Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
I. Course Prefix/Number: MAT 129
Course Name: Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course emphasizes development of critical thinking skills using mathematical language and notation appropriately to communicate ideas and solve a variety of problems. Focuses on increasing mathematical knowledge upon which the elementary curriculum is based with a deeper conceptual understanding of the following topics; recognizing and analyzing two- and three-dimensional geometrical shapes; measurement, triangle congruence and similarity; Euclidean constructions; coordinate and transformational geometry; elementary logic, dynamic geometry or computer algebra software; equivalence relations, and clock arithmetic as an example of a finite mathematical system. Technology incorporated when appropriate.
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Apply mathematical reasoning in a variety of routine and non-routine problem solving situations involving measurement, geometry, basic logic, relations, and clock arithmetic.
B. Identify, create and model mathematical representations, ideas and concepts using mathematical language and notation to solve problems involving measurement, geometry, basic logic, relations, and clock arithmetic.
C. Explain and connect the key elements of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics to course the content of measurement, geometry, basic logic, relations, and clock arithmetic.D. Recognize and demonstrate appropriate use of technologies and tools, such as calculators and computers.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Measurement: Units of length, areas, volumes, masses, temperatures and conversions.
- Recognition, analysis, and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes.
- Triangle congruence and similarity.
- Euclidean constructions.
- Coordinate and transformational geometry.
- Logic: Introduction to conditionals, biconditionals, and arguments.
- Computer Technology: computer software for geometrical explorations and an introduction to graphics calculators
- Equivalence Relations
- Clock Arithmetic
VII. Methods of Instruction
(To be completed by the instructor)
The classroom component of this course will feature lectures on the primary topics highlighted in the outline of topics. The course will emphasize student participation through individual and group activities, cooperative learning techniques, and problem solving activities. Use of calculators, computers, and videos will be an integral part of the course.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
(To be completed by the instructor)
Complete assigned readings and homework and attend and participate in all scheduled class lectures and class discussions.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
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:
Other Required Materials: A Graphing Calculator, TI 83 or 84 preferred.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
(To be completed by the instructor.)
Evaluation may include class projects, homework, quizzes, tests, and a final examination.
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
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.