DVM 003 – PreAlgebra (EDUCO)



INSTRUCTOR:              Peter M. Speier

     Educational Development


OFFICE:                          M2127

PHONE NUMBERS:     301-322-0500





OFFICE HRS:                 



The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a thorough review of arithmetic, including selected topics from geometry and measurement.  Upon satisfactory completion of DVM 003, the student will be prepared for DVM 007.


COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

·        Perform binary operations on whole numbers. Fractions, decimals, integers and radical expressions.

·        Solve problems involving ratio, proportion, and percent.

·        Find perimeters, areas, and volumes of basic geometric shapes; and rules of angle measurements

·        Compute and display statistical information in appropriate forms

·        Solve problems involving right triangles using the Pythagorean Theorem


TEXTBOOK: Pre-Algebra, Sixth Edition, by Sharma & King; published by EDUCO




CALCULATORS:  Students are expected to have a calculator and to bring it to class each meeting.  The calculator must have basic operations and a square function.  Calculators are permitted on all tests and quizzes.  Suggested models include:  TI 30X, TI 36X, and Casio FX 250-H.  Credit math courses require either the TI-83 or the TI-84 (recommended).




It is suggested that you work all odd-numbered problems and check your answers in the back of the book.  These problems are suggested to allow you to work with material similar to what you will find on the tests.  They will not be collected.






Three criteria are required in order to receive a passing grade in DVM 003:


  • Complete a minimum of 25 hours of lab, tutoring, testing, or workshops.
  • Attend at least 80% of scheduled classes.
  • Maintain an average of 70% on all tests, quizzes, and assignments.

There will be 8 tests during the semester and a cumulative final exam.


                        Daily Quiz / HW                                               10%

                        Chapter Practice                                   20%

                        Major Tests                                                      40%

                        Final Exam                                                       20 %



                        Notebook                                                        10%                

                        Class Discussion

                        Lab time/tutoring



NOTE:            No children/guests are allowed in the classroom.  Also, cell phones and pagers must be “OFF”.  Cell phones may not be used as calculators.  No head coverings PLEASE.





                        WEEK                        DATE                         SECTION OF TEXT


1                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 1

2                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 1

3                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 2

4                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 2

5                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 3

6                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 3

7                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 4

8                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 4

9                                                                                                                                                        Chapter 5  (omit 5.3B)

10                                                                                                                                                    Chapter 5

11                                                                                                                                                    Chapter 6  (omit 6.1, 6.2A,                       6.4A,C,D)

12                                                                                                                                                    Chapter 7   (omit 7.4C)

13                                                                                                                                                    Chapter 8  (omit 8.4B, 8.5)

14                                                                                                                                                    Catch-up and Review

15                                                                                                                                                    FINAL EXAM




DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES (use text provided below)

Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.  Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.



The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2003-2004 Student Handbook, beginning on page 39, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.



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LAB INFORMATION:  Marlboro Instructional Learning Lab (M2129)


                        Monday – Thursday                          8 AM – 9:00 PM

                        Friday                                                 8 AM – 3:45 PM

                        Saturday                                             8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

                        Sunday                                                10 AM – 1 PM



     Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center)       


     Bladen Wing, Room 100                             301-322-0090


     Check the web site for hours and policies and procedures.


     Tutoring and Writing Centers           (


     Bladen Wing, Room 107                              Call 301-322-0748 to make an appointment.


If you have the feeling that something is missing from your studies, the Tutoring Center can help you put the pieces of the puzzle together with free one-on-one or group tutoring.

     The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on any writing assignment in any course.  






      Student Development Services                    301-322-0886



 Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring,      advising and individual counseling.  Call or check the website for more information.



 Library (


      Accokeek Hall                                                       General information:   301-322-0105

                                                                                    Circulation services:    301-322-0475

                                                                                    Reference services:      301-322-0476


    The Learning Resources Division provides a range of library and media services.

     Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.


    Campus Bookstore ( 

     Largo Student Center, Room 116                 301-322-0912