MAT 100 Mathematics Fundamentals (1 credit)
A study of the basic arithmetic operations, exponents, ratios, linear, and quadratic equations, graphs, and story problems. This course is specifically designed to assist those students who need help for the mathematics proficiency examination. Students taking this course must pass the mathematics proficiency exam to pass the course.
The main objective of the course will be to learn the basic fundamental mathematics that are needed in our jobs and daily life. Specifically, at the end of the course the student should:
- Be able to work with whole numbers including being able to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, estimation, and rounding of whole numbers as well as solving equations involving whole numbers.
- Be able to work with integers including being able to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, estimation, and rounding of integers, as well as solving equations involving integers.
- Learn the order in which standard mathematical operations (addition, multiplication, etc.) are performed.
- Be able to perform all standard mathematical operations involving fractions, as well as solving equations with fractions and being able to work with mixed numerals.
- Be able to perform all standard mathematical operations with decimals, solve equations involving decimals, estimate decimal quantities, and convert between decimal and fractional notation.
- Understand the concepts of ratios and percents, as well as the different notations associated with each. Students should also be able to solve problems involving percents.
- Learn the concepts of averages, median, and mode.
- Be able to read different types of graphs such as a bar graph, line graph, circle graph, pictograph, and tables.
- Be familiar with basic geometric figures and the concepts of perimeter, area, and circles.
- Be able to perform all standard mathematical operations with real numbers.
- Learn how to solve linear equations and inequalities using the addition and multiplication principles.
- Be able to graph linear equation and inequalities as well as be able to answer questions given the graph of a linear equation.
- Be able to perform the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of polynomials. In addition, the student will be able to factor trinomials.
- Learn how to simplify rational expressions involving the standard mathematical operations.
- Be able to solve systems of equations using the substitution method.
- Be familiar with radical expressions and how to perform the standard mathematical operations with radical expressions.
- Be able to solve quadratic equations by completing the square and by using the quadratic formula.
- Be able to solve story problems involving all of the above concepts, thus seeing how mathematics is used in everyday life.
This course will be completed entirely online via Blackboard.
To determine if the course objectives have been met students will regularly submit online homework assignments covering problems addressed in the corresponding lesson. The students will also submit the assigned paper mentioned previously. Finally, the students will also take the mathematics proficiency exam which will serve as evidence that the student has learned the basic mathematical tools needed to complete their required math courses.
The course is pass /fail based upon your proficiency exams. You must attain at least 35 out of 50 points to receive a passing score.
MAE, Ball State University, 1992
BS, Taylor University, 1988