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Preparatory Algebra
Department: A.O.C.E. Academic Outreach and Continuing Education.
Prerequisite : Math ACT score of 1417 is strongly recommended
Credit Hours: 0
Times and Location : T,Th 9:10 – 10:30 a.m. LCB 222
Instructor: Beth Malloy, Associate Instructor
Office Hours: There are no official office hours. Please talk to me before or after class, email at:
Course Description: For students unable to pass the
qualifying test for Math 1010 or students who
need a thorough review or need to relearn basic mathematics and algebraic
topics . Classes have limited
enrollment so students may receive individual attention.
Content Overview: Students will learn about the set
of real numbers, linear equations and inequalities,
polynomials and properties of exponents , factoring polynomials, graphing linear
equations, systems of
linear equations in two variables , and radicals.
Teaching and learning methods : Class lectures and
working homework problems are the primary
source for learning. Homework will be to work the odd problems at the end of
each chapter.
Completing the homework is essential to the understanding of the material. They
will not be handed in.
Make sure that you check your answers in the back of the book, and ask me
questions about the
problems you don’t understand. There is a set of videos that follow a similar
book which can be checked
out from me. The math department has a free tutoring center. Call 5816851 for
hours.
Grading: Beginning Fall Semester 2007, Math 950
students will need to receive a grade of C or higher
to move ahead to Math 1010. If a student does not receive a grade of C or
higher, they will be required
to (1) retake the course, or (2) take the math placement exam (Accuplacer) at
the testing center and
receive an appropriate score to move on to Math 1010. If a student enrolls in
Math 1010 and has not
earned at least a C in Math 950, the course will be dropped from their schedule.
The Math 950 grade
will show on the student’s transcript, but will NOT factor into the student ’s
overall grade point average.
Evaluation Methods:  2 Exams  30% each 
Final  40%  
Grading Scale:  90%100%  A 
80%89%  B  
70%79%  C  
0%69%  E 
Text: Beginning Algebra second edition by Miller,
O’Neill, Hyde
The solution manual is optional.
SCHEDULE
Week 1: R2, 1.21.3  Real numbers 
Week 2:1.41.6  Real numbers 
Week 3: 2.12.3  Linear equations and inequalities 
Week 4: 2.32.7  Linear equations and inequalities 
Week 5: Review, Exam  
Week 6: 3.13.4  Linear Equations in 2 Variables 
Week 7: 3.43.6  Linear Equations in 2 Variables 
Week 8: 4.14.3  Systems of Linear Equations 
Week 9: 5.15.4  Exponents 
Week 10: Review, Exam  
Spring Break March 1722  
Week 11: 5.55.7  Polynomials 
Week 12: 6.16.4  Factoring Polynomials 
Week 13: 6.56.7  Factoring Polynomials 
Week 14: 8.18.3  Radicals 
Week 15: Review, Final  April 23 
Note: This schedule is subject to change . 
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT: “The
University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to
its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will
need accommodations in the
class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability
Services, 162 Union
Building, 5815020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make
arrangements for
accommodations.”
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