**MAT 009 Developmental Mathematics**

A review of fundamental topics of arithmetic needed

for a study of algebra. This course will cover the

following topics: addition, subtraction, multiplication,

and division of fractions; use of decimals and

percent; estimation; addition, subtraction, multiplication,

and division of real numbers; exponents;

order of arithmetic operations; distributive property;

combining like terms; substitution to evaluate

expressions and formulas; grouping symbols; addition

and multiplication principle; formulas; sets;

solving equations with fractons; translating English

phrases into algebraic expressions; and solving

word problems using geometric formulas.

Successful completion of an exit exam at a C level

(75%) or higher is required. Credit earned in MAT

009 does not apply or accumulate toward any

degree program at the University of Southern

Maine. After successful completion of MAT 009,

students must complete both MAT 050 and MAT

051B in sequence to meet mathematics proficiency,

or place out of the proficiency courses via a retake

of the placement exam.

**MAT 050 Elementary Algebra**

The first course of a two-course sequence designed

for students who need to develop their knowledge of

basic algebra. This course will cover the following

topics: solving word problems, graphing linear

equations, slope of a line, obtaining the equations of

a line, graphing linear inequalities, functions, the

use of graphing calculators, systems of equations in

two variables, applications of systems of linear

equations, rules of exponents, scientific notation,

polynomial operations, multiplication of polynomials.

Emphasis is on mastery of algebraic solution

processes. Completion of an exit exam at a C level

(75%) or higher is required. This course is taught in

a lecture/lab format. Prerequisite: MAT 009 or its

USM equivalent. Associate degree credit only, in

approved programs. After successful completion of

MAT 050, students must then complete MAT 051B

to meet mathematics proficiency, or place out of the

proficiency courses via a retake of the placement

exam.

**MAT 051B Intermediate Algebra**

A continuation of MAT 050, topics include factoring;

simplifying rational expressions; multiplying,

dividing, addition and subtraction of rational

expressions; complex rational expressions; equations

involving rational expressions; ratio, proportion,

and applied problems; radical expressions and

functions; operations with radicals; radical equations;

formulas with applications; quadratic equations;

quadratic functions; and the use of graphing.

Emphasis is on mastery of algebraic solution

processes. Completion of an exit exam at a C level

(75%) or higher is required to meet proficiency.

This course is taught in a lecture/lab format.

Successful completion of this course fulfills the proficiency

math requirement of the Core curriculum.

Prerequisite: MAT 050 or its USM equivalent.

Associate degree credit only.