Course Syllabus

Welcome to RWM101: Foundations of Real World Math

Specific information about this course and its requirements can be found below. For more general information about taking Saylor Academy courses, including information about Community and Academic Codes of Conduct, please read the Saylor Student Handbook.

 

Course Description

In this course, you will cover some of the most basic math applications, like decimals, percents, and even fractions. You will not only learn the theory behind these topics, but also how to apply these concepts to your life. You will learn some basic mathematical properties, such as the reflexive property, associative property, and others. The best part is that you most likely already know them, even if you did not know the proper mathematical names. 

 

Course Introduction

"Why is math important? Why do I have to learn math?" These are typical questions that you have most likely asked at one time or another in your education. While you may learn things in math class that you will not use again, the study of mathematics is still an important one for human development. Math is widely-used in daily activities (e.g. shopping, cooking, etc.) and in most careers (e.g. medicine, teaching, engineering, construction, business, statistics in psychology, etc.). Math is also considered a "universal language." One of the fundamental reasons why you learn math is to help you tackle problems, both mathematical and non-mathematical, with clear, concise, and logical steps. In this course, you will study important fundamental math concepts.

This course begins your journey into the "Real World Math" series. These courses are intended not just to help you learn basic algebra and geometry topics, but also to show you how these topics are used in everyday life. In this course, you will cover some of the most basic math applications, like decimals, percents, and even the dreaded "f-word," fractions. You will not only learn the theory behind these topics, but also how to apply these concepts to your life. You will learn some basic mathematical properties, such as the reflexive property, associative property, and others. The best part is that you most likely already know them, even if you did not know the proper mathematical names.

This course is comprised of the following units:

  • Unit 1: Number Properties
  • Unit 2: Order of Operations
  • Unit 3: Fractions
  • Unit 4: Decimals
  • Unit 5: Ratios and Proportions
  • Unit 6: Percentages
  • Unit 7: Graphs and Charts

 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract;
  • apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide;
  • explain how negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having an opposite direction;
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations (including fractions and decimals);
  • find the greatest common factor and least common multiple of whole numbers;
  • recognize a fraction as part of a whole;
  • explain equivalence of fractions;
  • use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators;
  • solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like and unlike denominators;
  • determine how to solve multiplication and division of fractions problems;
  • solve real world problems involving multiplication and division of fractions;
  • use decimal notation for fractions;
  • read, write, and compare decimals;
  • perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths;
  • solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with decimals;
  • use ratio concepts to solve problems;
  • analyze proportional relationships, and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems;
  • convert between percent, decimal, and fraction notation;
  • use proportional relationships to solve multistep percent problems; and
  • represent and interpret data in various graphs.
Throughout this course, you'll also see related learning outcomes identified in each unit. You can use the learning outcomes to help organize your learning and gauge your progress.

 

Course Materials

The primary learning materials for this course are readings, lectures, video tutorials, and other resources.

All course materials are free to access, and can be found through the links provided in each unit and subunit of the course. Pay close attention to the notes that accompany these course materials, as they will tell you what to focus on in each resource, and will help you to understand how the learning materials fit into the course as a whole. You can also see a list of all of the learning materials in this course by clicking on Resources in the navigation bar.

 

Evaluation and Minimum Passing Score

Only the final exam is considered when awarding you a grade for this course. In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you may take it again as many times as needed, following a 7-day waiting period between each attempt. Once you have successfully passed the final exam you will be awarded a free Saylor Certificate of Completion.

Any unit assessments and other types of quizzes in this course are intended to help you to gauge how well you are learning and do not factor into your final course grade. You can take these as many times as you want to, until you understand the concepts and material covered. You can see all of these assessments by clicking on Quizzes in the course's navigation bar.

 

Tips for Success

RWM101: Foundations of Real World Math is a self-paced course, which means that you can decide when you will start and when you will complete the course. There is no instructor or set schedule to follow.  We estimate that the "average" student will take 116 hours to complete this course. We recommend that you work through the course at a pace that is comfortable for you and allows you to make regular progress. It's a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

Learning new material can be challenging, so below we've compiled a few suggested study strategies to help you succeed:

  • Take notes on the various terms, practices, and theories that you come across. This can help you put each concept into context, and will create a refresher that you can use to study later on. 
  • As you work through the materials, take time to test yourself on what you remember and how well you understand the concepts. Reflecting on what you've learned is important for your long-term memory, and will make you more likely to retain the information over time. 
  • Although you may work through this course completely independently, you may find it helpful to connect with other Saylor Academy students through the discussion forums. You may access the discussion forums at https://discourse.saylor.org.

 

Technical Requirements

This course is delivered entirely online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any auto-graded course assessments and the final exam.

  • To access the full course including assessments and the final exam, you will need to be logged into your Saylor Academy account and enrolled in the course. If you do not already have an account, you may create one for free here. Although you can access some course resources without logging in to your account, you should log in to maximize your course experience. For example, you cannot take assessments or track your progress unless you are logged in. 

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Fees

This course is entirely free to enroll in and access. Everything linked in the course, including textbooks, videos, webpages, and activities, are all available for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.



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