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Course Syllabus for Elementary Algebra
Course Compass ID: danufsky22065
Prerequisite : MATH 015 F Prealgebra with a grade of “C” or better or
math skills clearance.
Course Description: This course includes the properties of real numbers,
factoring, exponents and
radicals, solving and graphing linear equations, polynomials and rational
algebraic expressions and linear
systems of equations. Calculators will be required for selected topics. (4
Units)
Textbook: Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis, Beginning Algebra, 10^{th} Ed., Pearson
Addison Wesley, 2008
Textbook is optional, MyMathLab online access code is required.
Materials: Scientific calculator, a straight edge, graph paper
Grading: Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 100%90% A, 89%80% B,
79%70% C, 69%60%
D, below 60% F. Final grades will be based on homework, quizzes, exams, the
final exam, and Math Lab
requirement as follows:
Homework  10% 
Quizzes  20% 
Exams  45% 
Final Exam  20% 
Math Lab  5% 
Homework: All homework assignments will be done online
using MyMathLab. You must purchase your
own access code for MyMathLab. See additional MyMathLab handout for more
information. Late
homework will not be accepted, but the two lowest homework scores will be
dropped from the overall
grade. You should plan to spend at least 8 hours per week outside of class doing
homework and studying.
Quizzes: Short 510 minute quizzes will be given at the beginning of every class
(unless a test is
scheduled). Makeup quizzes will not be given under any circumstances. The two
lowest quiz scores will
be dropped from the overall grade.
Exams: Four onehour exams will be given. You must be present for all exams. In
general, no makeup
exams will be given except for serious and compelling reasons.
Final Exam: The cumulative final exam will be on Thursday, December 10^{th} from
11:00 to 12:50 p.m..
There will be absolutely no makeup for the final.
Math Lab: This course includes an attendance requirement in the Math Lab
equivalent to a minimum of
50 minutes per week. Math Lab credit will be calculated into the overall grade
every three weeks as shown
in the attached tentative schedule. There will be no “makeup” or extra credit
math lab minutes.
Attendance: Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. If you miss four or
more class meetings,
you may be dropped from the class.
Academic Honesty Policy: Students are expected to abide by
ethical standards in preparing and presenting
material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used to
determine grades. Such standards are
founded on basic concepts of integrity and honesty. These include, but are not
limited to, the following areas:
1. Students shall not plagiarize or cheat.
2. Students shall not furnish materials or information in order to enable
another student to plagiarize or cheat.
Instructors may deal with academic dishonesty in one or more of the following
ways:
1. Assign an appropriate academic penalty such as an oral reprimand or point
reduction.
2. Assign an “F” on all or part of a particular paper, project, or exam.
3. Report to the appropriate administrators, with notification of same to the
student(s), for disciplinary action
by the College. Such a report will be accompanied by supporting evidence and
documentation. Repeated violations
may result in students receiving an “F” in the course, suspension or dismissal
from the College.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement: Fullerton College is committed
to providing educational
accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the
student to the instructor. Verification
of the disability must also be provided. The Disability Support Services office
functions as a resource for students
and faculty in the determination and provision of educational accommodations.
Children on Campus: Children are not allowed on campus unless supervised by a
parent or guardian. Children
may not attend classes or computer labs.
Emergency Response Statements: Take note of the safety features in and around
the classroom. Also, please
study the posted evacuation routes. The most direct route of exit may not be the
safest. Running out of the
building during earthquakes may be dangerous. During strong earthquakes, it is
recommended to duck, cover, and
hold until the quaking stops. Follow the guidance of your instructor. Your
cooperation during emergencies can
minimize the possibility of injury to yourself and others.
Fullerton College Catalog and Class Schedule: The Fullerton College Catalog and
the Class Schedule contain a
number of policies relating to students that are important to you. Please be
sure that you have read these
publications thoroughly. You may purchase copies of these publications at the
campus bookstore.
Standards of Student Conduct and Discipline Policy: The standards of student
conduct and disciplinary action
for violation of Board Policy 5500 were approved by the NOCCCD Board on January
28, 2003, and were drawn in
compliance with Sections 66300, 76030, 76033, 76034, 76036 of the State
Education Code. Students are expected
to respect and obey civil and criminal law and shall be subject to the legal
penalties for violation of the city,
county, state, and national law(s). Student conduct must conform to Board Policy
and college regulations and
procedures. As cited in BP5500, “A student who violates the standards of student
conduct shall be subject to
disciplinary action including, but not limited to, the removal , suspension or
expulsion of the student.” Students
have an obligation to familiarize themselves with the College’s policies, rules
and regulations and to conduct
themselves in a reasonable, respectful manner, which is conducive toward
attaining their educational goal. Upon
registration, each student should obtain a copy of the College Policies and
Regulations: Standards of Student
Conduct and Discipline Policy. Contained therein are the policies approved by
the Board of Trustees governing
student behavior and the applicable penalties for violations of these policies.
Copies are available in the Student
Affairs Office, the Office of Equity and Diversity, all division offices, and
the Student Services office.
Wait Time for Late Instructors: If, due to unforeseen emergencies, the
instructor does not arrive at the scheduled
start time for class, students are to wait for fifteen minutes (unless otherwise
notified by the division). If they do
not receive notification to wait for their instructor to arrive, after 15minutes
the students may leave with no
penalty for absence or assigned work due for that class meeting.
Withdrawal Policy: Although an instructor may
withdraw a student for poor attendance, it is the student’s responsibility to withdraw if the student does not continue to attend. If your name appears on the roster at the end of the semester, the instructor must give you a grade. Failure to withdraw from the course may result in a failing grade. *Last day to drop without a “W” recorded on transcripts is Saturday, September 5, 2009. **Last day to drop with a “W” recorded on transcripts is Friday, November 20, 2009. 
Math 020 T/R 12:001:50 pm  Tentative Schedule  Fall 2009  
Week  Date  Topics 
1  8/18  1.1 Fractions 1.2 Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequalities 
8/20  1.3 Variable, Expressions, and Equations 1.4 Real Numbers and the Number Line 1.5 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers 

