PCM 23, Pre-College Mathematics is a non-credit mathematics course designed for students who must acquire fundamental skills to advance to community college mathematics courses.
Students taking PCM 23 will review the basic arithmetic skills: operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. Other topics include: ratio and proportion, measurement, and signed numbers. Study skills, time management, note taking, test preparation, and anxiety-reduction are emphasized.
Supervised collaborative work groups, progress-monitoring, counseling, and computer-assisted instruction will be major components of the class.
PCM 23 is designed to give students the opportunity to:
- Develop a mastery of arithmetic skills through guided practice.
- Develop an understanding of the application of arithmetic to practical situations.
- Increase their self confidence by providing organized content, regular feedback, and tutoring.
- Improve their learning skills and behaviors.
- Understand the performance expectations and responsibilities in college math courses.
At the end of the semester the successful student will be able to:
- Find appropriate solutions for problems involving operations with:
Accomplish the learning skills necessary for academic success by keeping a journal and a daily planner to document practice of the following activities:
- Whole numbers:
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponentiation using whole numbers;
- Order of operations;
- Equivalent fractions and reducing;
- Proper, improper and mixed numbers;
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of all forms of fractions;
- Ratios and proportions, rates of change, areas and perimeters of geometric figures
- Definition of percent and converting among percents, fractions, and decimals
- Finding a percent of a number
- Application problems;
- Linear (length, height, perimeter, radius, diameter, circumference);
- Area (squares, rectangles, triangles, complex shapes);
- Volume (rectangular prisms);
- Signed numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division;
- Application problems integrated throughout the course content.
Determine and set realistic goals and develop plans of action to achieve them.
- Take notes from class lectures, videos, internet sites, and other sources of information;
- Plan and accomplish routine study periods necessary to meet the needs of the class;
- Prepare for tests practicing the recommended methods for study and review;
- Take tests practicing the recommended methods for analysis and estimation;
- Reduce anxiety by practicing stress-reducing activities;
- Monitor progress by regular consultation with instructor and peers.
Use outside resources to enhance content of the course:
- Set priorities by analyzing major goals and environmental considerations;
- Set and meet deadlines;
- Use time effectively.
- Use information from news, advertisements, public information resources;
- Utilize library and internet resources to find information
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