra
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 4 lecture, 2 lab by arrangement
 Prerequisite: MATH 120
 A study of functions and their graphs, including polynomial,
rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Inequalities, nonlinear
systems, conic sections. CSU

 MATH 140  Tutor Training
 0.5  2 units, SC
 Class Hours: 0.5  2 lecture
 Note: ROK  May be repeated once.
 Basic principles and methods of tutoring, including the
tutoring sequence, leading and probing questions, communication skills,
and learning theory. Students will receive instruction in helping tutees
with special needs and in the specific discipline in which they will tutor.
CSU

 MATH 142  Elementary Statistics With Probability
 4 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 4 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 120 or equivalent
 Descriptive statistics, including organization of data,
histograms and measures of central tendency and spread. Linear correlation
and regression. Design of experiments. Introductory probability. Random
variables, the normal distribution and Student's tdistribution, statistical
inference, including confidence intervals and tests of significance. Use
of a graphing calculator or computer for statistical analysis is required.
CAN STAT 2 Ð CSU

 MATH 170  Topics in Mathematics
 0.5  4 units, SC
 Class Hours: variable
 Note: ROK  May be repeated three times when topics
differ.
 Selected topics in mathematics including, but not limited
to, solution of equations, radicals and rational exponents, sets and logic,
elementary probability, functions, polynomials, solutions of triangles,
sequences, and math induction. CSU

 MATH 181  Finite Mathematics
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 120 or equivalent
 Application of intermediate algebra and critical thinking
to solving contemporary problems in business and the life sciences. Topics
include linear models, systems of linear equations and inequalities, linear
programming (with geometric method and the simplex method), matrix equations,
sets and probabilities, Markov chains, game theory, and finance. Use of
a graphing calculator or computer software to manipulate matrices. CSU


 MATH 191  Precalculus
 4 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 5 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 121 or equivalent.
 A thorough treatment of functions and their graphs, including
polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions.
Conic sections, nonlinear systems, vectors and complex numbers. Use of
a graphing calculator or a computer algebra system. CSU

 Calculus and up:

 MATH 182  Calculus I for Management, Life Science, and Social Science
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 135 or equivalent.
 Note: Not open to students who received credit for MATH
192.
 The first in a twoterm calculus sequence for management,
life science, and social science majors. Topics include the derivative
and its applications (including curve sketching, optimization, and rates
of change), an introduction to the integral (including Riemann sums and
the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus) and its applications. CAN MATH 30
Ð CSU

 MATH 183  Calculus II for Management, Life Science, and Social Science
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 182
 Recommended: MATH 121
 This is the second course in a twoterm sequence in calculus
for management, life science, and social science majors, and is a continuation
of Mathematics 182. Topics include techniques of integration, applications
of the integral, multivariable functions, differential equations, and Taylor
polynomials. CAN MATH 32  CSU

 MATH 192  Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
 4 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 5 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 191 or equivalent
 Elements of analytic geometry, differentiation and integration
of algebraic and trigonometric functions with applications. Use of a graphing
calculator or a computer algebra system is required. CAN MATH 18 Ð
CSU

 MATH 193  Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
 4 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 5 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 192
 Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122
 Continuation of Mathematics 192. Exponential, logarithmic,
trigonometric, and hyperbolic functions, additional integration techniques,
indeterminate forms and improper integrals, conic sections, infinite series,
and polar coordinates. CAN MATH 20 Ð CSU

 MATH 194  Linear Algebra
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 192 and one of the following: MATH
193, 195, or 292
 Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122
 Introduction to linear algebra including vector spaces,
matrices, determinants, and bases. Techniques of solving systems of equations
and the use of transformations with applications. CAN MATH 26 Ð CSU

 MATH 195  Discrete Mathematics
 3 units, Lr
 Class Hours: 3 lecture
 Prerequisite: MATH 193 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently)
 Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122
