Math 101 - Basic Math

3 Credits

 

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Prerequisite

One year of high school algebra, placement test score in the 63 - 74 range, or successful completion of the ABLE program math. People who score below 63 on the placement test are strongly recommended to take the math offered by the ABLE program (Adult Basic Literacy Education). Evidence has shown that students who have ignored the ABLE recommendation and taken Math 101 have a low chance of success.

This course is particularly designed for anyone who has never taken or passed a high school algebra course, or who needs to brush up on their arithmetic and pre-algebra skills.

See also success factors for relevant placement information.

 

Who Needs it?

Basic Math is taken by anyone who needs to learn or brush up on their arithmetic and pre-algebra skills.

 

Transferability

This course is considered remedial and will not transfer to any four-year institution.

 

What Comes Next?

Most students will take Math 117 Elementary Algebra next.

All certificate program students take Math 115 Business Math next.

The following degree programs also require Math 115 Business Math: Office Information Technology, Human and Social Services, Chemical Dependency Major, Early Childhood Education.

 

What's It Like?

This course is graded on the S - U basis (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory).

There are a number of tests or quizzes and each must be passed with an 80% or higher score. Failing to do so on a test means repeating a similar version of that test until 80% is achieved. The final exam has a 70% standard.

Motivated students have a chance to finish this course early and not have to come back. Those who do have the option of studying algebra under the guidance of their instructor. These students can either buy the textbook used in Math 117 or they can borrow a different algebra textbook either from the library or from a full-time math professor.

Most students in the course fall into two categories: those who just need to brush up and have a fairly easy time of it, and those who will struggle, sometimes mightily, to succeed.

Most professors try to keep the class together with lectures and discussions as long as they can. Ultimately, the course is self-paced. Later in the quarter there may be fewer class lectures but greater opportunity for one-on-one help.

Like most math courses in college this course will seem to go too fast--regardless of who you take it from. Those teaching it, in fact, go the same average speed because they cover the same number of sections in the same ten weeks. The reason so much material is covered in this course is because your math professors are dedicated to preparing you to be successful in your next math course, whether you will be taking one or not. It is your responsibility to keep up. If you are starting to fall behind get help by talking to your professor right away.

 

What's In It?

Math 101 Basic Math is a review of arithmetic and pre-algebra. Here are most of the topics covered:

--Arithmetic of fractions, decimals and percents.

--Proportions.

--Negative and positive numbers.

--Solving simple linear equations.

--At their option some professors will include geometry or statistical topics.

 

Success Factors

Students who have passed an algebra course in their past and are taking this as a review usually have little problem passing the course unless they are very irresponsible about studying and coming to class.

Attitude, organization, neatness, class attendance and willingness to practice are all serious factors determining success.

 

Average Workload

Workload varies a lot in this course based on many individual factors. An average workload is difficult to say, but probably somewhere in the four to twelve hour range.

 

Calculators

Any calculator is fine, but not crucial. Graphing calculators are great but unnecessary. Calculators may be barred from certain tests at the professor's discretion.


Legal Stuff

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