OCCC Course Information
o Math General Education Courses and Course
A summary of the OCCC general
education math courses is available here.
Here’s a precedence diagram for OCCC math courses (Adobe Acrobat
O College Algebra, Fall
1513-TR77F College Algebra (M-W, 7:30 – 8:50 p.m., MB 2N3)
- The text book is OPTIONAL, but highly recommended; however,
the MyMathLab package is REQUIRED.
Use these instructions to
sign up for MyMathLab: MML enrollment
- Also, a three-ring notebook with at least 1 ˝ inch spine
and divider pages is also required. They’re
available in office supply departments for a few dollars.
- The Spring 2018 section syllabus,
including policy, and tentative schedule are now available for
TR76S, M-W, 5:30– 6:50 p.m., SEM 1B5
- Activities for the Spring 2018 class are summarized here. (requires
Adobe Reader, free at Adobe’s
- Here’s Prof. Oates’s
OCCC schedule for the Spring 2018 term.
- Help for the TI-83/84/84+
calculator is available at www.occc.edu/college_algebra.
algebra help is available at KhanAcademy.org and free-ed.net.
Module 1: Graphs, Functions, and Models
- Instructions for the
linear regression project are available page by page at these locations:
2007: Linear Regression Project, Excel 2007. -– borrowed from Math
for HC, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader available here.
Module 2: More on Functions
- Composition of
of composition of functions, for example (g◦f)(x), (f◦g)(x), are presented here.
of Stretching, Shrinking, Translation, and Reflection
a summary of the information on page 212 in the text: Stretch, Shrink, Translate, Reflect.
- Set Theory
you’d like a brief introduction to sets and their operations, i.e., unions,
intersections, complements, etc., there is a brief introduction available in this
Wikipedia article. The material in the Basic Operations section is
- Sketching Quadratic
Functions using a Formula from Analytic Geometry
Sketching Quadratic Functions
Module 4: Polynomials and Regression Modeling
- Review for Module 4
Review questions for Module 4 for Fall 2012 and later can be found here (Adobe .pdf file). Answers for the review
questions are also available.
- Exponential regressions and three-data-point quadratic fits
performing exponential regressions on the TI-84, as well as a solved problem that
fits a quadratic equation to three data points here.
of exponential functions: musical
scales, equal tempered vs. just toned scales
Have you ever wondered how the
frequencies for musical notes are determined?
It turns out that an exponential function, specifically 2n/12,
is heavily involved in the modern 12-note chromatic equal tempered scale,
successor to the old just-tone scale used before the time of J.S. Bach. Here’s a link to a discussion of the equal tempered musical scale and
practical piano tuning, as well as Prof. Oates’s Excel spreadsheet
investigating some of the formulas presented in the above discussion. If you’d like *much* more information on the
physics of music, see this Michigan Tech web page.
Module 5: Systems of Equations
- Solutions for Systems
of Linear Equations
Here are instructions for solving three
linear equations in three unknowns on the TI 83/84
Also, have a look at a couple of solved
stated problems involving systems of linear equations.
- Non-linear Regression
performing exponential regressions on the TI-84, as well as a solved problem
that fits a quadratic equation to just three data points here.
Projects: Non-Linear Regression, Mathematician
for this year’s Mathematician Biography Assignment can be found here.
for the Non-Linear Regression Final Project can be found here.
o Math for Health Careers, Fall 2012
All items in
this section ©
2000 – 2011 Oklahoma City Community College
- The Fall 2012
section syllabus and tentative schedule are now available for
APPM 1313-003, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., SEM 2C8.
OCCC schedule for the Summer 2012 term.
- A list of
worksheet titles for all APPM 1313 worksheets is also available.
departmental syllabus is available below, page by page.
Syllabus: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, and Page 11.
Test 1 is available here.
for Module 1 are available below.
Worksheets 2 through 7 are optional.
Worksheets: WS 1, WS 2, WS 3, WS 4, WS 5, WS 6, WS 7, WS 8, WS 9, WS 10, WS 11, WS 12, WS 13, WS 14, WS 15, WS 16, WS 17, WS 42, WS 43, WS 44, WS 45, and WS 46 .
the idea of significant figures/digits hasn’t dawned for you yet, this set of YouTube
videos, Significant Figures 1.1 through 1.8, may be helpful. (Thanks go to Bryan Beane
for locating these videos and making me—and you!—aware of them.)
material on Roman
numerals is now available. See also
worksheets WS 12 and WS 13, above.
- A Metric_Prefix_Examples table is also available. This table will be part of the conversion
tables on Test 1.
- A Units
Conversion Summary sheet is now available.
This table will also be part of the conversion tables on Test 1.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (“Jay-co”)
requires that hospitals ban the use of certain confusing abbreviations if the
hospital wishes to be accredited. A list
of the Forbidden
Abbreviations can be found through the preceding link.
minds want to know the salacious, unexpurgated, startlingly explicit truth
about conversion factors. Learn covert
conversion secrets! Discover units
furtively pilfered from the ancient Romans. The NIST Units Conversion Summary has it all. Coming soon to grocery store checkout stands
everywhere! (new! exciting! sensational! different!)
a look at Dr. M. Sanchez’s PowerPoint presentation on significant
digits and scientific notation. (You
may have to save this to your local disk to view it.)
worksheets for Module two are:
WS 17, WS 18, WS 19, WS 20, and WS 21 .
