Course Descriptions: MASC

MaSc090 Elementary Algebra 3 hours

Designed to provide students with skills for working with arithmetic and algebraic expressions. Introduces functions and the language of algebra as well as applications of course material. Students will work with linear, polynomial and rational functions which may be represented numerically, graphically, verbally or symbolically. Designed to prepare students to enroll in MaSc 105. Students who earn a grade of A may, with the instructor’s permission, enroll in MaSc 115. Students are placed in this course with an ACT Math score below 18 or an SAT Math score below 500, or an ACCUPLACER Next Gen Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QRAS) below 263. This course counts toward Hesston College degree requirements but will not transfer.

MaSc105 College Algebra 3 hours

A study of mathematical functions and models. Reviews linear, exponential, power, polynomial, rational and periodic functions. Focuses on understanding and communicating the relationship between verbal descriptions, formulas, tables and graphs. Emphasizes problem solving and application rather than the symbol manipulation that may be required in higher level math courses. A calculator is required. Prerequisite: MaSc 090 or two years of high school algebra and ACT Math score of 18 or higher, SAT Math of 500 or higher, or ACCUPLACER Next Gen Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QRAS) of 263 or higher. A Skills general education course.

MaSc115 Precalculus Mathematics 4 hours

A study of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Examines numerical, graphical, verbal and symbolic representations of functions. Fulfills the mathematics requirements of many four-year liberal arts transfer programs. Designed to raise mathematical proficiency to the calculus entry level. A graphing calculator is required. A TI-83 or 84 is recommended. Prerequisite: MaSc 090 with a grade of A and instructor’s permission or high school Algebra II or its equivalent with a grade of B or higher or ACT math 22 or higher/SAT Math 540 or higher. Meets skills requirement.

MaSc141 Calculus I 4 hours

Introduces the analysis of real valued functions. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of the various elementary functions. A graphing calculator is required. A TI-83 or 84 is recommended. Prerequisite: MaSc 115 or high school trigonometry and ACT Math 26 or higher, or SAT Math 610 or higher. A Skills general education course.

MaSc142 Calculus II 4 hours

Continues MaSc 141. Topics include analytic geometry of the plane, techniques of integration, applications of the definite integral, parametric equations, the polar coordinate system, improper integrals, indeterminate forms, sequences and infinite series. A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: MASC 141 or consent of instructor.

MaSc210 Elementary Statistics 3 hours

An introductory course that explores basic statistical concepts using a non-theoretical approach. Applications include a broad range of topics that are relevant to an array of disciplines and interests. The course emphasizes a framework of activities and exercises that give the student opportunities to learn and then apply concepts. Prerequisites: two years of high school algebra. A Skills general education course.

MaSc221 Linear Algebra 3 hours

Systems of linear equations, determinants, vector spaces, matrices, bases, linear transformation, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Prerequisites: MASC 142 or consent of instructor.

MaSc241 Calculus III 4 hours

Generalizes single variable calculus to several variables. Topics include vector calculus, partial differentiation, multiple integration, line and surface integrals and polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems. Prerequisite: MASC 142 or equivalent.

MaSc242 Differential Equations 4 hours

A study of first-order equations; higher order equations including equations with constant coefficients, undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters; systems of linear first-order equations (including the basics of linear algebra); numerical methods, Laplace transform methods; and as time allows, series solutions. Prerequisite: MASC 142 or equivalent.