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Math 65: Introductory Algebra Course Calendar – Campus/Online/Hybrid WebCT Weekly /Unit Assignments and Suggested Practice rd Text: Introductory Algebra for College Students 3 edition Robert Blitzer A. This is a tentative schedule! Keep checking the course frequently for updates. Print off 3-4 pages at a time and check off each item as you do it to stay on track-note changes as they occur. Note important due dates on a calendar that you check regularly. B. For Fall, Winter and Spring terms we complete one unit per week. In Summer we complete one unit every 3-5 days as the term is only 8 weeks long. C. Fall, Winter and Spring: Unless otherwise noted: The deadline for all unit assignments is Sunday at 11PM. Summer only: Deadlines are all 11PM but the day of the week varies. D. From your syllabus regarding LATE WORK: Better late than never. If unusual circumstances arise, one late assignment should not impact your grade. The assignment will most likely NOT be graded. (If I feel it is needed to help me decide a border-line grade AFTER your final exam, I will then look at it.) More than one late assignment may result in lower grades. It will be harder to know how you are doing if any of your assignments are late. Let me know by WebCT email why an assignment is late, and remind me again at the end of the term E. From your syllabus regarding MISSED (OR POOR) EXAMS and QUIZZES: NO make-up exams or quizzes are given. A missed exam (or a poor exam) score will be replaced by your final exam score. If unusual circumstances arise you may be able to submit a missed exam (or quiz) that might be used to help decide a borderline grade-but the exam will NOT be graded. It will be harder to know how you are doing if you miss an exam, and the bulk of your grade will depend on your final. Ask by WebCT email for permission to take a missed Quiz or exam, and remind me again at the end of the term that you have taken one. F. I highly recommend that you aim for at least 2 days EARLIER than the deadline, so that you have more room for emergencies! G. Practice, practice, practice: Go to Homework Advice For each section there are suggested problems listed toward the end of this document. Go to Practice Problems for Blitzer You should really do ALL odds! You can also do the problems generated in MathPro 5. Whether you are working from the text or using the on-line software, DO NOT JUST WRITE ANSWERS. You should show your work (on paper, not on the computer) and keep a record of your errors to help you study. Keep the work neat and labeled. 2 points for each section reasonably completed before your final exam. Bring them in when you take your final. Students that skip this essential practice do not do well in the course. You should be able to do all questions without notes or a calculator (check with a calculator and with the back of the text). Remember to use the discussion board to ask questions if you get stuck! H. Read the corresponding “Course Content Module” in WebCT if one is available. I. Feel free to work ahead as your schedule permits. If you have questions, post them to the discussion board. It is important that you post them in the appropriate week/unit and clearly state the week/unit that your question is from. J. Go to the text book’s web site, or use the text tutorial for extra practice problems. WEEK/ READ TO DO UNIT FROM GRADED ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, QUIZZES, ETC. One unit TEXT The deadline for all unit assignments is 11PM, unless otherwise per week AND noted. (Fall, Winter Spring –Sundays) (Summer deadlines vary- (Except COURSE must complete in 8 weeks) Summer CONTENT NOTE: “§” means “section” There are 11 items in Unit 1. Unit 1 Blitzer: 1) Read and follow the alphabetic list at the top of this page. Chap. 4 Start:: Review 2) Learn WebCT. Complete the orientations and read the syllabus P266-269 Monday under “Step 2” on the home page. § 5.1 Sept. 26 § 5.2 § 5.3 3) Read all about Math Placement at http://spot.pcc.edu/academ/math/placement/index.htm to make Unit 1 sure you’re in the correct class. work should be 4) Read the Are You Ready for Math 65? brochure, at completed by : http://spot.pcc.edu/academ/math/placement/are_you_prepared/index.htm and take the self-graded quiz (not collected). To be successful in 11PM Math 65, you