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Course Outline for Prealgebra
Course Description
MA 050. Prealgebra. 3 hours credit. This course will enable the student to gain
confidence with the use of basic arithmetic, variables, negatives numbers,
algebraic
expressions, and techniques for solving equations . The student will improve
study
habits leading to success in the sequence of algebra courses .
Course Relevance
The concepts learned in this course will build problem solving skills that are
critical to
everyday living. These concepts develop a solid foundation for continued math
success.
Required Materials
MA 050 Textbook:
Wright, F. D. (2002). Prealgebra (3^{rd} ed.). Murray, UT: Hawkes Publishing.
Scientific calculator
MA 050 online materials:
Adventure Learning Systems Courseware, Prealgebra.
Learning Outcomes
The intention is for the student to be able to
1. Use study skills and problem solving to be successful in his/her future
learning
2. Perform mathematical procedures and techniques correctly
3. Develop basic algebraic concepts to begin the algebraic course sequence
Primary Learning PACT Skills that will be DEVELOPED and/or documented in this
course
Through the student’s involvement in this course, he/she will develop his/her
ability in
the following primary PACT skill areas:
1. Problem Solving
• Through the solution of multi  step problems , the student will gain
perseverance
and confidence in his/her problem solving ability.
• Through the solution of word problems, the student will gain experience in
solving real world problems.
Secondary skills (developed but not documented):
Self  Concept
Time Management
Listening
Reading
Major Summative Assessment Task(s)
These learning outcomes and the primary Learning PACT skills will be
demonstrated by
1. Solution of multistep problems that require course comprehensive knowledge
2. Solution of word problems that require course comprehensive knowledge
Course Content
I. Themes – Key recurring concepts that run throughout this course:
A. The use of real numbers
B. Solving equations
C. Simplifying algebraic expressions
D. Problem solving
II. Issues – Key areas of conflict that must be understood in order to achieve
the
intended outcome:
A. Math anxiety
B. Test taking anxiety
C. Time management
D. Preparations
E. Study skills
III. Concepts – Key concepts that must be understood to address the issues:
A. Basic arithmetic skills
B. Individual responsibility and commitment
IV. Skills/Competencies – Actions that are essential to achieve the course
outcomes:
A. Basic arithmetic skills
B. Solving equations
C. Operations with real numbers
D. Operations with fractions and integers
Learning Units
I. Whole numbers and exponents
A. Operations with whole numbers
B. Rounding and estimating
C. Applications
D. Solving equations
E. Exponents and order of operations
F. Evaluating polynomials
II. Integers
A. Introduction to integers
B. Addition and subtraction
C. Multiplication and division
D. Order of operations
E. Applications
F. Combining like terms
G. Evaluating polynomials
H. Solving equations
III. Prime numbers and fractions
A. Testing for divisibility
B. Prime numbers
C. Prime factorization
D. Least common multiple
E. Reducing and multiplication with fractions
F. Division with fractions
G. Solving equations
IV. Fractions with mixed numbers
A. Addition and Subtraction
B. Introduction to mixed numbers
C. Multiplication and division
D. Solving equations
E. Ratios and proportions
V. Decimal numbers and square roots
A. Reading, writing, and rounding decimals
B. Adding and subtracting decimals
C. Multiplying and dividing decimals
D. Combining fractions and decimals
E. Solving equations with decimals
F. Square roots and Pythagorean theorem
VI. Percent
A. Understanding percent
B. Solving percent problems
VII. Algebraic tools
A. Translating English phrases into algebraic expressions
B. Solving equations with variables on both sides
Learning Activities
Classroom: Independent and collaborative learning activities will be assigned
within and
outside the classroom to assist the student to achieve the intended
learning outcomes.
Class discussion, lecture, manipulatives, and reading
assignments will also contribute to
the learning process.
Online: The following online teaching/learning activities will assist the
student to
achieve course outcomes: posted web pages, threaded discussions, written
assignments, assigned reading, interactive CD assignments, and interaction with
instructor and other students through email and discussion boards.
Grade Determination
Grade determination will be based on assessment tasks and
other activities such
as exams, assignments, or attendance that the instructor identifies in the
syllabus.
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