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 Course Title:   Pre-Algebra

 Title Abbreviation:   Pre-Algebra

 Department:    MATH

 Course #:    96

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    330101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

A course designed to review arithmetic concepts and introduce algebra. Topics include: fractions, ratio and proportion, percent, basic geometry, U.S. and metric systems of measurement, and an introduction to algebra.


Prerequisite: Math 095 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent math placement score.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic N/A  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform operations with real numbers.
  2. Perform basic operations with fractions.
  3. Perform basic operations with decimals.
  4. Solve problems using ratios and proportions.
  5. Solve percent problems using equations and proportions.
  6. Solve basic linear equations.
  7. Use basic geometry concepts in problem solving.
  8. Convert between the U.S. and metric systems of measurements.
  9. Solve applications relevant to course content.
  10. Apply alternative mathematical techniques, from a historical perspective, where appropriate.
  11. Understand how mathematics is used in other fields and occupations.
  12. Understand the use of mathematics cross culturally.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).
8.4 Communicate mathematical information effectively.

Course Contents

  1. Basic numeracy
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of real numbers
    • Order relation
    • Place value
    • Estimation
    • Rounding
  2. Operations using fractions
    • Reducing, common denominators
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  3. Percents
    • Creating, interpreting
    • Increase/decrease using equations
    • Percent/base problems using equations
  4. Solving ratio and proportion problems using equations.
  5. Geometry
    • Computations of area and volume
    • Euclidean basics (shapes, angles, and lines)
  6. Measurement systems
    • Metric system
    • U.S. customary system
    • Conversions between metric and U.S. systems
  7. Algebra
    • Introductory topics
    • Solve basic linear equations
    • Use to solve percent, ratio, and proportion problems.