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Course ID: MAT102
Title: Mathematical Concepts/Applications
Modality: Mixed Media
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10398

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

A scientific calculator is recommended for this course. A graphing calculator is not needed, but can be used.

Note: Calculators with symbolic manipulating capabilities, or CAS, such as TI-89, TI-92 or TINspire CAS are not allowed on exams.

Textbook required for Course:

Title: Basic College Mathematics
Author: Lial/Salzman/Hestwood
ISBN: 9781269634670

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore. All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore (480-517-8710 or 1-800-584-8775 or or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
A problem solving approach to mathematics as it applies to life and the world of work. Development, demonstration, and communication of mathematical concepts and formulas that relate to measurement, percentage, statistics, and geometry.
Official Course Prerequisites
Grade of "C" or better in MAT082, or equivalent, or satisfactory score on District placement exam.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Perform basic operations using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
  2. Develop, demonstrate, and explain a problem solving process.
  3. Develop, demonstrate, and explain estimation and prediction skills.
  4. Determine the reasonableness of a solution.
  5. Solve percentage problems and related applied problems.
  6. Select and use appropriate formulas in solving practical applications.
  7. Solve linear equations and related applied problems.
  8. Apply unit analysis skills to solve related applied problems.
  9. Convert and solve applied problems within and between the U.S. system and metric system.
  10. Define and use terminology associated with geometry.
  11. Summarize, interpret, and use graphs to display statistical data.
  12. Select and use appropriate technology to solve mathematical problems.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 520 possible points for this course.

4 Mail-In Assignments/quizzes at 25 points each = 100 points
One Midterm Exam = 210 points
One Final Exam = 210 points
Total Points = 520 points

Note to student: You must earn a combined average of 60% on the midterm and final exams in order to pass the course. Students with an average on these exams of less than 60%, regardless of their performance on assignments, will not receive a passing grade.

Grading Scale

The final course grades will be determined by the following scale:

Grade Determination
Grade Points Percentage
A 468 - 520 points 90%-100%
B 416 - 467 points 80%-89%
C 364 - 415 points 70%-79%
D 312 - 363 points 60%-69%
F 0 - 311 points 0%-59%

Please Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no point adjustments made for such things as "class participation" or other subjective factors.

Extra credit is not available for this course.


This course contains in-person exams which must be completed at an approved testing site.

Students who live within Maricopa county please see the testing information in your Print Based Student Handbook, or you may view it on the Internet at:

Students who live outside of Maricopa County or are registered with Disability Resources and Services may request to have exams proctored by submitting the Proctored Test Request Form during the first two weeks of class. Please contact the Testing Center at (480) 517-8560 or 1 (866) 517-8560 (Toll-free).

Requests may also be made on the Internet by filling out and submitting the proctor request form, located at:

In-Person Examination Procedures

  1. If you are testing at one of the Rio Salado Testing Centers, there is no appointment necessary to take your exam. Exams can be taken during normal hours of operation at any Rio Salado College testing site.
  2. Your midterm and final exams have a 3 hour time limit.  Please make sure you get to the testing site no later than 3 hours before closing. 
  3. You must complete the final exam by your course end date.
  4. You may take your exam(s) before your course end date if and only if you have received all of your graded assignments.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - Awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.
    Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Deadline for Student to Withdraw with Guaranteed Grade of W” indicated in the college catalog.

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may NOT be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Scientific Calculator

Since our textbook makes numerous references to using a calculator in its “Calculator Tip” sections throughout the textbook, it is mandatory that students enrolled in MAT102 have their own scientific calculators.

A number of rather inexpensive scientific calculators are available for use in this course.  All your calculator needs to be able to do is add, subtract, multiply, divide and compute square roots.  Inexpensive scientific calculators that are manufactured by Texas Instruments (e.g., the TI-25X or 30 xa), Sharp (e.g., the EL-531 LB), and Casio (e.g., the fx-250HC) provide all of the functions that are noted above and several others. You will find these and similar scientific calculators at office supply stores and major discount houses ranging from $8 to $16, depending on their extra functions and whether or not batteries are required or they are powered by solar energy.  A calculator that is capable of supporting you in this course can probably even be obtained at your local Dollar Store!

