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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 29-May-24

Summer 2024 | MAT-1030-VT01 - Applied Math Concepts

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 01:00P - 04:30P
Semester Dates: 05-20-2024 to 08-05-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Mamadou Cisse
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Deb Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Mathematics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course develops students’ ability to think quantitatively and use mathematics as a problem-solving tool in their professional and personal lives. Mathematical applications are selected from a range of business, human services, health, and political topics. Concepts include: set theory, visual representation of data, operations in the real number system, geometry, linear and nonlinear equations, linear systems, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Students must take a math assessment for placement purposes prior to registration. Prerequisite: Math & Algebra for College or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Apply basic concepts of set theory and use Venn diagrams to solve problems related to surveys and probabilities.
2. Utilize real number system operations (fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, and unit conversions) in the interpretation and analysis of problems from a variety of fields.
3. Analyze and interpret linear and nonlinear relationships using graphs and equations and apply algebraic techniques and models to a variety of problems.
4. Apply geometric concepts including angles, areas, volumes, and the Pythagorean Theorem.
5. Examine and apply the concepts of probabilities using a variety of methods including counting techniques, frequency tables, probability distributions, pie charts, written summaries, and graphs.
6. Apply basic statistics, using sampling, tables, charts, graphs, means, standard deviation and normal distribution, to interpret and draw conclusions from data.
7. Compute and analyze the impacts of simple and compound interest, and analyze finance applications related to savings, taxes, discounts, loans, and purchases.
8. Select and perform appropriate procedures to solve mathematical problems arising in various disciplines and demonstrate proficiency in interpreting, evaluating, and presenting quantitative data and information.
9. Demonstrate proficiency on the quantitative reasoning graduation assessment.
10. Apply quantitative reasoning to analyze social justice problems in a variety of different contexts and consider whether these approaches are just and equitable.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Summer 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

MAT-1030-VT01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

  • Weekly Class Attendance & Participation 20%

  • Homework 20%

  • Quizzes 25%

  • Practice: Khan Academy, online text, or handout Assignments 15%

  • Mid-Term 10%

  • Final Exam 10%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Expressions, Equations, and Functions.


Chapter 1:McDougal LittelTextbook, pages: 2-51. (Additional resources:online textOpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e).

  • Preview Chapter 1 Online Text.
  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills
  • In Class Learning Activities.
  • Week 1 Assignment


Properties of Real Numbers


Preview Chapter 2,McDougal Littel Textbook,pages: 64-119. (Additional resources:online text, OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

  • Warm-Up Exercises
  • Chapter 1 Review
  • Practice Test
  • Quiz 1.


Solving and Graphing Linear Equations and Functions


Chapters 3 and 4, McDougal Littel Textbook, pages: 134-190, 206-269. Additional resources,the online text, OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)/

  • Chapters 2 & 4Preview
  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills", Hands-on Class activities (use of algebra tiles)
  • Week 3 Assignment.


Writing Linear Equations/Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities


Chapters 5 & 6, McDougal Littel Textbook, pages: 283-343/ 356-413.(Additional resources in the online text, OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

  • Technology Class Activities: Graphing Linear Equations on a grahing calculator and solve.
  • Chapters 2 & 4 Review
  • Practice Test
  • Quiz 2.


Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills", Warm-Up Exercises
  • Learning Activity investigating family of lines.
  • Week 5 Assignment


Exponents and Exponential Functions


Chapters 8, McDougal Littel Textbook, pages: 489-541. (Additional resource:Khan Academy / in the online text, OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

  • Chapter 5Review
  • Review Exercises
  • Practice Test
  • Quiz 3


Radicals and Geometry Connections


Preview Chapter 11, McDougal Littel Textbook, pages: 710-752. (Additional resource:the online text, OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills", Warm up Exercises
  • Learning Activity leading to the study of solving Geometry Applications.
  • Week 7 Assignment


Perimeter, Circumference, Areas, Angles, and the Pythagorean Theorem and its Converse.


Primary Source: Handouts, McDougal Textbook (Pages: 736-737).

Additional resource references: (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

  • Quiz on Solving Linear Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills"
  • Learning Activity leading to the study of the Pythagorean Theorem and its Converse
  • Week's Assignment #8. Packet


Perimeter, Circumference, Areas, Angles, and the Pythagorean Theorem and its Converse.


Primary Source:Handouts, McDougal Textbook (Pages: 736-737).

Additional resource references: (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

  • Quiz on Solving Linear Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills"
  • Learning Activity leading to the study of the Pythagorean Theorem and its Converse
  • Week's Assignment #8. Packet


Probability and Data Analysis


Primary Source:McDougal Textbook,Chapter 13 (Units 1-4, pages: 843-863)

Additional resource references: OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)/ Khan Academy

  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills"
  • Learning Activity leading into the study of using sample spaces to caluculate probabilities and odds including the use of number of permutations and combinations in a set of objects to find the probability of an event.
  • Week's Assignment #9. Packet


Polynomials and Factoring


Primary Source:McDougal Textbook(Chapter 9, Units 1-7, pages : 554-602)

Additional source references: Khan Academy/OpenStax Prealgebra 2e (https://openstax.org/details/books/prealgebra-2e)

  • Quiz 5. on Probability and Data Analysis
  • In Classwork: "Prerequisite Skills"
  • Learning Activity leading to the study of identifying and classifying polynomials. Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. Find special products of polynomials and solve equations.
  • Week's Assignment #10. Packet








Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Participation Expectations

The average amount of time that you will spend working each week is 9 hours.

Here's what your weekly schedule might look like:

  • Preview the topic(s) of the week. Come up with any questions you have from your reading.
  • Complete your weekly assignement.
  • Make notes as you complete the assigned work and post one challenging/interesting problem on the weekly discussion forum.
  • Engage in class activities and notes taking..
  • Independant Practice in our Khan Academy class with the code,QFBR8W6Y. There are usually between 6 and 10 of them and each problem includes links to how to solve them in both written and video form. (4 hours)..
  • Make notes as you complete the assigned work and post one challenging/interesting problem on thediscussion forum.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Because mathematics is sequential, it is important that you complete each week's work on time so that you are ready for the next unit. Much like learning to play a music instrument or a sport, regular homework is a vital part of learning Mathematics.
The concept that we work in class must be practiced at home in order to reinforce your understanding and retention of mathematics.

Homework is assigned weekly but must be submitted at the beginning of the following week. However, I understand that occasionally you need a few extra days to complete your work.

Late homework will be accepted to a maximum of one week with a reduction of 10%. After two weeks, a grade of zero will be finalized due to lateness, and an email will be sent to the student/or advisor informing of this outcome.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.