COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND
MTH 1000 – 75402
Fundamentals of Algebra – Fall 2009
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
Instructor – Tom Seremet
Email Address – email@example.com 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
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%
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
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:
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
W Unit 1
Sept 9 Chapters 1 and 2
1.2 Review of Fractions and Page 18 #95,97,103,107,
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-
1.4 +,-,X,÷ Integers Page37#49,55,61,67….....
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,
6 2.4 Formulas Students are to focus on
the EVEN homework
2.5 Intro to Problem Solving sheet provided with this
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
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
10 3.2 Graphing Equation in two Page 198 #29,33,39,47,51
3.3 Slope Page 208 #13,17,19; 23-
11 3.4 Slope-intercept Form of a Page 218
TI Handout Graphing Lines on the Handout
12 3.5 Point-slope form of a line Page 225 #13,17,21,23,27 Quiz #3
3.6 Parallel and Perpendicular Page 234 #29,31,39,49,
13 3.7 Linear Inequalities in two Page 243 #21,27,39,41,51
4.1 Solving Systems by Page 264 #17,23,27,31,
14 4.2 Substitution Page 273 #15,17,19,27,41
4.3 Elimination Page 282 #13,17,23,27,
15 4.4 Problem Solving – Page 291 #17,21,25,29,35 Quiz #4
geometry and uniform
4.5 Mixture Problems Page 300 #21,25,29,33,
16 4.6 Systems of Linear Page 307 #19,25,35,37
TI Handout Solving Systems on the Handout
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.….
5.2 Multiplying polynomials Page 330 #19,23,27,….
6769 eoo; 77,87
19 5.3 Multiplying Polynomials Page 339 #35,39,43,…..
5.4 Dividing Monomials Page 351 #29-45 odd
20 5.4 The zero exponent, Page 351 #47,51,55,59,… Quiz #5
(Starting on simplifying exponential 91 eoo;121
expressions with negative
5.5 Dividing a polynomial by a Page 358 # 13-21 odd
21 5.6 Scientific Notation Page 365#27,31,43,51,
6.1 GCF Page 383 #47 – 67 odd;
(Through 95, 97
22 6.1 Factoring by grouping Page 383 #71-77 odd; 99 Quiz #6
Factoring Trinomials (1) Page 391 #21 -53 eoo;
23 6.3 Factoring Trinomials (2) Page 401 #23-43 eoo; 69,
6.4 Factoring special products Page 409# 29,31,33,39,
24 Q&A Homewrk section 6.3 &6.4 Quiz #7
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/
28 EXAM FINAL EXAM
29 As Needed To be used as needed/