San Francisco State University
Department of Mathematics
General Course Syllabus
Students with scores below 28 or below on the Entry Level Mathematics Exam (ELM)
are required to enroll in MATH 59.
Bulletin Description Algebra I with Pre-algebra Support (4)
Equivalent to first year high school algebra. Covers same topics as MATH 60, but with
extra time for review of basic concepts needed for success in algebra. Units and grades
earned do not count towards graduation requirements.
Mathematics Student Learning Objectives (MSLO’s)Algebra is a language used to
represent mathematical relationships. The purpose of an Algebra 1 course is to introduce
the use and rules of this language and develop your skills in working in the language.
By the end of this course students will be expected to
• represent problem situations with a mathematical model, find meaningful solutions
and explain their reasoning;
• represent linear functions using graphical, tabular, symbolic and verbal
• model situations with linear equations and inequalities and solve problems by finding
• represent polynomials using graphical, tabular, symbolic and verbal representations;
• model situations with quadratic equations and solve problems by finding meaningful
• solve problems involving the addition, subtraction, and multiplication of polynomials;
• solve problems using systems of two linear equations;
The purpose of the course is to prepare students to succeed in future mathematics
courses, first in MATH 70, second in courses that fulfill the quantitative reasoning
requirement, and third in mathematics or other courses that follow those for which
elementary algebra is needed.
Evaluation will be based on the problem sets, class participation, two midterms, and the
final, and possibly quizzes. Problem Sets may include problems worked on in class and
as homework. Students are expected to attempt every problem on every assignment, and
if they cannot complete a problem, explain where they had difficulty. Class participation
includes working on selected problems from the problem sets with other students and
presenting results to the whole class. Quizzes may be given occasionally, announced or
unannounced. The percentages below represent the approximate weighting for grading.
Problem Sets 20-30%
Class Participation At least 10 %
Midterms About 30 %
Final Exam About 20%
For this class we will work on the list of topics below. We may not work through the text
in the order that it is written. Some times we will start with a problem or set of problems
designed to find out what you already know.
Topics Sections Weeks
Ch 2 Equations, Inequalities, and
Problem Solving 2.2-2.7 3
Ch 3 Introduction to Graphing ALL 3
Ch 4 Polynomials 4.1-4.6, and 4.8 3
Ch 5 Polynomials and Factoring
Ch 6 Solving Equations with 6.6 and some problems in 6.7
Rational Expressions ONLY 1
Ch 7 Systems of Equations 7.1-7.4 2
Elementary Algebra. Bittinger, Ellenbogen and Johnson.
Free Tutoring: All Math 60 students can obtain free tutoring on campus from the
Community Access and Retention Program CARP and the Learning Assistance Center
(LAC). CARP is located in HSS 344 and is open Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to
8:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. CARP can be reached at (415) 405-
0316 or on the web at www.sfsu.edu/~carp1. The LAC is located in HSS 348 and is open
Monday through Thursday, 9:00-4:00, and Friday, 9:00-12:00. The LAC can be reached at
(415) 338-1993 or on the web at www.sfsu.edu/~lac.
Students needing to withdraw from the course must do so before the withdrawal deadline
in the academic calendar (February 20, 2009). Late withdrawals are generally not
accepted by the College of Science and Engineering.
Disabilities Resource Center
Students with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact
the instructor early in the semester. The Resource Center (Student Services Building,
Room 110, (415) 338-1041, email@example.com) is available to facilitate the reasonable
Reasonable accommodations will be made for you to observe religious holidays
when such observances require you to be absent from class activities. It is your
responsibility to inform the instructor during the first two weeks of class, in
writing, about such holidays.