2  8/25  1.6 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers 1.7 Properties of Real Numbers 1.8 Simplifying Expressions 
8/27  2.1 The Addition Property of Equality 2.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality 

3  9/1  2.3 More on Solving Linear Equations 2.4 An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equation 
9/3  2.5 Formulas and Applications from Geometry 2.6 Ratios and Proportions 

4  9/8  2.7 Further Applications of Linear Equations 2.8 Solving Linear Inequalities 
9/10  Exam #1 (Ch. 1 & 2) 3.1 Reading Graphs; Linear Equations in Two Variables 

9/12  First 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.  
5  9/15  3.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables 3.3 The Slope of a Line 
9/17  3.4 Equations of a Line 3.5 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables 

6  9/22  4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by
Graphing 4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution 
9/24  4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by
Elimination 4.4 Applications of Linear Systems 

7  9/29  4.5 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities Review 
10/1  Exam #2 (Ch. 3 & 4) 5.1 The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents 

10/3  Next 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.  
8  10/6  5.2 Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule 5.3 An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation 
10/8  5.4 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials; Graphing
Simple Polynomials 5.5 Multiplying Polynomials 5.6 Special Products 

9  10/13  5.7 Dividing Polynomials 6.1 The Greatest Common Factor; Factoring by Grouping 
10/15  6.2 Factoring Trinomials 6.3 More on Factoring Trinomials 

10  10/20  6.4 Special Factoring Techniques 6.5 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring 
10/22  6.6 Applications of Quadratic Equations Review 

10/24  Next 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.  
11  10/27  Exam #3 (Ch. 5 & 6) 7.1 The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions 
10/29  7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions 7.3 Least Common Denominators 

12  11/3  7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions 7.5 Complex Fractions 
11/5  7.6 Solving Equations with Rational Expressions 7.7 Applications of Rational Expressions 

13  11/10  8.1 Evaluating Roots 8.2 Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying Radicals 
11/12  8.3 Adding and Subtracting Radicals 8.4 Rationalizing the Denominator 

11/14  Next 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.  
14  11/17  8.5 More Simplifying and Operations with Radicals 8.6 Solving Equations with Radicals 
11/19  8.7 Using Rational Numbers as Exponents Review 

15  11/24  Exam #4 (Ch. 7 & 8) 9.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property 
11/26  NO CLASS  Thanksgiving Holiday  
16  12/1  9.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the
Square 9.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula 
12/3  Review  
12/5  Final 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.  
17  12/8  Review 
12/10  Final Exam 11:0012:50 AM 
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