Getting ready for algebra is a big step. It means making connections between arithmetic and specific mathematical skills. The goal of the Pre-Algebra series is to develop skills in pre-algebra, or the mathematical skills needed to begin solving problems in algebra. This first pre-algebra course introduces working with variables and familiarizes students with mathematical expressions and equations.

**Prerequisites: **successful completion of the course "Practical Math 2," OR instructor's approval based on placement test.

**Course: MTH-301. Media: B or LP. Lessons: 4 chapters, 11 assignments. **

## Pre-Algebra 1

### Course ID: MTH-301

### Audience

Adult Continuing Education and High School Programs

### Course Description

Getting ready for algebra is a big step. It means making connections between arithmetic and specific mathematical skills. The goal of this Pre-Algebra series is to develop skills in pre-algebra, or the mathematical skills needed to begin solving problems in algebra. In particular, pre-algebra involves becoming familiar with using mathematical expressions and equations that include numbers in various forms, such as fractions and decimals. This first pre-algebra course introduces working with variables and familiarizes students with mathematical expressions and equations. Working through and reviewing topics in arithmetic will help students develop skills they can use in algebra.

Organization

Four chapters, eleven assignments

Credit

Students who successfully complete both "Pre-Algebra 1" and "Pre-Algebra 2" earn 1 high school credit or Carnegie Unit.

Prerequisites

To enroll in this class, a student needs one of the following prerequisites:

- successful completion of the course "Practical Math 2," OR

- instructor's approval based on placement test

Overview

Students submit eleven assignments to the instructor.

Grading

Letter grades

Objectives and Content

Chapter 1 Review of Whole Numbers

Objectives: After completing this chapter, the student will be able to

a. use place value

b. compare whole numbers

c. round whole numbers

d. add whole numbers

e. subtract whole numbers

f. multiply whole numbers

g. use exponents

h. divide whole numbers

g. apply concepts and skills to find perimeter

Chapter 2 Number Expressions, Equations, Properties

Objectives: After completing this chapter, the student will be able to

a. recognize and find the value of number expressions

b. simplify number expressions

c. simplify number expressions with parenthesis

d. determine if two number expressions are equivalent

e. write an equation for equivalent number expressions

f. identify and apply addition properties

g. identify and apply multiplication properties

h. identify and apply other properties; distributive property and division property

i. apply concepts of problem solving for numbers and words

j. apply concepts and skills to find area

Chapter 3 Variable Expressions

Objectives: After completing this lesson, the student will be able to

a. identify the variable in a variable expressions

b. identify like terms

c. combine like terms to simplify variable expressions

d. evaluate variable expressions with one operation

e. evaluate variable expressions with more than one operation

f. evaluate variable expressions with more than one variable

g. apply concepts and skills to find volume

Chapter 4 Variable Equations

Objectives: After completing this lesson, the student will be able to

a. identify a variable equation and determine if the given number is a solution

b. tell whether two equations are equivalent

c. identify and apply the properties of equality to make equivalent equations

d. use inverse operations to complete equations

e. solve equations using subtraction

f. solve equations using addition

g. solve equations using multiplication

h. solve equations using division

i. solve equations using more than one operation

j. apply concepts and skills to solve formulas