## MTH 1 - Occupational Mathematics at Patrick Henry Community College

### Course Description

Effective: 2017-08-01

Introduces contextualized mathematics concepts for specific occupational fields of study in order to make direct connections between basic skills and their applications to a career field. Topics may include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Credits not applicable toward graduation and completion does not satisfy specific MTE modules.
Lecture 1-3 hours. Total 1-3 hours per week.
1 credits

### General Course Purpose

To enable qualified students to enter into credit bearing courses for Career, Technical, and Allied Health programs sooner, with the appropriate support, and with equal or better success than those students meeting course prerequisite requirements. The course provides contextualized instruction of foundational skills required of the credit course.

### Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Corequisite: Requires enrollment in an entry level course of an occupational program as defined as career/technical education.

### Course Objectives

• Communication
• Interpret and communicate quantitative information and mathematical and statistical concepts using language appropriate to the context and intended audience.
• Problem Solving
• Make sense of problems, develop strategies to find solutions, and persevere in solving them.
• Reasoning
• Reason, model, and draw conclusions or make decisions with quantitative information.
• Evaluation
• Critique and evaluate quantitative arguments that utilize mathematical, statistical, and quantitative information.
• Technology
• Use appropriate technology in a given context.
• Mathematics Concepts
• To achieve the above objectives and to enable students to apply mathematics to their field of study, contextualized instruction will be practiced so that students are applying mathematics concepts to program based content. Course plans should include activities or projects that incorporates the learning objectives and enhances students critical thinking skills. Learning objectives are determined based on the needs of the occupational program but may pull from the following:
• Operations with fractions
• Order of operations
• Exponents involving positive and negative bases
• Laws of exponents (including fractional and negative)
• Domain and range
• Graphing linear equations and inequalities
• Writing equations of lines given specific information
• Solving first degree equations and inequalities
• Evaluating expressions/functions for given values of variables
• Manipulating equations to solve for a given variable.
• Excel or similar applications
• Formulas
• Ratios and proportions
• Basic trigonometric functions and their graphs
• Basic geometric formulas or concepts
• Conversion of units (American to metric and reverse)
• Balance equations
• Use tolerance to determine acceptable values

### Major Topics to be Included

• Arithmetic
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Trigonometry

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