Math 1090 Pre-Algebra


The purpose of all of the developmental mathematics courses is to support student success academically and beyond by advancing critical thinking and reasoning skills.  Specifically, in pre-algebra as a team we will examine final answers in terms of reasonableness to the given problem and to determine if the answer addresses the original problem (Polya step 4). In addition, we will explore the power of estimation as a tool to determine accuracy of solutions to numeric and or real world problems.

Math 1090 in the Developmental Math Program in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University is a mastery-based course designed to sharpen computational skills involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, geometric figures and word problems.

Since Math 1090 is a remedial course, these two credits do not towards graduation.  Your final letter grade will be calculated into your gpa, so use this as an opportunity to boost your gpa.



  1. Friday, Feb. 3; 25 minutes
  2. Friday, Feb. 24; 50 minutes
  3. Friday, March 24; 25 minutes
  4. Friday, April 14; 50 minutes

If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify Mrs. Lutz (269) 387-4524 before the exam, so that she can assist you in a timely manner.


  1. Jan.9 through Jan. 13: Problem solving worksheet (Polya method), whole numbers and E-Learning Demo
  2. Jan.18 through Jan. 20: Meanings of operators, use the distributive property to simplify calculations, and order of operations
  3. Jan. 23 through Jan. 27: Order of operations and writing both addition and subtraction statements given an illustration
  4. Jan. 30 through Feb. 3: Decimals, variable sense, combining like terms and using variables for problem solving (Polya method), and Exam 1
  5. Feb. 6 through Feb. 10: Area verses perimeter and expressions and equations 
  6. Feb. 13 through Feb. 17: Evaluate, solve, factor vs multiple
  7. Feb. 20 through Feb. 24: Definition/meaning of fraction, equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and start ratios and proportions, and Exam 2
  8. Feb. 27 through March 1: Finish ratios and proportions, start adding fractions, and Spirit Day
  9. March 6 through March 10: Spring break
  10. March 13 through March 17: Adding fractions, multiplying fractions, and comparing fraction additions and multiplications
  11. March 20 through March 24: Dividing fractions, revisit number properties and variable sense with fractions, and Exam 3
  12. March 27 through March 31: Signed number meaning, comparing signed numbers, and adding signed numbers and subtracting signed numbers,
  13. April 3 through April 7: Multiplying signed numbers, revisit number properties and variable sense with signed numbers, powers and signed numbers, and dividing signed numbers  
  14. April 10 through April 14:  Meaning of mixed numbers, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, multiplying mixed numbers, partial products, and Exam 4
  15. April 17 through April 21: Finish mixed numbers, comparing decimals by using mixed numbers,  and unit conversions
  16. April 25: Final exam on Tuesday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. in our regular classroom


Monday, March 20 is the last day a student can process an official withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade.