# Foundations of Math I

**Text: Introductory Algebra :** A Real World Approach
– Author : Bello,

Company: Mcgraw Hill

Student Solutions Manual for above text (optional)

TI-83 Plus calculator (Optional)

Portfolio supplies and graphing paper

Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual, 4^{th} edition , Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2004

**Course Description :
**This course includes the following algebraic topics:

Simplification of numeric /algebraic expressions by applying order of operations

Solutions of equations and inequalities in 1 variable

Graphing equations in 2 variables by using different forms of linear equations

Simplification of numeric/ algebraic expressions by applying laws of exponents

Study of polynomials and the 4 basic operations on them

Factoring of polynomials ( As time permits)

**Mat 091 (Foundations of Math I is a course that is prerequisite/preparatory**

for Mat 096 (Foundations of Math II)

for Mat 096 (Foundations of Math II)

**Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives) :**

A) Communicate Effectively

1)**Learning Outcome:** Student will be able to communicate effectively about
mathematics through symbolic language and translate English expressions into
algebraic expressions.

**Course Objective :** Understand and communicate the meaning of mathematical
symbols used in algebra.

**Assessment** is based on tests, quizzes, and daily work in math portfolio

B) Think critically

**Assessment **is based on tests, quizzes, and daily work in math portfolio.

**1. Learning Outcome-** Students will perform basic algebraic operations.

**Course Objective:** Solve problems using algebraic formulas

**2. Learning Outcome-** Students will perform basic
algebraic operations.

**Course Objective : **Solve algebraic equations with 2 or more

operations.

**3. Learning Outcome- **Students will perform basic
algebraic operations.

**Course Objective : **To solve inequalities

**4. Learning Outcome : **Students will be able to
construct graphs.

**Course Objective :** Construct graphs of linear equations in 2 variables

**5. Learning Outcome : **Students will be able to
simplify expressions.

**Course Objective : **Apply rules of exponents to simplify expressions

**6. Learning Outcome :
**Students will be able to perform operations on

Polynomials

**Course Objective :**

Students will factor polynomials and

perform 4 basic operations on polynomials.

C. Learn Independently

**Learning Outcome :**

he student will apply their learning.

**Course Objective :
**The student will understand applications that lead to the

solution of problems.

** Method of Instruction : **Lectures on topics will be
presented by the instructor working

and explaining problems on the board. These problems will copied by the students
in

their course notebook. There will be time and opportunity for any student to ask

questions. Students will be individually encouraged to work problems on the
board and

explain them to the class. There may be up to three motivational films viewed in
class

where the students do brief reports on the content.

**Explanation of Grading System:
**5 Tests @ 100 pts ea. 500 points

1 semester quiz grade @ 100 pts 100 points

Total Points 600 points

Final numerical score = Total points earned ÷ 600 (* This
is converted to percent )

The above numerical score is converted to its corresponding letter grade
according to the

grading scale.

**Total Course Grading Scale:** A= 90-100, B=80-89,
C=70-79, D=60-69, F=0-59

*All students must complete the course to receive credit. If a student stops

attending class toward the end of the semester and does not take the final

examination, a grade of “F” will be given.

**Course Requirements:
**You are expected to attend all classes and to be on time. Any combination of
three

tardies or early dismissals count as an absence. A very detailed record of your attendance

will be kept by your instructor. This record may be shared with the Dean of Enrollment

through the Early Alert System. Your attendance record may be given to the Registrar for Financial Aid purposes. If you are in an athletic program, your coach will probably be interested in your attendance history.

You are given the opportunity to prepare in class a
mathematics portfolio during the semester according to the following guidelines:

Your math notes should be kept in a 3-ring binder with 2 pockets. It can be
organized in the following way:

**1) Daily notes clipped in the middle.
2) Assignments in one pocket of notebook
3) All graded tests and quizzes in another pocket
4) Other written assignments from a math film or computer retrieved topic
5) Course Syllabus**

If your mathematics portfolio is neat, complete, and meets all of the above guidelines you can present this work at the end of the semester to receive an additional grade of 100 points to be computed into your average. * If you do not adhere to the above guidelines, do not present this work for a grade.

Order of Presentation of Material

Jan.7 – Jan.17

Chap.1 Order of operations and simplication of numeric and algebraic expressions

Jan.22 –Feb.12

Chap.2 Solutions of Equations/Inequalities

Feb.14 – Mar. 13

Chap. 3 Graphing linear equations

Mar.17 – Apr. 17

Chap. 4&5 Laws of Exponents & Polynomials

Apr.21 – Apr.24

Course and Final Exam Reviews

May 1 (1:00p-3:00p)

Final Exam. SC-101

Approximate dates of tests:

Test 1: 1/17/08 (Order of Operations, simplification of numeric and alg.
expressions )

Test 2: 2/12/08 ( Solutions of Equations and Inequalities)

Test 3: 3/13/08 (Graphing linear equations in 2 variables by using different
forms of linear equations)

Test 4: 4/17/08 ( Laws of Exponents & Polynomials) Test 5 :TBA (Final Exam.) SC
101 Date: 5/1/08 Time: 1:00p-3:00p The lowest test score will be dropped with
the exception of the final examination if the student has perfect attendance .

*Remember, any combination of 3 tardies or early dismissals are counted as an
absence.

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