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Problem Solving
Course: MAT126

First Term: 1996 Fall
Lecture   1 Credit(s)   1 Period(s)   1 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Methods, processes, and strategies used to analyze, understand, and solve word problems of various types. Includes application problems similar to those encountered in intermediate algebra

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Employ charts, tables, diagrams, and sketches to organize the information found in an application problem. (I) (II)
2. Create a mathematical model for an application problem. (I) (II)
3. Apply elementary algebraic operations to solve application problems. (I) (II)
4. Utilize estimation skills to appraise correctness of a solution to an application problem. (I) (II)
5. Solve application problems while keeping anxiety at a minimum. (I) (II)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Types
   A. Typical application problems in intermediate algebra
      1. Number
      2. Rate, time, and distance
      3. Mixture
      4. Coin
      5. Age
      6. Finance
      7. Work
      8. Plane geometric figure
   B. Brain teasers
II. Problem solving process
   A. Read problem
   B. Organize information
      1. Sketch or diagram
      2. Table or chart
   C. Define variable(s)
   D. Translate problem from words to symbols
   E. Write equation
   F. Solve equation
   G. Check solution
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/27/1995

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