Course Syllabus for Elementary Algebra

Course Compass ID: danufsky22065

Prerequisite: MATH 015 F Pre-algebra with a grade of “C” or better or math skills clearance.

Course Description: This course includes the properties of real numbers, factoring, exponents and
radicals, solving and graphing linear equations, polynomials and rational algebraic expressions and linear
systems of equations . Calculators will be required for selected topics. (4 Units)

Textbook: Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis, Beginning Algebra, 10th Ed., Pearson Addison Wesley, 2008
Textbook is optional, MyMathLab online access code is required.

Materials: Scientific calculator, a straight edge, graph paper

Grading: Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 100%-90% A, 89%-80% B, 79%-70% C, 69%-60%
D, below 60% F. Final grades will be based on homework, quizzes, exams, the final exam, and Math Lab
requirement as follows:

Homework 10%
Quizzes 20%
Exams 45%
Final Exam 20%
Math Lab 5%

Homework: All homework assignments will be done online using MyMathLab. You must purchase your
own access code for MyMathLab. See additional MyMathLab handout for more information. Late
homework will not be accepted, but the two lowest homework scores will be dropped from the overall
grade. You should plan to spend at least 8 hours per week outside of class doing homework and studying.

Quizzes: Short 5-10 minute quizzes will be given at the beginning of every class (unless a test is
scheduled). Make-up quizzes will not be given under any circumstances. The two lowest quiz scores will
be dropped from the overall grade.

Exams: Four one-hour exams will be given. You must be present for all exams. In general, no make-up
exams will be given except for serious and compelling reasons.

Final Exam: The cumulative final exam will be on Thursday, December 10th from 11:00 to 12:50 p.m..
There will be absolutely no make-up for the final.

Math Lab: This course includes an attendance requirement in the Math Lab equivalent to a minimum of
50 minutes per week. Math Lab credit will be calculated into the overall grade every three weeks as shown
in the attached tentative schedule. There will be no “make-up” or extra credit math lab minutes.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. If you miss four or more class meetings,
you may be dropped from the class.

Academic Honesty Policy: Students are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting
material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used to determine grades. Such standards are
founded on basic concepts of integrity and honesty. These include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
1. Students shall not plagiarize or cheat.
2. Students shall not furnish materials or information in order to enable another student to plagiarize or cheat.
Instructors may deal with academic dishonesty in one or more of the following ways:
1. Assign an appropriate academic penalty such as an oral reprimand or point reduction.
2. Assign an “F” on all or part of a particular paper, project, or exam.
3. Report to the appropriate administrators, with notification of same to the student(s), for disciplinary action
by the College. Such a report will be accompanied by supporting evidence and documentation. Repeated violations
may result in students receiving an “F” in the course, suspension or dismissal from the College.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement:
Fullerton College is committed to providing educational
accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the student to the instructor. Verification
of the disability must also be provided. The Disability Support Services office functions as a resource for students
and faculty in the determination and provision of educational accommodations.

Children on Campus: Children are not allowed on campus unless supervised by a parent or guardian. Children
may not attend classes or computer labs.

Emergency Response Statements:
Take note of the safety features in and around the classroom. Also, please
study the posted evacuation routes. The most direct route of exit may not be the safest. Running out of the
building during earthquakes may be dangerous. During strong earthquakes, it is recommended to duck, cover, and
hold until the quaking stops. Follow the guidance of your instructor. Your cooperation during emergencies can
minimize the possibility of injury to yourself and others.

Fullerton College Catalog and Class Schedule:
The Fullerton College Catalog and the Class Schedule contain a
number of policies relating to students that are important to you. Please be sure that you have read these
publications thoroughly. You may purchase copies of these publications at the campus bookstore.

