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PREPARATORY_ALGEBRA_Syllabus
SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE TITLE:
MAT 0024 PREPARATORY
ALGEBRA
(Computer Assisted Instruction)
(4 COLLEGE PREP CREDITS)
INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. K. Zimmer
OFFICE: Building B Room 309
TELEPHONE: (863) 7847320
EMAIL: zimmerk@southflorida.edu
OFFICE HOURS: as posted at office
WELCOME: Welcome to Preparatory Algebra. This should be a
fun
course that will help you recognize the usefulness of mathematics and provide
you the ability to:
(1) think, (2) solve problems, and (3) learn how to learn. Business and industry
leaders have
listed those three abilities as the more critical requirements for employment
and career
advancement.
I want you to be successful in this course and I will give
you the tools to help you succeed. But
ultimately it is you who must be responsible for doing the work necessary to
achieve the grade you desire.
Keep in mind that college is not an institution where students receive all of
their education in the
classroom. Most learning must happen individually, so be prepared to work hard
on your own. But do
remember that I will be available for help.
COURSE MATERIALS:
TEXT: InteractiveMathematics
Elementary Algebra
AUTHOR:
PUBLISHER: Plato – Academic Systems
EDITION:
CALCULATOR: Calculator with y^{x} or x^{y} key.
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Prepares the student for MAT 1033.
Topics include real
numbers and their properties, polynomials, linear equations and inequalities,
quadratic
and rational equations, formulas and applications, and graphing. This college
preparatory
course does not count toward the Associate degrees. This class utilizes computer
assisted
instruction.
PREREQUISITES: An appropriate score on the mathematics
placement test. A
willingness to devote sufficient time to reading, studying, and working problems
outside of class.
PURPOSE: This course is designed to serve as the first course in algebra
for those who have not completed an introductory course in high school. It is
also designed for
those students who may have taken algebra several years ago and need a refresher
course to brush
up on their basic algebra skills.
INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD: Lecture, demonstration,
questionanswer format, multimedia
graphics, homework assignments, quizzes, exams and computer assisted
instruction.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Upon successful completion of MAT 0024 Preparatory
Algebra, the students should be able to:
1. Define real numbers including natural, whole, integer, rational and
irrational numbers.
2. Add, subtract, multiply and divide integers , decimals, and rational numbers.
3. Apply properties of real numbers.
4. Apply order of operations.
5. Evaluate algebraic expressions in one variable.
6. Solve linear equations in one variable using the addition and multiplication
principles.
7. Solve percent problems.
8. Solve linear inequalities.
9. Apply the laws of exponents.
10. Define polynomials with one or more variables including degree.
11. Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials.
12. Factor polynomials .
13. Factor using grouping.
14. Factor the difference of two squares and perfect square trinomials.
15. Solve quadratic equations using the factoring method.
16. Be familiar with the Cartesian plane and its quadrants.
17. Name and plot points on the Cartesian plane.
18. Determine x and y intercepts of a line .
19. Graph a line on the Cartesian plane.
COURSE OUTLINE
Real Numbers
1.1 Number Line and Notation
1.2 Factoring and Fractions
1.3 Arithmetic of Numbers
Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities
2.1 Algebraic Expressions
2.2 Solving Linear Equations
2.3 Problem Solving (Number, Age, and Geometry)
2.4 Solving Linear Equations
Introduction to Graphing
3.1 Plotting Points
3.2 Slope (Rise and Run)
Graphing Linear Equations
4.1 Graphing Lines/Slope of a Line
4.2 Finding the Equation of a Line
Solving Linear Systems
5.1 Solving by Graphing
Exponents and Polynomials
6.1 Negative Exponents
6.2 Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials
Multiplication and Dividing of Polynomials
Motion and Mixture problems
6.3 Multiplying and Dividing Binomials
Rational Expressions
8.1 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Factoring
7.1 Factoring a Monomial from a Polynomial
7.2 Factoring Polynomials by Grouping
Factoring Trinomials with a=1
Factoring Trinomials with a ≠ 1
7.3 Special Factoring Formulas and a General Review of Factoring
Quadratic Equations
10.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
10.2 Solving Applications by Factoring Quadratic Equations
Rational Exponents and Radicals
9.1 Simplifying Square Roots
Adding, Subtracting and Multiplying Square Roots
Dividing Square Roots
Cube Roots
LEARNING PHILOSOPHY: Mathematics is a participation sport
and the best way to
learn mathematics is to practice, practice, practice. Homework preparation will
enable you to
understand and remember the material of this course. Study the text and work the
problems
everyday. This class will utilize both teacher presentation/discussion and
computer instruction.
