# Beginning Algebra Lesson Plans

**Course Description:** Introduction to Algebra is the
study of fundamental operations of linear equations & inequalities in one
unknown, absolute value equations & inequalities, operations with polynomials,
factoring polynomials and selected topics. Three class hours and two laboratory
hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

**Prerequisites: **Appropriate score on the assessment
instrument or completion of MATH 0309 with a grade of C or better.

**Course Objective:** The student should attain at
least a 70% average on examinations and quizzes covering the topics of
fundamental operations of linear equations & inequalities in one unknown,
absolute value equations & inequalities, operations with polynomials, factoring
polynomials and selected topics.

**Required Materials**:

Textbook: Elementary Algebra, (Fourth-Revised Edition)

Larson/Hostetler

Graph Paper

Pencils and a Straight Edge

** Calculator Policy :** Calculators will not be allowed.
Students with documented learning disabilities that may provide for a calculator
accommodation should contact the Office of Disability Services for further
information.

**Grading Policy:
**The determination of your final grade is based on the following weights: 4
Tests - 60%; Final exam - 20%; Quiz/Homework/Lab- 20%;

Final exam grade can replace your lowest tests grade if it is higher than the lowest tests grade.

Below are the letter grades that correspond to a given final numerical grade .

[90-100] <-> "A" | [80-89] <-> "B" | [70-79] <-> "C" |

[60-69] <-> "D" | [0-59] <-> "F" |

**Other Policies:
Daily Quiz and Homework Requirements: A quiz is a short exam that will be given
daily. **The only exception to this rule is that no quiz will be given on a
day that has a major test. All quizzes will be taken from sections completed in
the prior class. Homework consists of the problems listed on your homework
assignment sheet. Homework problems from the sections covered since your most
recent quiz or test will be turned in with each daily quiz. At the end of the
semester, I will calculate a single score

called your quiz average. The quiz average will be determined by dropping your four lowest quiz grades and then finding the mean (average) of the remaining scores.

**Make-up Policy: All major exams and quizzes that are
not taken will be given a grade of zero . **Students are not assessed absences**
**when representing Blinn College.** If you will be representing Blinn
College or observing a religious holy day and miss a test, I will allow you to
take the test early or make arrangements with me for another time that you can
take a similar test. Please see me before the test, if this situation applies to
you.**

**Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: **
Blinn College would like to help students with disabilities achieve their
highest potential in college. In order to receive accommodations on exams or
assignments, proper documentation must first be provided to the Office of
Disability Services. This office is located on the bottom floor of the new
Administration building in 104 (Phone #830-4157). You must then self-identify
and conference with me during my posted office hours to begin receiving
accommodations in the class.

**Attendance Policy: **The College District believes
that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are
required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. Each class meeting
builds the foundation for subsequent class meetings. Without full participation
and regular class attendance, students shall find themselves at a severe
disadvantage for achieving success in college. Class participation shall
constitute at least ten percent of the final course grade. It is the
responsibility of each faculty member, in consultation with the division chair,
to determine how participation is achieved in his or her class. Faculty will
require students to regularly attend class and will keep a record of attendance
from the first day of class and/or the first day the student’s name appears on
the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of
unexcused absences during the semester, he/she will be sent an e-mail by the
College requiring the student to contact his/her instructor and schedule a
conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. If the student
accumulates two weeks worth of unexcused absences, he/she will be
administratively withdrawn from class. Since this is a TR class, students will
receive the 1^{st} notification after 2 days of unexcused absences and a 2^{nd}
notification after 4 days of unexcused absences. If a student is dropped from a
class prior to the “W” date, they will receive a “W” in the class. When the
student is administratively dropped after the “W” date, students will receive a
“WF” as stated in current policy.

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**If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of
uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she
arranges a conference with the instructor: it is the student's responsibility to
arrange for this conference. **

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food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Please do not
prevent others from learning by talking or interrupting.

**Academic Support:**

Learning Center Hours are as follows: | Check for holiday closings |

Mon thru Wednesday | 8:00 am - 9:00 pm |

Thurs and Friday | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm |

Sunday | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm |

NO TESTS STARTS AFTER 1.5 HOURS BEFORE CLOSING

Dates |
Sections |
Descriptions |
Homework Assignment |

15-Jan | 3.1 | Solving Linear Equations | 15-75 multiple of 3 |

17-Jan | 3.2 | Equations That Reduce to Linear Form | 4-68 EOE (every other even) |

22-Jan | 3.3 | Problem Solving with Percents | 5-81 EOO (every other odd) |

24-Jan | 3.4 | Ratios and Proportions | 3-60 multiple of 3, 66,72,78 |

29-Jan | 3.5 | Geometric and Scientific Applications | 25-35odd,36,39,43,49,51,71 |

31-Jan | 3.6 | Linear Inequalities | 27-66 multiple of 3 |

5-Feb | TEST 1 | ||

7-Feb | 4.1 | Ordered Pairs and Graphs | 1-57 EOO,62,67,69 |

12-Feb | 4.2 | Graphs of Equations in Two Variables | 9-33 odd, 41,47,51 |

14-Feb | 4.3 | Slope and Graphs of Linear Equations | 11-29, 39-47, 51-79, odd |

19-Feb | 4.4 | Equations of Lines | 3-51,63-69,75-90 multiple of 3 |

21-Feb | 4.5 | Graphs of Linear Inequalities | 1,3,9,11,13-16,21, 23,25,31,37,41,43,49 |

26-Feb | TEST 2 | ||

28-Feb | 5.1 | Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation | 1 – 57, 69-97,109-145 EOO |

4-Mar | 5.2 | Adding and Subtracting Polynomials | 3 – 99 multiple of 3 |

6-Mar | 5.3 | Multiplying Polynomials: Special Products | 1-97 EOO |

11-Mar | Spring Break | ||

13-Mar | Spring Break | ||

18-Mar | 5.4 | Dividing Polynomials | 1-49 EOO |

20-Mar | Review | ||

25-Mar | TEST 3 | ||

27-Mar | 6.1 | Factoring Polynomials with Common Factors | 1 – 97 EOO |

1-Apr | 6.2 | Factoring Trinomials | 15 – 33 odd, 46,52,56,64 |

3-Apr | 6.2 | Factoring Trinomials | |

8-Apr | 6.3 | More About Factoring Trinomials | 1 – 17 EOO, 24-52 odd, 70,80 |

10-Apr | 6.4 | Factoring Polynomials with Special Forms | 1 – 29 ,37-53,67-95, EOO |

15-Apr | 6.5 | Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring | 1 – 69 EOO |

17-Apr | 7.1 | Simplifying Rational Expressions (Optional) / Review | |

22-Apr | 9.1 | Roots and Radicals (Optional) / Review | |

24-Apr | TEST 4 | ||

29-Apr | Review | ||

5-May | Final Exam 1:30-3:30 |

Eduspace course code: SAMCH-6BF8E35C73F2AC

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