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					Syllabus for MATH 012–A851-Intermediate Algebra

Instructor: Dr. Spyridon Therianos

Email Address: stherianos@asia.umuc.edu

Course Description:

(Not open to students who have already successfully completed a higher-level
mathematics course. Does not apply toward degree requirements. Yields
institutional credit only.) Prerequisite: MATH 009 or an appropriate score on the
placement test. A study of problem-solving techniques in intermediate-level algebra.
Numbers and algebraic properties, graphing skills, and applications drawn from a
variety of areas (such as statistics, computing, and discrete mathematics) are
emphasized. Topics include polynomials; factoring; exponents and their notation;
linear, quadratic, and other equations; and inequalities. Students may receive
credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 012, MATH 101, MATH 101M,
MATH 102, MATH 102M, MATH 199A, or MATH 199M.

Course Introduction:

Math 012 is a developmental algebra course designed to equip students with a
basic mathematical proficiency and perspective needed in today’s world. Principles
introduced in introductory algebra (MATH009) are expanded and further developed.
Additional topics are incorporated to provide the necessary foundational knowledge
for the student to successfully complete College Algebra (MATH107).

The course also seeks to develop those attributes of an educated person which are
not purely mathematical but which are reinforced by the study of
mathematics. Therefore the course requires precise writing and speaking skills,
reading comprehension, the ability to organize tasks into a sequence of logical
steps, and the ability to reason from fixed principles. Within this developmental
framework, there is a focus on understanding mathematical principles and
developing skills in simplifying algebraic expressions and solving
equations. Graphing is used as a tool for enhancing understanding of the
mathematical principles.

Course Goals/Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, minimal objectives the student has
achieved include the following:
       Simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions including polynomial,
         fractional, and radical expressions using algebraic procedures and order
         of operations.
       Solve linear, quadratic, fractional, and radical equations.
       Solve and graph linear inequalities, including those involving absolute
         value.
           Graph linear and quadratic equations in two variables by construction
            and/or graphing utility.
           Determine equations for lines parallel and perpendicular to a given line
            through a given point.
           Solve polynomial equations by the method of factoring.
           Solve simple systems of two linear equations algebraically and
            graphically.
           Solve inequalities in one or two variables.
           Apply these techniques to the solution of practical problems drawn from
            fields such as mathematics, business, and the social, life, and physical
            sciences.

Additional objectives may include:
    Solve equations reducible to quadratics.
    Evaluate functions and use function notation.

Course Materials:

Text: Developmental Mathematics, SEVENTH Edition, Bittinger and
Beecher. Addison Wesley, 2008. (With Student Solution Manual)

This is the same book that we are currently using for MATH 009 DE.

Note: Do not buy the SIXTH Edition. It won’t do for this course.

        Student’s solution manual – DE required
        An equation editor – DE required
        Scientific Calculator

Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site,
https://webtext.asia.umuc.edu/. Books ordered from any other source will be
at the students own risk. UMUC Asia DE cannot be responsible for problems
encountered when textbooks are ordered from sources outside of the Asia DE Web
site.

Grading Information:

Grading Criteria:
Type of Activity                                      Points      Percent
Online participation: Weekly Conferences: 9
                                                   72 points         24%
@ 8 points each
Tests: 2 @ 60 points each                         120 points         40%
Proctored Exam:                                   108 points         36%
TOTAL                                             300 points        100%
Grading scale:


Grade                    Points              Percent
A               270-300 points           90.0 - 100.0
B               240-269 points            80.0 - 89.9
C               180-239 points            60.0 - 79.9
D               150-179 points            50.0 - 59.9
F                  0-149 points             0.0 - 49.9



Online Participation:

I will ask you to submit the solutions to certain even numbered problems from
your text. This will help you learn the material and prepare you for the Proctored
Exam. You will earn participation points almost every week.