If your calculator has additional functions, then so much the better.  These may be useful to you in this course, in follow-up mathematics courses that you may take, or even possibly in your work.

FYI: A more capable calculator’s functions could include the following.  Note, however, that all that yours needs to be able to perform are the functions that are shown in Bold type in the table below:











square root

[ √ ]




[1/x] or [x-1]

raising to a power


sign change


value of Pi


store a value


recall a value


trig functions

[SIN], [COS], [TAN]

the fraction key

[a b/c ]

powers of ten

[10 x ]


[x3 ]

cube root


logarithmic functions


natural log function





Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor by voicemail at least one week prior to the due date.  

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Photocopy or Back-up Assignments

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything that you submit. That way if your work is lost you can submit your copy for grading. If you don’t receive your graded assignment or quiz results within two or three weeks after submitting it, please contact your instructor. Make sure that your submissions can be read by your instructor. If you write lightly in pencil it may be difficult to read.

The due date listed in your course calendar is the last date on which an assignment can be delivered to the Course Support Office.

Extra Credit

Extra credit is not available.

Notation for Homework Assignments

In each of this course’s lessons, a number of recommended exercises and problems from the textbook are assigned for you to work. Shorthand nomenclature is used to designate which problems within a section of the textbook are assigned.  For example, ‘EOEOO’ is used to designate “Every Other Every Other Odd” numbered problem in an assigned section of the textbook, e.g., 1, 9, 17, 25 ..., etc.

Assigned problems

Assigned problems are grouped into the following categories:

Recommended Exercises/Problems:

These are noted under the ‘Assessment’ section that is located near the end of each lesson description and consist of selected problems from the textbook. These exercises and problems are your recommended homework and are intended to prepare you for successfully completing the quizzes and the in-person exams. None of these are to be turned in!

Turn-In Assignments (Quizzes):

There are four such quizzes. These are provided in Appendix A of the Lesson Packet. They are to be completed and submitted after the completion of Lessons 3, 5, 8, and 10, respectively. When a quiz is due, remove the appropriate quiz from the packet, perform the calculations that are required, clearly showing the work that you perform so that your instructor can locate and review your work.  Then, select and mark the correct answers on the answer sheet that is provided and, finally, submit the completed quiz as noted previously. 

There are 10 course lessons. The lesson titles and corresponding sections of the textbook are listed below:

Lessons Textbook Sections
1. Whole Numbers 1.1 thru 1.10
2. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions 2.1 thru 2.8
3. Adding and Subtracting Fractions 3.1 thru 3.4
4. Decimals 4.1 thru 4.6
5. Ratio and Proportion 5.1 thru 5.5
6. Percent 6.1 thru 6.8
7. Measurement 7.1 thru 7.5
8. Geometry 8.1 thru 8.9
9. Basic Algebra 9.1 thru 9.8
10. Statistics 10.1 thru 10.4

Copyrights and Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

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Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything that you submit. That way if your work is lost you can submit your copy for grading. If you don’t receive your graded assignment or quiz results within two or three weeks after submitting it, please contact your instructor.

The due date listed in your course calendar is the last date on which an assignment can be delivered to the Course Support Office, or postmarked.

Distance Learning Drop Box

Distance Learning students can now drop off class assignments (in an appropriately addressed envelope) and return library books, videotapes and/or cassettes at the Distance Learning Drop Box.

The Drop Box is conveniently located along the curb in front of the Rio Salado building at 2323 W. 14th  Street in Tempe.

Mailed Assignments

All mailed assignments must be properly addressed and mailed with adequate postage. Please remember all correspondence to Rio Salado College must have a return address, an addressee, and the correct postage. The U.S. Postal Service may refuse delivery if any of these three are missing. All items placed in the Rio drop box must have a return address and an addressee. Please keep a copy of all work turned in to your instructor. Assignments will not be accepted if postage is due. If you are unsure of the postage required, take the item to the post office and have it weighed.

Include the course section number and assignment identifier on the envelope below your name and return address. Envelopes that are labeled incorrectly can cause a delay in processing your work. Address your envelope as shown in this example:


Your Name:  Jane Q. Doe
Your Address:   1234 Anywhere Street, Anytown, AZ
Course and Section Numbers:   GPH111, Section ______
Assignment Identifier:   Essay 1


The Course Support Office Rio Salado College
P. O. Box 63310
Phoenix, AZ 85082-3310
Attn: (Write your instructor’s name here)

Your section number can be found in your "Welcome Letter".

