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COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND MTH 1000 – 75402 Fundamentals of Algebra – Fall 2009 COURSE DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS Instructor – Tom Seremet Email Address – toms@csmd.edu This is the best way to send me a message. I check my email several times each day. Phone Number and Voice Mail – 301-934-7586 Office Location – ST 183 Office Hours – M/W 11:30 – 12:30 and 4:30 – 5:00 T/Th 10:00 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 12:30 Th 2:30 – 3:00 Class Meeting Time – Section 75402 M/W 10:00 – 11:20 Credit Hours - 3 credits Text (Required) - Elementary and Intermediate Algebra 2nd edition, Sullivan, Struve, Mazzarella, Pearson Publishing Additional Material - TI-83/84 or TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator (Required) Notebook (Required-Preferably a 3-ring binder) Graph Paper (Optional) Prerequisite - MTH 0900 or Appropriate Math Placement Test Score. Important Dates - Nov 13, 2009: Last day to withdraw or change to an audit. Section 75424 Dec 21, 2009 Last scheduled class date. Section 75962 Dec 17, 2009 Last scheduled class date. Requirements and Grading : Unit Tests: Best 2 of 3 tests 45% Lowest Test 10% Quizzes: Best 5 of 7 Regular Quizzes 15% Final Exam: 15% Even Homework: 10% Daily Class Work 5% Course Attendance: There are two keys for success built into the operating structure I have developed for this class. They are GOOD attendance and ACTIVE student involvement. Attendance will be checked and recorded daily. Attendance at every class is expected. The main impact of a missed class is the opportunity for help on the material presented on that day in class. Regardless of whether you are present or absent from class, it is YOU that is responsible for learning the concepts. Quizzes, tests and other assignments may also be affected by missing a class and penalties will likely apply. It is NOT my practice to deal with make-up work in the classroom. Students are to use my office for matters related to absences! Exams – Tests are scheduled in advance and if a test is missed, for an “excused” reason, you must arrange to take it on the day of the next class attended. For a test taken on time, students will be permitted to have a formula sheet. Students taking a make-up test forfeit the use of a formula sheet. Do not assume your make-up test has been sent to the testing center, it won’t be. That is not my practice. Come to my office prior to the start of class on the day of your next class attended to schedule your missed test. Quizzes – There will be a total of about 7 quizzes throughout the semester. The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped. There is no make-up on quizzes. This is the reason for the “drops”. Quiz questions reflect the odd homework assignments and are open book/open notes. Collected (even) Homework Assignments – At the conclusion of each class session a list of (even) homework problems will be assigned and then collected at the start of the NEXT class. Credit will not be given for just answers, all work must be displayed. This category is 10% of your final grade. To find out an assignment (if you are absent from a class) you can send me an email, stop by my office during office hours to get the list of problems or make a copy of the paper from someone in the class. If absent from class, to turn in an assignment, try to send it in with a friend. However, if unable to arrange this at the end of each unit on the day prior to your unit tests, make-up assignments will be distributed. These make-up assignments are only available for “excused” absences from class. Daily Class work - Most classes begin with a discussion of the odd homework listed in the course outline. Other activities such as quizzes may also be scheduled. As a part of most class lectures are activity problems to be done in class. Your cooperation with this as well as good attendance is a 5% portion of your final grade. Instructors Comment: Success in a college math course usually requires extra and creative study practices. Forming student study groups that meet regularly is a proven, highly successful practice. It is also quite typical for students to spend a fair amount of time with the instructor for help or discussion. I encourage you to utilize my office hours and want you to be comfortable with seeking assistance. It is also typical for students to have questions with grading and test procedures. When coming to my office bring your notebook. I also want to encourage each student in class to partner with another student (or students) for instances when you are absent from class. A partner could turn in assignments, pick up papers, pass on announcements and/or class notes to minimize the negative impact of missing a class. Remainder of Syllabus: In order to