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Easy math class?

skarfaceskarface Posts: 21Registered User New Member
edited August 2010 in Transfer Students
So I have to take ONE MATH CLASS to fufill the requirement of general education(transfer), I haven't been to school for a long time, I forgot anything and everything about math, is there a math class which you don't need prior knowledge in math and don't do any calculating? Do such class exist? A class which deals with history or concept of math, perhaps? I can do with lots of memorizing.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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  • johnny99johnny99 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Yes, there is such a math class! At my school it's called Principles of Mathematics I and it's the lowest math class that will transfer to the state university.

    Why not just take a remedial math class and work your way towards Statistics (the easiest transferable math class)?
  • MathGirlRITMathGirlRIT Posts: 75Registered User Junior Member
    This is going to depend on your school and your program. There should be a catalog that lists the degree requirements for your program, including the math requirements. You will have to look at the course description for each class and decide which one best fits your needs.

    But, basically, I think the answer is no, at least I hope not. Every college graduate should be able to "calculate."

    How long is a long time? I was out of school 16 years when I went back to school. I had never advanced past pre-algebra in high school, and I didn't do very well in that. I'm now a computational math major and a math tutor. I don't tend to accept "I haven't been in school for a while" as a very good excuse for not performing in math classes. It's always struck me as a bit of a cop-out when I get it from the students I tutor. It's easier to say "I'm too old for this" than it is just to study.
  • skarfaceskarface Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    Thank you, johnny, this is going to help with my research. I only need to take one math class for the whole 4 year because my major will be film, I wouldn't want to take more than one, I really don't like math.
  • skarfaceskarface Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    Thank you, math girl, I don't see any math requirement for the film major other than ONE math class for general education. I was really bad at math when I was young, that's because I really hated studying math, I didn't do my best. I am going to a community college to transfer to UC, it's important that I don't mess up my GPA. In order to do well in math, you need to know enough math in advance, when I don't have enough knowledge in math right now, I will have to study math before class, that will take some time, but it's only ONE math class I have to take, I don't want to spend too much time preparing for ONE math class. I don't want to put my GPA in jeopardy by messing up the math course, I need a class that I can study from the beginning, then be good at it. Long time is about 10 years for me, certainly shorter than you, I don't have any interest in math, and I don't intend to go for a math major or a major that requires certain amount of math courses, I want to avoid it if possible, so I don't mess up my GPA, it doesn't mean that I am not willing to study hard, just don't want to spend much time on math.
  • tweberfreetweberfree Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Just want to add my two cents to MathGrilRIT who is teaching/tutoring math: The memory is significantly affected as we age... older students (50+) will have a VERY difficult time memorizing many of the concepts necessary to complete algebraic equations. This is not to say that we're not smart... just that things seem to slip the mind very easily, even with much studying. What once "stuck" now disappears, often never to return. I am not sure how to counter this phenomena but I can tell you from experience that it is very frustrating. I am looking for a simple transferable math class myself for this very reason. I need it to complete a degree started many years ago. Please keep the math/memory issues in mind if you are tutoring older students. Maybe you'll be the one to figure out a way to help us remember!
  • AMorrisonAMorrison Posts: 675Registered User Member
    Can you take Statistics? I've found that to be much easier than algebra.
  • TheRippaTheRippa Posts: 240Registered User Junior Member
    My community college offers a class called simply "Fundamental Statistics" and a "Business Statistics" course. I want to double major upon transferring, one of which being Economics, so I have to take a stats course. I'm also working my way up to taking calculus. Finding the "easier" math classes shouldn't be a problem if you're a heavily liberal arts major. Even the Biology class I'm taking now isn't geared towards "science majors". They have separate class for those majors.
  • MathcountserMathcountser Posts: 770Registered User Junior Member
    If you're the kinda person that likes SAT and contest Math but struggles with PreCalc, Calc, and Statistics, then Finite Math might be a good choice.

    However, the easiest classes are those "Methods for teaching Math in the Elementary and Middle School" or equivalent. But those might not count as math classes.
  • meShannonmeShannon Posts: 277User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    Is it not possible to take pre-college level math courses and work your way up to something that does go for your degree?
  • xxk4ixxxxk4ixx Posts: 230Registered User Junior Member
    I think there's a class called Math for Liberal Arts where you learn basic logic. Idk if that would meet the requirement, but you should check it out
  • Writer1992Writer1992 Posts: 1,004Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ I have to take this class second semester after I take Intermediate Algebra w. Workshop my first semester. Fun. Safe to say math is not my best subject.
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