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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.


Any student who has not met the prerequisite may not remain registered for this course.
Mat 060 (C or better) or placement



Program Learning Outcomes

The Associate Degree Programs in arts, science, and fine arts prepare students to transfer to a four-year 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 four-year institution. Students enrolled in these programs will:

 • Recognize characteristics of life-long learning: independent thinking, self-discipline, and ethical behavior.
 • Demonstrate the technological skills needed to advance academic pursuits at a senior institution.
 • Apply a set of analytical and problem-solving skills to real-world 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: 0-536-66272-X

Required Materials

Notebook, pencil, and TI-83 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 919-735-5152, ext. 223

Non-Discriminatory 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 walkie-talkies 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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