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The Diagnostic Questions were designed to help you understand where you are weak in the prerequisite material for your math class. All of the questions on the short quiz are taken from lower level courses. If you do poorly on this quiz, it is an indication that you need to review these skills to be successful in class. Use the worksheets below and your instructor's help to review. The numbers refer to the information given on the Follow-up sheet.

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 Review Material Worksheets Number Subject Worksheet Solutions (if available) Diagnostic Questions for Math 131 Worksheet (This is taken in class. You can get a copy from the MRC after it has been given out in class.) Diagnostic Questions for Math 131 Follow-up (where to find help and practice) 1 Some general info and factoring Properties of real numbers: Basics of real numbers and algebra Properties of real numbers Solutions: Basics of real numbers and algebra 2 Properties of real numbers: Commutative and associative properties Properties of real numbers Solutions: Commutative and associative properties 3 Properties of real numbers: Distribution property and combining like terms Properties of real numbers Solutions: Distribution property and combining like terms 4 Combines all the properties in simplifying expressions Properties of real numbers: Practice problems Properties of real numbers Solutions: Practice problems 5 Solving linear equations using a verbal model method Solving linear equations Solving linear equations Solutions 6 This addresses why we can cancel stuff from fractions. Try to keep it in mind when you are simplifying stuff. Factors versus terms 7 Order of operations PEMDAS PEMDAS Solutions 8 Slope and straight lines Understanding slope Understanding slope Solutions 9 Graphical methods for solving a system of linear equations Solving linear systems graphically 10 Exponent rules Discovering the rules of exponents 11 A geometric understanding of FOIL Understanding FOIL 12 Factoring trinomials Factoring trinomials 13 Setting up story problems Story problem pieces Story problem pieces Solutions 14 Solving equations using a verbal model method Solving equations Solving equations Solutions

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