MATH 088: Intermediate Algebra Workshop




This is a co-requisite course for Math 090 students. It is intended to address gaps in students' mathematical knowledge, and provide them with problem solving tactics and tools to help them succeed in Math 090 and subsequent courses. Topics covered include but not limited to: order of operations, properties of real numbers, problem solving and mathematical language, calculation without a calculator, distribution and factoring, exponents, and radicals.



Each class meeting students will work on either group work, activities, worksheets, or one-on-one tutoring. Participation in these activities is required, and determines the Participation component of your grade.


Mini-projects are intended to help you develop and apply your mathematical skills. You will have 1-2 weeks to complete a min-project based on the instructor's discretion.


For the final project, you will be assigned to a small group of students to prepare a presentation on a topic from the course. You will need to collaborate within your group, and this will involve meeting together and working outside of class time. Presentations will take place in April. You will receive a complete description of the Final Project in a few weeks.


This course grade is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. To receive a Satisfactory grade, you must attend 75% of the class meetings; you must participate in the activities and worksheets, as well as earning a 70% or better class average.

The average for the class is as follows:

250 points total

Note that there is no final exam for this class.

If receive a Satisfactory in Math 090 but an Unsatisfactory in Math 088, you will be allowed to advance to Math 110 (or any other course that has Math 090 as a prerequisite). However, the Unsatisfactory grade will remain on your transcript for Math 088.

If you receive an Unsatisfactory in Math 090 but a Satisfactory in Math 088, you will have to repeat Math 090 but will not be required to repeat Math 088.

If you are taking this class because you were required to by the results of the placement test, then you must remain enrolled in Math 088 in order to remain enrolled in Math 090. Dropping Math 088, or insufficient attendance to Math 088, may result in you being dropped from Math 090.

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