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SCIENCE, HEALTH, AND MATHEMATICS DIVISION
COURSE NUMBER: Math 0371
COURSE TITLE: Prealgebra
CREDIT HOURS: 3 LECTURE HOURS: 3 LAB HOURS: 14
PREREQUISITES: MATH 0370 passed with a C or better or satisfactory placement score.
COREQUISITE: Math Academic Resource Lab
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A developmental course using whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers, linear equations, problem solving, geometry formulas, real number properties, polynomials, exponents, radicals, equations, and graphs of lines. This course does not satisfy requirements for any degree plan at Odessa College and will not be accepted by any senior colleges. Placement testing is available. Attendance is mandatory for TASP liable students. (SCANS 3, 8, 9)
TEXTBOOK: PreAlgebra, , John Tobey and Jeffrey Slater, Second edition, Prentice Hall Publisher, 2002.
After completing this course, the student should be able to demonstrate competency in:
1.0 Reading and writing whole numbers and the operations of arithmetic on whole numbers including the order of operations and solving applied problems.
2.0 The basic operations of integers and solving applied problems using integers.
3.0 The basic operations of arithmetic on equations and algebraic expressions and techniques for solving applied problems.
4.0 The basic operations of arithmetic on fractions and techniques for solving applied problems.
5.0 The use of ratios in comparing magnitudes and solving proportions and using ratio and proportions to solve applied problems.
6.0 The basic operations of arithmetic on polynomials including identifying terms and solving applied problems using polynomials.
7.0 The basic operations of arithmetic on decimal numbers and solving applied problems using decimals.
8.0 The basic definitions and formulas of geometry and the use of this knowledge to solve applied problems.
9.0 The interpretation of information from line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, pictographs, and tables and recognizing graphic representations of data.
See Instructor Information Sheet for specific course requirements.
METHOD OF EVALUATION:
See Instructor Information Sheet for specific method of evaluation.
The number of absences is limited to the following:
MWF classes - 7 absences allowed
TTH or MW classes - 5 absences allowed
One 3 hour class/week - 2 absences allowed
You are expected to create your own assignments and take tests without notes or other outside assistance. All work is expected to be your own. If unethical behavior is detected, the instructor will take disciplinary steps consistent with departmental and college policy.
1. Tutors available in the Math Academic Resource Center
2. Math video tapes
3. Computer tutorial software
1.0 To demonstrate competency in reading and writing whole numbers and the operations of arithmetic on whole numbers including using the order of operations and solving applied problems, the student should be able to:
1.1 Express numbers in standard form, expanded notation and written word form.
1.2 Round whole numbers.
1.3 Identify place value.
1.4 Compare whole numbers using inequality symbols.
1.5 Compute the sum of whole numbers.
1.6 Compute the difference of whole numbers.
1.7 Compute the product of whole numbers.
1.8 Compute the quotient of whole numbers.
1.9 Evaluate expressions involving addition.
1.10 Evaluate expressions involving subtraction.
1.11 Simplify expressions using the properties of multiplication.
1.12 Write whole numbers and variables in exponential notation.
1.13 Evaluate whole numbers and variables in exponential notation.
1.14 Evaluate expressions using the order of operations.
1.15 Solve equations using whole numbers.
2.0 To demonstrate competency in the basic operations of arithmetic on integers and solving applied problems using integers the student should be able to:
2.1 Write the opposite of a number.
2.2 Write integer numbers in order.
2.3 Write the absolute value of a number.
2.4 Compare integers using inequality symbols.
2.5 *Interpret line graphs.
