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MATH402:  PRE-ALGEBRA


Course Description

This course covers operations with integers, fractions, decimals and associated applications, ratio, proportion, geometry, and measurements with the emphasis on critical thinking and applications. Elementary algebra topics such as variables, expressions, and solving equations are introduced. This is a pass/no pass course where pass is given for mastery of the above topics. The mastery level is set by the department. PREREQUISITE: Completion of Math 400 with a grade of 'C' or better OR completion of Math 400 with a grade of 'P' OR appropriate assessment test score.


Learning Outcomes

  • Perform basic operations with whole numbers, integers , fractions, and decimals without the aid of a calculator.
  • Analyze a variety of problems, decide on a correct method or strategy of solution, implement the strategy to solve the problems, and evaluate solution to determine if it is reasonable using estimation skills.
  • Simplify algebraic expressions and solve equations involving integers, fractions, and decimals without the aid of a calculator.
  • Develop and utilize math specific study skills and test taking strategies
  • Set up and solve applied problems involving proportion, ratio, unit conversion, and percents.
  • Compute area, volume and perimeter of basic geometric figures.
  • Understand basic geometric properties involving lines, angles, and other geometric figures and use these properties to solve problems.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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