# Math 115 Elementary Algebra

**Room:** BUNG 5

• Monday, Sept. 1 Labor Day Holiday, college closed

• Tuesday, Sep. 2 classes begin

• Friday, Sep. 12 last day to add classes

• Friday, Sep. 26 last day to drop classes without “W”

• Friday, Nov. 7 last day for section transfers

• Monday, Nov. 10 Veterans Day, college closed

• Friday, Nov. 21 last day to drop with a “W”

• Thursday Nov. 27-30 Thanksgiving Holiday, college closed

• Saturday, Dec. 13 classes end

• Sunday, Dec. 14-20 final exams week

• ** COMMON FINAL EXAM TIME: Saturday, Dec. 20, 10:15AM-12:15PM in the bungalows
Course Description:** We will cover the following topics:

• Chapter 1: Basic Concepts of Arithmetic and Algebra

• Chapter 2: Real Numbers

• Chapter 3: First Degree Equations and Inequalities of One Variable

• Chapter 4: Formulas and Problem Solving

• Chapter 5: Exponents and Polynomials

• Chapter 6: Factoring and Solving Equations

• Chapter 7: Algebraic Fractions

• Chapter 8: Coordinate Geometry and Linear Systems

• Chapter 9: Roots and radicals

• Chapter 10: Quadratic equations

**Student Learning Outcomes:**

Write and solve linear algebraic equations and inequalities.

Simplify algebraic expressions.

Construct and analyze a linear graph in a Cartesian coordinate system.

Solve quadratic and rational equations .

Solve a system of two linear equations.

Setup and solve application problems.

**Class Structure:**

Most of the class time will be used for lecturing and answering questions. Some time will also be used for

students to work in groups . Students should also expect to be called upon to solve problems on the board. Class

environment is to be informal, open and relaxed; hence students are strongly encouraged to participate fully in

class and to ask questions.

**Exams:**

1. There will be five examinations of 100 points each. The lowest grade of these five examinations will be

dropped. There will be

**no make-up examinations**, since the missed exam will be the one dropped. Any

other missed examination will receive a grade of 0. Exams will be announced in class in advance

**A comprehensive Common**Final examination of 200 points. There are no make-ups for the final and all

students must take the final exam on schedule.

**Homework:**Homework will be assigned on a regular basis, but will not be collected nor will it be counted in the

grades. Questions on the homework will be answered in the class.

**Attendance:**Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Unexcused absences of four meetings may result

in excluding students from class. Students themselves are responsible for dropping a class they no longer attend;

failure to do so may result in a grade of F.

**Grades:**

Grades will be based on the total number of points earned for tests and the final:

TOTAL POINTS | GRADE |

• 540-600 | A |

• 480-539 | B |

• 420-479 | C |

• 360-419 | D |

• BELOW360 | F |

**NO "INCOMPLETE" GRADES WILL BE GIVEN
NOTE: STUDENTS THEMSELVES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DROPPING THE CLASS,
ACCORDING TO COLLEGE REGULATIONS
**

**Study Tips:**

**General:**

• Attend all class meetings

• Do not fall behind on your homework or study

• Math is cumulative , what you study now will be needed later

• Avoid anxiety, the best way to do that is by being well- prepared

• Motivate yourself by remembering what a good education means for the future

• Do not rely too much on memorization, concentrate on understanding ideas

• Math is like a foreign language, it must be practiced-- often

• Develop responsibility for your education

**Before the test:**

• Do the Chapter Tests in the book

• Do not stay up late the night before the test

• Arrive ahead of time

**During the test:**

• Read the instructions

• Begin with the problems that you know how to do

• Show all your work neatly

• Review your work

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