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Syllabus for Pre-Algebra

VII. NOTES AND ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE INSTRUCTOR

A. Withdrawal from Course: It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from a class if circumstances prevent attendance. Any student who desires to, or must, officially withdraw from a course after the first scheduled class meeting must file an Application for Withdrawal or Application for Refund. The withdrawal form must be signed by the student .
An Application for Withdrawal will be accepted at any time prior to Friday of the 12th week of classes during the 16-week fall and spring semesters. The deadline for sessions of other lengths is as follows:

12 week session   Friday of the 9th week
10 week session   Friday of the 7th week
8 week session   Friday of the 6th week
6 week session   Friday of the 4th week
5 week session   Friday of the 3rd week

The equivalent date (75% of the semester) will be used for sessions of other lengths. The specific last day to withdraw is published each semester in the schedule bulletin.

Students who officially withdraw will receive a "W" if their academic performance is satisfactory at the time of official withdrawal. Students must file a withdrawal application with the college before they may be considered for withdrawal.

A student may not withdraw from a class for which the instructor has previously issued the student a grade of "X(N)" for non-attendance.

Students placed in developmental courses due to THEA, Asset, or institutional placement examination requirements will not be considered for withdrawal from a developmental course unless they remain enrolled in at least one other developmental course. Also, students must remain in the course for the duration of the semester even if they pass the THEA during that semester.

Before withdrawing from any developmental course, the student should seek the advice of Guidance and Counseling so that the student does not initiate an action that would inadvertently have negative repercussions on his /her enrollment or Financial Aid.

B. Administrative Withdrawal from Course: An administrative withdrawal may be initiated when the student fails to meet college participation requirements. The instructor will assign the appropriate grade on the Administrative Withdrawal Form for submission to the registrar.

C. American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA): Students requiring accommodations for disabilities are responsible for notifying the instructor. Reasonable accommodations will be granted in full compliance with federal and state law and Central Texas College policy.

D. Civility: Individuals are expected to be cognizant of what a constructive educational experience is and respectful of those participating in the learning environment whether it is in class or online. Interaction with classmates may occur in discussion boards. Failure to comply and be civil can result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

E. Office Hours: Full-time instructors post their office hours on the course management systems. During these office hours, instructors may be available for phone calls or immediate email responses. Please contact the instructor should you find yourself having difficulty with this course.

VIII. COURSE OUTLINE

A. Unit One: (Chapter One) Whole Numbers

1. Unit Objectives: Upon successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
a. General tips for success in mathematics.
b. Find the place value of a digit in a whole number.
c. Write a whole number in words and in standard form.
d. Write a whole number in expanded form.
e. Read tables.
f. Add whole numbers.
g. Subtract whole numbers.
h. Find the perimeter of a polygon.
i. Solve problems by adding or subtracting whole numbers.
j. Round whole numbers.
k. Use rounding to estimate sums and differences .
l. Solve problems by estimating.
m. Use the properties of multiplication.
n. Multiply whole numbers.
o. Find the area of a rectangle.
p. Solve problems by multiplying whole numbers.
q. Divide whole numbers.
r. Perform long division.
s. Solve problems that require dividing by whole numbers.
t. Find the average of a list of numbers.
u. Write repeated factors using exponential notation .
v. Evaluate expressions containing exponents.
w. Use the order of operations.
x. Find the area of a square.
y. Evaluate algebraic expressions given replacement values.
z. Identify solutions of equations.
aa. Translate phrases into variable expressions.

2. Learning Activities:
a. Discussion board (F5, F6, F7, F8)
b. Reading/homework assignments (F1, F2, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12)
c. Computer Tutor (F2, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12)

3. Unit Outline:
a. Section 1.1 Tips for Success in Mathematics
b. Section 1.2 Place Value and Names for Numbers
c. Section 1.3 Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers, and Perimeter
d. Section 1.4 Rounding and Estimating
e. Section 1.5 Multiplying Whole Numbers and Area
f. Section 1.6 Dividing Whole Numbers
g. Section 1.7 Exponents and Order of Operations
h. Section 1.8 Introduction to Variables, Algebraic Expressions,
and Equations

B. Unit Two : (Chapter Two) Integers

1. Unit Objectives: Upon successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
a. Represent real-life situations with integers.
b. Graph integers on a number line.
c. Compare integers.
d. Find the absolute value of a number.
e. Find the opposite of a number.
f. Read bar graphs containing integers.
g. Add integers.
h. Evaluate an algebraic expression by adding.
i. Solve problems by adding integers.
j. Subtract integers.
k. Add and subtract integers.
l. Evaluate an algebraic expression by subtracting.
m. Solve problems by subtracting integers.
n. Multiply integers.
o. Divide integers.
p. Evaluate an algebraic expression by multiplying or dividing.
q. Solve problems by multiplying or dividing integers.
r. Simplify expressions by using the order of operations.
s. Evaluate an algebraic expression.
t. Find the average of a list of numbers.
u. Identify solutions of equations.
v. Use the addition property of equality to solve equations.
w. Use the multiplication property of equality to solve equations.

2. Learning Activities:
a. Discussion board (F5, F6, F7, F8)
b. Reading/homework assignments (F1, F2, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12)
c. Computer Tutor (F2, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12)

3. Unit Outline:
a. Section 2.1 Introduction to Integers
b. Section 2.2 Adding Integers
c. Section 2.3 Subtracting Integers
d. Section 2.4 Multiplying and Dividing Integers
e. Section 2.5 Order of Operations
f. Section 2.6 Solving Equations: The Addition and Multiplication Properties

C. Unit Three: (Chapter Three) Solving Equations and Problem Solving

1. Unit Objectives: Upon successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
a. Use properties of numbers to combine like terms .
b. Use properties of numbers to multiply expressions.
c. Simplify expressions by multiplying and then combining like terms .
d. Find the perimeter and area of figures.
e. Use the addition property or the multiplication property to solve equations.
f. Use both the properties to solve equations.
g. Translate word phrases into mathematical expressions .
h. Solve linear equations using the addition and multiplication properties.
i. Solve linear equations containing parentheses .
j. Write numerical sentences as equations.
k. Write sentences as equations.
l. Use problem-solving steps to solve problems.

2. Learning Activities:
a. Discussion board (F5, F6, F7, F8)
b. Reading/homework assignments (F1, F2, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12)
c. Computer Tutor (F2, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12)

3. Unit Outline:
a. Section 3.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
b. Section 3.2 Solving Equations: Review of the Addition and Multiplication Properties
c. Section 3.3 Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
d. Section 3.4 Linear Equations in One Variable and Problem Solving

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