Standards of Student Conduct and Discipline Policy:
The standards of student conduct and disciplinary action
for violation of Board Policy 5500 were approved by the NOCCCD Board on January 28, 2003, and were drawn in
compliance with Sections 66300, 76030, 76033, 76034, 76036 of the State Education Code. Students are expected
to respect and obey civil and criminal law and shall be subject to the legal penalties for violation of the city,
county, state, and national law(s). Student conduct must conform to Board Policy and college regulations and
procedures. As cited in BP5500, “A student who violates the standards of student conduct shall be subject to
disciplinary action including, but not limited to, the removal , suspension or expulsion of the student.” Students
have an obligation to familiarize themselves with the College’s policies, rules and regulations and to conduct
themselves in a reasonable, respectful manner, which is conducive toward attaining their educational goal. Upon
registration, each student should obtain a copy of the College Policies and Regulations: Standards of Student
Conduct and Discipline Policy. Contained therein are the policies approved by the Board of Trustees governing
student behavior and the applicable penalties for violations of these policies. Copies are available in the Student
Affairs Office, the Office of Equity and Diversity, all division offices, and the Student Services office.

Wait Time for Late Instructors:
If, due to unforeseen emergencies, the instructor does not arrive at the scheduled
start time for class, students are to wait for fifteen minutes (unless otherwise notified by the division). If they do
not receive notification to wait for their instructor to arrive, after 15minutes the students may leave with no
penalty for absence or assigned work due for that class meeting.

Withdrawal Policy: Although an instructor may withdraw a student for poor attendance, it is the student’s
responsibility to withdraw if the student does not continue to attend. If your name appears on the roster at the end of
the semester, the instructor must give you a grade. Failure to withdraw from the course may result in a failing grade.
*Last day to drop without a “W” recorded on transcripts is Saturday, September 5, 2009.
**Last day to drop with a “W” recorded on transcripts is Friday, November 20, 2009.


Math 020 T/R 12:00-1:50 pm - Tentative Schedule - Fall 2009
Week Date Topics
1 8/18 1.1 Fractions
1.2 Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequalities
8/20 1.3 Variable, Expressions, and Equations
1.4 Real Numbers and the Number Line
1.5 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers
2 8/25 1.6 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
1.7 Properties of Real Numbers
1.8 Simplifying Expressions
8/27 2.1 The Addition Property of Equality
2.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality
3 9/1 2.3 More on Solving Linear Equations
2.4 An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equation
9/3 2.5 Formulas and Applications from Geometry
2.6 Ratios and Proportions
4 9/8 2.7 Further Applications of Linear Equations
2.8 Solving Linear Inequalities
9/10 Exam #1 (Ch. 1 & 2)
3.1 Reading Graphs; Linear Equations in Two Variables
9/12 First 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.
5 9/15 3.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables
3.3 The Slope of a Line
9/17 3.4 Equations of a Line
3.5 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
6 9/22 4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
9/24 4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination
4.4 Applications of Linear Systems
7 9/29 4.5 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities
10/1 Exam #2 (Ch. 3 & 4)
5.1 The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents
10/3 Next 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.
8 10/6 5.2 Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule
5.3 An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation
10/8 5.4 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials; Graphing Simple Polynomials
5.5 Multiplying Polynomials
5.6 Special Products
9 10/13 5.7 Dividing Polynomials
6.1 The Greatest Common Factor ; Factoring by Grouping
10/15 6.2 Factoring Trinomials
6.3 More on Factoring Trinomials
10 10/20 6.4 Special Factoring Techniques
6.5 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
10/22 6.6 Applications of Quadratic Equations
10/24 Next 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.
11 10/27 Exam #3 (Ch. 5 & 6)
7.1 The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions
10/29 7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
7.3 Least Common Denominators
12 11/3 7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
7.5 Complex Fractions
11/5 7.6 Solving Equations with Rational Expressions
7.7 Applications of Rational Expressions
13 11/10 8.1 Evaluating Roots
8.2 Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying Radicals
11/12 8.3 Adding and Subtracting Radicals
8.4 Rationalizing the Denominator
11/14 Next 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.
14 11/17 8.5 More Simplifying and Operations with Radicals
8.6 Solving Equations with Radicals
11/19 8.7 Using Rational Numbers as Exponents
15 11/24 Exam #4 (Ch. 7 & 8)
9.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property
11/26 NO CLASS - Thanksgiving Holiday
16 12/1 9.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
9.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
12/3 Review
12/5 Final 150 minutes in Math Lab due by 3:00 p.m.
17 12/8 Review
12/10 Final Exam 11:00-12:50 AM
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