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Math 32 - Pre-Algebra

Description: This course briefly reviews the fundamentals of arithmetic, including fractions, decimals, and order of operations. Course content includes signed numbers, ratios, proportions, percent, concepts of variables, area/perimeter/volume of geometric figures, and solving basic linear equations.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Course Topics The topics for this course are typically allocated as follows:

Lec Topic
3 Review of basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions; order of operations
6 Signed numbers, basic operations thereon, including decimals, fractions, and the order of operations
1 Introduction to variables; evaluating algebraic expressions for given value(s) of the variable(s)
3 Simplifying algebraic expressions
3 Solving equations with the addition property of equality
3 Solving equations with the multiplication property of equality
3 Solving equations with both properties of equality
6 Setting up and solving elementary application problems that employ linear equations
6 Ratios, proportions 
Solving elementary applications using ratios and proportions
6 Percents 
Solving elementary applications using percents
6 Converting between percents, decimals, and fractions
2 Unit conversion 
Converting U.S. and metric measurements
3 Geometric formulas for perimeter, area, and volume
1 Square roots: 
Evaluating roots of perfect squares, order of operations 
Approximating square roots of non-squares without a calculator 
Approximating square roots of non-squares using a calculator
2 Final exam