MATH101 (Patterns of Mathematical Thought) at Chico State, the GE level math class that everyone will take if their major does not require anymore math. Fairly easy, but only if you keep up. One giant lecture hall full of 250 people and a smaller class discussion with 30 people. Easy enough, however many students fail the class every semester. Here’s what you need to learn to pass the class.

1. Fibonacci Sequence

Do not be scared by the name, the Fibonacci Sequence is a very easy topic to master. It is literally the sequence of numbers that just adds the last one. For example, we would start with 0 then 1, then add 0 and 1 for the next number, and so on. All in all it would look like this: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13… It comes up in nature and in a lot of Renaissance pieces of art.

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2.Scientific Notation

Another fairly easy topic, but it takes a little bit to master. Once you have got it down you are good. It is just the moving of a decimal a few places. Really, the majority of topics in the class are simple. However, most people fail because they think it is easy enough to not go to class, even though you get points for attending.

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3. Statistics and z-scores

If you have taken any stats class this section will be a breeze, however the professor does not go over very many concepts in depth. If you have not taken a statistics class, you should look into getting a tutor. Calculating Z-scores is like learning another language all together. This will be one of the hardest concepts of the class, but there are a lot of other students taking a Stats class so they can easily help you out.

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4. Simple/Compound  Loans and Interest

This is where it gets a little tricky, very easy to understand, but you need to be able to keep the formulas straight.  There are probably 5 different formulas to learn, the professor provides them on the test, but you have to remember which ones to use where. Once you have that down though it is very easy and repetitive.

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5. Exponential Growth and Decline

The very last topic of the entire class is an easy one. Exponential growth and decline is literally just plugging in numbers to a formula. ONE formula. It is used with population growth or the value of a car after a few years. Fairly easy to calculate. Definitely easy to understand.

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Well, most people will have to take this class at some point or another. All you have to do is keep up on assignments and  go to class then you will do just fine.


Addison Bedford

Student from Chico State. Interested in photography, event planning, and anything mysterious or paranormal.

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