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SYLLABUS FOR MATH 125 -Elementary Algebra by lfd39573


									Pasadena City College                                                            Winter 2010

         SYLLABUS FOR MATH 125 –Elementary Algebra

Course                                           Instructor
Class Hours:      M – F 10 – 1 PM                Name:               Dr. Yu-Chung Chang

Classroom:        R 117                          Office:             R 322 # I

Section No:       1224                           Phone:              (626) 585-7658

Units:            4 units

   Beginning Algebra. Tenth edition by Lial, Hornsby, & McGinnis, 10th edition, published by Pearson.
   On line Math XL
   Graph paper
   4x6 Spiral Index Cards
   A red pen

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO): Upon successful completion of this
course a student will be able to:
   1. Perform operations on real numbers and algebraic expressions.
   2. Apply and follow the mathematical principles, operations and strategies to write, solve,
       graph and interpret linear equations.
   3. Apply and follow the mathematical principles, operations and strategies to solve
       nonlinear equations such as rational, radical and quadratic equations.
   4. Solve application problems by using critical thinking skills.

OBJECTIVES (TMO): Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
   1. Use the fundamental operations to solve problems involving integers and polynomials.
   2. Set up and solve application problems using linear equations and inequalities in one
   3. Graph linear equations and inequalities in two variables on a rectangular coordinate
   4. Solve systems of linear equations and application problems in two variables using
       graphical and algebraic methods.
   5. Use the properties of integral exponents to simplify algebraic expressions.
   6. Factor trinomials and difference of two squares.
   7. Use the fundamental operations to simplify polynomial and rational expressions.
   8. Solve equations and application problems involving rational expressions.
   9. Graph parabolas by using a table of values.
   10. Simplify complex expressions and solve equations involving radicals.
   11. Solve quadratic equations and application problems by factoring, extraction of roots,
       completing the square or using the quadratic formula.

ATTENDENCE: You are expected to attend all class sessions. Please be on time.
   1. The class will begin each session with a roll call.
   2. Those who arrive late by 10 minutes have the responsibility of informing the teacher of
      their tardiness at the end of the class.
   3. Those who arrive after 10 minutes will be marked absent for one hour. Students with 10
      hours of absences will be dropped from the course; refer to the PCC catalog for more
      detail. (Note that 3 tardies = 1 absence).
   4. Students missing class are responsible for finding out what they missed and what is due.
      I suggest you get phone numbers from a few classmates.
   5. Do not schedule appointments with your counselor, doctor, prospective employers, etc.,
      during class hours.

HOMEWORK: This is the most important part of the course.
   1. It is recommended that students spend 2 hours for each hour of class to review the class
       notes and groupwork, read the pertinent sections in the text, and solve the homework
       problems. Homework is the most important part of the course.
   2. For the most part, odd numbered exercises will be assigned, so you can check your
       answers before coming into class.
   3. Homework problems should be written up neatly and solved completely and with
       sufficient explanations and solutions. You will not earn any credit for solutions without
       work. Only use a calculator to check your work, not to do your work.
   4. You are allowed and even encouraged to discuss the homework among yourselves. Come
       see me during consultation hours if you get stuck. Homework help is also available in
       the Math Homework Lab (R407) and the Learning Assistance Center (D300).
   5. The homework and the notebook are due at the beginning of each EXAM. The homework
       must be submitted on stapled or bound sheets arranged in the correct order. Your
       homework and notebook will be your passport to the exam: If you don't bring them, you
       will not be given a copy of the exam, regardless of your reasons. Homework will be
       graded on completeness, correctness and explanations in the following manner:
       + if at least 90% of the problems assigned have been ATTEMPTED (you will earn 10
       √ if at least 70% of the problems assigned have been ATTEMPTED (you will earn 7
       - if at least 50% of the problems assigned have been ATTEMPTED (you will earn 5
       NG A missed or poorly written homework set will get a score of"0" or No Grade (NG).

