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Syllabus for Elementary Algebra
Course Objectives:
Some basic concepts of arithmetic and algebra ; real numbers; equations,
inequalities, and
problem solving; formulas and problem solving; exponents and polynomials;
factoring,
solving equations , and problem solving; algebraic fractions ; coordinate geometry
and
linear systems ; roots and radicals; quadratic equations; additional topics.
Homework, Quizzes, and Exams:
Homework from the textbook will be assigned and reviewed in class. Homework will
be
collected and graded. Since the exams will closely resemble homework exercises,
success
in the course strongly depends on diligently completing all assignments in a
timely
fashion. I cannot stress this last point enough! Students must complete all
assignments on
time and come to class prepared. We will have 4 in class closed book and no
calculator
exams. The exams may cover any material discussed in class up to and in some
cases
including material covered the day before. All exams should be considered
cumulative.
We will also have 10 preannounced quizzes. No makeup exams will be given.
Successful students should plan to spend at least two hours of study outside of
class for
each hour of discussion. This translates into a minimum of ten additional
hours per
week.
Read the textbook:
I strongly encourage you to read the text Carefully. The lectures are designed
as a
supplement to and not an alternative for the textbook. Students are expected to
master all
topics in the textbook unless otherwise indicated and regardless of whether they
are
mentioned in the lecture.
Class comportment:
All students are expected to arrive on time. Late arrivals are disruptive to
both the
lecturer and students. Students must turn off all pagers and cell phones while
in class.
Students are encouraged to ask questions and make comments on the lecture
material.
This should be done in a courteous manner by raising one’s hand and being
recognized.
Math 115
Learning Outcomes
1) Categorize numbers
2) Manipulate numbers using basic numerical operations
3) Evaluate arithmetic expressions containing exponents
4) Solve firstdegree equations and inequalities
5) Solve formulas for a given variable
6) Recognize and solve proportion problems ; analyze and solve word problems
7) Simplify, add, subtract , multiply and divide polynomials
8) Simplify expressions containing negative exponents
9) Factor polynomials using appropriate methods
10) Apply factoring techniques to solve seconddegree equations
11) Factor polynomials using appropriate methods
12) Solve equations and word problems using factoring
13) Manipulate and simplify algebraic
14) Solve equations containing algebraic fractions
15) Graph equations in two variables
16) Determine equations of lines
17) Solve systems of equations
18) Determine roots ; simplify, add, subtract, multiply, and divide radicals
19) Solve equations containing radicals
20) Solve quadratic equations using completing the square and the quadratic
formula
21) Define and evaluate relations and functions
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