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MAT 106 - Mathematics for Health Sciences

Credits: 4
4 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 090  (minimum grade “C”) or successful placement.
This course presents the mathematical fundamentals necessary to understand the basic principles of health, physics and chemistry.  Topics include: the concepts of elementary algebra; fractions and fractional equations; ratio and proportion; percentages; variation; relationships among the metric and other systems of units; scientific notation; calculation of dosages; and basic geometry, graphing and statistics.  Emphasis is on problem solving proficiency. Hand held calculators are used extensively.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Solve word problems using elementary algebra.
  2. Convert units from one system to another (metric, US customary, apothecaries and household).
  3. Compute dosages involving capsules, injections and intravenous infusion.
  4. Compute the dilution factor in preparing solutions.
  5. Solve for area, perimeter and volume of simple geometric figures.
  6. Construct and interpret bar, line and circle graphs.
  7. Graph linear equations.
  8. Compute from a set of statistical data the mean, median, mode, range and standard deviation.
Listed Topics
  1. Basic arithmetic and algebra
  2. Measurement systems and conversion procedures
  3. Dilutions, solutions and concentrations
  4. Drug dosages and intravenous calculations
  5. Linear equations, graphing and variation
  6. Exponential and logarithmic functions
  7. Geometry
  8. Charts, tables and graphs
  9. Introductory statistics
Reference Materials
Each student is required to have a scientific calculator and a textbook adopted by the mathematics
department at a specific campus. If available, students may purchase a student solutions manual or
make use of interactive software located in the Campus Library or Learning Center.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019

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