The Academic Foundations Mathematics area is responsible for helping students master basic math skills so that they can take their academic courses with a solid foundation.
Offered in this area are the following three courses:
DEV084 - Basic Mathematics I Provides instruction in basic arithmetic for whole numbers, fractions and decimals with the goal of developing computational skills, number-sense, and problem-solving skills. Prepares students for further study in mathematics by employing effective study strategies and a variety of teaching/learning experiences.
DEV085 - Basic Mathematics II Review of basic arithmetic skills in whole numbers, decimals, and fractions with emphasis on problem solving situations. Instruction into the meaning and use of percentages, ratios, proportions, and measurements. Brief introduction into signed numbers.
DEV108 - Introduction to Algebra Introduction to beginning algebra concepts including operations with rational numbers, identifying and combining like terms, solving one-variable linear equations/inequalities, and laws of exponents. Additional topics include the recognition of simple algebraic patterns and the study and use of some basic geometric formulas.
Faculty use a variety of instructional methods including individualized instruction, self-paced approach, lecture format, and the utilization of technology such as calculators, computers, and instructional DVDs. All of these are well integrated throughout the courses to maximize students' learning ability.