Mathematics Foundation and Its Role in Determining Student Preparedness for College

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Alwyn A. Chacko
Shibi A. Chacko


Algebra, the foundation to higher math learning skills, is integral in our daily lives. Therefore it is important to introduce a system that will help algebra become a part of one’s intellectual support system to assist with everyday challenges. Every person, even if lacking a formal math education, uses applications such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Basic demographic data and a math placement test for students seeking entry into college, covering algebra and pre-calculus topics, was administered. A comparison of student experience, nationality and gender differences over their performance on the placement test revealed no significant performance differences between genders. However, differences based on nationality and student experience were found from a 2-T, Kruskal-Wallis and Tukey’s Honest Significant Difference test.


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