# MATH 104 Beginning Algebra

**I. Course Description**

Beginning Algebra is an introductory course to review the fundamental concepts
of arithmetic and algebra. This

course is the first in a sequence of two pre -algebra math courses leading up to
College Algebra, MATH 150, and can

be used as a prerequisite for Finite Math, MATH 170. There are no prerequisites
for this course.

II. Overview and Course Goals

Welcome to Beginning Algebra (MATH 104), on line!

**Week 1**, we discuss fractions, real numbers, basic graphing concepts, and
learn some algebraic terminology and

properties.

**Week 2,** we continue the discussion of real numbers
and variables. This includes addition/subtraction/multiplication

of positive and negative numbers , the order of arithmetic operations, and the
meaning of exponents.

**Week 3,** we learn how to solve linear equations
using the Addition and Multiplication Principles of Equality. We’ll

cover solving equations with fractions and percents , and solving formulas for a
particular variable. We’ll learn how

to set up application problems, and then solve them using these techniques.

**Week 4**, we apply the techniques to solving linear
inequalities. We’ll look again at graphing, and learn how to graph

linear and non-linear equations in two variables, both by hand and using a
graphing calculator. You will take a two

hour proctored midterm exam sometime on Wednesday – Saturday of this week.

**Week 5**, we’ll take a closer look at graphing. We’ll
cover the calculation and meaning of slope, various ways in

which the equation of a line can be written, and look at graphing linear
inequalities in two variables .

**Week 6**, we cover exponents and polynomials in more
detail. We’ll discuss polynomial operations including

addition, subtraction , multiplication, and division of polynomial expressions.

**Week 7,** we’ll finish the discussion of exponents by
looking at rules governing negative exponents, and learn how to

use scientific notation when working with very large/small numbers. We’ll then
learn several methods used to

determine the factors of a polynomial.

**Week 8,** we’ll practice the factoring skills learned
in Week 7, and then use factoring to solve quadratic equations.

You will also take a two hour proctored final exam on Wednesday - Saturday of
this week.

**III. Course Objectives**

After you have completed this course, you will be able to:

•Manipulate algebraic and numerical expressions including fractions, decimals,
and signed numbers.

•Solve linear equations and inequalities both graphically and algebraically.

•Evaluate formulas.

•Translate English phrases into algebraic expressions.

•Solve real-world problems using equations and inequalities.

•Graph lines and linear inequalities in the Cartesian Plane.

•Find the equation of a line in both slope-intercept and point- slope form .

•Interpret the meaning of the slope and the intercepts of a line

•Apply the rules of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions.

•Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials.

•Use scientific notation.

•Factor polynomials.

•Solve quadratic equations by factoring.

**IV. Course Policies**

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race,
color, national

origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran
status, age, physical handicap, or marital

status. Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for
this course are required to

register with the ADA coordinator of Columbia College at (573) 875 - 7626.

**Student Conduct
**

The instructor reserves the right to manage a positive learning environment and thus will not tolerate inappropriate

conduct in the course. All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or on-line course, are

responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Code of Student Conduct and Ethics Code

for Computer Users. Students violating these codes will be referred to the Campus Life Office for possible

disciplinary action. The Code for Student Conduct and the Ethics Code for Computer Users can be found in

the Columbia College Student Handbook, a copy of which can be obtained by calling the Campus Life office at (573)

875 - 7425.

**On-Line Participation
**

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the Internet and the World Wide Web, using publishing

technology provided by Desire2Learn, Prentice Hall, and Columbia College. Participation on-line is expected and

continuous throughout the course. Failure to turn in assignments by the date due, or lack of participation in on-line

discussions may result in the student being withdrawn from the course. Emergencies should be communicated and

documented to the instructor as soon as possible. Students are expected to watch the assigned videos, do the online

homework, and log-in to the class conferencing each week. In addition, students will take a quiz each week. Active

participation in the course will prepare and guide students in studying for the exams. The instructor will facilitate on-

line discussions in the conference room by responding to posted messages. See

**"Ground Rules for**

**On-line**

Participation"for additional information.