should be comfortable with all questions. Make Sunday. sure you work without a calculator and check your own answers. Oct.,2 (Please If the Math 65 quiz seems extremely easy, try the one for Math 70 read above or Math 95. If the Math 65 quiz seems too hard, try Math 20 about late CAUTION: These are skills needed BEFORE you take the work.) course-they should be well understood-not just “familiar”! The brochures are also available in the Math Department in SY ST 104, (There are also links from My Web site and from WebCT) 5) Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to check for additions or corrections. (You do NOT have to post 3 times!) 6) Get your text and calculator. There are copies of the text for use in the library if you are not able to purchase one immediately. You could also team up with a classmate! 7) The sections listed in column 2 are to be covered in this unit. Read those sections both in your text AND the similar topic sections from the content area modules in WebCT. 8) Do the assigned practice problems for the sections covered in this unit. (Read G at the top of this page.) Students that skip this essential practice do not do well in the course. Remember to use the discussion board to ask questions if you get stuck! 9) Take the A & B quizzes Math 60 skills at least once. (under “Exams and Quizzes”). Keep taking them to improve your score and to refresh your skills. 10) Submit the Graded HW for unit #1 (13 points) using the Assignment Drop Box in WebCT (see http://webct.pcc.edu/support/ Assignment Tool for help). (Note: I can only read .doc (Word) or .rtf (rich text file) files. --Make sure you read and follow the directions in the assignment drop box in WebCT. (3 pts) Blitzer: (2 pts each) --page 272-273 Chapter 4 Test #7, 12,15 --page 273 Cumulative Review Exercises (chap 1-4), #4, 6, 11) You can try the Optional Practice HW Assignment for insurance points. Unit 2 There are 8 items in Unit 2 Blitzer: Dates: § 5.4 1) Submit Unit 2 Graded HW Assignment (30 points) using the Start by: § 6.1 Assignment Drop Box in WebCT (see Oct. 3 § 6.2 http://webct.pcc.edu/support/ Assignment Tool for help). (Note: I can only read .doc (Word) or .rtf (rich text file) files Due by: 11PM Oct 11 --Make sure you read and follow the directions in the assignment drop box in WebCT to do the following problems. (3 pts) Blitzer: (5pts each except p283 #10) --page 283 #10 (2pts), 20 --Page 290 #10,13, 34 (Remember here to give the definition of the variables AS PART OF YOUR ANSWER.) --page 299 #18 2) On-Line Students only: (disregard if Exam 1 is given on- line) Inform me of any exam 1 conflicts. Check the discussion board and/or announcement area for Exam 1 sessions and rooms. If you can’t make any, you need to arrange for someone to proctor the exam for you. Details given in the course. 3) Take Regular Quiz 1 Covers sections from Unit 1: (review of math 60) and (solving systems of equations). Blitzer: Chapters 4 and 5 Please Note: a. This quiz is timed and your first attempt counts (Once you begin-the clock keeps on going until it’s submitted.) - study before taking! b. Make sure you disable any Pop-up blockers or your quiz won’t pop-up! c. DO NOT USE the equation editor. When showing work, use <br> or ; at the end of a line that you type, or I can’t tell where one line starts and another begins. (WebCT removes all the “enter” s) d. If you run out of time, you MAY KEEP WORKING. Just keep ignoring the pop-up warning. Email me after WHY, and we’ll work something out. It is better to take your time and finish than to guess, rush or leave blank and submit. 4) AFTER you’ve taken Regular Quiz 1, Take RegQz1HiScore more practice and to get a better score. On this quiz, your HIGHEST score counts-you may take it as often as you like. If you don’t take it or if you take it and don’t do as well as Regular Quiz 1, your score from Regular Quiz 1 will be counted instead. The time has been shortened; you must work toward speed and accuracy with understanding. 5) Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to check for additions or corrections 6) 5 point Quiz grade: On the discussion board in Unit 1 or 2, post a question and answer from the practice HW that you think might appear on an exam OR ask at least one MATH question from the practice HW problems that gave you difficulty. Write the question, the directions, where the problem is located and what your difficulty seems to be OR answer someone’s MATH question. The subject of the post must be specific: Page, problem #, text 7) The sections listed in column 2 are to be covered in this unit. Read those sections both in your text AND similar sections from the content area modules in WebCT. 