Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Mathematics
- I. Course Number and Title
- MATH090A 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.
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.
Students have the option of accelerating by using the computer program ALEKS to complete more than one course during the semester.
- 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, equation solving, and data analysis. Transferability is determined by transfer institution.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- perform mathematical computations involving whole numbers;
- perform mathematical computations involving signed numbers;
- perform mathematical computations involving fractions and decimals;
- analyze and apply mathematical operations in applied problem solving situations;
- solve basic linear equations in one variable;and
- analyze data from graphs; calculate mean, median, and mode for a group of values, and solve simple probability problems.
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.
- Operations with Whole Numbers
- addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers
- exponents and order of operations
- variables and variable expressions
- Operations with Integers
- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of integers
- order of operations with signed numbers
- Solving Equations and Problem Solving
- simplifying expressions
- solving equations using the Addition Property
- solving equations using the Multiplication Property
- equivalent fractions
- proper, improper fractions and mixed numbers
- multiplication and division of fractions including simple complex fractions
- addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators
- prime factorization, greatest common factor, and least common multiple
- addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators
- solving proportions and equations containing fractions
- introduction to decimals
- computation involving decimals and the order of operations
- converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions
- solving equations involving decimals
- Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics
- data graphs
- statistical measures - mean, median and mode
- Introduction to probability
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe students apply mathematical concepts and principles to identify and solve problems presented through informal assessment, such as oral communication among students and between teacher and students. Formal assessments consist of open-ended and multiple choice questions reflecting theoretical and applied situations.
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. Student notebook is required.
Review/Approval Date - 11/05; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015; Revised 6/2016