Participation"

**In the math** **classes, a class week begins on
Saturday and ends on Friday at midnight. The first week begins
the first day of the session (Monday, 1/12/09) and ends at midnight on Friday.
**The first week’s deadlines will

be lengthened due to the week starting on Monday rather than on Saturday. Assignments scheduled for completion

during a class week should be submitted by the weekly due dates stated on the grading schedule below. Late

assignments will not be accepted.

Ground Rules for On-line Participation

Ground Rules for On-line Participation

Students should use email for private messages to the
instructor and other students.

The class Discussion area is for public messages so we can see what others have
to say about any given topic, and

respond to these.

Students are expected to participate in on-line
discussions, as well as with other appropriate on-line activities

including homework assignments and quizzes.

**Academic Honesty**

All Columbia College policies are in effect as described in the Academic
Dishonesty/Misconduct section of the

current college catalog. All your work must be your own unless collaboration has
been authorized. If collaboration

is authorized you must acknowledge the collaboration in writing. Your grade will
be based in large part on the

originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas.
Presenting as one's own the words, ideas, or

expression of another in any form is cheating though plagiarism. The content of
these plagiarism sites would, if you

were lucky, get you a "D": in a course if you were not caught. It is substandard
work indeed, but you will almost always

be caught if you try to cheat, due to the plagiarism prevention tools available
to instructors. Plagiarism will not be tolerated

and the claim of ignorance is no excuse. Anyone found cheating will
automatically fail the course.

**Levels of Communication**

We will be using a minimum of two levels of communication in this course, one
formal, and the other informal. All

email assignments are formal. They should be written as if you are communicating
with a client. The formal rules

of proper English and grammar apply for these submissions, and points will be
deducted for misspellings, incomplete

sentences, poor sentence structure, etc.

Conference postings are informal. You do not have to use
capitalization to begin sentences; there are no penalties for

misspellings, incomplete sentences, or other violations of grammatical rules.
The criteria that have to be met in

conference postings are that your messages must be **original** and **
intelligible**. You must communicate effectively.

In addition, you must meet the weekly requirements for full credit on conference
room assignments.

**V. Grading Policy**

You will be able to track your average in the grade book exactly throughout the
course. The grading scale is as

follows:

A = 90% - 100%; B = 80% - 89%; C = 70% - 79%; D = 60% - 69%; F = 0% - 59%.

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give
prompt, clear, and useful feedback

to help you. Each student is responsible for:

• Completing weekly Reading/Video assignments and doing textbook homework as
needed.

• Completing Weekly Homework/Discussion assignments by the due dates.

• Completing Weekly Quizzes by the due date.

• Completing a proctored Mid- Term Examination in week 4 and a proctored
comprehensive Final

Examination in week 8.

**VI. Graded Assignments
**

**Weekly On-Line (COURSECOMPASS) Homework**(due Saturday at midnight): 10% of course grade,

60 total points.

**Weekly Discussion and Calculator Assignments**(due Saturday at midnight): 5% of course grade, 30

total points.

**Weekly Quizzes**(due Saturday at midnight): 10% of course grade. Each quiz counts 10 points, 60 total

points for session. The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped from the grade calculation.

**Mid-Term Exam**(end of week 4): 35% of course grade, 210 points.

**Final Exam**(end of week 8): 40% of course grade, 240 points.

**VII. Course Schedule**

WEEK |
ASSIGNMENT |
POINTS |
DUE DATE (ALL TIMES IN CST /CDT ) |

Week 1 | Introductory Posting | 2 | Within 2 days of joining the class. |

Discussion Assignment | 2 | Noon, Sunday, January 18, 2009 | |

Week 1 Quiz | 2 | Noon, Sunday, January 18, 2009 | |

Week 1 Homework | Noon, Sunday, January 18, 2009 | ||

Week 2 | Discussion Assignment | 4 | Midnight, Saturday, January 24, 2009 |

Week 2 Quiz | 10 | Midnight Saturday, January 24, 2009 | |

Week 2 Homework | Midnight Saturday, January 24, 2009 | ||

Week 3 | Discussion Assignment | 4 | Midnight, Saturday, January 31, 2009 |

Week 3 Quiz | 10 | Midnight Saturday, January 31, 2009 | |

Week 3 Homework | Midnight Saturday, January 31, 2009 | ||

Week 4 | Discussion Assignment | 4 | Midnight, Saturday, February 7, 2009 |

Week 4 Quiz | 10 | Midnight, Saturday, February 7, 2009 | |

Week 4 Homework | Midnight, Saturday, February 7, 2009 | ||

Proctored Midterm Exam | 210 | Midterm can be taken any time between February 4 – February 7, 2009 | |