8) Do the assigned practice problems for the sections covered in this unit. (Read F at the top of this page.) Unit 3 1) Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this Blitzer: unit to check for additions or corrections. § 6.3 10/10-10/18 § 6.4 (start) 2) Read sections from the text and related content area sections and do assigned practice problems. Go to 11PM Assigned Practice Problems 3) Begin to study for Exam 1: 2 parts: long answer portion and a short answer portion. no calculator Covers the sections in Units 1 and 2: Basic Skills from Math 60, Systems of Equations, Beginning polynomials Blitzer SECTIONS COVERED: Chapter 4, 5.1-5.4, 6.1,6.2 LET ME KNOW IF NOTHING HAS BEEN POSTED YET!! If proctored: ON-LINE Students Only Check the discussion board and/or announcement area for Exam 1 sessions and rooms at Sylvania Campus, If those times do not work-let me know within 4 days after they have been posted. You may also use a proctored setting at a testing center at PCC, or another accredited, college nearer to you. If proctored: one, 100 question scantron (50 questions on each side) for some multiple choice questions recommended, but not required. 4) There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 3-study and do the assigned practice for the sections in column 2 (See F above)! Unit 4 1) Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit Blitzer: to check for additions or corrections. § 6.4 10/17-10/25 (finish) 2) Take Exam 1 (may be given on-line): 2 parts: long § 6.5 answer portion and a short answer portion. No calculator. 11PM Review Units covered: Chapter 6 Blitzer SECTIONS COVERED: Basic Skills from Math 60, Chapter 4, 5.1-5.4, 6.1,6.2 If given on-line: It is a TIMED exam. Your first attempt counts. Once you begin-the clock keeps on going until it’s submitted.) There may be some FILL-IN questions and some “show your work” questions. DO NOT USE THE EQUATION EDITOR! Using the ENTER key does not keep the new line after you submit. Please use a ; after each line. If proctored: Try to bring one, 100 question scantron (50 questions on each side) for some multiple choice questions, writing paper for long answers, SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to have exam returned to you. 3) Read sections from the text and related content area modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Practice Problems 4) Begin to study for next unit’s Regular Quiz 2-there is a practice quiz under Student Tools, Exam Study Helpers: Polynomial and Factoring Practice. 5) 5 point Quiz grade: On the discussion board in Unit 3 or 4, post a question and answer from the practice HW that you think might appear on an exam OR ask at least one MATH question from the practice HW problems that gave you difficulty. Write the question, the directions, where the problem is located and what your difficulty seems to be OR answer someone’s MATH question. The subject of the post must be specific: Page, problem #, text 6) There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 4-study and do the assigned practice! Unit 5 Blitzer: Take Regular Quiz 2: Covers units: § 7.1 Blitzer: Chapter 6 and 7.1-7.3. 25 questions: Multiple choice 10/24-11/1 § 7.2 and fill in. 11PM § 7.3 Please Note: o This quiz is timed, your first attempt counts-study before taking! o DO NOT USE the equation editor. When showing work, use <br> or ; at the end of a line that you type, or I can’t tell where one line starts and another begins. (WebCT removes all the “enter” s) o Make sure you disable any Pop-up blockers or your quiz won’t pop-up! o If you run out of time, you MAY KEEP WORKING. Just keep ignoring the pop-up warning. Email me after WHY, and we’ll work something out. It is better to take your time and finish than to guess, rush or leave blank and submit. Take RegQz2HiScore-AFTER you’ve taken Regular Quiz 2, you MAY take this quiz for more practice. Your HIGHEST score counts-you may take it as often as you like. If you don’t take it or if you take it and don’t do as well as Regular Quiz , your score from Regular Quiz will be counted instead. The time has been shortened, you must work toward speed and accuracy with understanding. Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to check for additions or corrections. Read sections from the text and related content area modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Practice Problems There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 5-study and do the assigned practice! Unit 6 Blitzer: Unit 6 Graded Assignment- § 7.4 --Make sure you read and follow the directions in the § 7.5 assignment drop box in WebCT to do the following 10/31-11/8 § 7.6 problems. (3 pts) 11PM Review Chapter 7: Blitzer: Unless otherwise noted, the questions are 1 point Problem each. Solving Chapter 6 test, page 394 #4,7,8,9,16,20,23 7.1 Page 404-405 #60,86 (3 points),88 (2 points) 7.2 page 412-13 #20,22,24, 52,73(2 points) 7.3 page 419 # 4,10 Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to check for additions or corrections. Read sections from the text and related content area modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Practice Problems 5 point Quiz grade: On the discussion board in Unit 5 or 6, post a question and answer from the practice HW that you think might appear on an exam OR ask at least one MATH question from the practice HW problems that gave you difficulty. Write the question, the directions, where the problem is located and what your difficulty seems to be OR answer someone’s MATH question. The subject of the post must be specific: Page, problem #, text Unit 7 Blitzer: Exam 2 on-line: 2 parts: a calculator, long answer portion 11/7-11/15 § 9.1 and a short answer, no calculator portion. 11PM Covers Units: Blitzer Sections 6.1-6.5 and 7.1-7.6. It is a TIMED exam. –Your first attempt counts. Once you begin-the clock keeps on going until it’s submitted.) There are some FILL-IN questions and some “show your work” questions. DO NOT USE THE EQUATION EDITOR! Using the ENTER key does not keep the new line after you submit. Please use a ; after each line. Read sections from the text and related content area sections in the course and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Practice Problems There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 7-study and do the assigned practice! Unit 8 Blitzer: § 10.1 11/14-11/22 § 10.3 Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit 11PM to check for additions or corrections. Read sections from the text and related content area modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Practice Problems On the discussion board in Unit 7 or 8, ask or answer at least one MATH question from the practice problems. DO NOT just give the page and problem number. Write the question, the directions, and what your difficulty seems to be. There is no graded hw assignment for Unit 8-study and do the assigned practice! Unit 9 Blitzer: Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit § 10.5 to check for additions or corrections. § 6.7 11/21-11/29 § 10.6 Read sections from the text and related content area 11PM units and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Review Practice Problems Chapters 9 and 10 Unit 9 Graded Assignment- Make sure you follow the directions in the drop box (3 pts) Blitzer: 6.7 page 385 for 1 point each: #12,22,30,32,40,48,82,90,94,100 10.5 Page 619 for 1 pt each:#2,4 For 2 pts each: #8,10, 20 For 3 points: #34 for 4 points #42 10.6 Page 628 for 1 pt each:#4,6 For 3 points: #18 For 5 points: #42 (Make sure you define a and V(a), Correctly use function notation, show correct substitution, and write your answer to this application problem in a complete sentence. Inform instructor of any final exam conflicts. Unit 10 Blitzer Log on to WebCT at least 3 different days during this unit to check for additions or corrections. Review all 11/28-12/6 chapters Take Regular Quiz 3: 11PM Units covered: Blitzer SECTIONS COVERED: 9.1, 10.1, 10.3, 10.5, 10.6 Some basic skills from Chapters 6 and 7, and one question on Solving a System from Chapter 5. (Start reviewing for your final!!) Please Note: o This quiz is timed, your first attempt counts-study before taking! o Make sure you disable any Pop-up blockers or your quiz won’t pop-up! o DO NOT USE the equation editor. When showing work, use <br> or ; at the end of a line that you type, or