Pre-Curriculum Math

Pre-Curriculum Math provides students with the basic math skills required for success in curriculum math courses. In addition, there are a variety of other courses that have pre-curriculum math as a prerequisite for the course. For instance, some science, accounting, and culinary course have pre-curriculum math courses as a prerequisite. To prepare students most effectively, the pre-curriculum math courses have been organized into eight modules. Each module focuses on a specific area of knowledge. This allows for students to be required to take only the specific modules required for success in an individual course.

Pre-Curriculum Math Courses

DMA 010 – Operations with Integers
In this module, the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the problem events that require the use of integers and integer operations. Once students have a solid understanding of the concepts associated with integers, they will find the absolute value, evaluate and write some basic exponents, evaluate square roots, and use the correct order of operations.  Geometry applications will include the perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles, angle facts, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Emphasis will be on solving contextual application problems.

DMA 020 – Fractions and Decimals
In this module, the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the relationship between fractions and decimals and the problem events that result in the use of fractions and decimals to find a solution. Once students have a solid understanding of the concepts associated with fractions and decimals, they will effectively apply operations with fractions and decimals to solve contextual application problems. Geometric application problems will include circumference and area of circles. Students will be able to use appropriate technology to solve applications problems involving decimals.

DMA 030 – Proportions/Ratios/Rates/Percents
In this module, the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the problem events that are represented by ratios, rates, percents, and proportions. Once the students have a solid understanding of these concepts, they will be able to use ratios, rates, proportions, and percents to solve conceptual application problems. Applications using English customary and metric units of measurement and the geometry of similar triangles will be included.

DMA 040 – Expressions, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities
In this module, the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the problem events that result in graphic and algebraic representations of linear expressions, equations, and inequalities. Once the students have a solid understanding of the concepts of expressions, linear equations, and linear inequalities, they will be able to distinguish between, simplify, and solve when appropriate linear expressions, equations, and inequalities.  Emphasis will be on solving contextualized application problems using linear equations and inequalities. 

DMA 050 – Graphs and Equations of Lines
In this module the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the problem events that result in graphic and algebraic representations of lines. Once students understand the concepts of slope, equations of lines, and linear modeling they will solve contextual application problems. Students will also interpret basic graphs (line, bar, circle, etc.) to solve problems.

DMA 060 – Polynomials and Quadratics Applications
In this module, the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the problem events that result in graphic and algebraic representations of quadratics. Once the students have a solid understanding of the concepts associated with quadratic representations, they will be ready to learn the procedures for finding algebraic solutions to contextual quadratic applications. Within the problem solving process, students will perform polynomial operations, factor polynomials, and apply factoring to solve polynomial equations. The concept of functions will be introduced. Reasonableness of solutions will be emphasized. The graphing calculator will be used in this module to examine the graphic representation of quadratic functions in addition to the algebraic skills developed.

DMA 070 – Rational Expressions and Equations
In this module, the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the problem events that result in graphic and algebraic representations of rational equations. Once the students have a solid understanding of the concept of a rational function and rational function representation, they will be ready to learn the procedures for finding algebraic solutions to contextual rational applications. Students will identify and simplify rational expressions. Reasonableness of solutions in an application will be emphasized. The graphing calculator will be used in understanding the domain of a rational function.

DMA 080 – Radical Expressions and Equations
In this module, students will understand how to manipulate radicals to solve real world applications involving radical equations. Students will simplify and perform operations with radical expressions and rational exponents. Reasonableness of solutions in an application will be emphasized. The graphing calculator will be used to examine the graphic representation of radical functions. 

Pre-Curriculum Math Shells
In order to allow students to complete just the modules they need at a pace that is appropriate for each individual, Wake Tech will offer shell courses for Pre-Curriculum math. These courses are: 

  • DMS 001 - for students who need only one DMA module, 1 credit hour, meets once a week for 8 weeks
  • DMS 002 - for students who need only two DMA modules, 2 credit hours, meets twice a week for 8 weeks
  • DMS 003 - for students who need three or more DMA modules, 3 credit hours, meets twice a week for 16 weeks, students can complete as many more modules as they are able