# Survey of Algebra

**I. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
**

This course initiates development in students' ability to organize thought processes and

systematically solve problems while preparing students for studies in other courses. Topics

include linear equations and inequalities and their graphs , systems of linear equations, exponents,

polynomials, factoring, rational expressions , and square roots .

**II. COURSE MATERIALS:**

Textbook: Introductory Algebra Tenth Ed., by Marvin Bittinger; Publisher, Addison -Wesley

Access Code: mathxl.com access code is packaged within
textbook or can be purchased separately.

Calculator: A basic calculator may be useful for some of the homework problems
in the text

and on-line, but will NOT be allowed on any quizzes, chapter exams,
or final exam.

**III. COURSE OBJECTIVES:
**

Given the need to develop a basic foundation in Algebra, the student will, through classroom

activities, assignment and examination, complete the course with a minimum competency level in:

Factors of numbers

Orders of operations

Simplify Algebraic expressions

Commutative, Associative, and Distributive laws

Solving linear equations and linear inequalities

Translation of problems to equations and solving

Scientific Notation

Multiplying and factoring polynomials

Solving quadratic equations

Rational equations

Graphing linear equations

Systems of equations

Parallel and perpendicular lines

Graphing inequalities

Radical expressions and equations

Applications, formulas , and problem solving

**IV. TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE:**

Chapter R: Prealgebra Review (briefly)

Chapter 1: Real Number and Expressions (briefly)

Chapter 2: Solving Equations and Inequalities Exam (Ch R, 1, 2)

Chapter 4: Exponents and Polynomial Operations Exam (Ch 4 cumm.)

Chapter 5: Factoring Polynomials Exam(Ch 5 cumm.)

Chapter 6: Rational Expressions and Equations Exam (Ch 6 cumm.)

Chapter 3: Graphs of Linear Equations

Chapter 7: Systems of Equations Exam(Ch 3, 7 cumm.)

Chapter 8: Radicals

Chapter 9: Quadratic Equations (selected sections only) Exam (Ch 8, 9 cumm.)

**V. COURSE EVALUATION:**

1. Attendance is required at all class meetings. Your attendance is part of your course

grade and is the percentage of class days attended out of all of the scheduled class

meetings. The purpose of the attendance policy is to promote good participation and

to reward students for good academic practices.

2. Homework, quizzes, group work and/or projects as well as attendance will count for

20% of the course grade. (See attached Section Syllabus for further details.)

3. Tests are to be taken

**only**on the scheduled date and will count for 60% of the course

grade.

4. A comprehensive final exam determines 20% of the course grade. No calculator will

be allowed on the final exam.

Course grades will be calculated and letter grades assigned as follows:

**GRADE COMPONENTS:**

Homework/Quizzes/Attendance | 20% |

Tests | 60% |

Final Exam | 20% |

COURSE |
GRADE |

**VI. COURSE POLICY:**

1. As published in the MSU-Bozeman Registration Handbook, this course has a
COMMON

HOUR FINAL EXAM.

M 096 -- Tuesday, December 15, 2009 -- 10-11:50AM -- Room TBA

The following is an excerpt from the Registration
Handbook:

Final exams are scheduled by the Registrar, and they may not be rescheduled or

given prior to the start of the final examination period.

2. Students with documented disabilities, whether physical, cognitive or
psychological, are

entitled to reasonable accommodations in their classes. If
you would like to use

accommodations for this class, please contact appropriate
Disability Services office to

make arrangements.

For MSU-Bozeman degree-seeking students, contact Disability Services at 994-

2824
or in 155 Strand Union Building (SUB).

For MSU-GF COT degree-seeking students, contact the Director of Disability and

Learning Support Services, Kathy Meier, at (406) 771-4311.

3. The MSU-GF COT Academic Integrity Policy and appeals process can be found in
full in

the current MSUGF catalog. The following is an excerpt:

Copying - Using crib notes, cheat sheets, books, or other material, resource or
electronic

device as aids in an examination or any other graded exercise, unless
the instructor of

the class has given permission to use such materials.
Collaborating with another student

or students on an examination or other graded
exercise, without instructor permission.

Contributing to violations of Academic
Integrity - Knowingly assisting another student in

an act which violates
academic integrity.

Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated at MSU-Great Falls
College of

Technology. The consequence for the first such violation is at the
discretion of the

instructor and may range from a failing grade for the
particular assignment/test to a

failing grade in the course in which the act of
academic dishonesty occurred.

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