Each conference will be posted on or before Sunday and responses should be
submitted throughout the week until the following Sunday. Be sure to respond by
the specified deadline. Do not fall behind since it will be very difficult to catch up.

Tests:

I will give two tests. Each test will be worth 60 points or 20% of the course grade.
You will have at least one week to complete and submit each test. The tests will
be open book and open notes, but not open discussion. Getting help from anyone is
cheating. We shall use the honor system.

Test Policy: No late tests and no make-ups regardless of the excuse. If you miss
one test I will assign you for that test a score proportional to your score on the
Final Exam.

Homework:

I will assign certain odd numbered problems each week. You should do as many of
these problems as you can. These are for your benefit. You do not submit these
problems but you must do them because it is not possible to learn Mathematics
unless you do many problems.

The Student's Solution Manual contains complete solutions to all the odd
numbered problems so that will be helpful. These problems will help you on the
tests and the Final Exam.
Important reminder: Sometimes exams (particularly paper exams) take time to
arrive in your instructor's hands or there are problems with exams being
delivered. These problems are usually easy to prevent or solve if we have
adequate information. Therefore when Proctored Exam week arrives, I will create a
special Proctored Exam Reporting conference where you should report *when*,
*where* and *how* you took the exam (paper or electronic version).
If you do not report that you have taken the exam, and your exam has not arrived
by the end of the Term, I will assume that you have not taken the proctored exam
at all, and give you a grade of “F” for the course.

For complete instructions regarding proctored exam procedures go to the Asia DE
Web site at http://de.asia.umuc.edu, and select the Proctored Exams link.

The Proctored Exam is closed book closed notes. You will be able to use a calculator.
This will be the Final Exam for the course.

Project Descriptions:

There are no special projects for this course.

Course Schedule:

Week    Session Dates       Readings, Assignments, and Due Dates
   1    Apr 5–Apr 11        Read: Chapter 7: Operations with Real Numbers,
                            Algebraic Expressions.
                            Homework (HW): Selected Odd numbered
                            problems to be specified in the Conference.
                            Week #1 Conference: Due Sunday.
                            (This means respond to the Conference topics by
                            Sunday)
   2    Apr 12–Apr 18       Read: Chapter 8: Linear Equations & Inequalities.
                            HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                            Week #2 Conference: Due Sunday.
   3    Apr 19–Apr 25       Read: Chapter 10: Operations with Polynomials.
                            HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                            Week #3 Conference: Due Sunday.
   4    Apr 26–May 2        Read: Chapter 11: Factoring of Polynomials.
                            HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                            Week #4 Conference: Due Sunday.
                            Test #1.
   5    May 3–May 9         Read: Chapter 12: Rational Expressions.
                            HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                            Week #5 Conference: Due Sunday.
   6    May 10–May 16 Read: Chapters 9: Slopes, Lines, and Graphs.
                      HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                            Week #6 Conference: Due Sunday.
   7     May 17-May 23      Read: Chapter 13: Linear Systems of Equations.
                            HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                            Mandatory Break: Dec 23 – Dec 29.
                            Week #7 Conference: Due Sunday.
                            Test 2.
   8     May 24–May 30 Reserve your Proctored Exam.
                       Read: Chapter 14: Radicals and Square Roots.
                       HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                       Week #8 Conference: Due Sunday.
   9     May 31–Jun 6       Reserve your Proctored Exam.
                            Read: Chapter 15: Quadratic Equations.
                            HW: Selected Odd numbered problems.
                            Week #9 Conference: Due Sunday.
                            Jun 4: Last day to officially withdraw from the
                            course.
  10     Jun 7–Jun 13       Proctored Exam Week.



Additional Information:

First, make sure you have the time to do the course.

Second, you must have a computer with Internet access and Microsoft Word with
the Equation Editor up and running.

Third, you must study and participate in the class activities from day one. This is an
intense course. Do not fall behind because it will be difficult to catch up.

