# Math 103 Math Prep

### Course Information

Meeting Times: Monday and Wednesday, 2:00 - 2:50

Location: Main Lab, Old Main Basement

Office Hours: Monday 1-1:50, Tuesday 9:30-11 and 3:30-4, Wednesday 1-1:50, Thursday 9-10, Friday 1-1:50

Location: Main Lab, Old Main Basement

Office Hours: Monday 1-1:50, Tuesday 9:30-11 and 3:30-4, Wednesday 1-1:50, Thursday 9-10, Friday 1-1:50

### Course Description

This is a one credit course, designed for:

- students that need to improve their math placement score in order to meet the eligibility requirement of their desired mathematics or statistics course,
- students that would like to improve their math placement score in order to ``place out'' of the mathematics/statistics requirement of the REACH curriculum, and
- students that would like to quickly improve their algebra skills in preparation for more advanced coursework.

### Objectives

After successfully completing the course, all students will be able to

- interpret whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
- determine geometric properties of shapes, such as perimeter, area and volume.
- solve linear equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities.
- apply rules of exponents to simplify and combine algebraic expressions.
- recognize polynomials and factor quadratic expressions.
- identify a function and its properties, and be able to evaluate a function.
- simplify and combine rational expressions.

### Required Materials

You will need to purchase a subscription to the ALEKS learning system to complete this course. The cost of the subscription is about $60. No other textbooks or supplies are required, though you will need internet access to work on the course outside of the classroom.

### Placement Assessment

At the end of the course, you'll be given an opportunity to take the mathematics placement assessment. If you are a current freshmen, you will not be charged for this exam. Other students will need to pay a $25 fee for access to the assessment for one year. If you do not improve your score to your targeted level, you'll be able to try again by arranging a time with a mathematics faculty member. This assessment score is required to calculate your final grade.

### Basis of Final Grade

This primary goal of this course is to improve your placement score. {\bfshape If you successfully improve your math placement category by at least one level at the end of the semester, you will receive an A for the course regardless of your topic exam scores.} If you do not improve your placement level, your grade will be determined by averaging your completed ALEKS topic exams. Your letter grade in this case will be determined by the minimum scores below.

B+ | B | C+ | C | D+ | D |

87 | 80 | 77 | 70 | 67 | 60 |

### Tutoring

The Department of Mathematics offers free tutoring for students in this course. No appointments are needed, just drop by according to the schedule here. You are free to ask tutors questions on any assigned homework and exam review sheets.

### Learning Differences

In keeping with college policy, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations must call Learning Differences Program secretary at 824-3017, to arrange a confidential appointment with the director of the Learning Differences Program during the first week of classes.

### Mercy Mission

This course supports the mission of Mercyhurst University by creating students who are intellectually creative. Students will foster this creativity by: applying critical thinking and qualitative reasoning techniques to new disciplines; developing, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific ideas; and engaging in innovative problem solving strategies.