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Math 070 Introductory Algebra
Course Description (CCL)
This course establishes a foundation in algebraic concepts and problem solving. Topics include signed numbers , exponents, order of operations, simplifying expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, graphing, formulas, polynomials, factoring, and elements of geometry. Upon, completion, students should be able to apply the above concepts in problem solving using appropriate technology.
Prerequisite(s)
Any student who has not met the prerequisite may not
remain registered for this course.
Mat 060 (C or better) or placement
Corequisite(s)
None
Program Learning Outcomes
The Associate Degree Programs in arts, science, and fine arts prepare students to transfer to a fouryear college for a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.). Graduates of these two year programs complete the academic requirements and develop the skills in analysis, interpretation, and communication necessary for transfer to a fouryear institution. Students enrolled in these programs will:
• Recognize characteristics of lifelong learning:
independent thinking, selfdiscipline, and ethical behavior.
• Demonstrate the technological skills needed to advance academic pursuits
at a senior institution.
• Apply a set of analytical and problemsolving skills to realworld
situations.
• Demonstrate interpersonal skills that reflect an understanding of
diversity and the need for teamwork.
• Communicate information to a variety of audiences using appropriate
written, spoken, and/or visual methods.
Course Learning Outcomes
The student will demonstrate competency in math 070 by being able to:
• Perform basic arithmetic operations on real
numbers using the properties of real numbers and the order of operations .
• Evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions using such algebraic basics
as properties of
signed numbers, exponents, and combining like terms .
• Solve linear equations and inequalities.
• Use formulas to solve application problems, including problems involving
length, angles and
basic geometric shapes.
• Graph linear equations and linear inequalities.
• Solve problems involving the basic properties of lines , such as slope
and intercepts .
• Add, subtract, and multiply and factor polynomial expressions using
the basic properties of exponents.
Required Textbook
Essential Mathematics/Introductory Algebra, by Tobey/Slater
and Martin/Gay, published by
Prentice Hall Publishing Company. ISBN: 053666272X
Required Materials
Notebook, pencil, and TI83 Graphing calculator
Learning/Teaching Methods
Lectures, student discussions, labs, and cooperative learning lab activities
Course Requirements / Methods of Evaluation / Grading Policy / Criteria
To demonstrate attainment of learning outcomes for Mat
070, the student must achieve an overall
average of 70. Upon completion of Mat 070, you will receive a final grade of A,
B, C, D, or F based
upon the following scale:
90 – 100  A  Tests  65% of grade 
80 – 89  B  Quizzes/Graded HW  10% of grade 
70 – 79  C  Final Exam  25% of grade 
60 – 69  D  
less than 60  F 
There will be several labs during the semester. You may
not make up a lab or a quiz, but you may
obtain one for practice if you wish. If you miss a test, then your “retest”
grade will count as the
test grade.
Academic Integrity Statement
See your WCC Student Handbook or the College catalog for
the WCC Code of Student Academic
Integrity Policy. Any student caught violating the WCC Code of Student Academic
Integrity
Policy, (i.e., cheating, plagiarizing, or other dishonorable acts), in academic
work is subject to
disciplinary action.
Students with Disabilities
WCC is committed to seeing that students with disabilities
have equal access to and participation in
all programs of study. For further explanation, consult the Students with
Disabilities policy in the
WCC catalog or the Student Handbook. Students with disabilities can contact the
Disability
Coordinator, Mrs. Caroline Smith, in the Student Development office, WLC 115, or
at 9197355152, ext. 223
NonDiscriminatory Statement
Wayne Community College is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all students regardless of economic or social status, beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical or mental disability.
Student Attendance Policy
Class attendance is essential if you plan to be successful; therefore, class attendance is required according to the attendance policy as published in the Wayne Community College Handbook. The College believes students demonstrate responsibility for and commitment to their educational goals through regular attendance; therefore, students must attend 90% of the total hours of any class to receive a passing grade. Instructors will excuse no absences under this policy. You are allowed to miss 8 days of class. If you miss more than 8 days even by one tardy you will be terminated from the class. Three tardies count as one absence. If you enter class after the scheduled start time, but within the first ten minutes, you are considered tardy. If you enter after ten minutes, you are considered absent. NO EXCUSES!!!
Additional Information
 Cell phones, beepers, and walkietalkies cause
unnecessary disruption to the learning/teaching process in the classroom, lab or
library setting. Out of courtesy to others, all systems of communication should
be turned off during class. If it goes off in class, I will ask you to leave and
you will be counted absent for the day.
 There is to be no eating or drinking in the classroom.
 There will be no sleeping in class. If you sleep during class, I will
count you absent for the day.
 There will be no CD players, Walkmans in class. This will count as a
disruption and you will be asked to leave.
 I will not tolerate any unnecessary talking in class. If you disrupt the
learning process of others, you will be asked to leave.
 To test or retest in ASC, you must have a valid WCC student ID card. You
will have one week to retest on the Chapter tests.
 Instructor reserves the right to change any of the above guidelines
during the semester.
Course Outline and Calendar
Order Subject to Change
Chapter  Topics 
1  Review of Real Numbers 
2  Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving 
4  Exponents and Polynomials 
5  Factoring Polynomials 
3  Graphing 
7  Further Graphing 
Final Exam 
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