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    Erie Community College
  Dec 15, 2017
Fall 2017 Catalog

MT 003 - Pre-Algebra Review

Credit Hours: 3 Not for degree credit

A developmental course designed to give a brief overview of arithmetic skills and to prepare students for elementary algebra. Topics will include: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percents, integers, simple linear equations and basic calculator skills. Word problems will be related to each topic.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • perform basic computations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and integers;
  • apply the rules for divisibility by 2, 3, and 5 when writing the prime factors of whole numbers;
  • convert fractions, decimals, and percents from one form to another;
  • apply the rules for rounding-off when estimating appropriate answers;
  • apply the order of operations to evaluate arithmetic expressions;
  • represent a comparison of data in ratio form and solve proportions;
  • analyze and solve everyday problems that involve unit pricing, rate of discount, and sales tax;
  • perform arithmetic of integers;
  • solve simple linear equations involving one or two operations;
  • demonstrate a "sense of numbers" by determining if a mathematical solution is "reasonable.";
  • present organized written work and show a check to avoid careless mistakes;
  • perform mental arithmetic and use a calculator effectively, where applicable; and
  • read critically and think logically when solving word problems that involve whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents.

Technology Objectives:

  • use the arithmetic operations on the scientific calculator to solve applied problems (+, -, x, );
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Functions of the keys:

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  • demonstrate understanding of order of operations on the scientific calculator.

F/S (C, N, S)

This course does not apply toward an associate's degree.