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Foundations of Mathematics

Foundations of Mathematics provides mathematical skills and reasoning while building students’ critical thinking abilities in mathematics. Our goal is to enable students to become TSI complete in mathematics in two semesters or less by providing intensive remediation in the mathematical skills necessary for college-level coursework.

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Course Descriptions

MATH 0402
This course surveys a variety of mathematical topics needed to prepare students for college level statistics or quantitative reasoning or for algebra-based courses. Topics include: numeracy with an emphasis on estimation and fluency with large numbers; evaluating expressions and formulas; rates, ratios, and proportions; percentages; solving equations; linear models; data interpretations including graphs and tables; verbal, algebraic and graphical representations of functions; exponential models.

MATH 0303
A study of relations and functions, inequalities, algebraic expressions and equations (absolute value, polynomial, radical, rational), with a special emphasis on linear and quadratic expressions and equations.  

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Learning Outcomes

MATH 0402

  • Students will develop number sense and the ability to apply concepts of numeracy to investigate and describe quantitative relationship and solve real-world problems in a variety of context.
  • Students will use proportional reasoning to solve problems that require ratios, rates, proportions, and scaling.
  • Students will transition from specific and numeric to general and abstract reasoning using the language and structure of algebra to investigate, represent, and solve problems.
  • Students will understand and critically evaluate statements involving risk and arguments based on probability that appear in the popular media especially in presenting medical information.
  • Students will understand, interpret and make decisions based on financial information that is commonly presented to consumers.
  • Students will understand that quantitative information presented in the media and by other entities can sometimes be useful and sometime be misleading.

MATH 0303

  • Students will implement critical thinking skills to evaluate the sensibility of an answer and to critique and correct inaccurate solutions.
  • Students will define, represent, and perform operations on real and complex numbers.
  • Students will recognize, understand, and analyze features of a function.
  • Students will recognize and use algebraic (field) properties, concepts, procedures (including factoring), and algorithms to combine, transform, and evaluate absolute value, polynomial, radical, and rational expressions.
  • Students will identify and solve absolute value, polynomial, radical, and rational equations.
  • Students will identify and solve absolute value and linear inequalities.
  • Students will model, interpret and justify mathematical ideas and concepts using multiple representations.
  • Students will connect and use multiple strands of mathematics in situations and problems, as well as in the study of other disciplines.

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Delivery Options

MATH 0016.BSM / MATH 0016.BSG
Classes with this section code indicate that this offering is an NCBO.  It is designed for students who score below the developmental education cut-off score on the TSIA at levels 1-4.  This NCBO is a corequisite with MATH 0402.  This NCBO meets for 16 hours over a 4 week span followed by 12 weeks of MATH 0402.  Students enrolled in this NCBO may come to the Academic CAFÉ and work at their convenience.

MATH 0016.CRM MATH 0016.CRG
Classes with this section code indicate that this offering is an NCBO.  It is designed for students who score below the college-ready cut-off score on the TSIA by just a few points.  This class meets for 2 hours over an 8-week period in Johnson Hall (JH) 208.  Students enrolled in this NCBO may come to the Academic CAFÉ and work at their convenience (at least 2 hours per week).  They will also be enrolled in MATH 1314, 1316, 1332, or 1342 and will receive support to be successful in this course.

MATH 0016.TSI
Classes with this section code indicate that this offering is an NCBO.  It is designed for students who would like an intensive review of  reading, writing and math skills before retaking the TSIA.  This NCBO is offered at various times throughout the semester in 1-2 week (2-4 hour/day) sessions.  After the NCBO has ended, students are required to take the TSIA and will be placed accordingly based on their new TSI score.

MATH 0402  Lecture
This course is a full 16 week course and meets for four hours each week at a designated time and location.  Activities are assigned by the instructor and students complete the assignments as assigned.  Students must pass the course with a 70% or higher in order to be TSI complete and eligible to take college-level courses.

MATH 0303  Lecture (Fast-Track)
This course is an 8-week course (during the first 8-weeks of the semester) which meets four hours each week at a designated time and location.  Students must also co-enroll in MATH 1314.2F# which meets during the second 8-weeks of the semester.  Activities are assigned by the instructor and students complete the assignments as assigned.  Students must pass MATH 0303 with a 70% or higher in order to be TSI complete and eligible to take MATH 1314.

MATH 0303.OE#/MATH 0303.GO#
Courses with this section code indicate that this course is an Open Entry/Defined Exit course.    Students enrolled in this course may begin in weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.  Upon beginning the course, students will be given a diagnostic exam to determine the concepts with which students need assistance.  They may come to the Academic CAFÉ (JH 208) or the Gonzales Center at their convenience (at least four hours per week) until they have mastered the skills necessary to complete the assigned modules which utilizes the strategies of the Empirical Model.    When the modules are complete, the students will be given a final exam.  Passing the course with at least 70% deems the student TSI complete and ready for college-level courses.

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The New Mathways Project in Texas

The New Mathways Project (NMP) is a systemic approach to improving student success and completion through implementation of processes, strategies, and structures built around three mathematics pathways and a supporting student success course.   


The NMP is based on four fundamental principles:

1. Multiple pathways with relevant and challenging mathematics content aligned to specific fields of study.
2. Acceleration that allows students to complete a college-level math course more quickly than in the traditional developmental math sequence.
3. Intentional use of strategies to help students develop skills as learners.
4. Curriculum design and pedagogy based on proven practice.

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