4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory, 4 units

**Catalog Description**

Review of the fundamentals of arithmetic including addition , subtraction ,
multiplication and division with emphasis

on mental arithmetic. Operations with fractions , decimals and percents are also
emphasized. The derivation and

use of selected measurement concepts and the development of pre-algebra ideas
such as variable, signed

numbers and equations are included. Area and volume formulas for fundamental
shapes are stressed. These

topics are explored in the context of problem solving and appropriate calculator
use. **Offered as Credit/No Credit **

only. Non-associate degree applicable.

Prerequisite

None

**Course Objectives**

Students will be able to:

1) Use tutorial software to develop mathematical skills

2) Formulate tools for success in future mathematics courses

3) Recognize and correct computational errors

4) Perform fundamental arithmetic operations including addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division using

whole numbers

5) Calculate using multiple operations including powers and roots of whole
numbers

6) Perform calculations with fractions including basic arithmetic operations,
reducing fractions , simplifying

complex fractions and simplifying powers and roots of fractions

7) Convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions

8) Convert decimals to percents and fractions to percents

9) Solve word problems involving percents, linear measures , areas, volumes,
weight and/or time

10) Reduce rates and ratios to lowest terms and use proportions to solve word
problems

11) Perform fundamental operations with integers and absolute value

12) Simplify algebraic expressions and solve simple equations

13) Select and use calculators appropriately as related to topics studied

**Special Materials Required of Student**

Calculator

**Minimum Instructional Facilities**

1) Standard classroom with whiteboards covering three walls, graphing
utility and viewscreen, multimedia

computer station with projection capability, overhead projector

2) Computer lab with 42 computers, whiteboards covering three walls, multimedia
computer station with projection

capability, overhead projector, appropriate software for integrated computer
instruction

**Course Content**

1) Operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents

2) Whole number exponents and roots

3) Scientific notation

4) Ratios and proportions

5) Definitions of shapes, perimeter, area, volume and units of measurements

6) Derivation and use of measurement formulas

7) Conversion of measurement formulas

8) Metric system

9) Identify and manipulate variables using arithmetic operations

10) Operations with and use of signed numbers

11) Solving equations in one variable

12) Appropriate use of calculators to factor integers and simplify expressions
with combined operations, power and

roots

Method of Instruction

1) Lecture and discussion

2) Teamwork

3) Instructor-guided discovery

4) Computer-facilitated instruction

Method of Evaluation

A grading system will be established by the instructor and implemented
uniformly. Grades will be based on

demonstrated proficiency in subject matter determined by multiple measurements
for evaluation, one of which must

be essay exams, skills demonstration or, where appropriate, the symbol system.

1) Independent exploration activities

2) Midterm

3) In-class final exam (comprehensive)

**Texts and References**

1) Required: Bittenger. Basic Mathematics. 9^{th} edition.

2) Supplemental: None

**Exit Skills**

Students having successfully completed this course exit with the following
skills, competencies and/or knowledge:

1) Using the basic operations over the rational numbers

2) Evaluate exponents and square roots of whole numbers

3) Solving basic calculations involving geometric measurement and formulas of
two-dimensional and three-

dimensional objects in standard and metric units

4) Relationships between decimals, fractions and percents and their application
in problems involving proportions

5) Using technology in calculating and checking the reasonableness of a solution
through estimation

6) The concepts of factors, multiples and the Distributive Property

7) Solving and applying simple linear equations

8) Plotting points on a rectangular coordinate system