Course Purpose
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 prealgebra 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 masterybased course designed to sharpen computational skills involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, geometric figures and word problems.
Math 1090 is a remedial class that does not provide credits towards graduation.
COURSE INFORMATION
 Course learning outcomes and goals
 Course syllabus
 ELearning homework due dates for spring 2020
 How to use the activity learning outcomes and goals to improve your grade
 Multiplication table
 Tips for success
 WMU Writing Center
EXAM DATES FOR SPRING 2020 BY EXAM NUMBER

Friday, Jan. 24; 25 minutes

Wednesday, Feb. 12; 25 minutes

Wednesday, Feb. 26; 50 minutes

Friday, March 27; 25 minutes

Friday, April 10; 50 minutes
If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify Dr. Eisenhart (269) 3874117 or (269) 8738194 before the exam or a makeup may be denied.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE BY WEEK NUMBER

Problem solving worksheet (Polya method), whole numbers and ELearning Demo

Whole number properties, meanings of operators, and start order of operations

MLK day, order of operations, variable sense, and Exam 1

Combining like terms, solving with variables and Polya, and area verses perimeter

Evaluating expressions and solving equations

Finish variable sense, Exam 2, fraction meaning, equivalent fractions,and comparing fractions

Proportional reasoning, adding and subtracting fractions, and comparing fraction additions

Multiplying and dividing fractions, Exam 3 and spirit day

Spring break
 Finish multiplying and dividing fractions and revisit number properties and variable sense with fractions

Signed number meaning, comparing signed numbers, adding signed numbers, and subtracting signed numbers using a distance definition of subtraction

Subtracting signed numbers, solving literal equations for a given variable, Exam 4 and multiplying signed numbers,

Signed numbers and exponents, dividing signed numbers, revisit number properties and variable sense with signed numbers, meaning of mixed numbers and adding and subtracting mixed numbers using the distributive property

Multiplying mixed numbers, partial products, multiplying polynomials, revisit number properties and variable sense with signed numbers, and Exam 5

Using estimation and mixed number sense to understand operations with decimals and unit conversions
 Final exam week
Monday, March 16 is the last day a student can process an official withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade.