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Survey of Algebra
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course initiates development in students' ability to organize thought
processes and
systematically solve problems while preparing students for studies
in other courses. Topics
include linear equations and inequalities and their
graphs, systems of linear equations, exponents,
polynomials, factoring, rational
expressions , and square roots .
II. COURSE MATERIALS:
Textbook: Introductory Algebra Tenth Ed., by Marvin Bittinger; Publisher, AddisonWesley
Access Code: mathxl .com access code is packaged within
textbook or can be purchased separately.
Calculator: A basic calculator may be useful for some of the homework problems
in the text
and online, but will NOT be allowed on any quizzes, chapter exams,
or final exam.
III. COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Given the need to develop a basic foundation in Algebra, the student will,
through classroom
activities, assignment and examination, complete the course
with a minimum competency level in:
Factors of numbers
Orders of operations
Simplify Algebraic expressions
Commutative, Associative, and Distributive laws
Solving linear equations and linear inequalities
Translation of problems to equations and solving
Scientific Notation
Multiplying and factoring polynomials
Solving quadratic equations
Rational equations
Graphing linear equations
Systems of equations
Parallel and perpendicular lines
Graphing inequalities
Radical expressions and equations
Applications, formulas, and problem solving
IV. TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE:
Chapter R: Prealgebra Review (briefly)
Chapter 1: Real Number and Expressions (briefly)
Chapter 2: Solving Equations and Inequalities Exam
(Ch R, 1, 2)
Chapter 4: Exponents and Polynomial Operations
Exam (Ch 4 cumm.)
Chapter 5: Factoring Polynomials Exam(Ch
5 cumm.)
Chapter 6: Rational Expressions and Equations Exam
(Ch 6 cumm.)
Chapter 3: Graphs of Linear Equations
Chapter 7: Systems of Equations Exam(Ch
3, 7 cumm.)
Chapter 8: Radicals
Chapter 9: Quadratic Equations (selected sections only)
Exam (Ch 8, 9 cumm.)
V. COURSE EVALUATION:
1. Attendance is required at all class meetings. Your attendance is part of your
course
grade and is the percentage of class days attended out of all of the scheduled
class
meetings. The purpose of the attendance policy is to promote good participation
and
to reward students for good academic practices.
2. Homework, quizzes, group work and/or projects as well as attendance will
count for
20% of the course grade. (See attached Section Syllabus for further details.)
3. Tests are to be taken only on the scheduled date and will count for
60% of the course
grade.
4. A comprehensive final exam determines 20% of the course grade. No calculator
will
be allowed on the final exam.
Course grades will be calculated and letter grades assigned as follows:
GRADE COMPONENTS:
Homework/Quizzes/Attendance  20% 
Tests  60% 
Final Exam  20% 
COURSE  GRADE 
VI. COURSE POLICY:
1. As published in the MSUBozeman Registration Handbook, this course has a
COMMON
HOUR FINAL EXAM.
M 096  Tuesday, December 15, 2009  1011:50AM  Room TBA
The following is an excerpt from the Registration
Handbook:
Final exams are scheduled by the Registrar, and they may not be rescheduled or
given prior to the start of the final examination period.
2. Students with documented disabilities, whether physical, cognitive or
psychological, are
entitled to reasonable accommodations in their classes. If
you would like to use
accommodations for this class, please contact appropriate
Disability Services office to
make arrangements.
For MSUBozeman degreeseeking students, contact Disability Services at 994
2824
or in 155 Strand Union Building (SUB).
For MSUGF COT degreeseeking students, contact the Director of Disability and
Learning Support Services, Kathy Meier, at (406) 7714311.
3. The MSUGF COT Academic Integrity Policy and appeals process can be found in
full in
the current MSUGF catalog. The following is an excerpt:
Copying  Using crib notes, cheat sheets, books, or other material, resource or
electronic
device as aids in an examination or any other graded exercise, unless
the instructor of
the class has given permission to use such materials.
Collaborating with another student
or students on an examination or other graded
exercise, without instructor permission.
Contributing to violations of Academic
Integrity  Knowingly assisting another student in
an act which violates
academic integrity.
Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated at MSUGreat Falls
College of
Technology. The consequence for the first such violation is at the
discretion of the
instructor and may range from a failing grade for the
particular assignment/test to a
failing grade in the course in which the act of
academic dishonesty occurred.
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