MATH FAST TRACK
Course Description: This one-credit course is a
20-hour intensive review of math
concepts prior to the Summer 2009 Session covering
prealgebra and elementary algebra topics, that prepares
qualified students to potentially improve their math course
placement. Students should have a history of being successful
in equivalent levels of math, although they may not recall
enough information to place well on the placement test.
Students who are successful in this class have the possibility of
advancing through one or two semesters of developmental math!
Student Learning
Outcomes:
To demonstrate mastery of prealgebra and/or elementary
algebra skills required to be successful in a developmental
math course.
To recognize that solution processes are multifaceted and
be
able to use the necessary logic and formulas in a path to
solution.
To communicate solutions to problems verbally and in
writing,
using a logical, clear and concise sequence of thought.
To demonstrate an improved comfort level when applying
critical thinking and problem solving skills.
To work collaboratively with others to enhance
mathematical
understanding through problem solving.
Prerequisites:
The prerequisite for this course is placement into DEVM
050
or DEVM 060, by a placement test (preferably COMPASS) or
completion of a Developmental Math course with a grade of C
or better.
Grading:
Grading will be Pass/Fail.
To receive a grade of Pass:
- Take Accuplacer Pre-Test on Day 1
- Take Accuplacer Post-Test on Day 10
- Attend 9 out of the 10 days of the course
Attendance Policy:
It is the student’s responsibility to arrive at each class
session,
prepared with text and materials. It is to the student’s
advantage to attend every class in order to keep up with the
material and to be successful in the course. Remember, this
review course covers 2 semesters in 2 weeks! Attendance is a
critical piece to success in this course.
Testing:
A test will be given at the end of the prealgebra section
(week
one). Those students achieving a score of 70 or better on the
prealgebra test may continue with the elementary algebra
portion during the second week. Those achieving less than a
70 on the prealgebra test may continue working on prealgebra
with another instructor during the second week.
Calculator use is permitted.
Math Lab:
A tutor is available everyday that the class is in session
in
GRUE 305. (11:00-12:00 am). In addition, the tutor will work
with students continuing in the prealgebra section from 9:00-
11:00 a.m. during the second week. A computer software
program will be utilized.
Accommodations:
Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation
based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately
to discuss his or her specific needs. Please contact Disability
Services at 474-7043, located at the Center for Health and
Counseling, second floor Health, Safety and Security building,
to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with
documented disabilities.
ACCUPLACER:
In addition to the classroom testing, all students will
take the
ACCUPLACER test on the first and last day of the course.
The final placement score will be taken into consideration for
the Summer and/or Fall 2009 semester math placement.
DEVM F095 COURSE OUTLINE
Class # | Date | Topics | |
1 | M May 11 | 1-5 | 1- Rounding 2- Mult. & Div Prop of 1 and 0 3- Exponential Notation 4- Operations with Integers 5- Order of Operations ACCUPLACER PRETEST |
2 | T May 12 | 6-11 | 6- The Language of Algebra 7- Combining Like Terms 8- Solving Equations: Addition Prop 9- Solving Equations: Mult Prop 10- Solving Equations: Using Both Prop 11- Intro to Fractions |
3 | W May 13 | 12-17 | 12- Fractions: Mult & Div 13- Fractions: Add & Sub 14- Fractions: Solving Equations with Fractions 15- Fractions: Operations with Mixed Numbers 16- Working with Decimals 17- Ratios and Proportions |
4 | R May 14 | 18-23 | 18- Solving Word Problems 19- Understanding Percents 20- Rectangular Coordinate System & Graphing 21- Mult Prop of Exponents 22- Working with Polynomials 23: Practice Test for Prealgebra (for homework) |
5 | F May 15 | 24-27 | PREALGEBRA TEST 24: Working with Formulas (Elementary Algebra begins) 25- Solving Inequalities 26- More on Graphing 27- Rules for Exponents |
6 | M May 18 | 28-31 | 28- Scientific Notation 29- Special Products of Binomials 30- Intro to Factoring 31- Factoring Squares |
7 | T May 19 | 32-35 | 32- Factoring Using Grouping 33- Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring 34- Rational Expressions : Mult 35- Rational Expressions: Div |
8 | W May 20 | 36-39 | 36- Rational Expressions: Add & Sub 37- Systems of Equations : Graphing 38- Systems of Equations: Substitution Method 39- Systems of Equations: Elimination Method |
9 | R May 21 | 40-44 | 40- Radicals 41- Pythagorean Theorem 42- Quadratic Formula 43- More Word Problems 44- Elementary Algebra Practice Test (homework) |
10 | F May 22 | Testing | ACCUPLACER POST TEST ADVISING |
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