Each section will begin with a teacherled discussion of the material followed
by two or three
days of working online. While you are working online your teacher will be
present to clarify
and/or reteach any concepts. REMEMBER: Your teacher will help you as much as
possible but
the ultimate responsibility for learning is Yours!
With your textbook you will receive a clientele disk and
lesson disks. These disks will allow you
to load the program on your computer and go over the EXPLAIN and APPLY sections
as much
as you need. This program is also loaded on the computers in Room 210 in
Building I.
Take notes during the teacher lecture/discussion sessions
and the online computer EXPLAIN
sections. (You will be able to use the notes that you take for the online
evaluates.) Go over these
notes each evening and use them to assist you with completing the homework
assignments. Do
your homework as neatly as possible and in an organized fashion. Understand the
reasons for
doing each step of the homework problems rather than memorize how to do
problems. Do not
get behind in your math homework. You will need to read and study the
text before the class
period, bring the text to class, and be ready to ask questions in class. I am
available in my office
to provide additional explanations or to answer questions on
homework. If you do not understand how to do a homework problem:
• Review the material in your textbook that relates to the problem(s).
• Review your lecture notes that relate to the problem(s).
• Review any similar problems, examples, or rules that explain the material.
• Check the student solutions manual, if available.
• Check video collection in the LRC for the topic of difficulty.
• Go online to a math help website.
• Call or stop in to see your instructor.
• Call another student in the class.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Don’t stack the deck against yourself by
taking on more
activities than you can possibly complete successfully. The first step to time
management is to
decide how much time it will take to:
• Attend class
• Work (if you have a job).
• Socialize
• Rest or sleep
After deciding how much time you will need to spend on
each of these, you should be able to determine if
you need to cut back on something. Secondly, you must set some priorities. What
is the most important
to you at this time—school, job, social life? If you don’t have enough time, you
either have to commit to
making time or cut back on something. Planning ahead is a key to success.
COURSE POLICIES
ATTENDANCE: Class attendance is important and you are
expected to attend
all classes. It is your responsibility and for your benefit to attend all class
sessions. While
your attendance will not be computed directly into your course grade, note that
missing class
almost always adversely affects a student’s grade. No makeup quizzes will be
given
because of your being absent from class. Any tests that you miss will be made up
at the end of the
semester on a specified date. If you miss that date, you will receive a zero on
that test . A student
with more than 4 absences will be issued a second warning (this syllabus is the
first
warning). If absences continue I reserve the right to drop you from the
class. In extremely rare
instances, an exception to this policy may be granted if you contact me prior to
the absence and
have a reason deemed appropriate. If it is necessary for you to miss a class,
you are responsible
for all material covered and assignments made during your absence. Out of
courtesy to your
instructor and fellow classmates arrive before class begins.
WITHDRAWAL: An official withdrawal from this class must be
initiated by the
student in the student records department. If you stop attending class without
an official
withdrawal, you will receive a grade of “F”.
EXIT EXAM: Every MAT 0024 student must qualify for, take
and pass
the FLORIDA COLLEGE BASIC SKILLS TEST before he/she is permitted
to take MAT
1033 or other collegelevel, math courses. This exam will be administered at the
end of the
semester. There are 30 problems on the exam. A passing score is correctly
responding to 21 or
more of the problems.
