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Beginning Algebra

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Designed to develop basic algebra skills through a study of fundamental
properties of numbers, fundamental operations in arithmetic and algebra ,
including polynomials and linear equations .

PREREQUISITE:
Placement through the College Testing and Placement Program or completion of MATH010 with a grade of C or
better.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:
Text: Introductory Algebra, by Martin - Gay, 3rd edition (or special edition for HACC), Pearson/Prentice Hall,
with accompanying MyMathLab Student Access kit.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
MyMathLab courses support either Windows® or Macintosh® operating systems and a supported version of Microsoft
Internet Explorer®, Firefox®, or Safari®.A minimum 56k internet connection is required. To access multimedia
content within the course web site a high-speed internet connection is needed. All students must have a valid email address.

GRADING POLICIES:

Your grade will be determined by the number of points earned on your online tests, your proctored exams, your
homework and other assignments, and the proctored final exam. The final percentage will be determined by
dividing the total number of points earned by 800 points. The following scale will be used to assign the final grade:

If your percentage is … then you will receive a grade of …
at least 90% (720 points), an A.
at least 80% (640 points) and less than 90%, a B.
at least 70% (560 points) and less than 80%, a C.
at least 60% (480 points) and less than 70%, a D.
less than 60%, an F.
   
The sources of the 800 points are as follows:
   
Three On-line tests from coursecompass.com = 150 points
Homework & assignments (170 points possible) = 150 points
Two proctored exams (@ 150 points each) = 300 points
Proctored Final Examination = 200 points
Total = 800 points

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS:

Chapter 1 – Real Numbers and Introduction to Algebra
Introductory Assignment (due August 28th)
Online Homework #1 (due August 31st)

Chapter 2 – Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
2.1 The Addition Property of Equality
2.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality
2.3 Further Solving Linear Equations
2.4 An Introduction to Problem Solving
Online Homework #2-A (due September 8th)
2.5 Formulas and Problem Solving
2.6 Percent and Mixture Problems
2.7 Solving Linear Inequalities
Online Homework #2-B (due September 14th)
Online test # 1 from coursecompass.com on Chapter 2 (available 9/13 through 9/15)

Chapter 3 – Exponents and Polynomials
3.1 Exponents
3.2 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
3.3 Introduction to Polynomials
3.4 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
3.5 Multiplying Polynomials
3.6 Special Products
3.7 Dividing Polynomials
Online Homework #3 (due September 25th)
Proctored test # 1 on Chapters 1, 2 and 3 (available 9/26 through 9/30)*

Chapter 4 – Factoring Polynomials
4.1 Greatest Common Factor
4.2 Factoring Trinomials – Leading Coefficient of 1
4.3 Factoring Trinomials – Leading Coefficient not 1
4.4 Factoring Trinomials – Leading Coefficient not 1
Online Homework #4-A (due October 9th)
4.5 Factoring the Difference of Two Squares
4.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
4.7 Quadratic Equations and Problem Solving
Online Homework #4-B (due October 16th)
Online test #2 from coursecompass.com on Chapter 4 (available 10/15 through 10/17)

Chapter 5 – Rational Expressions
5.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions
5.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
5.3 LCD’s, Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
5.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions3
Online Homework #5-A (due October 23rd)
5.5 Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions
5.6 Proportions and Problem Solving with Rational Equations
5.7 Simplifying Complex Fractions
Online Homework #5-B (due October 30th)
Proctored test # 2 on Chapters 4 and 5 (available 10/31 through 11/4)*

Chapter 6 – Graphing Equations and Inequalities
6.1 Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System
6.2 Graphing Linear Equations
6.3 Intercepts
6.4 Slope and Rate of Change
6.5 Equations of Lines
Online Homework #6 (due November 23rd)
On-line test #3 from coursecompass.com on Chapter 6 (available 11/22 through 11/24)

Chapter 7 – Systems of Equations
7.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
7.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
7.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Addition
7.4 Systems and Problem Solving
Online Homework #7 (due December 11th)
Proctored Final Exam – Comprehensive Final Examination on Chapters 2-7 (available 12/12 through 12/16)

Note: Students will be responsible for one additional assignment based upon work throughout the semester.

We will have two proctored exams and the final, all of which are paper tests. Students will take these tests at the
HACC campus through which they are registered.

Fall Testing Schedule (*Check the Virtual Campus web site for dates and times available at your campus.)

Test 1
Test 2
Test 3
September 26 – 30
October 31 – November 4
December 12 – 16


If you cannot come to one of the campus locations to take your proctored paper exam, you will need to make your
instructor aware of this situation and secure a qualified proctor with the instructor's permission. A test proctor form
must be completed and mailed to the Virtual Campus Office for approval two weeks prior to your requested test
date. The form will be forwarded to your instructor for approval.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file. Print out the form and
follow the instructions on the form. If you would like a form mailed to you, contact the Virtual Campus Office.

PHRC Syllabus Requirement: The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRAct’) prohibits discrimination against
prospective and current students because of race, color, sex, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or
disability, record of a handicap or disability, perceived handicap or disability, relationship or association with an individual
with a handicap or disability, use of a guide or support animal, and/or handling or training of support or guide animals.

The Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (“PFEOAct”) prohibits discrimination against prospective and
current students because of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, record of a handicap
or disability, perceived handicap or disability, and a relationship or association with an individual with a handicap or
disability.

Information about these laws may be obtained by visiting the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission website at www.
phrc.state.pa.us.

If an accommodation is needed, please contact:

Virtual Campus
Elaine Moran
Stabler 108
(717) 780-2633

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