Mathematics Fundamentals (1 Unit CR/NCR)
Fall 2008: September 15th – December 21st, 2008 (14 week)
Instructor: Ms. Armstrong

Course Information:

Laboratory (“Lab”)
Days: TBA (“To Be Announced” or “To Be Arranged”) *
Time Required for Lab: 3 hours and 45 minutes each week
Room Number: C-102
Notes: One (1) hour per week in the Instructional Resources Lab (IRL) is required

* TBA is a commonly -used abbreviation used when details of a class are different for each student . In this case, the student will choose days that are convenient to his or her schedule.

Instructor’s Information:
Instructor: Ms. Armstrong
Telephone Number: (213) 763-3698
Office Hours:

Course Description:
Students will receive individualized, small group, and computer assisted instruction designed to build skills for entry into basic math classes and other college courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will increase their facility with the four basic arithmetic operations applied to fractions, decimals, and positive and negative numbers. They will know and use common measuring units to determine length and area and know and use formulas to determine the volume of simple geometric figures. Students will understand the concept of angle measurement and use a protractor and compass to solve problems. They will use grids, tables, graphs, and charts to record and analyze data.

Student Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Choose the correct math operation(s) for specific math problems
2. Calculate mathematical problems using fractions, decimals, and percents
3. Demonstrate proper use of fraction, decimal, and percent calculations
4. Solve basic math word problems relevant to the operations covered
5. Understand the use of basic math calculations in work and everyday experiences

Textbooks Recommended for the Course but not required
1. Contemporary’s Number Power # 2 - A Real World Approach to Math – Fractions, Decimals, and Percents by J. Howett (2000)
2. Additional websites and online assignments/readings (You will need Internet access)

Supplies Required for the Course:
1. Yellow Highlighter (for emphasizing important rules, notes, and/or information during reading)
2. Paper/Notebook
3. Pencils and Colored Ink Pens (in addition to blue and/or black, for correcting your work)

Class Format:
This is a lab class where useful learning and demonstration take place. A laboratory is the hands-on, practical
component of the course that will accompany the lecture and course material. During the lab, students will be
provided with individual tasks designed for additional practice and the mastery of concepts and strategies
presented in class. The lab assignments may include work from computer-assisted instruction (also known as
CAI), books, tapes, and/or workbooks that may cover a variety of skills and levels. A lab assignment may be
completed on campus (Learning Skills Computer Lab or Instructional Resources Lab (IRL)), online, or offcampus). If the lab you are completing does not automatically provide a report of hours, you must manually log the hours you complete.

The student is expected to work in the Learning Skills Computer lab using Plato (the computer software) to
complete the assignments for the class. Students are expected to develop a schedule for completing their weekly work and to keep up with their progress.

If a student stops attending classes or withdraws from school, proper notification must be given to the
admissions office and instructor. Students are responsible for dropping a class that they stop attending. If the
class is not dropped, the student may receive a grade of “No Credit” for the class.

Procedures and Etiquette for all Learning Skills Labs:
1. Keep your voices low while working in the lab. It is a classroom environment.
2. Refrain from eating or drinking in the lab.
3. Silence or place your cell phones and pagers on vibrate. If asked by an instructor or staff member to turn off
your cell phone or use it outside, please follow the given instructions.
4. Do not bring visitors (of any age) to the lab.
5. Put the help cone on top of your computer if you need technical or computer assistance.
6. Go to an instructor for help if you have questions or need assistance with your work.
7. Refer to the Computer Lab User Agreement for additional information.

Learning Skills Computer Lab Hours:
Fall & Spring:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Winter & Summer :
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

The college will be closed on the following holidays:
Veteran’s Day: November 10th, 2008
Thanksgiving: November 27th-30th, 2008

This class is graded on a Credit (CR) or No Credit (NCR) system . In order to pass the class with a grade of
Credit, you must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Complete all assignments with a grade of “A” or better. Students are expected to complete 100% of the
mastery of tests. Grades are calculated as follows:
• A = 100%–90%
• B = 89%–80%
• C = 79%–70%
• D = 69%–60%
• F = 59% and under
2. Finish supplemental (computer lab, instructional resources lab, and/or online) assignments and satisfy
required lab hours.

