Transition to College Level Mathematics

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Course Overview

Transition to College Level Mathematics emphasizes modeling, problem-solving, and applications of mathematics to the real world. Students learn new concepts as well as develop a deeper understanding of previous concepts and relationships between them. CCSS-M mathematical practices 4: Modeling with Mathematics; and 1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them are accentuated, but all eight mathematical practices are developed and applied throughout the course.

The course is comprised of the following units:

  • Modeling Change with Functions: Families of functions including linear, polynomial and exponential
  • Interpreting Categorical Data: Introduction to probability, two-way frequency tables, conditional probability, and independence
  • Statistical Inference: Rules of probability and applications of the analysis of data
  • Voting and Apportionment: Decision making relative to voting
  • Financial & Business Decision Making: Financial mathematical models
  • Counting Methods: Rules of counting including permutations and combinations
  • Graph Theory: Study of mathematical structures used to model pairwise relationships between objects
  • Informatics: Information processing with a focus on security, access, and efficiency
  • 3-D Representations: Visualizing and representing three-dimensional shapes
  • Symmetries and Tilings: Study of patterns of geometric figures in the plane including tessellations, symmetry, and frieze patterns

Targeted Students: Any high school senior who has completed Algebra 2 or Course 3 in an integrated program with a C or better, including those who do not wish to take Precalculus or an AP math course their senior year. When students have successfully completed the course they will be prepared for any of the following college courses: Precalculus, Statistics, Finite Mathematics, Quantitative Literacy.

Professional Development:

  • 5 Summer days
  • 12 After-school Zoom sessions (6 per semester)
  • Focuses on: math content, facilitating equitable groupwork and productive math discussions

For more information about this project, please visit the California State University, Monterey Bay website for the Transition to College Level Mathematics This link will take you to an external website in a new tab..


Leadership Team:

Alison Lynch
CSU Monterey Bay

Joanne Lieberman
CSU Monterey Bay

Joanne Rossi Becker
San Jose State University