save paper, money and the environment, CSM is beginning a practice of electronic posting of course material. There are several additional pages of important course information that can be found at: http://www.itc.csmd.edu/mth/syllabus/index.htm (ODD) Homework In order for you to be successful in this course, it is important that you take immediate ownership for the course and assume an active role in the learning process right from the start. My lectures will utilize a major portion of the class period, but they will be designed to supplement and not replace your activities that form the learning process. Students are expected to carefully read the text and work through the examples in each section. This is your indispensable first step in learning the material. The next step is to work the homework problems. It is my opinion that this is the most important aspect of any math course. This is the stage when most of the understanding of the mathematical concepts will occur. The suggested list of homework problems provides direction for this part of the learning process. Students are encouraged to work all the way through the list that applies to each class presentation. Do not become discouraged if you are having difficulty with some of them. Finish the list! A considerable portion of the beginning of each class will be devoted to the discussion of these homework problems. It is imperative that you be willing to ask questions on those problems that gave you difficulty. Seek help as soon as you experience any difficulty with the subject matter. (Keep your odd homework organized in your three ring binder for my review should we need a conference.) Reading the Textbook One purpose and objective of this course includes obtaining skill in the algebraic topics listed in this document. However, bear in mind this course is not the required math course that fulfills the math requirements for any CSM program. It serves as a prerequisite for courses that will meet that requirements and thus additional math courses need to be taken. Therefore, it is also a primary goal of this course to improve a student’s study skills in mathematics. One skill that most students need to develop is the proper and effective use of a college mathematics textbook. An expectation of this course will be that you read ahead the section that will be covered in your next class. (Refer to your syllabus on a daily basis.) General Education Skills Covered In This Course: Perform mathematical operations accurately. Make mathematical estimates and approximations to judge the reasonableness of results. Interpret graphs and tables. Understand mathematical information and relationships stated in words. Utilize appropriate mathematical models to solve problems while recognizing the assumptions and limitations of the models. Apply appropriate theories to solve problems. Identify, define, evaluate and solve problems. Background and Purpose/Course Description: The objective of this course is to give the students a bridge between Arithmetic and Algebra in such a manner as to alleviate math anxiety. At the completion of the course, a student should be able to manipulate signed numbers and exponents; translate and simplify algebraic expressions; translate and solve algebraic equations and inequalities; graph equations in two variables; find the slope and equations of a line; add, subtract, multiply, divide and factor polynomials. You will be exposed to using the graphing calculator to assist with algebraic and geometric manipulations. Tutoring Help: An integral part of any math course is receiving help when needed from a variety of sources. CSM offers free math tutoring at the tutoring center on the first floor of the library building. A tutoring schedule is posted on line at http:www.csmd.edu/StudentSuccess/Tutoring/ Cell Phones and other electronic devices should be turned off upon entering class. Text messaging during class is an example of rude behavior and will be addressed as that. College Policies Students with Disabilities Act Students needing special accommodations such as seating, larger print, etc. to help meet your needs as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please see me immediately with the proper CSM accommodation form so that I may assist you. Academic Honesty Any student caught cheating, or is guilty of any other form of academic dishonesty, will be dealt with by following the established policy published in the Student Handbook. As a minimum penalty it is my practice to recommend a grade of zero on the entire document involved. On serious cases I would not hesitate to seek more severe penalties. Disruptive Behavior Any student displaying mildly disruptive behavior that interferes with the conduct of the class may be asked to leave the classroom, please do so in a polite manner in order that we may deal with the issues