WTTP 1721
Applied Math and Science

3.0 Credits


This course covers the essential elements of mathematics and science to enable students to be successful in the program. In mathematics, the concepts of fractions, ratios and proportion, scientific notation, percent, algebra, calculation of areas and volumes, graphs and the conversion of units are covered. The science component of the course is divided into two areas: hydraulics and chemistry. In hydraulics, the concepts of pressure, hydraulic grade lines, calculation of head loss, pumping and flow rate problems are discussed in details. In chemistry, the structure of matter, the balancing of chemical equations and the calculation of dosage are studied.

Delivery Method



Industry experience or acceptance into the Water Treatment Technology Program.


The goals of WTTP 1721 Applied Math and Science, are:

  • To introduce the essential elements of mathematics required for successful completion of the Water Treatment Technology Program.
  • To introduce the basic principles of hydraulics as they apply to water treatment.
  • To introduce the elements of chemistry that must be mastered in order to successfully complete subsequent chemistry courses in the program.

Course Outline

The course is divided into 3 units, each of which is further divided into several sections:

Module A: Applied Operation Math

  • Section 1: Classification of Numbers
  • Section 2: Operations with Numbers
  • Section 3: Fractions
  • Section 4: Ratios and Proportions
  • Section 5: Scientific Notation
  • Section 6: Percent
  • Section 7: Metric and Imperial Systems
  • Section 8: Algebra
  • Section 9: Calculation of Perimeter
  • Section 10: Calculation of Area
  • Section 11: Calculation of Volume
  • Section 12: Averages
  • Section 13: Linear Equations and Graphs

Module B: Basic Hydraulics

  • Section 1: Introductory Concepts
  • Section 2: Pressure and Hydraulic Grade Line
  • Section 3: Types of Heads
  • Section 4: Head Loss
  • Section 5: Pumping Problems
  • Section 6: Horsepower and Efficiency
  • Section 7: Reading Pump Curves
  • Section 8: Flow Rate Problems

Module C: Basic Water Chemistry

  • Section 1: The Structure of Matter
  • Section 2: Electron Arrangements in Atoms
  • Section 3: Chemical Formula and Chemical Equations
  • Section 4: Solutions
  • Section 5: Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Section 6: Chemical Dosage Problems
  • Section 7: Chemical Nomenclature

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Fourth Edition. American Water Works Association. Basic Science Concepts and Applications. Denver, CO: American Water Works Association, (2010).
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-58321-778-8

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must obtain 50% or higher in the course overall and 50% or more on the mandatory final exam. Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain a minimum 60% average in the course overall to meet program requirements.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis.

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Exam (Mandatory) 50%
Total 100%