Week 5 | Discussion Assignment | 4 | Midnight, Saturday, February 14, 2009 |

Week 5 Quiz | 10 | Midnight, Saturday, February 14, 2009 | |

Week 5 Homework | Midnight, Saturday, February 14, 2009 | ||

Week 6 | Discussion Assignment | 4 | Midnight, Saturday, February 21, 2009 |

Week 6 Quiz | 10 | Midnight, Saturday, February 21, 2009 | |

Week 6 Homework | Midnight, Saturday, February 21, 2009 | ||

Week 7 | Discussion Assignment | 4 | Midnight, Saturday, February 28, 2009 |

Week 7 Quiz | 10 | Midnight, Saturday, February 28, 2009 | |

Week 7 Homework | Midnight, Saturday, February 28, 2009 | ||

Week 8 | Discussion Assignment | 2 | Midnight, Saturday, March 7, 2009 |

Week 8 Quiz | 10 | Midnight, Saturday, March 7, 2009 | |

Week 8 Homework | Midnight, Saturday, March 7, 2009 | ||

2 hour Proctored Final Exam | 240 | Final exam may be taken any time March 4 – March 7, 2009 |

**VIII. Course Activities**

**Homework:** Each week, you will be assigned problems to complete in the
MyMathLab computer program

(within CourseCompass). Each week’s homework is due by Saturday night at
midnight (see schedule, above).

There will also be homework that is not turned in or graded, but that most
students will need to do in order to prepare

for the tests and quizzes.

**Discussion/Calculator:** In Weeks 1-8, there will be assignments that
involve the use of a graphing

calculator and/or require Discussion postings. These assignments will be due by
Saturday at midnight, except in

Week 1, when the due date is Sunday at noon.

**Quizzes:** Each week, a quiz will be posted by noon on Wednesday and is due
by midnight on Saturday,

central time, except in Week 1, when the deadline will be extended until noon on
Sunday. The quizzes will be

closely related to the suggested homework problems assigned for the week. The
two lowest quiz grades will not be

included in the calculation of your final grade. Late quizzes will not receive
credit.

**Reading/Video**: Each week, you are expected to read the textbook sections
for the week. You should also

watch video lessons associated with the material that we are covering.

**Proctored Midterm/Comprehensive Final Exam:** These will be online exams
and you can use your

calculator. Your proctor must be a Columbia College site, public school, or
testing center unless that is clearly impossible – no exceptions.

If you must use a non-CC site to take your exams, email me as soon as possible
so that we can discuss suitable proctors.

**IX. Course Materials**

Required Text

You have three options for purchasing the textbook,** Introductory Algebra**,
5th Edition, by Robert Blitzer and the

required CourseCompass/MyMathLab access. Choose **one** of the three options.

**Option 1:** CourseCompass/MyMathLab access.
CourseCompass/MyMathLab is an electronic platform that

includes the entire electronic version of the textbook, the electronic version
of the Student Solutions Manual , and

video lectures online. ISBN: 0-13-147894-X

**Option 2:** Textbook package which includes a
physical or hardcopy textbook, Students Solutions Manual, and CD

copies of the video lectures, as well as the basic required CourseCompass/MyMathLab
access noted above. If you

select this option you do NOT need to also purchase option 1. You can purchase
this textbook package from Barnes-

Noble's MBS Direct program. The MBS Direct phone number is 1-800-325-3252 ISBN:
0-32-156391-3

Some students like online books and some like a physical
textbook. Note that you’ll have access to all of the

materials whether you choose Option 1 or Option 2 – the difference between the
two options is that with Option 2,

you get everything included in Option 1 PLUS a physical copy of the textbook and
Student Solutions Manual, and

CD copies of the video lectures.

