Course Description and Objectives:
Math 20 is a self-paced, independent-study course covering material from basic arithmetic operations through solving simple algebraic equations, working with percent, ratios and proportions. The class time and lectures are intended to keep you on track to earn the 3 credits in one semester.

Student Learning Outcomes
Math 20B
Common Fractions:
1. Compare the sizes of simple fractions to determine their order.
2. Simplify common fractions and mixed numbers.
3. Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and improper fractions to mixed number.
4. Add , subtract , multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers.
5. Solve application problems involving fractions and mixed numbers.

1. Translate decimal numbers into words and vice versa.
2. Determine the comparative size of decimal numbers .
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers.
4. Round decimal numbers to a given place value.
5. Solve application problems involving decimal numbers.

Math 20C
Signed Numbers :
1. Determine the relative value of signed numbers and plot them on a number line.
2. Find the absolute values of signed numbers.
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers.
4. Simplify expressions using the appropriate order of operations .
5. Solve application problems involving signed numbers.

Calculator Skills:
1. Enter real numbers into a scientific calculator.
2. Read the number displayed on a scientific calculator and determine its value.
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide real numbers using a scientific calculator.
4. Simplify expressions involving parentheses using a scientific calculator.
5. Compute the square root and powers of real numbers using a scientific calculator.
6. Store and recall values using the memory function of a scientific calculator.
7. Solve application problems using a scientific calculator.

Simple Algebraic Equations:
1. Define the basic terminology of algebra.
2. Evaluate algebraic expressions.
3. Simplify algebraic expressions.
4. Solve basic algebraic equations.
5. Solve equations involving more than one variable term, variable terms on both sides of the equal sign, and grouping symbols.
6. Solve application problems using algebra.

Math 20D
1. Convert fractions and decimal numbers into percent numbers.
2. Solve the percent equation for the amount, base, or rate.
3. Compute mark-up and discount using percents.
4. Calculate simple interest.
5. Solve application problems involving percents.

Ratio & Proportion:
1. Compute a specified ratio and simplify it.
2. Compare the values of ratios.
3. Write and solve proportions .
4. Solve application problems using ratios and proportions.

Upon completion of the each course you will earn a CR (credit) grade. Letter grades affecting the student's GPA are not given. If you do not complete the required units you will receive an N grade. It is a policy of the College Skills Center that students are not allowed to repeat Math 20B, 20C or 20D more than once. Please make every effort to complete the course this semester.

Foundation Math Packet. Available in the HCC Bookstore. Be sure you have the current semester’s version.
Pencils and binder paper for doing problems and assignments.
A scientific calculator ( preferably with a fraction key).

Regular attendance is expected and important to successful completion of the course. You are to attend two classes per week in the College Skills Center. Each class will consist of approximately one hour of instruction in the classroom and the remaining time in the lab doing the assignments. In addition to this you may spend as many additional hours in the College Skills Center Lab as you choose to keep up or move ahead in your work. This time and place is used to accomplish a variety of the requirements of the course. Here you will work on math assignments or use supplementary materials to help you understand the topic you are studying, get your assignments corrected and take the posttests.


Mondays and Wednesdays: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

All students are required to complete the BASIC SKILL UNITS. Some students may be required to do APPLICATION BASED UNITS based on your major (See registration advice sheet). Do the basic skill units in the order shown below. Don’t skip around. You will earn one credit for the first three units you complete, one credit for the next three units and one credit for the last two units completed. You must do the units in order. You may register for and complete additional units for additional credits.


Math 20B Math 20C Math 20D

All units have a posttest. The posttest must be passed before you will be allowed to move on to the next unit. You may take a maximum of one (1) test each day. Passing score on each test is 70%.


Basic skills units
On the last page of each unit is an assignment check-off sheet. As you complete each assignment, you must bring it to the tutors to be corrected. Once it is all correct the tutor will initial and date the appropriate line of the assignment sheet. After completing all the assignments for one section, you must bring your binder with the completed assignments to an instructor for approval before taking the posttest. If you do not pass the posttest, supplementary assignments must be completed before you may retake the test.

You may only use a calculator for units after CALCULATOR SKILLS. For all units, study the objectives and glossary. Then read and study the information pages and do all practice problems as they come up. Now you can start doing assignments. Be sure to do them in the order shown, starting with viewing videos when called for. When you have completed an assignment, check your answers with the answer key. You must show all work.

Using The Unit Check-off Sheet
When you have completed the last assignment and have it checked take the check-off sheet to your instructor for the posttest. You will be given a posttest only if all your work is shown for each assignment. After passing the posttest, the instructor will sign the bottom of the check-off sheet.

Quality of work
You are expected to show your solutions to math problems in a neat, organized manner. We will not accept only the answer to a problem. You MUST show your work either in the space provided or on a separate sheet of paper. Always number your problems and label your answers. This will help remind you of what you were looking for in the first place, and it will help you to find and make corrections if needed.

Please review Honolulu Community College’s policy on Academic Dishonesty. The College Skills Center will not tolerate cheating in any way.

 The College Skills Center rooms are activity rooms and not quiet rooms. However, students and staff are expected to maintain a reasonable level of conduct and courtesy toward others. Only registered students are allowed in the math activity rooms. Anyone not engaged in math activities, using inappropriate language or in any way disturbing other students will be asked to leave. Harassment of any student or staff member will not be tolerated and will be reported to security and/or administration for appropriate action.
The following are categories of impermissible behavior taken from the Honolulu College Student Conduct Code:

Category 1 – Interference with the Rights of Others
Category 2 – Interference with University Processes
A. False of Fraudulent Information
B. Personal Misconduct
C. Theft of Mutilation of University Property
D. Disruption
E. Abuse of a Controlled Substance
F. Off-Campus Behavior
G. Academic Dishonesty—includes cheating and plagiarism
H. Violation of Other Existing University Regulations

Sanctions: Warnings, Probation, Restitution, Temporary Suspension, Suspension, Expulsion, Rescission of Grades or Degree.

University of Hawaii Policy on Sexual Harassment
The UH Sexual Harassment Policy has been established to ensure a safe
and respectful learning environment for all students. Sexual harassment
is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or
other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual
harassment includes intimidating, threatening or offensive verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and interferes
with a student’s learning. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in
the any of the College Skills Center’s programs or activities.
Complaints regarding situations that occur in the College Skills Center may be made
by contacting the College Skills Center Coordinator at 845-9400 or the Dean of Students at 845-9235.

(Adapted from the Sexual Harassment brochure distributed by the Office
of the Senior Vice President and Chancellor for Community Colleges.)

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