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					MAT 0024        College Preparatory Algebra

Reference Number:                     Spring 2007-2

Instructor’s Name:                    Email:

Office: Math Lab, room 2223           Office Hours:

To leave messages for the instructor, call:    305-237-3834

Website:                                       Mailbox location: Math Lab, room 2223

Course Description: This course introduces you to the basic concepts of algebra.
You will simplify or perform operations on signed numbers, radicals, polynomials, and
expressions containing exponents; factor polynomials; solve and graph linear equations
and inequalities in one variable; graph linear equations in two variables; solve related
applications.

Learning Outcomes: The competencies and objectives included in this course will address
some of the recently adopted Miami Dade College General Education outcomes, a set of
10 learning outcomes we expect graduating students to master in the years to come.


Miami Dade College General Education Outcomes

As graduates of Miami Dade College, students will be able to:

   1.    Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
   2.    Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.
   3.    Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.
   4.    Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
   5.    Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical
         perspectives.
   6.    Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social
         responsibilities.
   7.    Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in
         society.
   8.    Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
   9.    Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.
   10.   Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on
         the environment.

The learning activities designed in this course will address outcomes 2, 3, 4, 6
and 8.
AA degree-seeking students: Upon successful completion of MAT 0024 (grade of S),
you should register for MAT 1033, after which you should take MGF 1106, MGF 1107,
or MAC 1105, depending on your major and the institution to which you are planning to
transfer. Be sure to take your mathematics courses in consecutive terms.

Textbook:    Carson, Gillespie, & Jordan, Elementary Algebra and Intermediate
          nd
Algebra, 2 ed. (Addison Wesley)

Assistance: You can obtain assistance for mathematics classes in the Mathematics
Laboratory, room 2223. There, you will find course-related videotapes and computer
software, and tutors that can help you to successfully complete this course. The Math
Lab is open these hours:
MTWR 8:00 AM-9:00 PM, F 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
You do not need an appointment. The telephone number for the lab is 305-237-3834. If
you have a problem with the Math Lab, please contact Arcides Acosta, Maliya Beylin,
Jose De Paz, or Verdieu Lucas at 305-237-3834.

Study Sessions: You are required to attend your study session each week. One of the
requirements for receiving an S in this class is to earn at least a grade of 70% in your
study session. If you have a problem with your Study Session, please contact Verdieu
Lucas at 305-237-3016.

Lab Hours: You are required to complete 16 hours during the term in the mathematics
laboratory (Room 2223) You need to have completed a minimum of eight hours by the
midterm date, and you may not exceed three hours on any one day. You May Not
complete Lab hours during times when you are scheduled to be in class or in your Study
Session. If you do so you could lose every hour that you have accumulated to that point.
You will need to check in and out of the Math Lab each time you are there to earn the
credit for the College Prep lab hour requirement.

Classroom and Laboratory Etiquette: Please refrain from bringing food or drinks into
any classroom, lab, or into the courtyard. Please turn off any cellular phones and set
pagers to "vibrate." You are expected to arrive on time to class, depart when the class has
concluded, and treat others respectfully. You are encouraged to ask questions. The
tutors in the lab must help all the students and take turns; they cannot work with one
student for a prolonged period of time. For additional help, please see Arcides Acosta,
Maliya Beylin, Jose De Paz, or Verdieu Lucas.

Problems with Instructor: If you are having a problem with your mathematics
instructor, please see that instructor during office hours. Before or after class is generally
not a good time to discuss a problem with an instructor who is either about to start class
or on the way to the next class. If after speaking with your instructor during office hours
you cannot resolve the problem, then you need to visit the chairperson, Dr. Alicia
Giovinazzo (office 1540) as the next step.
Withdrawal: If you feel that you will be unable to complete the requirements for
passing a class, it is important that you drop the class by the college's "drop date" as
established by the registrar's office. You should speak to your instructor prior to making
the decision to drop. Remember that it is your responsibility to drop a class, not the
instructor's. If circumstances such as illness, accident, change in employment situation,
etc., prevent you from continuing to attend your class BEFORE the drop date, speak to
your instructor and see the Dean of Students (room 1201) for your options regarding an
appeal. If such a situation occurs AFTER the drop date, you should contact the instructor
for information as to how you can complete the requirements for passing the course.

Homework: Homework is assigned each day in class. Homework for each unit is
turned in to the instructor and is generally checked for completion. All work must be
shown. Your name, instructor’s name and reference number, book section numbers and
problem numbers must be clearly written on your homework. It must be turned in stapled
together in order. Homework may not be turned in late. Your instructor may assign
online homework instead of, or in addition to, the homework listed on the syllabus.

