Basic Mathematics –


(3 credits)

MAT 115 (Basic Mathematics) focuses on a foundational understanding of basic mathematics principles, including arithmetic, decimals, fractions, percentages, linear equations with one and two variables, and simple geometry.
This undergraduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Percents/Geometry and Measure

  • Perform conversions among fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percentages.
  • Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of a missing side of a right triangle.
  • Find the square root of a number.
  • Differentiate among right, acute, and obtuse angles.
  • Find the measure of angles.
  • Recognize lines and line segments.
  • Perform operations with denominate numbers.
  • Perform conversions between English and metric units of measure.
  • Calculate equivalent measures for English and metric units of measure, weight, and volume.
  • Determine the percent of increase or decrease in an application.
  • Solve the rate, base, and amount for percentages and interest.

The Real Number System

  • Perform mathematical functions for real numbers.
  • Simplify absolute value expressions.
  • Determine the absolute value of a number.
  • Order a set of real numbers.

Ratios and Proportions

  • Solve applications involving proportions.
  • Determine whether or not fractions and rates are proportional.
  • Calculate rates and unit prices.
  • Write the ratio of two quantities in simplest form.

Operations on Whole Numbers

  • Calculate the perimeter and area of specified geometric figures.
  • Solve mathematical problems using the concepts of exponentiation and order of operations.
  • Round decimals to the nearest whole number.
  • Determine the place value of a digit.
  • Perform the basic mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

  • Solve mathematical problems using fraction basics.
  • Find the prime factorization and greatest common factor (GCF) of numbers.
  • Determine the divisibility of a number.
  • Apply the basic mathematical functions of multiplication and division to fractions.
  • Perform conversions between improper fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Identify prime and composite numbers.
  • List the factors of a number.


  • Compare the sizes of common fractions and decimals.
  • Perform conversions between fractions and numbers.
  • Find the perimeter, circumference, and area of specified geometric figures.
  • Apply basic mathematical functions to decimals.
  • Round decimals to any specified decimal place.
  • Write a decimal as a fraction or mixed number.

Data Analysis and Statistics

  • Summarize data sets.
  • Create graphs and charts.
  • Interpret tables, graphs, and charts.
  • Calculate the mean, median, and mode of data sets.

Basic Mathematical Concepts

  • Apply a variety of basic mathematical concepts to mathematical problems.

Adding and Subtracting Fractions

  • Solve applications involving mixed numbers.
  • Identify the least common multiple (LCM) of numbers.
  • Apply the basic mathematical functions of addition and subtraction to fractions with both like and unlike denominators.

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