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Pathway to Contemporary Math FAQ

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What is Pathway to Contemporary Math?

Pathway to Contemporary Mathematics is part of the R.E.A.L. course sequence. It provides a less algebra-intensive approach to preparing for Math 1030 or Math 1040.  Pathway focuses specifically on the skills and content necessary to succeed in these classes, such as numeracy, proportions, functions, geometry, and statistics along with critical thinking, reading, writing, and problem-solving. The course will still be challenging, but you will find it more relevant to your life and career than the traditional algebra courses. This course is also a prerequisite to R.E.A.L. Math 1010.

How do I know Pathway to Contemporary Math is best for me?

You should consider this type of class if you...

  • want the skills taught to be relevant to your education
  • need to focus on the skills and content necessary to succeed in Math 1030 or Math 1040
  • you want an R.E.A.L. approach to learning algebra and preparing for Math 1010
  • want to know how math is used in solving real-life problems

What materials do I need for Math 0970?

The majority of your work will be done in the custom Math Lit worktext and the supplemental packet, both available in the bookstore. A small amount of homework and some quizzes are done online. When you register for a class you pay a course fee that gives you automatic access to the software. You will be able to access the software on the first day of the semester.

Is the Pathway course a combined Math 0990 and Math 1010 course?

No. This is a completely different course than Math 0990 or Math 1010. You will learn some of the algebra that you would learn in those courses, but not all of it. This course will give you more opportunity to solve real-life problems using algebra. See how Math 0970 fits into the Developmental Math course sequence.

Is the Pathway course only for students who plan to take Math 1030 and Math 1040?

No. Although Math 0970 was designed specifically as a prerequisite to Math 1030  or Math 1040, it has been a preferred method of learning for students also going into Math 1050 or Math 1080. Therefore, the R.E.A.L. Math 1010 course was designed to bridge Math 0970 students to the more algebra intensive Q.L. courses. 

How do I know if I should take Math 1030, Math 1040 or Math 1050 for my college level math class (also called QL)?

Talk to your major advisor or read your degree requirements in the Weber State Catalog. Typically students in the arts, humanities and social sciences should take Math 1030 or Math 1040 to fulfill their QL requirement.

Is this class easier than Math 0990 and Math 1010?

Don't let the number fool you. You will work just as hard in this class than you would in a regular algebra class, but you might find the work more enjoyable, depending on your past experiences with math. If you find it difficult to memorize math steps and more interesting to explore and make connections about things, you might like this class much better than a traditional algebra class.

What do other students say about Math 0970?

"I enjoyed having many opportunities to practice and learn from the practice. I also enjoyed working with a group because we were able to help each other understand and experiment in the solving process together."

"This is the first math class I have ever taken where I felt excited to attend every day. I was happy to do homework!"

Read about one student's experience in the Pathway course and his recommendations to future students.


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Mailing address

Weber State University
Developmental Mathematics
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2516
Ogden, UT 84408-2516

Building location

Tracy Hall Science Center (TY) 207

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