Applied Mathematics I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 114

       Course Name: Applied Mathematics I

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course reviews and extends skills in arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry and scientific notation for students pursuing Oakton degrees and certificates in technological fields.  Problems are drawn from the areas of technology, including electronics, architecture, facilities operation, fire science and building energy systems.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Apply the fundamental operations of arithmetic with respect to integers, fractions, decimals, and percents.
  2. Understand and apply the concepts of the elements of measurements and conversions.
  3. Solve algebraic equations, inequalities, and systems of equations.
  4. Evaluate, manipulate, and factor polynomial and rational expressions.
  5. Graph straight lines and apply the concept of linear slope in problems from technology.
  6. Understand radical expressions and solve quadratic equations.
  7. Apply the concepts of ratio, proportion, and variation.
  8. Understand and apply geometry.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.  Arithmetic
        1.  Operations on whole numbers.
        2.  Applications and problem solving
        3.  Fractional notation and mixed numerals
        4.  Decimal notation
        5.  Applications

    B.  Measurements
        1.  English system
        2.  Metric system
        3.  Conversions between the English and metric systems
        4.  Rates
        5.  Temperature
        6.  The decimal number system and powers of ten
        7.  Operations with measurements

    C.  Algebra
        1.  Introduction to real numbers
        2.  Solving equations and inequalities
        3.  Graphs of equations           
        4.  Polynomial operations
        5.  Polynomial factoring
        6.  Rational expressions and equations
        7.  Graphs, slopes, and applications
        8.  Systems of equations
        9.  Radical expressions and quadratic equations
        10. Ratio, proportion, and variation

    D. Geometry
        1.  Length and area
        2.  Perimeter
        3.  Areas of parallelograms, triangles, and trapezoids
        4.  Circles
        5.  Pythagorean Theorem
        6.  Angles and triangles
        7.  Solids and volumes

VII.  Methods of Instruction

(To be completed by instructor)

Methods of presentation can include lectures, discussion, demonstration, experimentation, audio-visual, group work, and regularly assigned homework.  Calculators / computers will be used when appropriate.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

(To be completed by instructor)

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Within the Schedule of Classes, textbooks can be found by clicking on an individual course section and looking for the words "View Book Information".

Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.

Scientific Calculator required.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

To be determined and announced by the instructor.

The following applies to the online section of this course only:
This online course requires that students take their exams as directed by their instructor: either on campus at Oakton's Testing Center, at an authorized testing center with a face-to-face monitor, or remotely through a pre- approved testing service.   (To be customized by instructor.)

XI.   Other Course Information

Individual instructors will establish and announce specific policies regarding attendance, due dates and make-up work, incomplete grades, etc.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.