# DMA Course Descriptions & Prerequisites

## Developmental Mathematics

Read College of The Albemarle’s course descriptions and prerequisites of Developmental Mathematics (DMA).

### Course Description

DMA 010 provides a conceptual study of integers and integer operations. Topics include integers, absolute value, exponents, square roots, perimeter and area of basic geometric figures, Pythagorean Theorem, and use of the correct order of operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pertinent concepts and principles and apply this knowledge in the evaluation of expressions.

### Prerequisite(s)

Appropriate scores on college placement test.

### Course Description

This course provides a conceptual study of the relationship between fractions and decimals and covers related problems. Topics include application of operations and solving contextual application problems, including determining the circumference and area of circles with the concept of pi. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the connections between fractions and decimals.

### Prerequisite(s)

Successful completion of DMA 010 or appropriate scores on college placement test.

### Course Description

This course provides a conceptual study of the problems that are represented by rates, ratios, percent, and proportions. Topics include rates, ratios, percent, proportion, conversion of English and metric units, and applications of the geometry of similar triangles. Upon completion, students should be able to use their understanding to solve conceptual application problems.

### Prerequisite(s)

Appropriate scores on college placement test or successful completion of DMA 010 and DMA 020.

### Course Description

DMA 040 provides a conceptual study of problems involving linear expressions, equations, and inequalities. Emphasis is placed on solving contextual application problems. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish between simplifying expressions and solving equations and apply this knowledge to problems involving linear expressions, equations, and inequalities.

### Prerequisite(s)

• Appropriate scores on college placement test or
• Successful completion of one of the following sets:
• DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030; or
• MAT 060.

### Course Description

This course provides a conceptual study of problems involving graphic and algebraic representations of lines. Topics include slope, equations of lines, interpretation of basic graphs, and linear modeling. Upon completion, students should be able to solve contextual application problems and represent real-world situations as linear equations in two variables.

### Prerequisite(s)

• Appropriate scores on college placement test or
• Successful completion of one of the following sets:
• DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, and DMA 040; or
• MAT 060 and DMA 040.

DMA 060

### Course Description

This course provides a conceptual study of problems involving graphic and algebraic representations of quadratics. Topics include basic polynomial operations, factoring polynomials, and solving polynomial equations by means of factoring. Upon completion, students should be able to find algebraic solutions to contextual problems with quadratic applications.

### Prerequisite(s)

• Appropriate scores on college placement test or
• Successful completion of one of the following sets:
• DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, and DMA 050; or
• MAT 060, DMA 040, and DMA 050; or
• MAT 060 and MAT 070.

### Course Description

This course provides a conceptual study of problems involving graphic and algebraic representations of rational equations. Topics include simplifying and performing operations with rational expressions and equations, understanding the domain, and determining the reasonableness of an answer. Upon completion, students should be able to find algebraic solutions to contextual problems with rational applications.

### Prerequisite(s)

• Appropriate scores on college placement test or
• Successful completion of one of the following sets:
• DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, and DMA 060; or
• MAT 060, DMA 040, DMA 050, and DMA 060; or
• MAT 060, MAT 070, and DMA 060.

### Course Description

DMA 080 provides a conceptual study of the manipulation of radicals and the application of radical equations to real-world problems. Topics include simplifying and performing operations with radical expressions and rational exponents, solving equations, and determining the reasonableness of an answer. Upon completion, students should be able to find algebraic solutions to contextual problems with radical applications.

### Prerequisite(s)

• Appropriate scores on college placement test or
• Successful completion of one of the following sets:
• DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, and DMA 070; or
• MAT 060, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, and DMA 070; or
• MAT 060, MAT 070, DMA 060, and DMA 070.

### Course Description

DMA 065 provides a study of problems involving algebraic representations of quadratic, rational, and radical equations. Topics include simplifying polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and solving quadratic, rational, and radical equations. Upon completion, students should be able to find algebraic solutions to contextual problems with quadratic and rational applications.

### Prerequisite(s)

• Appropriate scores on college placement test or
• Successful completion of one of the following sets:
• DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, and DMA 050; or
• MAT 060, DMA 040, and DMA 050; or
• MAT 060 and MAT 070.