This course will introduce the students to the following topics: order of operations, operations on real numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions, integer exponents, solving linear equations in one variable, graphing linear equations in two variables, and applications such as geometry and modeling. Emphasis is placed on reviewing basic arithmetic skills and elementary algebra topics. Development of arithmetic skills throughout the semester is essential, therefore students will not be allowed to use calculators. Students will work on the development of thinking skills through creative problem solving, writing to explain methods and solutions to problems, and collaborative learning. This is a remedial/developmental course; it will not satisfy any graduation requirements. A grade of C or better is required to register for any subsequent math course.