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Course Elementary Algebra
Course Outline
The topics that will be taught throughout the course
include: Basic Concepts of
Arithmetic and Algebra ; Real Numbers; FirstDegree Equations and Inequalities of
One
Variable; Formulas and Problem Solving; Exponents and Polynomials ; Factoring and
Solving Equations ; Algebraic Fractions; Coordinate Geometry and Linear Systems;
Roots and Radicals ; Quadratic Equations ; Relations and Functions.
Course Objectives
To categorize numbers; Manipulate numbers using basic
numerical operations ; Evaluate
arithmetic expressions containing exponents; Solve firstdegree equations and
inequalities; Solve formulas for a given variable; Recognize, solve proportion
problems ,
analyze and solve word problems; Simplify, add, subtract , multiply and divide
polynomials; Simplify expressions containing negative exponents; Factor
polynomials
using appropriate methods; Apply factoring techniques to solve seconddegree
equations;
Factoring polynomials using a variety of techniques; Solve equations and word
problems
using factoring; Manipulate and simplify algebraic fractions using the basic
operations of
addition , subtraction, multiplication and division; Solve equations containing
algebraic
fractions; Graph equations in two variables; Determine equations of lines; Solve
systems
of equations; Determine roots; Simplify, add, subtract, multiply and divide
radicals ;
Solve equations containing radicals; Solve quadratic equations using completing
the
square and the quadratic formula; Define and evaluate relations and functions.
Homework and Exams
Homework will be assigned but will not be collected.
Quizzes (50 points total) will be given
throughout the semester. Quizzes will be taken verbatim from previously assigned
homework
and notes will be allowed. Therefore, it is important that you complete homework
assignments
on time. Attendance is important since no make up quizzes will be assigned.
There will be five
exams (worth 100 points each) from which the best four will be averaged into
your grade.
Because of this, no makeup exams will be given. No calculators will be allowed
on any
exams. However, a calculator is recommended for some homework problems. In
addition, there
will be a common final exam (200 points) which will be cumulative covering the
material
presented throughout the course. Updated grades will be posted after each exam.
Students
should plan to spend a minimum of three hours of study outside the class for
each hour of
lecture. It is also important that students read the textbook. The lecture is
designed as a
supplement to the text and is not an alternative for the textbook. Students are
responsible for all
the topics covered in the text unless otherwise stated in the class lecture.
Class Expectations
Students are expected to follow the “Standards of Student
Conduct” and “Student Academic
Integrity Policy Statement” for Mission College. Please arrive on time and be
present
throughout the entire class. Students are to wait until the end of lecture to
leave the room to
minimize class disruptions. Students should not be engaged in personal
conversations while
instructor is lecturing. Students must turn off pagers, cell phones, ipods, and
any other electronic
devices during class time. Students should also be prepared to discuss any
previous assignments.
It is the student’s responsibility to drop the class if he/she no longer decides
to attend class. Any
student appearing on the grade roster will receive a grade regardless of whether
they are
attending classes or not.
Grading
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
Total points received/Total points possible (650) = % grade
The following grading scale will be used:
A 90100%
B 8089%
C 7079%
D 6069%
F 059%
Tutoring
Tutoring is available at the math center located in the
basement of the Campus Center building
and is highly recommended if you are having difficulties with the assignments.
In addition,
computer software and videos are available. There will also be workshops offered
during the
semester for this course.
O U T L I N E
This schedule is tentative. It is subject to change .
Week 1 
September 2 Introduction, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 
September 4 1.4, 1.5, 2.1 
Week 2 
September 9 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 
September 11 2.5, 3.1 
Week 3 
September 16 3.2, 3.3, Rev Ch 1&2 
September 18 3.4, Test Ch 1&2 
Week 4 
September 23 3.5, 4.1 
September 25 4.3, 4.4 
Week 5 
September 30 4.5, 5.1 
October 2 5.2, Rev Ch 3&4 
Week 6 
October 7 5.3, Test Ch 3&4 
October 9 5.4, 5.5 
Week 7 
October 14 5.6, 6.1 
October 16 6.2, 6.3 
Week 8 
October 21 6.4, 6.5 
October 23 7.1, Rev Ch 5&6 
Week 9 
October 28 7.2, Ch 5&6 Test 
October 30 7.3, 7.4 
Week 10 
November 4 7.5, 7.6 
November 6 8.1, 8.2 
Week 11 
November 11 8.3, 8.4 
November 13 8.5, 8.6 
Week 12 
November 18 8.7, 9.1 
November 20 9.2, Rev. 7&8 
Week 13 
November 25 9.3, Test Ch 7&8 
November 27 Thanksgiving Holiday 
Week 14 
December 2 9.4, 9.5 
December 4 10.1, 10.2 
Week 15 
December 9 10.3, 10.4 
December 11 11.7, Rev Ch 9, 10, & 11 
Week 16 
December 16 Rev Final, Test Ch 9, 10, 11 
December 18 Rev Final 
Note: Final will be held on Saturday December 20 from 10:15am to 12:15pm
Homework Assignments
Section  Assignments  Section  Assignments 
1.1  165 eoo  6.1  191 eoo 
1.2  185 eoo  6.2  175 eoo 
1.3  1127 eoo  6.3  167 odd 
1.4  191 eoo  6.4  179 eoo 
1.5  181 eoo  6.5  187 eoo 
Ch1 rev  167 odd  Ch6 rev  157 odd 
Ch1 test  125 all  Ch6 test  125 all 
2.1  181 eoo  7.1  159 eoo 
2.2  1103 eoo  7.2  145 odd 
2.3  191 eoo  7.3  179 eoo 
2.4  199 eoo  7.4  171 eoo 
2.5  171 eoo  7.5  151 odd 
Ch2 rev  165 odd  7.6  149 odd 
Ch2 test  125 all  Ch7 rev  135 odd 
3.1  171 odd  Ch7 test  125 all 
3.2  167 odd  8.1  149 eoo 
3.3  157 odd  8.2  155 odd 
3.4  185 odd  8.3  173 odd 
3.5  159 eoo  8.4  1 43 odd 
Ch3 rev  135 odd, 4151 odd  8.5  129 odd 
Ch3 test  118 all, 2125 all  8.6  139 odd 
4.1  173 eoo  8.7  161 odd 
4.2  169 eoo  Ch8 rev  149 odd 
4.3  139 odd  Ch8 test  125 all 
4.4  141 odd  9.1  183 oll 
4.5  129 odd  9.2  165 odd 
Ch4 rev  125 all  9.3  171 odd 
Ch4 test  171 eoo  9.4  169 odd 
5.1  183 eoo  9.5  139 odd 
5.2  1121 eoo  Ch9 rev  167 odd 
5.3  149 odd  Ch9 test  125 all 
5.4  139 odd  10.1  177 eoo 
5.5  1121 odd  10.2  135 odd 
Ch5 rev  183 odd  10.3  147 odd 
Ch5 test  125 all  10.4  145 odd 
Ch10 rev  121 odd  
Ch10 test  120 all  
11.7  143 odd 
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