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DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES (DS)
 
DS 014 Writing 3 cr
An examination of the sentence and paragraph. Students will review basic grammar, engage in structural analysis of the sentence, examine various techniques to achieve coherence at the paragraph level, and ultimately demonstrate these skills in writing (ranging from shorter assignments to the essay). The course emphasizes grammatical competence, sentence style, and paragraph development.
 
DS 081 Prealgebra 4 cr
A study of the topics from prealgebra and basic algebra skills including operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; ratio and proportion, percent, and measurement; introduction to exponents, language of algebra, signed numbers, absolute value, order of operations, linear equations and inequalities, graphs and statistics. Required labs. Prerequisite: Placement test.
 
DS 082 Introductory Algebra 5 cr
This course combines topics in pre and elementary algebra including operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, signed numbers, order of operations; ratio and proportion; measurement; functions; solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; operations with polynomials, and factoring polynomials. Requires 5 hours of in-class work and 1 hour of lab work. Prerequisite: Math placement test.
 
DS 085 Trigonometry and Geometry 3 cr
A trigonometry and geometry course for students who need this preparation for MA 113 or 115. Topics include lines and angles, polygons, triangles, circles, solids, and composite figures, the six trigonometric functions, right triangle trigonometry, radian measure, graphing and inverse functions, identities, equations, complex numbers and polar coordinators, and logarithms. Required computer lab. Prerequisite: High School Algebra or successful completion of DS 082 or 083 and permission of Developmental Studies Academic Advisor.
 
DS 090 Algebra for College 5 cr
This course includes using set, interval, roster and scientific notation; solving and graphing: equations and inequalities, compound inequalities and absolute value equations, functions (linear and non linear), systems of linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations (factoring, completing the square and quadratic formula), rational equations, radical equations, exponential and logarithmic equations; operations on: functions (composition, inverse), rational exponents (changing rational exponents to radicals and vice versa), polynomials, rational expressions, complex fractions, radical expressions, complex numbers; and using formulas and problem solving. Requires 5 hours of in-class work and 1 hour of lab work. Prerequisite: Placement test or successful completion of DS 082. Fee.
 
DS 094 Directed Studies 1-4 cr
Directed studies under the supervision of a faculty member. Directed study in mathematics includes required labs. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department.
 
 

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