The following are maximum
resolution versions of the above worksheets.
They’re large files, about 1 Mbyte each.
If they won’t display correctly on your browser, you may need to right-click
the link, select save-target-as, save the file, and then view the file using
IrfanView, a free, but powerful viewer available at www.irfanview.com.
WS 18-big, WS
20-big, and WS
Test 2 is available below, page by page.
Test 2: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, and Page 7
- Tactics for Solving Chapter 10 Problems
document that describes tactics
for solving IV drip rate problems. It’s
in the “if-then-else-ish” English (also known as
“pseudo-code”) that software people use to describe solution methods for
problems. I hope it’ll help you organize
your solution techniques for Chapter 10’s problems.
- Chapter 10 Problem Solutions
The text of
several e-mails I’ve sent to students requesting help with Chapter 10
problems can be downloaded here. A new supplementary solutions
digest is also available. Here’s a solved problem or two.
- Practice Test 3 is
available below, page by page.
Test 3: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, and Page 4 (with revised answer for problem 16)
- Worksheets for
Module 3 are available below.
Worksheets: WS 22,
WS 23, WS 24, WS 25, WS 26, and WS 27.
Note that Worksheet 23, The Five
Percent Rule, is no longer used.
Test 4 is available below, page by page.
Test 4: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, and Page 4
for Module 4 are available below.
Worksheets: WS 28, WS 29, WS 30, WS 31, WS 32, and WS 33.
Guide for Test 4
A Review Guide for Test 4 is now available.
to Five-Step Problem
A solved five-step problem with commentary can be found here.
to Module 4 Body Surface Area (BSA) Problems in All
Here’s the Guide for Calculations with Body Surface Area (BSA) .
Guide for Module 4 Dosage Range and “Is it safe?” Problems
Some problems in the text and in
Worksheet 32 are dosage range or “Is it safe?” problems. Click this link to receive more information on dosage range/is-it-safe problems.
These problems require that two sets of calculations be made, one for the LOW
LIMIT of the dosage range and one for the HIGH LIMIT. The ordered dose is then compared to these
limits to see if it is either within limits and, therefore, SAFE or outside the
limits and, therefore, potentially UNSAFE.
Note that both the limits and the ordered amount must be in the same
Module 4 Problem Solutions
Here are some solved problems
drawn from e-mail messages sent to APPM 1313 students recently. These should assist you in working the Module
. - Erratum, Module 4 Problem from the Textbook
The text’s incorrect answer to
problem 3, page 216 is
The correct answer is 4.8 mL/dose.
The previous edition of the text
had this same question, but in that edition the medication label displayed a
concentration of 125 mg/5 mL; since the new label’s concentration is 250 mg/5
mL, the required number of mL is half that stated in the answer section.
Test 5 is available here.
On the real Test 5, questions 12 –
16 will be replaced by dilution problems similar to those on Worksheets 40 and
for Module 5 Dilution Problems
When synthesizing (building)
dilution setups, you’ll need this write-up on Chuck's
Quick and Dirty Dilution Technique, CQDDT.
Here’s a copy of an e-mail
response I sent to a student requesting help on Module 5 dilution problems. You should read and try to understand the
material in Worksheets 36 through 39 before reading this document.
for Linear Equations, y = mx + b
Material describing properties of
linear equations is available here.
for Module 5 are available using the links that follow.
5 Worksheets: WS 34, WS 35,
36, WS 37,
38, WS 39,
40, WS 41,
47, and WS 48.
Versions of Worksheets: WS 38L and WS 39L
Note that we did the
significant digits worksheets (42-46) earlier in the course.
2007 Version of Materials for Computer Projects 1, 2, 3 and 4 are available
Computer Projects v. 2007:
Instruction Packet Front Sides, Instruction Packet Back Sides
1997-2003 Version of Materials for Computer Projects 1, 2, 3 and 4 are
available below, page by page.
Computer Projects v. 1997-2003:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, and Page 14.
Final Exam Review
- To review for the
final exam, just have a look at the material for each of the six modules,
above. The final exam questions will be
drawn from the module test questions.
Three or four questions from each module will appear on the final exam.
o Math forTechnical Careers
some information on multiplying
binomial expressions in the Montessori style. (Top 5 Links: Number 1)
o Intro. to
- Just for old times’ sake,
here’s Practice Test #3 for OCCC’s late, great ENGR 1113,
Introduction to Engineering.
- Grades for previous semesters are available on the OCCC MineOnline
system. Here’s a procedure for viewing them.
o Guide to Academic Costume and Music
graduation is just around the corner, it’s time to develop some skill at
“reading” the academic robes and to get some background on the academic song “Gaudeamus Igitur.” Here’s an academic costume and music annotated
webography to get you started.
o Pharmacology Problems Solved by Dimensional Analysis
a link to some
pharmacology problems solved by dimensional analysis. This document attempts to show how
dimensional analysis is applied to problems closely related to those we do in
Math for Health Careers.
Oates’s Earlier Pics
These pictures have been moved to the CLOates Family Website.
o Blog Moved
Prof. Oates’s blog, formerly located at
can now be found at ProfOates.blogspot.com.
Help (Other Subjects, Too!)
of help for math and other subjects is available at KhanAcademy.org
and free-ed.net. Give them a try.
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