      Homework should be stapled or clipped together and submitted in the order are assigned.
      Please do your homework in the following format. Homework not done in this format
      will not be graded.
                                                         Math 125
                                                         Section #   1-43 odd

  Quizzes are given in accordance with your homework assignments. Short and unannounced
  quizzes will be given for each chapter. Quizzes often include problems directly taken from
  the homework assignment. One of your lowest scoring quizzes will be dropped. NO

  There will be comprehensive exams. Since I give partial credit, it is important for you to
  show your work on your exams. You will not be allowed to use your calculator or
  electronic dictionaries during the exams, but will instead leave all answers exact, and not as
  decimal approximations. Make-up exams are normally not given except in documented
  emergencies and prior notification. No exams will be dropped.

  1. Conference hours: It would be helpful if you can come to my conference hours
     organized and prepared with specific questions. It is a great time to discuss your
     concerns regarding the course and your performance. Please come as soon as concerns
  2. Other help:
         (a) Math Homework Lab: located in room R409 (adjacent to MRC), like a study
             hall, math students quietly do their homework and have the assistance of on-site
         (b) Learning Assistance Center (LAC): located in D300, offers videotapes and
         (c) Teaching and Learning Center (TLC): located in V103.
         (d) Study groups: Forming study-groups with classmates is one of the best ways to
             become more successful in the class.

  In class, you will be assigned group-work to help you better prepared for the test. All
  members of the group are expected to work on each problem. Although I will help you out
  with difficult problems, I encourage you to talk to EACH OTHER first before asking me
  questions. All members of the group should discuss a problem with me if nobody has any
  idea on how to start.

  (To make group-work successful, it is important that you talk to your group mates, ask
  questions of each other, and compare your answers. I also suggest that you meet together
  outside of class to finish problems that you missed, and to work on the homework. Get each
  other's phone numbers and study hours at the library. You will work with 3 or 4 different
  groups throughout the semester. This will enable you to get to know most of the people in
  the class. )

  All students are encouraged to volunteer to solve problems on the blackboard. These
  problems will come from the homework or exam problems. They will count as extra credit
  of"1/4" for group work.


   I will check your notebook periodically. You need to have dividers in your three ring binder
   to contain the following subjects: a) course info (syllabus and handouts), b) lecture notes c)
   Homework assignments, d) group-work assignments, e) quizzes, f) exams.

   You need to bring the following materials to class everyday:
      Your textbook
      Your notebook with blank lined notepaper
      Graphing paper
      4x6 Spiral Index Card
      Pencils, an eraser, and a stapler
      A ruler, a compass and a protractor
      A highlighter
      A red pen
      Scientific calculator (only for Chapter 9 exam)

  If you have a pager/cellular phone, please turn off while you are in class. They will be kept
  with the instructor until the end of the class if they ring during the class time. Please do not
  have unnecessary talking and gossiping, food or drinks, chewing gum, going in and out
  during the class, sleeping, rude yawning, disrespect for one another, writing on desktops,
  retractable erasers. People not registered in the class (including children and those who
  withdraw) will not be allowed stay in the classroom.

   All students are expected to conduct themselves with the highest standards of ethics and
   behavior. Any cheating which includes any copying from other students or unauthorized
   cooperation on any graded assignments will be dealt with as severely as College policy
   allows. Any infringement upon the rights of others will be tolerated as well.

       Homework & Notebook: 10%
       Quizzes and Group-work 10%
       Comprehensive Exams: 55%
       Final Exam: 25%

     90-100  A
     80-89   B
     70-79   C
     60-69   D
     0-59    F

FINAL EXAM DATE: Friday, Feb 19, 10-1 AM

It will be cumulative. In order to pass this class you must receive at least 70% on your final. If
you can not score at least 70% on the final exam, that shows me that you have not learned the
material well enough to succeed in Math 125.


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