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# Math 100

# 1. Resources

# 1.1. Where is Room 108?

Room
108 is located on the first floor of the Math Building. The Math
Building is the X-shaped building just north of the 6th Street Parking
Garage. When you walk in, look for the large service window.

Math Building location and hours

# 1.2. What are Room 108's hours?

The Math Academic Office, Math Room 108, is open from 8:00am to 4:55pm, Monday through Friday.

# 1.3. How can I sign up for this course?

Courses can be added once they are available on UAccess. On the Search for Classes screen, choose:

**Institution**: *The University of Arizona*

**Term**: Make sure the correct semester is selected.

**Subject**: *MATH - Mathematics Main*

**Course Number**: change “Contains” to “*Is exactly*” and type “*100*” in the box.

Click the green **SEARCH** button.

There
are times when Math 100 is not available for student UAccess
enrollment. The class may still be open and available for enrollment
through the Math Dept. If you can’t find the class using the above
search criteria, or are having trouble enrolling, **please email placement@math.arizona.edu. **

# 1.4. Can I take an Intermediate Algebra class at a community college instead?

Math 100 is designed to address a
student's individual deficiencies in math. An Intermediate Algebra
class at a community college may help the student to overcome some
deficiencies, but:

- The credit will not transfer to the UA as anything but elective credit.
- The student will still need to take and pass the placement exam at the UA before moving on to higher math.
- The typical classroom setting may not address the student's individual needs.

Students
who complete Math 100 at the UA often get into a university-level math
class sooner than students who take courses at a local community college
over summer.

# 1.5. How will Math 100 affect my GPA?

Math
100 counts for 3 units of elective credit, and will affect your GPA as
such. The most important thing you should get out of Math 100 is
placement into your first required math class for your major.

# 1.6. I didn't place into my next math class. What are my options?

If you did not place into a higher math class, you have a few options:

- You
can re-take the Math 100 course next semester to continue to improve
your math skills. Students that choose this option often have more
success when they do place into higher math classes.
- You
can try to take the Math Placement Assessment for a fee. This is
completely separate from the Math 100 course, and uses a different pie
in ALEKS. (Please note: taking a placement test will not affect your
grade in Math 100.) You can sign up for the Math Placement Assessment here.
- You can check with your local community college for an Intermediate Algebra math course. Although Intermediate Algebra courses will not transfer as UA Math 100 (or as any certain UA Math course), you can take the class to improve your skills and then take the UA placement assessment when you are ready.

# 1.7. I placed into my next math class. How/when can I register?

You can enroll in the math classes for which you placed once your placement score has posted to UAccess.

In Uaccess Student, go to **Other Academic** drop down menu. Choose **Transfer Credit: Report.**

On the Transfer Credit Report, scroll down the page to **Test Credits** and look for the **Math 100 Final for Placement.**

Enroll
yourself in the math course you placed into via UAccess. If there are
no seats available for the math class you want to enroll in, please keep
checking back on UAccess each day. Seats may open up as students drop
and add courses frequently, and as UA Math opens seats.

Do NOT wait until your Math 100 letter grade has posted. It is your placement score which grants you access to your next class.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Math Department at placement@math.arizona.edu.

# 2. General

# 2.1. What is the purpose of Math 100?

Math 100 is an individualized math course to serve as a preparation
for University Level Mathematics courses. Approximately one third of
each incoming class is not ready to take a university-level math class.
Successful completion of Math 100 provides students with the placement
and skills needed for their next math course.

Content
includes the following topics: linear, quadratic, polynomial and
rational equations, algebraic expressions, graphing techniques,
factoring techniques, exponents, and data analyses. This course by
itself cannot be used to satisfy the foundations math requirement for
any degree program. This course allows you to place into either MATH
105, MATH 106, MATH 107, or MATH 112 depending on your progress in Math
100.

# 2.2. Why was the ALEKS program selected?

ALEKS is the student’s online textbook and tutorial. We chose this model because the ALEKS program is adaptive.

Using
this program, students create their own paths through the course
content and tackle problems when they are truly ready to master them.
Students do not have to work on problems they already know how to do.
The regular class meetings and homework goals that are set each day
allow us to monitor student progress and hold them accountable for
meeting intermediate goals. These
intermediate goals are set to help students be successful on the three
in-person proctored exams (knowledge checks) during the semester.

# 2.3. How much time should students spend in ALEKS?

This varies depending on the student. In general, our students spend on average 1-2 hours per day in ALEKS.

# 2.4. Why isn't there a hardcopy textbook for Math 100?

Students
entering Math 100 typically have used traditional textbooks for their
last 12 years. UA Math has chosen a more adaptive and individualized
method for retaining the math skills needed for college level math
courses.

When students come to Math 100, they each have a unique background and past experience with learning math. With
a textbook, the students are required to work through sections that
they may know very well, or may rush through sections with which they
are struggling. Forcing students with different math backgrounds and
levels to progress simultaneously through a structured textbook has not been shown to be as helpful as working in ALEKS.

ALEKS
serves as the textbook for Math 100. When students work in ALEKS they
are working out the typical textbook problems of a hardcopy textbook,
but with a personalized advantage. They can work quickly through topics
they are familiar with and can receive of extra time and support on new
topics. If a student needs help with a particular problem, they may
click on various links to have terms defined, to see the problem fully
worked, or to view a video with explanations. When they return to the
practice problems, they will be given a similar problem, but not
identical.

# 2.5. Math 100 Course Description

**Math 100 - Math Lab (3 credits)** UA ALEKS PPL score of 0-39%.

**Description: **

The
main purpose of this course is to serve as a preparation for MATH 105,
MATH 106, MATH 107, and MATH 112, with an emphasis on problem-solving
techniques and graphing technology. Content includes the following
topics: linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, and absolute value
equations and inequalities, algebraic expressions, graphing techniques,
factoring techniques, exponents and basic data analysis. Students who
wish to continue to higher level math courses will have the option to
work with additional course material in algebra and trigonometry to
facilitate this preparation. This course by itself cannot be used to
satisfy the foundations math requirement for any degree program.
Examinations are proctored.

**Comments:**
Some students with only one math requirement will need to take this
course in the Spring. This course is available during Summer for
students who need to take a higher level math course in the Fall. This
course does not serve as a prerequisite to any UA Math course. Students
must place into the next course through the Math 100 final exam. The
next course is generally Math 105, 106, 107, or 112.