**Option 3:** Physical textbook only. If you wish to purchase a physical
textbook (you will still need to purchase the

basic required CourseCompass/MyMathLab access), without the additional Student
Solutions Manual and video

lecture CDs, you may purchase the MML access code (ISBN given in Option 1 above)
and purchase a physical

textbook separately. ISBN: 0-13-235679-1

**NOTE: **All 3 options include CourseCompass/MyMathLab
access, as this is required for the course.** I will send you
the CourseID that you need in order to register your access code about a week
before school starts.**

**A TI-83, TI-83+, TI-84 or TI-84+ is required for all of the Columbia**

Required Graphing Calculator

Required Graphing Calculator

College math courses . I would suggest shopping around – prices for these calculators vary. It is possible to rent this

calculator through online sites, or to buy a used one using an online search for information, going through auction

sites, checking the classified ads in the newspaper, etc.

**X. Course Assignment Schedule**

Week 1: Fractions, Real Numbers , Ordered Pairs and Graphs, Basic Rules of Algebra

Week 1: Fractions, Real Numbers , Ordered Pairs and Graphs, Basic Rules of Algebra

**Reading:**Sections 1.1 – 1.4 Homework: Each week there will be one online

**homework**assignment in the MyMathLab program. On-line Discussion Assignment: This week, your

**on-line discussion**This week, your online discussion assignment is to do an introductory post

and one math discussion post by Sunday at noon.

**Week 1 Quiz**

**Week 2: Working with Real Numbers, Exponents, Order of
Operation, and Mathematical Models**

**Reading:** Sections 1.5 – 1.8

**Proctor Information:** The midterm can be taken Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday, or Saturday of week 4. It may

NOT be taken later than Saturday of week 4. Please take care of conflicts now.
**You should submit your
proctor information by the end of this week if you haven’t done so already. **

**Weekly Homework Assignment**– due on Saturday night at midnight for remainder of session.

**On-line Discussion Assignment:**Each week, post one mathematics discussion problem. Each post is worth

4 points. Each post should contain a thoughtful reply to the posted question. Completion of these posts is

required to receive the full weekly discussion points – due on Saturday night at midnight for remainder of

session.

**Week 2 Quiz**– due on Saturday night at midnight for remainder of session.

**Week 3: Solving Linear Equations**

**Reading:**Sections 2.1 – 2.5

**Weekly Homework, Discussion and Quiz Assignments**

Week 4: Solving Linear Inequalities, Graphing Equations in Two Variables

Week 4: Solving Linear Inequalities, Graphing Equations in Two Variables

**Reading**: Sections 2.6. 4.1, 4.2

**Weekly Homework, Discussion and Quiz Assignments Midterm exam is this week – can be taken any time Wednesday - Saturday**

**Week 5: Slope of a Line, Slope-Intercept & Point-Slope Equations of a Line, Linear Inequalities in**

Two Variables

Two Variables

**Reading:**Sections4.3 – 4.6

**Weekly Homework, Discussion and Quiz Assignments**

**Week 6: Working with Exponents and Polynomials**

**Reading:**Sections 6.1 – 6.5

**Weekly Homework, Discussion and Quiz Assignments**

**Week 7: Negative Exponents, Factoring Polynomials**

**Reading:**Sections 6.7, 7.1 - 7.4

**Weekly Homework, Discussion and Quiz Assignments**

**Week 8: Review of Factoring, Solving Quadratic
Equations by Factoring**

**Reading:** Sections 7.5, 7.6

** Weekly Homework, Discussion and Quiz Assignments **

Final exam is this week – can be taken any time Wednesday - Saturday

**XI. Instructor Information – Phyllis (Jill) Whealon
**

I graduated from the University of California at San Diego with undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and

Electrical Engineering. I have two graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and a third one in Business

Administration. I’ve taught college for some time, teaching electrical engineering (not a surprise), computer science

(also not a surprise), and math (maybe a surprise!), but also worked in the defense industry for maaaaaany years in

the field of airborne military radar design and analysis. I’ve been teaching math for Columbia College since 2005 –

first in the classroom and now online.

As you can see by my instructor information, my nickname
is Jill and I’d prefer you use that – Columbia College

sets everything up with legal names and there is absolutely no way to convince
their software to use a nickname. I’ve

tried.

I’m currently in Seattle, Washington and look forward to ‘meeting’ you online.

**Telephone: (253) 854 - 0431 (evenings and remember it’s
Pacific time) – emergency only, please. I’m
frequently away, so email is a much quicker and more reliable way to reach me.**

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