# 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 square-root 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 make-up 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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