Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SC 11A
Course Title:
Applied Math - Intermediate/Advanced
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Course Description

Covers workplace and trades/technology, computational and analytic skills through the use of realistic applications; develops skills in translating word problems into mathematical computations. Develops and synthesizes applied mathematics through the use of hands-on, team activity centered environments. Uses software applications, (MS Word and Excel) to support technology and trades skill development. Prerequisites: CASAS test score at intermediate level. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Take the GED mathematics test and CASAS Assessment and further mathematics courses in college.
  • Transition to employment or pre-trades and apprenticeship programs.
  • Efficienty apply mathematical skills to organize and solve real world math problems in a variety of environments for their personal and professional lives.
  • Participate as a team member to analyze data and determine appropriate solutions

Course Activities and Design

Show competence with arithmetic problems

Operates the TI-30xa and TI-30 X II with skill and confidence.

Uses 2nd functions

Uses Statistics keys

Solves applications using equations.

Simple factoring and quadratics

Solves linear equations

Graph linear equations

Create, solve and interpret graphs, charts and tables

Solve right triangle problems using Pythagorean theorem

Solve triangle problems using trig ratios

Solve problems using scientific notation and exponents

Use MS Office Applications to develop mathematics, notes exercises and applications

Determine techniques for producing portfolio applied math assignments

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Develop and solve consumer/business/technical application problems

Each student will create and solve at least 20 workplace specific application problems

Tutor peers in mathematics laboratory

Calculate vectors using the coordinate system and the triangulation system

Research and develop data to be used in a simulation to generate statistical information including mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and create a graph

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


·   Integration

·   Design and Layout

·   Professionalism



·      Basic Skills Numeration

·      Math terminology

·      Measurement

·      Conversion

·      Formula manipulation

·      Application problems/word problems/work problems



·      Transfer logical thinking skills to other areas

·      Systems thinking

·      Teamwork

·      Statistics

·      Problem solving

·      Trig ratios-sine,cos,tan

·      Linear systems/equations

·      Quadratic equations/power equations

·      Exponentials

·      Pythagorean theorem

·      Factoring/polynomials

·      Special factoring/rational factors