in the privacy of my office. Classroom Guests The College is emphasizing a policy prohibiting students from bringing guests (children) to class. This policy will be strictly followed because of insurance and liability issues. Audit Students requesting and applying for an audit will have an individualized contract written for them at the time of the request. If a student changes to audit and does not attend classes or complete assignments and tests per our written agreement, he/she will have their audit (AU) changed to a Withdrawal (WD). Drug and Alcohol Policy The College is a Drug-Free Zone. No trafficking or use of drugs or alcohol will be tolerated. Provisions of the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook will be followed. Math 1000 – Elementary Algebra Course Outline and Assignments Fall 2009 – Mr. Seremet NOTE: eoo means every other odd; ie 1,5,9,13………….. eto means every third odd; ie 1,7,13,19………… Session Sections Topics Homework Notes 1 Course Introduction Set up your 3 ring binder. W Unit 1 Sept 9 Chapters 1 and 2 1.2 Review of Fractions and Page 18 #95,97,103,107, Decimals 123,125,133,135,139,143 Read ahead 1.3 Number Systems and the Page 26 #23-39 odd; 43, session 2 Real Number Line 45,47,51,53,55,59,61; 93- 103 odd 1.4 +,-,X,÷ Integers Page37#49,55,61,67…..... 133 eto 2 1.5 +,-,X,÷ Rational Numbers Page 49 # 125 -145 odd Start your M 1.6 Properties of Real Numbers Page 58 # 31,41,43,45, formula sheet Sept 14 47,51,69,71 3 1..7 Exponents and Order of Page 65 # 35,41,47,53….. Operations 107 eto; 111,113,115 W 1.8 Simplifying Algebraic Page 72 # 37,41,45,51…. Sept 16 Expressions …….113 eoo 4 2.1 Solving Linear Equations Page 92 #27,31,35,39…. Quiz #1 using + and – ….. 97 eoo 2.2 Solving Linear Equations Page 99 #21,25,29,……. using +,-,X,÷ 69 eoo; 75 5 2.3 Solving Linear Equations Page 108 #27,31,35,…… involving fractions 51 eoo; 63-71 odd; 79, 83,89 6 2.4 Formulas Students are to focus on the EVEN homework 2.5 Intro to Problem Solving sheet provided with this lesson. 2.6 Problem Solving – Percents 7 2.7 Problem Solving – Page 150 #13,15,17,23, Quiz #2 Geometry and Uniform 25,27,31,39 Motion 2.8 Solving Linear Inequalities Page 163 #37,41,45,49; in one variable 65,69,73,77..….85eoo 8 Q&A Q&A 2.7 and 2.8 hmwrk Summary Review for Exam #1 8 Begin Unit 2 (continued) (Chapters 3 and 4) 3.1 The Rectangular Coordinate System and Page 184 #19,25,27,29, This hmwrk is Equations in Two Variables 33,35,41,53 for session 10 9 EXAM Test on Unit 1 – Do Homework Chapters 1 and 2 to section 3.1 Read Ahead session 10 10 3.2 Graphing Equation in two Page 198 #29,33,39,47,51 variables 53,55,67,69,83,85 3.3 Slope Page 208 #13,17,19; 23- 33odd;45,49 11 3.4 Slope-intercept Form of a Page 218 line #19,27,29,35,37,39,43, 47,49,69,79,85 TI Handout Graphing Lines on the Handout Calculator 12 3.5 Point-slope form of a line Page 225 #13,17,21,23,27 Quiz #3 29,31,37,39,47,67 3.6 Parallel and Perpendicular Page 234 #29,31,39,49, Lines 51,55,59,69,73,77 13 3.7 Linear Inequalities in two Page 243 #21,27,39,41,51 variables 4.1 Solving Systems by Page 264 #17,23,27,31, graphing 63,67 14 4.2 Substitution Page 273 #15,17,19,27,41 4.3 Elimination Page 282 #13,17,23,27, 29,49,59 15 4.4 Problem Solving – Page 291 #17,21,25,29,35 Quiz #4 geometry and uniform motion 4.5 Mixture Problems Page 300 #21,25,29,33, 39,43 16 4.6 Systems of Linear Page 307 #19,25,35,37 Inequalities TI Handout Solving Systems on the Handout calculator Unit 2 Summary Review for Exam #2 17 EXAM Test on Unit 2 – Chp. 3 & 4 18 Unit 3 (Chapter 5 and 6.1-6.5) 5.1 + and – polynomials Page 323 #57,61,65.…. 89eoo; 107,111 5.2 Multiplying polynomials Page 330 #19,23,27,…. 6769 eoo; 77,87 19 5.3 Multiplying Polynomials Page 339 #35,39,43,….. 79eoo; 89-101 5.4 Dividing Monomials Page 351 #29-45 odd (Through example 4) 20 5.4 The zero exponent, Page 351 #47,51,55,59,… Quiz #5 (Starting on simplifying exponential 91 eoo;121 page 344) expressions with negative exponents 5.5 Dividing a polynomial by a Page 358 # 13-21 odd (Through monomial example 3) 21 5.6 Scientific Notation Page 365#27,31,43,51, 55,59,73 6.1 GCF Page 383 #47 – 67 odd; (Through 95, 97 example 10) 22 6.1 Factoring by grouping Page 383 #71-77 odd; 99 Quiz #6 (Start on page 381) Factoring Trinomials (1) Page 391 #21 -53 eoo; 6.2 73, 79,87 23 6.3 Factoring Trinomials (2) Page 401 #23-43 eoo; 69, 77,85,91 6.4 Factoring special products Page 409# 29,31,33,39, 41,45,49,51,81,85,91 24 Q&A Homewrk section 6.3 &6.4 Quiz #7 Unit 3 Summary Review for Exam #3 25 Q&A Quiz #7 EXAM Test on Unit 3 – Chapters 5 and 6.1 – 6.4 26 6.6 Solving Polynomial Page 423 # 35,39,43,47, Equations by Factoring 53,55,59 27 Q&A Homework from 6.6 Course Review for Final Exam/ Summary Average Grades 28 EXAM FINAL EXAM 29 As Needed To be used as needed/ Make-up exams

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