MATH 165 Concepts of the Number System

Prerequisites & Bulletin Description

Course Objectives

  • Help you learn and explore the number strand for the elementary curriculum.
  • Help you see math as interesting and relevant.
  • Help you see yourself as capable of learning mathematics and solving mathematical problems on your own.
  • Introduce you to materials to teach content in the number strand to elementary school students.
  • Convince you that math is not a bunch of formulas to be memorized but problems to solve and patterns to find.

Evaluation of Students

There will be a Midterm and a Final Exam. Weekly homework will be assigned and there will be two projects required.

Course Outline

The following timeline is approximate.

Topics & Length
Topics Number of Weeks
Functions 1
Sets and Venn Diagrams 1
Symbols, Bases, Concrete Representations 1
Addition, Subtraction Algorithms 1
Multiplication Algorithms & Representations 1.5
Division Algorithms & Representations 1.5
Fractions, Concrete Representations 1
Equivalent Forms, Fraction Addition & Subtraction 1
Fraction Comparison 1
Fraction Multiplication 1
Fraction Division 1
Tests and Projects 2

Textbooks & Software

None. There will be handouts in class. 

Submitted by: Eric Hsu 
Date: April 2, 2003