MTH 020 : Pre-Algebra
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Emphasizes applications of basic arithmetic skills. Equips students to handle everyday arithmetic problems and lays a foundation for algebra. Topics include ratio, proportion, percent, measurement, perimeter, area, volume and integers.
1. Students will use a variety of problem–solving techniques to analyze and solve problems from a variety of disciplines. Techniques will include exploring patterns, developing mathematical models, working backwards, creating tables of data, estimating the reasonableness of an answer using a calculator or other appropriate technology.
2. Students will write ratios and solve problems involving proportions.
3. Students will solve problems involving percents.
4. Students will convert between fractions, decimals and percents.
5. Students will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of perimeter, area and volume.
6. Students will compute areas of polygons (specifically triangles, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids) and circles; compute volumes of corresponding prisms, pyramids and the sphere.
7. Students will explain how formulas for areas of polygons (specifically triangles, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids) and volumes of corresponding prisms and pyramids can be generated.
8. Students will explain and demonstrate how shape affects area for a given perimeter and perimeter for a given area.
9. Students will identify and measure using appropriate measurement systems and units for measuring length, capacity and weight.
10. Students will convert within units of length, capacity and weight using the metric system.
11. Students will convert within units of length, capacity and weight using the standard system.
12. Students will perform the four basic arithmetic operations using signed numbers (integers and rational numbers).
13. Students will use correct order of operations to simplify expressions using signed numbers.
14. Students will use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems involving lengths of sides of right triangles.