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The Mathematics Department offers college preparatory and college-level mathematics courses designed to prepare students for higher level mathematics and for liberals arts, STEM, and professional/technical pursuits. 

Initial assignment into mathematics courses is determined by performance on the Math Diagnostic test, ACT/SAT or Advanced Placement scores. Students who wish to place as highly as possible in the college-prep/college-level mathematics sequence may use the following resources prior to taking or re-taking the placement test:

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College Prep Mathematics

MATH 085:  College Readiness Math

College Readiness Math is intended to help students improve their basic math skills and is offered as a zero cost, zero credit option through CWI's Adult Education program. This course serves to prepare students with essential mathematics and pre-algebra skills necessary for the college prep math courses of Introductory Prep Math (MATH 097) and Expanded Prep Math (MATH 099). Based on a student's CWI Math Diagnostic exam score, they may be asked to take the CASAS Math GOALS exam to determine placement in this course. (Pass/No Pass)

MATH 097:  Introductory Prep Math

Introductory Prep Math is designed to prepare students for the co-requisite courses of College Algebra Plus (MATH 142 and MATH 143P) and Math for Elementary Teachers I (MATH 157). This course also serves as a prerequisite for Advanced Prep Math (MATH 098). Credit hours are not granted in both MATH 097 and MATH 099. (Pass/No Pass)

Prerequisite: MATH 085 or satisfactory placement score.

MATH 098:  Advanced Prep Math

Advanced Prep Math is the second course in a two-semester sequence (preceded by MATH 097) designed to prepare students for College Algebra (MATH 143), Math for Elementary Teachers II (MATH 257), and College Algebra and Trigonometry (MATH 147). Credit hours are not granted in both MATH 098 and MATH 099. (Pass/No Pass)

Prerequisite: MATH 097 or satisfactory placement score.

MATH 099:  Expanded Prep Math

Expanded Prep Math is designed to provide a one-semester pathway to prepare students for transfer-level college math courses in STEM fields. Credit hours are not granted in both MATH 097 and MATH 099, nor in both MATH 098 and MATH 099. (Pass/No Pass)

Prerequisite: MATH 085 or satisfactory placement score.

MATH 122, MATH 142, and MATH 152:  The Plus Courses

The Plus courses are 2-credit corequisite courses that are taken paired with a section of a 3-credit transfer-level course (MATH 123P, MATH 143P, or MATH 153P).  The Plus courses directly support the paired section of transfer math through additional mathematics instruction and practice a focus on strengthening student success skills.  These courses are graded and require satisfactory placement.

MATH 122 - Math in Modern Society Plus

This course provides additional instruction and support for MATH 123 in the form of hands-on work with real-world problems including problem-solving strategies, multiple numeration systems, solving and graphing algebraic equations, statistics, probability, and personal finance. This course requires satisfactory placement and concurrent enrollment in MATH 123P.

MATH 142 - College Algebra Plus

This course provides additional instruction and support for MATH 143, College Algebra. This course includes fundamental concepts of algebra; equations and inequalities; functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; conics; and the Binomial Theorem. This course requires satisfactory placement and concurrent enrollment in MATH 143P.

MATH 152 - Elementary Statistics Plus

This is a statistics course that provides additional instruction and support for MATH 153 in the form of hands-on work with probability and statistics covering descriptive statistics, binomial and normal distribution, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing using z, t, chi square, and f distributions. Correlation and regression are also introduced. This course requires satisfactory placement and concurrent enrollment in MATH 153P.

Which Pre-Transfer Options are best for you?

Please consult your Student Success Advisor to determine which path best fits into your academic plan, schedule, and lifestyle.

Transfer Mathematics

Transfer mathematics courses are designed to support the needs of a student’s preferred educational path.  Each class promotes the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills.  In addition, the faculty is dedicated to keeping current with the uses of technology to enhance instruction.  CWI offers mathematics courses that will smoothly transfer to other Idaho four-year institutions and beyond.

Mission

To provide a safe and encouraging environment where students can learn mathematical skills and gain a deeper understanding of how mathematics will strengthen their ability to think analytically in both professional and personal settings.

Why This Program

Mathematics courses provide a student not only with a set of mathematics skills but also a strengthened ability to think critically.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Become a critical thinker
  • Use quantitative reasoning
  • MATH 085 College Readiness Math FREE through Adult Education
  • MATH 097 Introductory Prep Math
  • MATH 098 Advanced Prep Math
  • MATH 099 Extended Prep Math
  • MATH 118 / 118L Technical Math & Technical Math Lab
  • MATH 123 Math in Modern Society
  • MATH 130 Finite Math
  • MATH 143 College Algebra
  • MATH 144 Trigonometry
  • MATH 147 Precalculus
  • MATH 153 Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 157 Math for Elementary Teachers 1
  • MATH 160 Brief Calculus
  • MATH 170 Calculus 1
  • MATH 175 Calculus 2
  • MATH 176 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 230 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 257 Math for Elementary Teachers 2
  • MATH 275 Calculus 3
  • MATH 285 Differential Equations with Matrix Theory

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