2.6 Compute the sum of integer numbers.
2.7 Compute the difference of integer numbers.
2.8 Compute the product of integer numbers.
2.9 Compute the quotient of integer numbers.
2.10 Evaluate algebraic expressions with integers.
2.11 Evaluate integer expressions using the order of operations.
2.12 Compute integers with exponents.
2.13 Combine like terms with integer coefficients.
2.14 Solve applied problems with integers.
3.0 To demonstrate competency in the basic operations of arithmetic on equations and algebraic expressions and techniques for solving applied problems, the student should be able to:
3.1 Solve equations using the addition principle.
3.2 Solve equations using the multiplication principle.
3.3 Solve equations using the division principle.
3.4 Translate English statements into equations.
3.5 Solve equations involving perimeter.
3.6 Solve equations involving angle measurements.
3.7 Compute areas of rectangles and parallelograms.
3.8 Solve equations involving volume.
3.9 Evaluate expressions using product rule for exponents.
3.10 Multiply algebraic expressions with exponents.
4.0 To demonstrate competency in the basic operations of arithmetic on fractions and techniques for solving applied problems the student should be able to:
4.1 Identify prime and composite numbers.
4.2 Compute the prime factors of whole numbers.
4.3 Rewrite proper fractions as improper fractions.
4.4 Rewrite improper fractions as proper fractions.
4.5 *Order fractions with the same denominator.
4.6 Compute equivalent fractions.
4.7 *Order fractions with different denominators.
4.8 Rewrite fractions in simplest form.
4.9 Simplify fractional expressions with exponents.
4.10 Calculate the least common multiple of expressions.
4.11 Compute the sum of fractions.
4.12 Compute the difference of fractions.
4.13 Compute the product of fractions.
4.14 Compute the quotient of fractions.
4.15 Evaluate fraction expressions using the order of operations.
4.16 Simplify complex fractions.
5.0 To demonstrate competency in the use of ratios in comparing magnitudes, in solving proportions and in solving applied problems using ratios and proportions, the student should be able to:
5.1 Write a ratio.
5.2 *Calculate ratios in business applications.
5.3 *Generate proportions and solve for missing quantity.
5.4 Write a rate.
5.5 Write a proportion.
5.6 Solve applied problems involving ratios and rates.
5.7 *Compute percents using proportion.
5.8 Convert percents to equivalent fractions and decimals.
5.9 Compute similarity using proportions.
6.0 To demonstrate competency in the basic operations of arithmetic on polynomials and solving applied problems using polynomials the student should be able to:
6.1 Identify terms of a polynomial.
6.2 Compute the sum of polynomials.
6.3 Compute the difference of polynomials.
6.4 Compute the product of polynomials.
6.5 Use the distributive property to multiply a monomial and a binomial.
6.6 Simplify geometric formulas involving monomials and binomials.
7.0 To demonstrate competency in the basic operations of arithmetic on decimal numbers and solving applied problems using decimals the student should be able to:
7.1 Read and write decimal numbers.
7.2 Calculate fraction equivalents for a decimal number.
7.3 Compare and order decimal numbers.
7.4 Round decimals to a given place value.
7.5 Compute the sum of decimals.
7.6 Compute the difference of decimals.
7.7 Compute the quotient of decimals.
7.8 Compute the product of decimals.
7.9 Compute perimeter and area of decimal plane figures.
7.10 Estimate sums and differences involving decimals.
7.11 Calculate a decimal equivalent for a fraction.
7.12 Solve equations using decimal numbers.
8.0 To demonstrate competency in using the most basic definitions and formulas of geometry and solving applied problems using these basic definitions the student should be able to:
8.1 *Compute perimeter of plane figures.
8.2 *Compute area of plane figures.
8.3 *Compute volume.
8.4 *Compute ratios for similar geometric figures.
9.0 To demonstrate competency in interpreting information from line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, pictographs, and tables; recognizing graphic representations of data; and analyzing and interpreting data using measures of central tendency, the student should be able to:
9.1 *Interpret bar graphs.
9.2 *Interpret line graphs.
9.3 *Interpret area graphs.
9.4 *Interpret circle graphs.
*INDICATES INTEGRATED, CORE CURRICULUM SKILLS
(Math, Reading, Communication, Technological Literacy, and/or Critical Thinking)
Theresa Evans, Coordinator of Math Academic Resource Center and Developmental Math Instructor
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