# MATH-013 Arithmetic I

# MATH-013 Arithmetic I : Computation

**I. Basic Course Information**

A. | Course Number and Title: | MATH-013Arithmetic I : Computation |

B. | New or Modified Course: | Modified |

C. | Date: | November 1999, updated Spring 2004, updated Spring 2008, updated Fall 2008 |

D. | Sponsoring Department: | Mathematics |

E. | Semester Credit Hours: | 2 NC |

F. | Weekly Contact Hours: | 4 Lecture: 2 Laboratory: 2 |

G. | Prerequisites: | Appropriate score on the placement test |

H. | Laboratory Fees: | No |

**II. Catalog Description**

**
Prerequisites: Appropriate score on the placement test.** This is the first in
a sequence of

two courses designed to strengthen computational skills without the aid of a calculator

and to review arithmetic concepts in preparation for the study of algebra . The course

meets for seven weeks and includes a weekly 2-hour lab component. Students move

through the course in a lecture-lab environment. Topics include addition, subtraction,

multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, with an emphasis

on order of operations . Exponent and square root notations are also included.

**III. Statement of Course Need**

This course, along with Arithmetic II, is designed for students who fail to demonstrate

proficiency in basic computational skills as measured by the college placement test(s) in

pre-algebra.

**IV. Place of the Course in the College Curriculum**

This is a developmental course and carries no college credit.

**V. Outline of Course Content**

A. Whole Numbers

1. Reading and writing whole numbers

2. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

3. Long division

4. Rounding

5. Exponent notation, roots , and order of operations

6. Primes and composites

7. Least common multiple

8. Applications and problem- solving strategies

B. Fractions

1. Fractional notation

2. Equivalent fractions , simplifying fractions

3. Multiplication and division

4. Common denominators

5. Addition and subtraction

6. Applications and problem-solving with fractions

C. Decimals

1. Reading and writing decimals

2. Rounding

3. Addition and subtraction

4. Multiplication and division

5. Writing fractions as decimals

6. Writing decimals as fractions

7. Applications and problem-solving with decimals

**VI. Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes**

The student will develop a sense of numeration and the ability to recognize
different

numeric forms of the same quantity in preparation for college-level mathematics.

**Student Learning Outcomes**

Students will be able to

1. Perform arithmetic operations on whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
without

the aid of a calculator .

2. Use correct order of operations when evaluating expressions containing more
than

one operation.

3. Use arithmetic skills in problem-solving situations.

**General Education Goals**

This course addresses the following RVCC General Education Goal:

• Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to reason quantitatively to
solve

problems. (Gen. Ed. Goal 7)

**VII. Modes of Teaching and Learning**

• lecture/discussion

• small- group work

• lab/computer-assisted instruction

**VIII. Papers, Examinations, and other Assessment Instruments**

• Tests

• Departmental final exam

• Computer assisted instruction and assessment

• Other

**IX. Grade Determinants**

• Tests

• Departmental cumulative final exam

• Lab grade

• Individual teacher determinants such as quizzes

The final exam will be used to assess all the course outcomes listed above in
Section VI.

**X. Texts and Materials**

• Suggested Textbook: Basic College Mathematics , 7^{th} edition, 2006,
by Lial,

Salzman, and Hestwood, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-25780-4

• Computer-based sources such as MyMathLab

(Please Note: The course outline is intended only as a guide to course content
and

resources. Do not purchase textbooks based on this outline. The RVCC Bookstore
is the

sole resource for the most up-to-date information about textbooks.)

**XI. Resources
**

The class should be held in a computer room with web access.

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