Description Bridges the gap between arithmetic and algebra. Topics include arithmetic review, informal geometry, measurement, signed numbers, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, and graphing. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score; grade of C- or higher in MATH 049 or instructor permission.
Skills and Attitude Outcomes
A. Perform basic arithmetic calculations without a calculator.
B. Use the scientific calculator to perform a variety of numerical calculations.
C. Solve applied problems.
D. Solve problems involving percentages, including simple and compound interest.
E. Operate with signed numbers.
F. Evaluate variable expressions and formulas.
G. Solve linear equations and inequalities.
H. Simplify expressions using the laws of exponents.
I. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide with polynomials.
J. Factor the greatest common factor from a polynomial.
K. Factor the difference of two squares and perfect square trinomials.
L. Graph linear equations in two variables.
M. Recognize and name points, lines, and planes.
N. Identify and classify angles and triangles.
O. Use properties of angles and triangles to solve problems.
P. Compute the perimeter, area, and volume of various figures.
Q. Find the mean, median, mode, and range of a data set.
R. Interpret data from circle graphs, bar graphs, pictographs, line graphs, histograms, and frequency polygons.
S. Convert within and between the Metric and U.S. Customary measurement systems.
T. Determine if a number is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 or 10 by using an appropriate divisibility test.
U. Find the prime factorization of a composite number.
V. Use the method of prime factorization to find the least common multiple of sets of counting numbers and of sets of algebraic expressions.
W. Students will develop a positive attitude towards mathematics.
X. Students will effectively communicate mathematical ideas in both everyday and mathematical language.