Americans with Disabilities Act:
Students with disabilities who need any assistance or accommodations should contact the instructor within the first two weeks of class.
If you believe that you may need accommodations in this class, you are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Services at (213) 763-3773 or go to E-110 as soon as possible to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Weekly Schedule of Topics:
The topics covered, calendar, and grading are subject to change to meet the needs of students in the course.
Announcements will be made in class and students will be advised of changes as they occur. Students are
responsible for adjusting the calendar. It is strongly recommended that students get the phone numbers of two
other students in the class in case of absences. To help you keep track of your work, check the box as you
complete a topic or assignment.

Week 1:
Sept. 15th – 19th, 2008
Topic — Introduction to the Class
ϑ Computer lab orientation and introduction to computer basics and CAI software
ϑ Overview of class, syllabus, and lab schedule
ϑ Pre-test
ϑ Introduction to math and study strategies (which will be used throughout the semester in your

Week 2:
Sept. 22nd – 26th, 2008
Topic — Fractions
ϑ Fractions Skills Inventory - pgs. 8-10
ϑ Understanding Fractions, Writing Fractions, and Forms and Size of Fractions – pgs. 11-14
ϑ Reducing Fractions – pgs. 15-17
ϑ Raising Fractions to Higher Terms – pg. 18

Week 3:
Sept. 29th – Oct. 3rd, 2008
Topic — Fractions cont.
ϑ Changing Improper Fractions to Whole or Mixed Numbers – pgs. 19-20
ϑ Changing Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions – pg. 21
ϑ Adding Fractions with the Same Denominators - pgs. 22-24
ϑ Adding Fractions with Different Denominators and Common Denominators – pgs. 25-28

Week 4:
Oct. 6th – 10th, 2008
Topic — Fractions cont.
ϑ Estimating Answers – pg. 29
ϑ Applying Your Additions Skills (Word Problems) – pg 30
ϑ Subtracting Fractions with the Same and Different Denominators
ϑ Borrowing and Subtracting Fractions – pgs. 34-36

Week 5:
Oct. 13th – 17th, 2008
Topic — Fractions cont.
ϑ Applying Your Subtraction Skills (Word Problems) – pgs. 37-38
ϑ Multiplying Fractions and Canceling – pgs. 39-41
ϑ Multiplying Fractions, Whole Numbers, and Mixed Numbers – pgs. 42-43
ϑ Rounding and Estimating – pg. 44

Week 6:
Oct. 20th – 24th, 2008
Topic — Fractions cont.
ϑ Applying Your Subtraction Skills (Word Problems) – pgs. 37-38
ϑ Multiplying Fractions and Canceling – pgs. 39-41
ϑ Multiplying Fractions, Whole Numbers, and Mixed Numbers – pgs. 42-43
ϑ Rounding and Estimating – pg. 44

Week 7:
Oct. 27th – 31st, 2008
Topic — Fractions cont. begin Decimals and Percents
ϑ Applying Your Multiplication Skills – pgs. 45-46
ϑ Dividing by Fractions , Whole Numbers, and Mixed Numbers – pgs. 47-54

Week 8
Nov. 3rd – 7th, 2008
Topic — Fractions cont. begin Decimals and Percents cont.
ϑ Applying Your Multiplication Skills – pgs. 45-46
ϑ Dividing by Fractions, Whole Numbers, and Mixed Numbers – pgs. 47-54

Week 9:
Nov. 10th – 14th, 2008
Topic — Fractions cont.
ϑ Finding part of a number
ϑ Percents to decimals to fractions
ϑ Fractions, to decimals, to percents.

Week 10:
Nov. 17th – 21st, 2008
Topic — Word Problems
ϑ Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division word problems with fractions.

Week 11:
Nov. 24th – 28th, 2008
Topic — Decimals
ϑ Addition of decimals
ϑ Division of decimals

Week 12:
December 1st – 5th, 2008
Topic — Word Problems
ϑ Addition and subtraction word problems with decimals
ϑ Multiplication and division word problems with decimals

Week 13:
Dec. 8th – 12th, 2008
Topic — Geometric shapes and formulas
ϑ Rectangles
ϑ Squares

Week 14:
Dec. 15th – 19th, 2008
Topic — Post Test
ϑ Post Test

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