Course Info for MAT098 - PREALGEBRA

This course reviews fundamental mathematical skills in preparation for introductory college algebra. Course topics include the study of real numbers including integers, fractions and decimals; algebraic expressions; linear equations and an introduction to graphing on the coordinate plane. Near the end of the course, students will complete a comprehensive, departmental final exam to assess their preparedness to move on to MAT100 Introductory Algebra.

*Students must earn a CN or better to pass the course. 

PREREQUISITE: Required on basis of placement test results.

COREQUISITE: MAT090, if indicated by placement

Note regarding students who are concurrently enrolled in MAT090 and MAT098:

  • If a student is concurrently enrolled in MAT090 and MAT098 and subsequently withdraws or is involuntarily withdrawn from either course, the student will be withdrawn from the other course. 
  • A student who does not successfully complete MAT090 will receive a grade of RN in the corresponding section of MAT098 during the same semester. 

Developmental Mathematics, College Mathematics, and Introductory Algebra Plus MyMathLab -- Access Card Package, 9/E, Pearson; Bittinger & Beecher.

ISBN #9780134197401


 MyMathLab Access Code (an eText is accessible in MyMathLab)

ISBN # 9780321199911


A scientific calculator, with square and square root functions, will be required.


As the result of instructional activities, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate using the appropriate mathematical vocabulary, including such terms as number sets; prime and composite numbers; natural, whole, integer, rational, and real numbers; Cartesian plane and ordered pairs; variable, simplify, and solve; points, lines,  and angles
  2. Expand and condense expressions with exponents
  3. Find all factors of a given number
  4. Write the prime factorization of a given number
  5. Find the mean, median and mode of a given set of numbers
  6. Determine if a given statement is an expression or equation
  7. Determine if a given value is a solution to a given equation
  8. Solve and check a given equation, which has integer, fraction and decimal terms
  9. Use inequality notation to display numerical relationships
  10. Evaluate expressions containing absolute values
  11. Add, subtract, multiply and divide integers, fractions and decimals
  12. Evaluate expressions using the order of operations
  13. Translate phrases into algebraic expressions and vice versa
  14. Evaluate algebraic expressions for given values of variables
  15. Use appropriate formulas and strategies to solve word problems
  16. Simplify algebraic expressions by using the distributive property, combining like-terms, and by using the order of operations
  17. Simplify fractions and mixed numbers to lowest terms
  18. Build-up a given fraction so that it has a specified denominator
  19. Round decimals to a specified place value
  20. Use bar notation to denote repeating decimals
  21. Write a given decimal in English (using place-values) and vice versa
  22. Evaluate a given square root; be able to provide both square roots, and the primary root
  23. Graph coordinates given as a set of ordered pairs or from a table of values
  24. Determine the coordinate of a point graphed on the coordinate plane; determine which quadrant a graphed point lies within
  25. Determine if an ordered pair is a solution to a 2-variable equation
  26. Complete an ordered pair so that it satisfies a given 2-variable equation
  27. Complete a given table of values given a 2-variable equation
  28. Convert between decimals, fractions and percentages
  29. Solve problems involving percents, including percents of increase and decrease
  30. Find the perimeter and area of geometric figures and find the volume of solids


  1. Operations with Whole Numbers and Integers (textbook chapters 1 & 7)- including introduction to the whole numbers and integers, operations with integers, prime factors and exponents, order of operations
  2. Expressions and Equations (textbook chapter 8)- including introduction to expressions, simplifying expressions, solving equations involving integers
  3. Fractions and Mixed Numbers (textbook chapter 2)- including the Fundamental Property of Fractions, operations with fractions and mixed numbers, order of operations, solving equations containing fractions
  4. Decimals (textbook chapter 3)-  including review of operations with decimals, solving equations containing decimals, square roots
  5. Percent (textbook chapter 4)- including percents, decimals, and fractions, solving percent problems
  6. Introduction to Graphing (textbook chapter 9)- including the rectangular coordinate system, graphing linear equations
  7. Introduction to Geometry (textbook chapter 6) including basic definitions, polygons, perimeter and area of geometric figures, volume of solids

The Math Department at CCC recommends that you review the following prerequisite topics to be successful in MAT098:

Basic Arithmetic Facts: adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing
Place Values: whole numbers
Word Problems: including perimeter and area of a rectangle

You can do this from home by selecting any of the aforementioned topics on the math-tutorial websites listed below; there you will find mini-lectures, worked problems, practice problems and helpful tips.

Review of these topics will prepare you to be successful in the first four weeks when you are getting situated and accustomed to your new environment.

Feel free to contact a member of the Math Department or the Math Department Chair.