EVALUATION: The qualifying grade is used to determine
whether students
have successfully mastered the competencies of this course. Only students
with a qualifying
grade of 70 or better are permitted to take the EXIT EXAM.
Your Qualifying Grade will be determined by
averaging the following scores: Homework
Assignments (5 points each), Average of all Online Evaluates (100 points), 6
Tests (100
points each), and 1 Final Exam (100 points).
No makeup homework assignments will be awarded points
because of absence or tardiness
in meeting the due date. You must be able to present the concepts and skills
discussed in class
in a written format. Algebraic steps must be shown. I will not accept
work/assignments
which have only answers written on it.
COURSE GRADE: Students who PASS the
EXIT EXAM will
receive one of the
following course grades based on the students Qualifying Grade:
Students whose Qualifying Grade is BELOW “70” will
NOT be permitted to take the EXIT
EXAM and will receive one of the following course grades:
Students who take but DO NOT PASS the
EXIT EXAM will receive a “D” for their course
grade. NOTE: A semester grade of A, B, or C is needed to register for
Intermediate Algebra
(MAT 1033).
TUTORING: The College provides free tutoring in the Math
Lab, located in
the Learning Resource Center (library) on the first floor. Don’t wait until you
are hopelessly lost
before you seek help from the tutoring center. It takes some time to arrange for
a tutor and to
coordinate your schedule with that of the tutor. The day before an exam is an
inappropriate time
to seek help from a tutor.
LEARNING DISABILITIES: In keeping with the institution’s
open door philosophy, SFCC
provides reasonable accommodations to educational/training opportunities for all
otherwise
qualified individuals with documented disabilities. It is the responsibility of
the student or
potential student to selfidentify (before the end of the first week of classes)
with the SFCC
Office of Disabled Student Services and to provide the College appropriate
documentation of the
disabling condition. Services are varied and include, but are not limited to
admission and
registration assistance, special campus orientation, note taking, tutoring,
testing, audiovisual aids,
readers, and mobility aids. Disabled Student Services (DSS) is a unit of SFCC
Student Services
in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended,
and the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The purpose of DSS is to provide
services to students
with disabilities. These services permit students access to the same educational
opportunities as
their nondisabled peers and are offered within the institution’s philosophical
framework that
stresses student independence and selfreliance. DSS operates in cooperation and
conjunction
with other units in Student Services (Assessment Center and Student Support
Services) to ensure
continuity of services. In addition, DSS works closely with other public and
private rehabilitation
agencies to facilitate the coordination of service delivery. Inquiries should be
directed to the
Disabilities Specialist, Student Services/Classroom Complex Suite B152, Avon
Park.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: You are expected to be honest with
yourself, others, and the
instructor. Cases of cheating on an exam/quiz/homework assignment will result in
a score of “0”
for that exam/quiz/homework assignment. A second case of cheating will result in
a grade of “F”
for the entire course.
CLASS ENVIRONMENT: The classroom is to be considered a
place of business. Food,
drinks and tobacco products are inappropriate and not allowed in the classroom.
SFCC’s policy prohibits visitors in the classes. Please
make arrangements for children and
visitors prior to class. All visitors must be registered with Community
Relations in Building C.
Students are expected to turnoff all cell phones, pagers,
and other electronic devices before
entering the classroom, and keep them in their purses, pockets or belt/pocket
sheaths. They are
to be kept “out of sight” in order to avoid causing a disruption. An exception
to this stipulation
will be considered only in an emergency situation. In these cases, the student
must verify the
need to the instructor prior to the beginning of class and must
renew this exception on a classbyclass
basis. Violators will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the
class that day.
Students are expected to conduct themselves as mature,
responsible adults. Avoid conversations,
minitutoring sessions, and moving about the room during
lecture/discussion/review sessions.
Student behavior considered by the instructor as inappropriate may result in
immediate
suspension from class. Suspended students must be accompanied by their counselor
if/when they
seek readmission to class.
