## MATH 0303 - PRE-ALGEBRA

The course supports students in developing skills, strategies, and reasoning needed to succeed in

mathematics, including communication and appropriate use of technology. Topics include the study of

numeracy and the real number system; algebraic concepts, notation, and reasoning; quantitative

relationships; mathematical models; and problem solving. This introductory course includes a general overview of basic arithmetic: fractions, decimals, and percent. Other topics include algebraic concepts, integers, solving equations, linear equations, graphing and polynomials. Simple geometric concepts are also discussed. This course is designed for those students with little or no algebra background.

*This course does not count toward graduation at NCTC. *

Upon completion, students will be able to:

- Use appropriate symbolic notation and vocabulary to communicate, interpret, and explain mathematical concepts.
- Define, represent, and perform operations on real numbers, applying numeric reasoning to investigate and describe quantitative relationships and solve real world problems in a variety of contexts.
- Use algebraic reasoning to solve problems that require ratios, rates, percentages, and proportions in a variety of contexts using multiple representations.
- Apply algebraic reasoning to manipulate expressions and equations to solve real world problems.
- Use graphs, tables, and technology to analyze, interpret, and compare data sets.
- Construct and use mathematical models in verbal, algebraic, graphical, and tabular form to solve problems from a variety of contexts and to make predictions and decisions.

**Grade Basis:** L
**Credit Hours: **
3
**Lecture hours:** 48.0