Grading:        In this as in all College Preparatory courses, you will earn an S
(Satisfactory), P (Progress), or U (Unsatisfactory.)

To earn a grade of S you will need to fulfill ALL of the following requirements:
     Complete 16 hours in the Math Lab (Room 2223)
     Attend required Study Sessions and complete all class assignments, projects, and
       quizzes to earn at least 70% Study Session grade.
     Earn at least 70% in your lecture class.
     Earn a minimum of 60% on the College Preparatory Exit Test (CPET) which you must
       take during Final Exam week on the date and time designated by the Office of the
       Registrar.

To earn a grade of P you will need to fulfill ALL of the following requirements:
     Complete 16 hours in the Math Lab (Room 2223)
     Attend required Study Sessions and complete all class assignments, projects, and
       quizzes to earn at least 70% Study Session grade.
     Attend and participate in all lecture classes.
     Take the College Preparatory Exit Test (CPET) which will be given during Final Exam
       week on the date and time designated by the Office of the Registrar.

You will earn a grade of U if you stop attending class but you did not withdraw within the College’s
deadline. Note that a grade of U counts against your GPA because it is calculated as an F.
The grade of I (Incomplete) is NOT given in this course.

IMPORTANT DATES

Classes begin                                                                T Jan 8
First day that lab hours can be accumulated in College Prep courses          T Jan 8
(MAT 0002, MAT 0020, MAT 0024)
Last day for drop with W (regular 16 week classes only)               T March 18
Last day that lab hours can be accumulated in College Prep courses    T March 18
Last Day of Classes                                                   F April 25
Final Exam Week                                                       Apr 28 – May 2
Holidays or days there are no classes and the Math Lab is closed      Jan19, 20, 21.
                                                                      Mar 6, 21, 22, 23.


COURSE SCHEDULE (MWF)

         Syllabus, Homework Assignments, and Study Session Activities
      Abbreviations:    R= Review    T = Test CR = Cumulative Review SS= Study
                                          Session
All projects, done in groups, will be presented to the class on the designated days by each
                                           group.

Week Section           Topic (class)                                         Problems (odds unless
                                                                             otherwise noted)
  1                    Go Over Handouts and Syllabus;
                       Form Groups for Study Sessions
          1.1          Number Sets, Structure of Algebra                     1-9, 21-79
          1.3          Adding, Subtracting Real Numbers, Properties of       9-95, 97, 99, 105
                       Real Numbers.
  2       1.4          Multiplying, Dividing Real Numbers, Properties of     11-83
                       Real Numbers.
          1.5          Exponents, Order of Operations                        7-23, 49-61, 65, 67, 69, 77-83, 91

                       Holiday( Jan 21, 2008)
  3       1.6          Translating Word Phrases to Expressions               1-35, 41-51
          1.7          Evaluation and Rewriting Expressions                  1-15, 41-47, 59-73
  4                    DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 1
          2.2          The Addition Principle                                1-5, 23-61, 67-75
          2.3          The Multiplication Principle                          7-75
          2.4          Applying the Principles to Formulas                   5-19, 25-37, 41-57, 61, 63

  5       2.5          Translating Word Sentences to Equations               7-39, 61, 63
          2.6          Inequalities                                          5-43, 49, 53, 57
  6       3.1          Ratios and Proportions                                7-11, 21-27, 31-37, 47-63, 71, 73
          3.2          Percents                                              7-55, 59-63, 71, 75
                       DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 2
  7       4.1          The Rectangular Coordinate System                     5-31, 37, 41
          4.2          Graphing Linear Equations                             7-17, 23-55, 63, 65, 67
          4.3          Graphing Using Intercepts                             7-49

