Department of Mathematics
West Chester University
Office: Room 101
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2440
Fax (610) 738-0578
Email: Department Chair
The Department of Mathematics' general education courses aim to prepare students to communicate logically, become proficient at quantitative reasoning, and to think critically and analytically. The courses intend to enable students to deal comfortably with the basic notions of number and chance and to acquire mathematical tools to help reach their career objectives.
University Level Courses:
Mat 101, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, develops students' understanding of the mathematics needed to teach elementary school. Topics include sets, functions, logic, the real number system, number theory, and problem solving. The course is mainly for early childhood, elementary education, and special education majors.
Mat 103, Introduction to Mathematics, is a liberal arts introduction to the nature and beauty of mathematics. Topics include logic, graph theory, probability, and decision theory. An additional topic is chosen from finance, geometry, and statistics.
Mat 105, College Algebra and Trigonometry, is a unified course in algebra and trigonometry. Topics include the study of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions, systems of linear equations, and trigonometry.
Mat 107, College Algebra, is a thorough treatment of college algebra. Topics include polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions, systems of linear equations, and an introduction to linear programming.
Many students find that the reasoning required in the above courses is quite different from that of their high school courses and also find that their arithmetical and/or algebraic skills need strengthening. We offer, therefore, two courses, Mat 001 and Mat 000, described below, to help students prepare for university level mathematics courses.
Mat 001, Fundamental Skills in Arithmetic, is designed to strengthen basic arithmetic skills and to introduce the elements of algebra. Students, in general, are placed in Mat 001 if their math SAT is less than 440. A student (other than an Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education major) must complete this course and the subsequent course Mat 000 with a grade of C- before enrolling in a 100 level mathematics course. An Early Childhood, Elementary, or Special Education major with an SAT math score less than 480 must complete this course with a grade of at least C- before enrolling in Mat101.
Mat 000, Fundamentals of Algebra, aims at strengthening basic algebraic skills. A student (other than an Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education major) with a SAT math score greater than or equal to 440 and less than 480 must successfully complete this course with a grade of at least C- before enrolling in a 100 level mathematics course (see note below).
The Mathematics Placement Exam:
Although students are placed into their mathematics courses by SAT score, they are given the opportunity to 'test-out" of their initial placement.
There are three different placement tests: Arithmetic, Basic Algebra, and College Algebra and Trigonometry. All three tests are approximately 50 minutes in length and have a multiple-choice format.
The Arithmetic Placement Test is for students who wish to "test out" of Mat 001. It measures basic arithmetic and reasoning skills pertaining to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratio and proportion, and some geometry. A passing score on this test allows students to enroll in Mat 000 with the exception of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education majors who may enroll in Mat 101.
The Basic Algebra Test is for students who wish to "test out" of Mat 000. It measures fundamental algebraic skills pertaining to linear, quadratic, and rational expressions, factoring, exponents, and inequalities. A passing score on this test allows students to enroll in Math 101, Mat 103, Mat105, Mat107, orMat 121.
The College Algebra and Trigonometry Test, is for students who wish to "test out" of Mat 110. It measures more advanced algebra skills and knowledge of basic trigonometry. Topics include polynomial, exponential, rational, and logarithmic functions, graphing, and trigonometric functions and identities. A passing score on this test allows students to enroll in Math 161, Calculus I.
Students may take a challenge exam to test out of their SAT placement. This exam is given during freshmen summer orientation or on the second and third nights of classes each semester. Additional times on which the test is given are posted outside the Department of Mathematics office, Room 101, 25 University Avenue. Test results are normally made available on the same day as the exam. Scores are posted at the same site and are forwarded to advisors and others responsible for scheduling.
Advanced Placement Policy:
Course credit for success on AP exams in mathematics is awarded as follows:
|Calculus AB||MAT 108||MAT 161||MAT 161|
|Calculus BC||MAT 161||MAT 162||MAT 162|
|Statistics||MAT 121||MAT 121||MAT 121|
If placed in a calculus class because of an SAT score, the student must still pass a departmental examination administered during the first day of classes before being allowed to continue.
Dr. Peter Zimmer, Director of the Department of Mathematics' Developmental Education Program can answer questions or provide additional information regarding the testing program. He may be contacted at (610-436-2696) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Department of Mathematics
Students with SAT Math scores of 440 or below are placed in MAT 001; those with scores greater than 440 and less than or equal to 480 are placed in MAT 000. A score above 480 entitles a student to enroll in a 100 level mathematics course. For those students who require MAT 101, i.e., early childhood, elementary, or special education majors, the remedial mathematics course is MAT 001 for students with an SAT math score of 480 or below.
Students are not placed in remedial math in the same semester as remedial English. Those that require both remedial English and remedial math will first be scheduled for remedial English and placed in remedial math the following semester.
Students have the opportunity to "test out" of remedial mathematics courses by taking the required placement exam.
Students who intend to take Mat161, Calculus I and have an SAT math score of 590 or less are placed in Mat110, Pre Calculus. Students who wish to "test out" of this placement must pass the College Algebra and Trigonometry placement test.
Students who receive transfer credit for a 100 level mathematics course are not required to take a remedial mathematics course. Those who did not receive such credit are required to pass the appropriate mathematics placement test before enrolling in any mathematics course.
NOTE: A recent University study has shown those students with SAT Math scores of 530 or below tend to do better in university level mathematics courses if they first satisfactorily complete the appropriate remedial math course. We therefore encourage students whose SAT math score is above 480 but below 530 to take the recommended mathematics placement exam. After assessing their own individual performance on the exam, students may choose to take the recommended remedial math course to help assure success in university level mathematics courses.