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Onward Courses, Labs and Degree Credit - Mathematics


Onward Mathematics courses are designed to give you the basic skills needed for success in future math courses at UMaine and for many personal and professional situations as well. Credit for these courses will not count towards your bachelor’s degree (except for MAT 111), but they do count for financial aid, and all UMaine add/drop and withdrawal policies apply.

ONM 11: Pre-Algebra

Operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, are reviewed and applied to fractions, decimals, percents and basic geometry. Briefly introduces signed numbers and simple linear equations. Prerequisite: Onward Placement Test. 3 non-degree credits.

ONM 12: Introductory Algebra

Topics include: graphing, writing and solving linear equations (including fractional equations), solving quadratic equations by factoring and by the quadratic formula, as well as practical applications. Prerequisite: ONM 11 or permission. 3 credits.

MAT111: Algebra for College Mathematics

This course covers the basic topics in algebra needed to enter a mathematics course at the precalculus level.  The covered topics include a brief review of the real number system (including absolute value, exponents, roots, and radicals), linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, graphs, functions (primarily linear and other polynomial), factoring, rational and radical expressions.  Note: This course counts for 3 degree credits, but it does not satisfy UM’s General Education Mathematics Requirement. Prerequisite: ONM 12 or permission. 3 degree credits.

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Onward News

2015 Onward Information Sessions

Dates will be posted in Fall 2014. In the Onward Information Sessions, Onward participants will share their personal experiences as students attending the University of Maine in the Onward Program. Staff will be available to answer questions about financial aid, coursework, work load, and more.Light refreshments will be served. All sessions take place in 125 East Annex on the University of Maine campus. A tour of our facility is included. Reservations are not needed, but are welcome. Call 581-2320 for more information.

Onward 1st year student helps keep veterans warm

Patrick Herbert, a first year Onward student and veteran, has started a coat drive for veterans. Check out the newscast here.

The Onward Program has two new instructors! We welcome Sara Sheppard as our Instructor of Developmental Reading and Writing and Todd Zoroya as our Instructor of Developmental Mathematics. Check out Sara and Todd's pages on the CSP Staff Links.
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Onward Program
125 East Annex, University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2320 | Fax: (207) 581-4252E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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