Plan to visit the classroom and look around for new announcements and
assignments every day if possible, but not less than three times a week.

I will be posting notes as attachments, to explain important concepts, show you
shortcuts, develop other ways to work the problems, and summarize the
procedures and rules that you need to know in order to gain a deeper
understanding of the subject matter.

Read the notes and the text before attempting the problems. Try to understand the
underlying theory and then use the theory to do the problems. If you do not
understand, ask. I will always be available for help.

I will answer all your questions promptly. I consider each question to be of great
importance to the person who asked it, so each question deserves a speedy
response.
Post all questions in the classroom, so the other members of the class may see the
questions and the answers and benefit as well. We can all learn from each other.

You must post all assignments for credit in the classroom. Please do not
submit any assignments via e-mail. I will not accept such assignments.

Calculator:

You must have a scientific calculator. I strongly recommend CASIO fx-115. It is
inexpensive, very good, and easy to use.

Software Requirements:

You must either own a PC or have regular access to a computer with Internet
connection. You cannot do this course without a computer. If you have TDYs
coming up, it would be advisable to buy a laptop.

On your machine you must have, MS-Word with the Equation Editor installed,
because I will write the attachments containing the notes using Word and the
Equation Editor.

We use the Equation Editor to write proper Mathematical notation. The Equation
Editor is installed as part of MS-Word.

To access the Equation Editor:

Open Word
Click Insert
Click Object
Click Microsoft Equation 3.0
Click OK.

The Equation Editor opens, so you can write your Math expressions.

UMUC is now using WebTycho Enhanced. There are many new features and
there is an Equation Editor build in.

Mac users may need to download Firefox because Safari may not work well with
this new version of WebTycho.

Hints for Novices:

I said above "plan to visit the classroom and look around". Do not take this
literally; you can visit the classroom without leaving the comfort of you home.
Classroom here means a computer screen full of writing. Conference does not
mean we are going to get together and talk in real time, etc. Please try to get used
to this "virtual terminology".
To survive in this DE course you need a certain familiarity with WebTycho (WT).
This is the platform we use to communicate with each other and pass information
back and forth. When you signed up for this course, you were given, or you should
have been given, a Login and a Password. These are your keys to unlock the
Classroom.

   1. Turn on your computer and type the URL: http://tychousa.umuc.edu

   2. You will be prompted to enter your Login and Password. Do so slowly and
      carefully.

   3. A screen appears that says you are registered for the following classes
      among them you will see this course. Click on it.

   4. Now you are in. There is an announcement there, read it.

   5. On the Top of the screen you will see the word Options. Click on it.

   6. Under Options, you will see Orientation. Click on it. This will allow you take
      WEBT 101, Orientation to WebTycho. This orientation will teach you
      many useful things about WT that you need to know to be able to function in
      this course. If this is your first DE course, I strongly recommend that
      you go through this orientation before the course starts.

   7. Go back to the classroom. On the left hand side of the screen, you will see
      Syllabus. Click on it; then click on Printable Version. The entire syllabus
      appears, print it and keep it for future reference.

   8. On the left hand side of the screen, you see Conferences. Click on it. You
      will see Week #1. Later on more conferences will appear. Click on Week #1.
      Several Main Topics will appear. Open each topic and read carefully. Follow
      instructions and do as you are asked. If a response is required click
      respond at the bottom of your screen. Write your response and then click
      Submit. Wait a few seconds then read what you submitted. If you need to
      correct something or make changes click Edit.

   9. Some Main Topics contain attachments. Click on the attachment link to open
      it. You will find notes in these attachments.
       **** The following is not part of the above academic syllabus ****

           UMUC Asia DE Administrative Policies,
               Procedures and Practices

Ordering Course Materials:


Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site, http://webtext.asia.umuc.edu/. Books
ordered from any other source will be at the student’s own risk. UMUC Asia cannot be
responsible for problems encountered when textbooks are ordered from sources outside of the
Asia DE Web site.


