MTH:004 3 credits
HANDSON ARITHMETIC
WORKSHOP
COURSE SYLLABUS
Working individually and/or in small groups on worksheets and problems, students will use various mathematics manipulatives (Cuisenaire® Rods, Pegboards, Pattern Blocks, Base Ten Blocks, Magic and Regular Peanuts, firstquadrant rectangular coordinate graphs, etc.) to explore mathematical concepts in order to gain understanding of numbers (natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, and percents) and arithmetic operations on them as well as metric measurement. This workshop is designed especially for students who want to acquire an understanding of arithmetic rather than merely acquiring rote learning of the rules for arithmetic operations. This workshop is also valuable for teachers (including parents and tutors) who want to be effective in helping students understand arithmetic. This course does not replace Basic Mathematics, but it can provide a thorough foundation that may enhance the probability for successful learning in Basic Mathematics. In this HandsOn Math Lab workshop, students proceed at their own pace and may reenroll for subsequent semesters as needed.
Phone: Math. Dept. 3149847769 CN102 3149847779
All sections meet in the HandsOn Math Lab which is CN 101C.
ATTENDANCE
Attendance will be taken promptly at the beginning of each class. It is a courtesy for a student to promptly notify the instructor if s/he is going to be absent from class for a legitimate reason (illness, accident, etc.).
A student who misses as much as eight hours (480 minutes) of class time may receive an F for the course.
The times listed for this course are the
times when the Instructor will be available in the HandsOn Math Lab in CN
101C. Students will need to spend more time than that in the HandsOn Math Lab
since that is where the materials are located.
CALCULATOR POLICY
Students in HandsOn Arithmetic Workshop are
not allowed to use a calculator on tests nor on most of the exercises on
worksheets and the textbook. However there are some exercises on worksheets
which are designated scientific calculator exercises and are designed to help
students learn how to use their scientific calculators on exercises involving
exponents and roots for which it is appropriate to use a calculator. In
learning how to use their scientific calculators, students should consult their
calculator manuals and may also ask the instructor for assistance. (Bring your
calculator manual with you when asking the instructor.)
WORKSHEET SEQUENCES
To enhance their understanding of important concepts of number and arithmetic operations, students will work through sequences of worksheets on a guided discovery mode often using mathematics manipulatives available in the HandsOn Math Lab and labeled according to the following topics:
Peanuts (Integers)  P 
Exponents: Power and Roots  X 
Number Theory  NT 
Equations  E 
FirstQuadrant Graphs  G 
Pegboards  PB 
Fractions  F 
Decimals  D 
Percent  % 
Area, Perimeter, and Volume with Cuisenaire Rods®  APV 
Measurement  M 
TEXTBOOKS
The following workbooks from Key
Curriculum Press, Inc. are used as textbooks in this course in addition to the
worksheets provided for use with the various math manipulatives:
Key to Fractions 
Book 1: 
Fraction Concepts 

Book 2: 
Multiplying and Dividing 

Book 3: 
Adding and Subtracting 

Book 4: 
Mixed Numbers 
Key to Decimals 
Book 1: 
Decimal Concepts 

Book 2: 
Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying 

Book 3: 
Dividing 

Book 4: 
Using Decimals 
Key to Percents 
Book 1: 
Percent Concepts 

Book 2: 
Percents and Fractions 

Book 3: 
Percents and Decimals 
Key to Algebra 
Book 1: 
Operations on Integers 
Key to Metric Measurement 
Book 1: 
Metric Units of Length 

Book 2: 
Measuring Length and Perimeter Using Metric Units 

Book 3: 
Finding Area and Volume Using Metric Units 

Book 4: 
Metric Units for Mass, Capacity, Temperature and Time 
EVALUATION OF LEARNING
1.) Each student is required to complete all assigned journal entries.
2.) Each student is required to complete the worksheet sequences as listed above.
3.) Each student will take a Test at the completion of each of the textbooks listed above as well as a test on Metrics and Measurement and a Computational Skills Test following completion of all the other tests and course requirements. The student's numerical grade is determined by averaging these test grades.
4.) The instructor gives test scores as decimal numbers to the thousandths place. The correlation between numerical scores and letter grades is as follows:
0.900 to 1.000
A 0.800 to 0.899 B
0.700 to 0.799
C 0.600 to 0.699 D below 0.600
F
MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT POLICIES
Disruptive Behavior:
Behavior that is disruptive to the
instructor or students is contrary to quality education. Should the instructor determine
that an individual student's verbal or
nonverbal behavior is hampering another
student's ability to understand or concentrate on the class material, the
instructor will speak with that student in an effort to rectify the problem
behavior. If the behavior continues after this discussion, the instructor will
have the disruptive student leave the class. Permission to return to class may
be dependent upon assurances that the student has met with some responsible
individual about the problem: the mathematics department chairman, a counselor,
the Dean of Student Support Services, etc.
Cheating and/or Plagiarism:
An instructor who has evidence that a
student may have cheated or plagiarized an assignment or test should confer
with the student. Students may then be asked to present evidence (sources,
first draft, notes, etc.) that the work is his/her own. If the instructor
determines that cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the Instructor may assign
a failing grade to the test, the assignment, or the course, as s/he sees fit.
Access Office
The college's Access office guides, counsels, and assists students with disabilities. If you receive services through the Access office and need special arrangements (seating closer to the front of the class, a notetaker, extended time for testing, or other approved accommodation), please make an appointment with your instructor during the first week of classes to discuss these needs. Any information you share will be held in strict confidence, unless you give the instructor permission to do otherwise.
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