I can’t tell where one line starts and another begins. (WebCT removes all the “enter” s) o If you run out of time, you MAY KEEP WORKING. Just keep ignoring the pop-up warning. Email me after WHY, and we’ll work something out. It is better to take your time and finish than to guess, rush or leave blank and submit. RegQz3HiScore-AFTER you’ve taken Regular Quiz 3, you MAY take this quiz for more practice. Your HIGHEST score counts-you may take it as often as you like. If you don’t take it or if you take it and don’t do as well as Regular Quiz , your score from Regular Quiz will be counted instead. The time has been shortened; you must work toward speed and accuracy with understanding. Read sections from the text and related content area modules and do assigned practice problems. Go to Assigned Practice Problems Unit 10 Graded Assignment Make sure you follow the directions in the drop box (3 pts) Final Exam is to be proctored, cumulative 2 parts: long answer portion and a short answer portion No Finals calculator allowed on your final. Final exams are not returned. Week Helpful: one, 100 question scantron (50 questions on each side) 12/7-12/15 (You may use the back of a previous scantron.) Study for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Check the discussion board and/or final announcement area for Final Exam sessions and rooms. If the given times do not work-let me know within 4 days after they have been posted. You may also use a proctored setting at a testing center at PCC, or another accredited, college nearer to you. Return to Beginning of Calendar BLITZER PRACTICE HOMEWORK PROBLEMS—Not collected (Always do more problems as needed for practice!) Every term someone attempts to do all these problems on the computer and submit them to be graded-DON’T BE THAT PERSON! These are just for your own practice. You still should do them neatly, and work them with paper and pencil-practicing the steps as you would show them on an exam. That is how you get good at math. Check your answers in the back of the book. Don’t forget to look for the completed problem in the solutions manual (on-line, or the hard copy) if you need to see any problem worked out. Section / Topic Read Practice Problems (read above) Chapter 4 Review 266- 1, 3, 6-11, 15, 19-29, 31, 35 269 § 5.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by 276- 1,5,11,17,23,29,35,41,43,44, Graphing 282 47-50,59, Mental math: 66-68 all § 5.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by 285- 1-17odd, the Substitution Method 290 27,33,35,37,38,41,42,48,49 § 5.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by 292- 1,5,11,17,23,29,31,47,51,58,59,6 the Addition Method 298 3,71-73 § 5.4 Problem Solving Using Systems of 300- 1,3,5,11,15,17,19,23,25,27, Equations 307 37-40 Review Chapter 5: Systems of linear 317- Pages 319-321, as many as equations 318 needed. Remember we skipped 5.5. § 6.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials 324- 1-19 odd, 329 23,29,35,41,47,53,59,65,71,77,8 3,85,87,90,91,92,93,112-114 § 6.2 Multiplying Polynomials 332- 1-35 340 odd,41,47,53,59,65,71,77,83, 89,93,95,97,98, 103,106,107,109-112 § 6.3 Special Products 343- 1-17 odd,25-35 odd,39,41,45-53 348 odd,59,65,71, 77,83,85,87,89,91,93,100,101,10 2,103,105,107, 108-110 § 6.4 Polynomials in Several Variables 352- 1,5,7,11,17,23,25,29,35,41,45,47 356 ,49,53,57,65,77,81, 83-91odd § 6.5 Dividing Polynomials 360- 1-77 odd, 79,81,85, 90-92 366 § 6.7 Negative Exponents and Scientific Postpone until after 10.6 Notation Review Chapter 6: Exponents and 389- Pages 392-395 as many as Polynomials 392 needed. Remember we skipped 6.6 § 7.1 The Greatest Common Factor and 398- 3,9,11,17,21,23,29,31,35,39,41,4 Factoring by Grouping 403 7,53 55,57,59,61,67,69,71,81,87,101, 103-105 § 7.2 Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading 406- 1,5,11,17,21,23,29,35,41,43,45,4 Coefficient Is One 412 7,53,59,61,74,75,78-80 § 7.3 Factoring Trinomials Whose Leading 413- 1,5,11,17,23,27,29,35,41,59- Coefficient Is Not One 418 67odd,90,91,98-100 § 7.4 Factoring Special Forms 420- 1,5,7,11,17,23,25,29,35,41,45,47 424 ,49,53,57,65,71,73,75,77,89- 92,110,111 § 7.5 A General Factoring Strategy 427- 1-11odd,,15,17,19, 21, 25, 29, 432 31, 33, 95,110,111 § 7.