Math 103           EARTH ALGEBRA:   Modeling Our Environment

The target audience is those students whose weakest proficiency areas are numerical and algebraic reasoning. Students apply the techniques of algebra to actual data, especially data related to environmental issues such as global warming and acid rain. They learn how to recognize and distinguish among several basic models of growth and decay, including linear, quadratic, exponential, and direct/inverse variation models. Information to be analyzed is presented in one of the four-fold aspects of words, tables, equations, and graphs. Students are expected to perform basic algebraic manipulations, with a view to assessing the appropriateness and goodness of fit of particular models. [1/2 course credit if C- or better]