Proctored Exams:

Asia DE 10 week courses require all students to take a proctored exam at the end of the term.
Students that do not take the proctored exam will receive an "Fn" for the course. Asia based
students are responsible for scheduling their proctored exam appointment (reservation) through
the Asia DE online Proctored Exam Reservation System, or with their own UMUC Asia
approved alternate proctor during the two weeks prior to Proctored Exam Week. All Europe
based students must continue to make appointments through their local UMUC Europe Field Rep
Office.

Computer-Based Proctored Exams are also available, but only for students testing at designated
UMUC Computer Labs (ask your local UMUC Asia Field Rep or Computer Lab Monitor if their
location is participating), and only during the scheduled Proctored Exam Week. All other
students must take paper exams.

Important reminder: Sometimes exams (particularly paper exams) take time to arrive in your
instructor's hands or there are problems with exams being delivered. These problems are usually
easy to prevent or solve if we have adequate information. Therefore when Proctored Exam week
arrives, the faculty member will create a special "Proctored Exam Reporting" conference where
you should report when, where and how you took the exam (paper or electronic version). If you
do not report that you have taken the exam, and your exam has not arrived by the end of the term,
the faculty member will give you the grade of Fn for the course.
Spring Session 2 Class Calendar:

Registration Dates: 23 Nov 2009 ~ 05 Apr 2010
Session Dates: 05 Apr 2010 ~ 13 Jun 2010

 WEEK DATES           ACTIVITY
   1  APR 5 ~ APR 11  Normal Course Instruction Begins
   2  APR 12 ~ APR 18 APR 14 Last Withdrawal Date for 75% Tuition Refund
   3  APR 19 ~ APR 25 APR 22 Last Withdrawal Date for 50% Tuition Refund
   4  APR 26 ~ MAY 2 Normal Course Instruction
   5  MAY 3 ~ MAY 9 Normal Course Instruction
   6  MAY 10 ~ MAY 16 Normal Course Instruction
   7  MAY 17 ~ MAY 23 Normal Course Instruction
   8  MAY 24 ~ MAY 30 Make Reservation for Proctored Exam
   9  MAY 31 ~ JUN 6 JUN 4 Last Date to Officially Withdraw;
                      Make Reservation for Proctored Exam
  10 JUN 7 ~ JUN 13   Proctored Exam Week



Contact Information:

 For administrative assistance: contact de@asia.umuc.edu
 For GoArmyEd issues contact: GoArmyEd@asia.umuc.edu
 For WebTycho assistance on work days: contact tycho@asia.umuc.edu
 For WebTycho assistance on Saturdays and Sundays: http://support.umuc.edu/
 For proctored exam procedure information, please visit the Asia DE Website at http://de.asia.
  umuc.edu and click on 'Proctored Exams'.
 For proctored exam assistance: contact exams@asia.umuc.edu
 For textbook assistance: contact detextbooks@asia.umuc.edu
 For MyUMUC help visit UMUC 360 Helpdesk – http://support.umuc.edu/

 Support for UMUC Asia students is also available by phone at 225-3696 (DSN) or 81-42-552
    -2510 Ext. 5-3696 (international comm.), Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (JST).


Guidance on how to avoid plagiarism can be found at the following sites:
       UMUC's Effective Writing Program "Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism"

       UMUC's Online Writing Center "How to Avoid Plagiarism"
      Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Service "Plagiarism: What It is and How
       to Recognize and Avoid It"



Academic Policies:
Academic Policies are not course specific and are therefore created and housed separately from
this document. You may access and print Academic Policies from the Syllabus sub-menu in your
WebTycho classroom or by going to these links http://de.asia.umuc.edu/policies/ or
http://www.umuc.edu/policy/aa17011.shtml


Caveat:
UMUC Asia DE syllabi are tentative and subject to change, if necessary. Changes will be
announced with as much notice as possible.

				
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