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by 435- 1-31odd,41,47,53, 57-59, 64- Factoring 443 67,69,71,75, Review Chapter 7 448- Pages 450-453 As many as 449 needed § 9.1 Finding Roots 534- 1-26 Without a calculator, then 539 check with! 27,31-51odd, 75,77,79,83,102,103 Review Chapter 9 577 Page 579 1-11 Remember, we only covered 9.1 Page 581 1-5, 11-13, 19-25 § 10.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the 584- 1,3,5,9,11,13,17,19, 21, 27, 31, Square Root Property 588 35, 41, 45, 47, 51, 55, 59, 61, 63, 73, 74, 76 § 10.3 The Quadratic Formula 597- 1,3,5,7,11,15,17,31,39,41,45, 47, 603 49, 51, 55,57,60,62,70 § 10.5 Graphs of Quadratics Equations 611- 1,3,7,9,11,13,19,21,25-35 618 odd,37,39,43-49,53,54,57, 61,64 § 10.6 Introduction to Functions 621- 1-19 odd, 25-32, 627 33,35,36,37,41,42,44,45,46,49- 52,55,57 Review Chapter 10: Quadratic Equations and 632- Pages 635-639. As many as functions. 635 needed. Remember we skipped 10.2 and 10.4. § 6.7 Negative Exponents and Scientific 376- 1,5,9,13,19,21,23,27,29-49 odd, Notation 385 53,61,73,79-111 odd 127-137 odd, 139-141, 149-155 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Solve by tables 21,23,25,29, then Tables (not in text) review by solving by adding, substitution and graphing! Study for final Check WebCT and Web for study guide. Until then, study old exams and quizzes! Return to Beginning of Calendar Homework Advice: You always have Homework - but it is not always collected! Students that skip this essential practice usually do not do well. These homework assignments may be changed-some may be skipped, others added. In addition there will be assigned projects and work sheets. Make sure you keep checking the weekly assignments and announcements in the course. Check your answers to all the odd numbered problems with the back of your text. Don’t erase your errors! These are your best teachers. Circle them-or draw a line through so you can still read it. Use color. Then redo the problem correctly. Try to also write down the reasoning. When reviewing for a test, these are the ones to give extra special attention to. See separate handout on how to correct your errors. Make notes in the margins of your text and HW when you get stuck-but move on to complete the assignment. Don't stop when you are stuck. Just remember to come back when you’re done or the next day after it is discussed in class. Get help if is still doesn't make sense! Some students have discovered that one secret to doing math is practice, practice, practice (with understanding). They do many more problems than were assigned-and they do them over and over again until the methods are understood and can be applied quickly. So, always do AS MANY EXTRA PROBLEMS AS NEEDED for more practice. Also do some practice under time pressure. Each day, choose several problems (some old, some new) and give yourself 5 minutes to complete them. Always check your work! Study each day as if you will be getting a quiz! Get stuck on some questions? That means you’re learning!! Summarize those questions and attempt to solve them or write what the difficulty was. Leave some room so you can fill in correct responses from the discussion board - or come to my office for help. Your HW should not look like it was copied out of the solutions manual, or from a classmate. It should not be a page of answers only. There should be highlighting, directions, work, corrected errors and study notes. It should be a helpful living document. It is almost impossible to do well on exams if you don’t practice examples each night and study each night as if you were getting a test the next day. You should put in at least 8 to 12 hours a unit outside of class to be successful in this class (4 week classes will cover 2-3 units a week. 8 week classes will cover about 1-2 units per week!); more if your background is weak, less if your background is strong and this is a refresher course. You should also read ahead in your text to begin to become familiar with the new work that will be covered in the upcoming unit. Try the examples that the author has worked out for you. Write down all the bold-faced vocabulary words. You will get more out of the supplementary material, and will be better able to tackle the homework. Remember: When possible, work problems by hand AND by graphing calculator-your weakest way FIRST! Check by your strongest. Finally check with the back of your textbook. Linda Bastian Rev 9/7/2005