Basic Math

Course Number: MTH 20
Transcript Title: Basic Math
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 26, 2019
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


placement into MTH 20 and RD 90

Course Description

Introduces and reinforces whole numbers, place value, fractions, decimals, percents, integers, measurements, and basic statistics.  Emphasizes writing, manipulating, interpreting and solving application problems.  A calculator is required. Prerequisite: Placement into Math 20 and RD 90. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and perform accurate arithmetic computations in a variety of situations with and without a calculator.
  2. Communicate the results of problem solving mathematically and in writing.
  3. Recognize the connection between whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers.
  4. Apply mathematical confidence when problem solving.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Instructors will use a variety of the following measures:

  • Homework, quizzes, group activities, problem sets, online assignments
  • Projects – individual or group
  • Exams, which may include: proctored, take -home, open- book, group, cumulative, or online

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Whole numbers

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Place value
  3. Rounding
  4. Order of operations
  5. Computation with and without a calculator
  6. Computing mean, median, and mode
  7. Graph interpretation
  8. Application and problem solving


  1. Vocabulary
  2. Computation with and without a calculator
  3. Comparing fractions and decimals on a number line
  4. Order of operations using fractions
  5. Application and problem solving using fractions


  1. Vocabulary
  2. Rounding
  3. Computation
  4. Comparing decimals to fractions
  5. Order of operations using decimals
  6. Application and problem solving using decimals

Ratios and Proportions

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Computations
  3. Solve proportion problems for a missing value
  4. Application and problem solving using ratios and proportions


  1. Vocabulary
  2. Application and problem solving percent problems, including percent of increase, percent of decrease
  3. Identify and solve a variety of percent problems using real life situations

Formulas and Measurements

  1. Find the perimeter, area, and volume of regular shapes
  2. Introduce unit conversions within the Metric and English systems


  1. Vocabulary
  2. Compare signed numbers to whole numbers using a number line
  3. Computation
  4. Order of operations with signed numbers