MATH090 Prealgebra

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Mathematics

I. Course Number and Title
MATH090 Prealgebra
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Math Placement Test score of 1
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course will not satisfy the general elective category for students who entered their program of study in or after the 2007 Fall semester.

Primary teaching methods are: small group instruction, independent and cooperative learning in and out of class, individual tutoring in and out of class.

PreAlgebra is considered a developmental course. A comprehensive departmental final examination is included in this course. Study skills are also emphasized.

Students who wish to continue with the course MATH095, Basic Algebra, must complete MATH090 with a grade of C or better.

Calculator use is NOT permitted for any part of this course.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides preparation for study in algebra. Topics include a review of basic arithmetic skills, fractions and decimals, an introduction to signed numbers, variables, and equation solving. Transferability is determined by transfer institution.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. perform mathematical computations involving whole numbers;
    2. perform mathematical computations involving signed numbers;
    3. perform mathematical computations involving fractions and decimals;
    4. analyze and apply mathematical operations in applied problem solving situations; and
    5. solve basic linear equations in one variable.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following is a list of the minimum amount of course material to be covered by the instructor.

    1. Operations with Whole Numbers
      1. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers
      2. exponents and order of operations
      3. variables and variable expressions
    2. Operations with Integers
      1. addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of integers
      2. order of operations with signed numbers
    3. Solving Equations and Problem Solving
      1. simplifying expressions
      2. solving equations using the Addition Property
      3. solving equations using the Multiplication Property
    4. Fractions
      1. equivalent fractions
      2. proper, improper fractions and mixed numbers
      3. multiplication and division of fractions
      4. addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators
      5. addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators
      6. solving equations containing fractions
    5. Decimals
      1. introduction to decimals
      2. computation involving decimals and the order of operations
      3. converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions
      4. solving equations involving decimals
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook and materials. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 11/05; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015