MTH171 - Mathematics

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Last revision date 2018-08-19 12:51:17.023
Last review date 2018-08-19 12:51:17.023

Subject Title

Subject Description
A study of the fundamentals of technical mathematics with applications as necessary for studies in chemistry and the biological sciences. Topics include numerical computation, solving linear and quadratic equations, algebra, graphing empirical data and linear equations, trigonometry, geometry, measurement and unit conversion, solutions, and dilutions. Additional review of fundamental mathermatical concepts will also be covered.  Students will be presented with many examples and exercises designed to provide experience with interpreting and analyzing practical problems that relate to applications in chemical and biological laboratory work.
It should be observed that MTH171 / MTH173 is to be regarded as only the first half of a two-part requirement that, for completeness, must also include MTH273. This subject requires students to use the WileyPLUS online resource.

Credit Status
One credit towards the CHY, CLP, CLT and BTA programs

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.     Demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematical principles and its importance in many technological programs.
2.     Perform operations combining signed, fractions, decimals, exponents, roots and percentages.
3.     Solve application questions using scientific notation, units of measurement and conversions (metric, imperial and stoichiometric).
4.     Solve multiple types of equations using ratio and proportion, percentages, and simple algebra.
5.     Understand algebraic operations and solve systems of linear equations and quadratic functions.
6.     Solve and graph algebraic equations and apply these concepts to technical calculations, re-arrange and evaluate formulas.
7.     Represent empirical data using standard graphing principles. Graph linear, quadratic, and cubic functions.
8.     Use basic properties to solve plane and solid geometric questions and applications.
9.     Evaluate basic trigonometric functions and applications
10.   Solve word problems in each of these mathematical topics as they relate to science and technological fields.

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.