MA 104

MA 104 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

TEXTBOOK: Essentials of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, By Musser, Burger, Peterson.

PREREQUISITE: Placement by the Mathematics Department

I. Problem Solving

  • Polya’s Four Step Process
  • Strategies for Problem Solving
    • Look for a Pattern
    • Make a List
    • Solve a Simpler Problem
    • Draw a Diagram
    • Use a Variable
    • Use Properties of Numbers

II. Whole Numbers & Operations

  • Whole Numbers & Numeration
  • Operations with Whole Numbers

III. Number Theory

  • Primes & Composite Numbers
  • Tests for Divisibility
  • Greatest Common Factor
  • Least Common Multiple

IV. Rational Numbers

  • Set of Rational Numbers (Fractions)
    • Concept of a Fraction
    • Representations of Fractions
    • Equivalence and Ordering
  • Operations with Fractions
  • Decimals
    • Place Value
    • Operations with Decimals
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percent

V. Integers

  • Representations of Integers (including negative numbers)
  • Operations with Integers

 

Learning Outcome 1: The student will have demonstrated a comprehension of problem solving strategies.

Learning Outcome 2: The student will have demonstrated a basic understanding of the set of integers and mathematical operations using them.

Learning Outcome 3: The student will have demonstrated a basic understanding of the set of rational numbers and their applications.