  8       4.4          Slope                                                 39-53

          4.6      Inequalities                                 5-39, 43
  9                DEPARTMENTAL MIDTERM EXAM
       5.1         Exponents and Scientific Notation            7-37, 45, 49-57, 65-77
 10    5.2         Introduction to Polynomials                  7-51, 57, 63-93
       5.3         Adding and Subtracting Polynomials           5-57
       5.4         Exponent Rules and Multiplying Polynomials   7-25, 31, 33, 37, 39, 55-79
 11    5.5         Multiplying Polynomials; Special products    7-27, 33, 37-69, 79-103
       5.6         Exponent Rules and Dividing Polynomials      47-75
 12                DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 3
       6.1         GCF and Factoring by Grouping                7-95
       6.2         Factoring trinomials                         5-69
 13    6.3         Factoring trinomials                                         5-71
       6.4         Factoring special products                   7-75
       6.5         Strategies for Factoring                     7-81
       6.6         Solving quadratic Equations by Factoring     5-47, 67, 69
       7.1         Simplifying rational expressions             7-71
 14                Integrated Exercises
                   DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 4
 15    10.1        Radical expressions                          7-55, 73-83
       10.3        Multiplying, Dividing, & Simplifying Radical 5-27, 33-75
                   Expressions
       10.4        Adding, Subtracting, & Multiplying Radical   5-15, 19-33, 39-45, 47-55
                   Expressions
 16                Practice Exercises
                   Review Final
THE DEPARTMENTAL FINAL EXAM (CPET) must be taken during final exam
week on the date and time scheduled by the register’s office.

Review for the FINAL EXAM ( CPET) is available in the MATH LAB, room 2233.

COURSE SCHEDULE (T/R)

         Syllabus, Homework Assignments, and Study Session Activities
      Abbreviations:    R= Review    T = Test CR = Cumulative Review SS= Study
                                          Session
All projects, done in groups, will be presented to the class on the designated days by each
                                           group.

Week Section           Topic (class)                                         Problems (odds unless
                                                                             otherwise noted)
1          Go Over Handouts and Syllabus;
           Form Groups for Study Sessions
     1.1   Number Sets, Structure of Algebra                   1-9, 21-79
     1.3   Adding, Subtracting Real Numbers, Properties of     9-95, 97, 99, 105
           Real Numbers.
2    1.4   Multiplying, Dividing Real Numbers, Properties of   11-83
           Real Numbers.
     1.5   Exponents, Order of Operations                      7-23, 49-61, 65, 67, 69, 77-83, 91

3    1.6   Translating Word Phrases to Expressions             1-35, 41-51
     1.7   Evaluation and Rewriting Expressions                1-15, 41-47, 59-73
4          DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 1
     2.2   The Addition Principle                              1-5, 23-61, 67-75
     2.3   The Multiplication Principle                        7-75
     2.4   Applying the Principles to Formulas                 5-19, 25-37, 41-57, 61, 63

5    2.5   Translating Word Sentences to Equations             7-39, 61, 63
     2.6   Inequalities                                        5-43, 49, 53, 57
6    3.1   Ratios and Proportions                              7-11, 21-27, 31-37, 47-63, 71, 73
     3.2   Percents                                            7-55, 59-63, 71, 75
           DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 2
7    4.1   The Rectangular Coordinate System                   5-31, 37, 41
     4.2   Graphing Linear Equations                           7-17, 23-55, 63, 65, 67
     4.3   Graphing Using Intercepts                           7-49

8    4.4   Slope                                               39-53

     4.6   Inequalities                                        5-39, 43
9          DEPARTMENTAL MIDTERM EXAM
           Conference Day
10   5.1   Exponents and Scientific Notation                   7-37, 45, 49-57, 65-77
     5.2   Introduction to Polynomials                         7-51, 57, 63-93
     5.3   Adding and Subtracting Polynomials                  5-57
     5.4   Exponent Rules and Multiplying Polynomials          7-25, 31, 33, 37, 39, 55-79
11   5.5   Multiplying Polynomials; Special products           7-27, 33, 37-69, 79-103
     5.6   Exponent Rules and Dividing Polynomials             47-75
12         DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 3
     6.1   GCF and Factoring by Grouping                       7-95
     6.2   Factoring trinomials                                5-69
13   6.3   Factoring trinomials                                               5-71
     6.4   Factoring special products                          7-75
     6.5   Strategies for Factoring                            7-81
     6.6   Solving quadratic Equations by Factoring            5-47, 67, 69
     7.1   Simplifying rational expressions                    7-71
14         Integrated Exercises
                   DEPARTMENTAL EXAM 4
 15    10.1        Radical expressions                          7-55, 73-83
       10.3        Multiplying, Dividing, & Simplifying Radical 5-27, 33-75
                   Expressions
       10.4        Adding, Subtracting, & Multiplying Radical   5-15, 19-33, 39-45, 47-55
                   Expressions
 16                Practice Exercises
                   Review Final
THE DEPARTMENTAL FINAL EXAM (CPET) must be taken during final exam
week on the date and time scheduled by the register’s office.

\Review for the FINAL EXAM( CPET) is available in the MATH LAB, room 2233.

				
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