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Elementary Algebra Syllabus
Course Syllabus
Course Description
This course covers elementary algebraic topics such as solving linear equations,
using
proportions to solve problems, laws of exponents , basic operations with
polynomials, scientific
notation, roots and radicals , formulas and applications , and factoring
polynomials. Prerequisite:
DSPM 0700 or appropriate placement.
Required Text and Course Materials
Text: Basic Math , Algebra, and Geometry with Applications by Cleaves and Hobbs,
Prentice
Hall, 2004.
Other: A scientific or graphics calculator is required .
Course Outcomes
In the successful completion of this course, the student will:
1. Review integers and basic operations with signed numbers, whole number
exponents, and
simplification of numeric expressions using the order of operations.
2. Simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms.
3. Solve linear equations in one variable.
4. Solve applied problems using linear equations .
5. Solve problems involving direct and inverse variation.
6. Develop proficiency with the laws of exponents .
7. Multiply and divide by powers of 10 and use scientific notation.
8. Recognize polynomials and perform basic operations including addition ,
subtraction, and
multiplication and division of a polynomial by a monomial .
9. Simplify radical expressions , perform basic operations
with squareroot radicals, and solve
equations containing a squared variable term or radical term.
10. Write imaginary numbers using the letter i.
11. Use the Pythagorean theorem to find the missing side of a triangle.
12. Evaluate formulas and functions and solve literal equations and formulas for
a specified
variable.
13. Develop proficiency in factoring polynomials .
Attendance Policy
The Tennessee Board of Regents requires mandatory attendance for all
students in
developmental classes. The following rules apply:
(1) A student may fail a developmental class, regardless of prior course grades,
after missing
the equivalent of two weeks of class. Failing a course may adversely affect VA
benefits,
financial aid, insurance benefits, dependency status, scholarship eligibility
etc. At your
instructor’s discretion, attendance may also be a factor in determining your
final course grade.
(2) Individual instructors determine specific makeup policies. Students absent
from a
developmental class might not be allowed to make up missed tests, writing
assignments, or other
graded work. Missed work will adversely affect final course grade.
ADA Statement
Southwest Tennessee Community College is committed to providing reasonable
accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities. It is the
responsibility of the
student to contact the Counseling, Advising, and Articulation Center to arrange
for appropriate
accommodations. When the disability has been documented and verified, a
counselor will
contact the faculty member regarding any special accommodations to be provided.
For more detailed information, refer to the college catalog under the section on
Counseling for students with disabilities.
Misuse of Computers
Computers in Southwest Tennessee’s classrooms, laboratories, and the Academic
Support Center are to be used for educational purposes only.
Effective Date of Syllabus: August, 2004
List of Topics
1. Linear equations
2. Using proportions to solve problems
3. Laws of exponents
4. Basic operations with polynomials
5. Scientific notation
6. Roots and radicals
7. Formulas
8. Applications
9. Factoring polynomials
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