Montgomery College 2022-2023 Catalog 
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MATH 120 - Survey of College Mathematics


A general college mathematics course whose topics include linear equations, matrix algebra, linear programming, probability, and mathematical finance. The applications are primarily from business, economics, and the life sciences. Emphasis is on developing, analyzing, and interpreting mathematical models.  PRE- or COREQUISITE(S): Appropriate score on mathematics assessment test; a grade of C or better in MATH 050  or MATH 092 ; or concurrent enrollment in MATH 020 ; or consent of department. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011  or AELW 940/ELAI 990 , READ 120  or AELR 930/ELAR 980 . Three hours each week.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Calculate and interpret probabilities for discrete variables within the context of games of chance and other applications. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and use mathematical models for predictive purposes to solve application problems from fields such as business, economics, the life sciences and the social sciences.
  • Design, categorize, and solve linear systems of inequalities in two variables for the purpose of resource allocation in fields such as manufacturing, nutrition, and agriculture (linear programming).
  • Interpret quantitative information from selected real-world word problems so that data can be encapsulated into suitable mathematical models.
  • Solve finance problems involving simple interest, compound interest, annual percentage yield, future value of an ordinary annuity, present value of an ordinary annuity, loans, and mortgages.    
  • Solve linear systems by the Gauss-Jordan augmented matrix method and/or by using the inverse of the coefficient matrix, when applicable.
  • Use computer software such as Excel and/or use calculator software such as the TVM Solver, Equation Solver, and/or matrix menus when appropriate.
  • Write interpretive results in clear, concise English sentences tailored to meet the needs of the target audience.  

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