Isothermal Community College

Academics

Mathematics Classes

Our Philosophy: We believe you can do math!

Whether you’ve just graduated or have been away from school for a while, most folks can "do" math a lot better than they think. We are here to help you every step of the way.

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A positive attitude will take you a long way! We are here to help you realize your goals.

We will help you learn what you will need to know in your college level math courses. Supplemental Instruction, a “study buddy,” study groups, and instructor assistance are just some ways you can find the help you need when you are having trouble.

Come join us and step into the future!

Beginning Fall 2013, Academic Development math courses will change.  The old math courses (MAT 060, 070 and 080) will be replaced with the DMA program.  These math courses are offered in self-paced, lecture/web-assisted, and online formats.  Each course is a 4-week course.  Students can register for up to four courses in one semester. Below, you may view a description of each course in the DMA program.

If you are a continuing student and have questions about how the old courses cross-walk to the new courses, please contact your advisor or call the Advising Center at (828) 395-4210.

DMA 010 - Operations With Integers

Prerequisites:    Satisfactory Placement Test Score
Corequisites:     None
Credit hours:      1*

This course provides a conceptual study of integers and integer operations. Topics include integers, absolute value, exponents, square roots, perimeter and area of basic geometric figures, Pythagorean theorem, and use of the correct order of operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pertinent concepts and principles and apply this knowledge in the evaluation of expressions.

DMA 020 - Fractions and Decimals

Prerequisites:    DMA 010
Corequisites:     None
Credit hours:      1*

This course provides a conceptual study of the relationship between fractions and decimals and covers related problems. Topics include application of operations and solving contextual application problems, including determining the circumference and area of circles with the concept of pi. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the connections between fractions and decimals.

DMA 030 - Proportion/Ratio/Rate/Percent

Prerequisites: DMA 010 and DMA 020
Corequisites: None
Credit hours: 1*

This course provides a conceptual study of the problems that are represented by rates, ratios, percent, and proportions. Topics include rates, ratios, percent, proportion, conversion of English and metric units, and applications of the geometry of similar triangles. Upon completion, students should be able to use their understanding to solve conceptual application problems.

DMA 040 - Expressions/Linear Equations/Inequalities        

Prerequisites: DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030; or MAT 060
Corequisites: None
Credit hours: 1*

This course provides a conceptual study of problems involving linear expressions, equations, and inequalities. Emphasis is placed on solving contextual application problems. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish between simplifying expressions and solving equations and apply this knowledge to problems involving linear expressions, equations, and inequalities.

DMA 050 - Graphs/Equations of Lines         

Prerequisites: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, and DMA 040; or MAT 060 and DMA 040
Corequisites: None
Credit hours: 1*

This course provides a conceptual study of problems involving graphic and algebraic representations of lines. Topics include slope, equations of lines, interpretation of basic graphs, and linear modeling. Upon completion, students should be able to solve contextual application problems and represent real-world situations as linear equations in two variables.

DMA 060 - Polynomial/Quadratic Applications

Prerequisites: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040 and DMA 050; or MAT 060 and MAT 070
Corequisites: None
Credit hours: 1*

This course provides a conceptual study of problems involving graphic and algebraic representations of quadratics. Topics include basic polynomial operations, factoring polynomials, and solving polynomial equations by means of factoring. Upon completion, students should be able to find algebraic solutions to contextual problems with quadratic applications.

DMA 070 - Rational Expressions/Equations

0.75        0.50        1*

Prerequisites: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050 and DMA 060; or MAT 060 and MAT 070
Corequisites: None
Credit hours: 1*

This course provides a conceptual study of problems involving graphic and algebraic representations of rational equations. Topics include simplifying and performing operations with rational expressions and equations, understanding the domain, and determining the reasonableness of an answer. Upon completion, students should be able to find algebraic solutions to contextual problems with rational applications.

DMA 080 - Radical Expressions/Equations 

0.75        0.50        1*

Prerequisites: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, and DMA 070; or MAT 060, MAT 070, and DMA 070
Corequisites: None
Credit hours: 1*

This course provides a conceptual study of the manipulation of radicals and the application of radical equations to real-world problems. Topics include simplifying and performing operations with radical expressions and rational exponents, solving equations, and determining the reasonableness of an answer. Upon completion, students should be able to find algebraic solutions to contextual problems with radical applications.

*These credits are institutional credits only and cannot be used for graduation. They are used for determining hour load for payment, eligibility for financial aid, or classification as a full-time student.