The Course Support staff cannot answer questions about the receipt of specific mail-in assignments. Only your instructor can do so.

Note to students: Please submit only one assignment in each envelope. The special envelopes provided to you by Rio Salado are only for computer answer sheets. Please mail all other assignments in separate envelopes.

Note to students: The U.S. Post Office no longer offers Sunday or holiday mail posting, and pick-up does not automatically mean that your envelope will be posted the same day. To be safe, allow extra time: mail early.

Faxed Assignments

Assignments may be faxed to (480) 377-4728 for print and mixed media courses. Your name, your instructor's name, and the course name and section numbers must appear at the top of every page. When the Course Support Office receives assignments, they are sent to your instructor for evaluation. Once your instructor has graded your assignment, he or she will return it to you.

Protect your hard work. Again, clearly label every page of your assignment with your name, the course and section numbers, your instructors name, and the name of the assignment as it appears in the syllabus.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Print or Multimedia course is assigned a start date and an end date. It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.

Please Note: It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. You can access all library services at

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy at (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at

(480) 517-8562) or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Contact Rio Salado College

Advisement 480-517-8580, Fax: 480-377-4899

Bookstore 480-517-8710 or 1-800-584-8775 Fax: 480-517-8356

The RSC Bookstore does not accept credit cards over the phone. If you want to purchase textbooks with a credit card, including a Citi Prepaid Visa Card, you must either order your books online ( or visit the store in person. The bookstore is located in the Conference Center at 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281. (Major cross streets are Broadway and Priest).

You may also purchase textbooks using the online ordering system.

Cashier's Office 480-517-8334, 480-517-8330, Fax: 480-517-83594

College Safety 480-377-4555 (

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Information about Rio Salado College computer labs located throughout the valley. The computer labs are open to registered students and have a variety of software available. Computer courses can also be taken from your home or office if you have the appropriate hardware and software. Some RSC locations have either Knowledge Commons or staff-supported and monitored Computer Labs.

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Counseling for personal concerns that are interfering with your academic success, scholarship information, career planning, job hunting skills, and information or referrals to community services.

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Course Support produces and distributes introductory materials such as welcome letters and instruction on how to access their courses to distance learning students and faculty.

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The facility is located at 2250 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.

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Provides support and services to students with documented disabilities.

Financial Aid Toll-Free: 1-855-622-2332 Fax: 480-377-4702 (

Grants and scholarships are available to assist eligible students with college expenses. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must meet application criteria and select a program of study. Applying for financial aid will take at least eight weeks, so begin early!

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Honors 480-517-8656 (

Includes the President's Honor Roll, Phi Theta Kappa, and Honors Program classes with award stipends for eligible students.

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Available to answer questions about your course, help you contact your instructor or your faculty chair, provide Successful Start information, and to help you work through instructional issues that may arise during your course.

Library Services 480-517-8424, Toll Free 1-800-729-1197, Fax 480-517-8449 (

Library books, DVDs, online databases of magazine and newspaper articles, online encyclopedias, image collections, e-books, reference assistance (phone, in-person, or e-mail).

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Public Safety 480-377-4555

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Ask for a Student Enrollment Representative to assist with general college information, registration and records information, tuition and fee payment information, transcript requests, pre-requisite approvals, basic course selection, or waivers.

Ask for a Student Enrollment Advisor for assistance with: educational goals and objectives, transcript evaluation, disability services and resources, advisement issues, scholarship and financial aid options, program and admissions information.

Sun Sounds 480-517-8300

Technology Helpdesk 480-517-8600

Available to help you work through any technological barriers that may come up during your "Online Experience."

Testing 480-517-8560 or Toll Free 1-866-517-8560

Distance learning midterm/final exams; testing sites, directions, business hours and schedules; exam proctoring for out-of-county students; disability services; placement testing; GED; prior learning assessment; national exams: CLEP, DANTES; degree specific exams.

Testing Information (recorded), 480-517-8558

Tutoring Services 480-517-8247

Tutors help Rio Salado Community College students prepare for tests, learn new concepts, improve study techniques, and answer questions about assignments.

Veteran Affairs 480-517-8153