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Course Information

Math 48A + 248A: Pre-calculus + Corequisite

Course Description

Introduction to functions and families of functions including linear functions, quadratics, power and radical functions, absolute value functions, piece-wise defined functions, transformations of these functions, composition of these functions and their use in solving application problems.

Co-requisite Description: A just-in-time approach to the core prerequisite skills, competencies, and concepts needed in Math 48A

Units: 7.5 – 5 for Math 48A + 2.5 for Math 248A

Course Outcomes


Students will

  • model (by hand or using regression, as appropriate), solve, and interpret applications using linear, polynomial, and power functions.
  • develop conceptual understanding of linear, polynomial, power functions and their inverses. They will demonstrate and communicate this understanding by graphing, analyzing, and transforming these functions and connecting their multiple representations.
  • demonstrate the ability to compute, interpret, and apply average rates of change of functions, including linear, polynomial, and power functions.

Grade Type: Letter Grade with P/NP option – the grade for 248A is tied to the grade for 48A

Hours: 7.5 hours per week

Intended Majors/Careers: This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a degree in STEM or a business-related field.

Transferable to:  UC/CSU – UC credit for Math 48A, 48B, and 48C is limited to a maximum of 7.5 units; Math 248A is non-transferable.

Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement as determined by score on the English placement test OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249

Prerequisite Skills: Appropriate placement. If a student does not place into Math 48A, the student needs to take Math 248A as a corequisite to this course.

Sample Syllabus: Math 48A+248A Pre-calculus varies by instructor

Sample homework assignments and quizzes: Varies by instructor

Hours of homework/night: On average – 3 hours per night, including weekends

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