CODE OF CONDUCT: When students are admitted to South
Florida Community
College they are subject to the jurisdiction of the College during their
enrollment. As members of
the college community, students are expected to act responsibly in all areas of
personal and social
conduct. Students are responsible for the observance of all Board policies and
procedures as
published in the College Catalog, the Student Handbook, and other College
information bulletins.
Violation of any of these rules may lead to disciplinary action in accordance
with prescribed
procedures for the handling of disciplinary cases and may range from reprimand
to expulsion
from the College.
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: Students who must miss class in order
to observe a religious
holiday must notify the instructor at least seven (7) days in advance of the
day(s) to be missed and
shall have until the next class meeting after the observance/holiday to make up
missed
assignments and/or exams.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
1. Student Solution Manual:
a. Available in the Panther College Bookstore
b. On strict reserve in the College LRC (Library)
2. DVD/Tapes: On strict reserve in the College LRC (Library)
ONLINE RESOURCES: You may find the URLs listed here useful
for this course. Their
relevance and utility will be discussed during the introduction/orientation
session.
www.algebra.com
www.algebrahelp.com
www.sosmath.com
www.purplemath.com
www.metamiga.com
www.homestead.com/stroh/mathpage.html
http://schooldiscovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/bjmath.html
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math
http://www.bremenbraves.com/algebra/index.html
http://ths.org/academics/math.html
www.quickmath.com/
www.mathpower.com/
www.math.com
www.gomath.com/algebra.html/
www.mathdork.com
www.softmath.com/algebra25.html
www.cowrug.org/cow%apperat.html
www.cwa.7970.org
www.pazonyc.com/winelist.html
www.mathworld.wolfram.com
www.ies.co.jp/math/java/
www.lessontitor.com
www.mathleague.com/hrlp/algebra
www.edhelper.com/algebra
www.cyberedinc.com/
www.mathgoodies.com
www.webmath.com
www.yourotherteacher.com
www.freemathhelp.com
www.jamesbrennan.org/algebra
www.freeed.net
www.math.armstrong.edu/mathtutorial/
www.aplusmath.com
Preparatory Algebra
Computer Assisted Instruction
SEQUENCE FOR WORKING ONLINE
The EXPLAIN is a second lecture on the lesson material. Listen to it
carefully and take notes. You may repeat the EXPLAIN as many times as
you wish. Make sure you complete ALL bullets. Follow
each EXPLAIN bullet by the matching APPLY bullet.
The APPLY contains online practice problems. Whether
you get them right or not, a thorough explanation
follows each problem. You may repeat this section as many times as
you need. You may work on the EXPLAIN and APPLY sections at home
or in room 210 in Building I. EVALUATES can ONLY be done in the
classroom with the instructor present..
The OVERVIEW will serve as a practice quiz before you attempt the
EVALUATES. When the computer gives you the option of using ythis
score as your Evaluate score click NO. Only the highest of the two
Evaluates will count toward your grade. Review the OVERVIEW item
before you exit the OVERVIEW section.
The EVALUATE is the final quiz which shows what you’ve
learned in the lesson. Your score on the quiz is your score for
the computer lesson. It is important to prepare for it by
working the Homework Problems and the Practice Test in
your text. ONLY attempt the EVALUATE after completing
the Homework Problems and Practice Test.
The EVALUATE section contains two quizzes. The best of the
two scores will be retained as your score on this lesson.
IMPORTANT: Once you start a quiz you cannot quit. Allow
yourself at least 20 minutes to take a quiz (some may require
a longer time ).
You must complete at least one quiz before
going on to another lesson. The second quiz may be taken at
a later date if you choose to do so. After scoring a quiz make
a copy of the score page for tour records. See your instructor
for an EVALUATE WORKSHEET before beginning a quiz.
Directions are printed on this sheet.
Note: You mat OMIT the EXPLORE section!
Ask your teacher for help if you have trouble with any of the problems
before you submit them for grading. NO Homework Problems will be
accepted after the due date. Ignore the homework problems suggested by
the computer when you log out of the program. Do only those
problems assigned to you by your instructor.
Homework
Problems
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