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Elementary Algebra

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING AND KNOWING ALL MATERIAL ON THIS
SYLLABUS.

YOU HAVE ONE QUARTER TO FINISH THIS CLASS, AND TESTS ARE DUE BY
THE DATES ON THIS SYLLABUS. CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU MISS
AN EXAM DATE.

PLEASE call or e-mail me when you enroll to give me your mailing
address, e-mail address and phone number.

PLEASE PHOTOCOPY ALL EXAMS BEFORE MAILING THEM TO ME!!!


Supplies: A pencil w/ eraser, notebook paper, graph paper, your
textbook and your brain are required for your success in this
course. In addition, you may use your TI-83 calculator. You
will be responsible for being familiar (or getting familiar)
with its proper use. I recommend that you use your calculator
to check your homework answers.

Prerequisites : It is assumed that you have earned a “C” grade,
or better, in Math 070, Basic Mathematics, but you may also be
registered for this class if you have my specific permission.
The reason for this is that I would like you to be familiar with
topics concerning basic mathematics to be successful in the
study of algebra.

Student Responsibility: IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP WITH THE CLASS
WORK, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS
CLASS.

Homework: Homework assignments are mapped out on the class
schedule. Please do these in a timely manner. I encourage you
to do all of the assigned problems, but they are not turned-in.
Note that if you do not get the proper practice by doing the
assignments, it will be difficult for you to be successful in
this class!

Exams: We will have 3 exams worth 100 points each. Mail or fax
your exam to me at the college, after you have photocopied it
for your personal records. The exams are DUE by the dates
listed in the schedule. If you miss the date, contact me
immediately. I don’t want any student falling behind.

Final Examination: You will have a mandatory, comprehensive
final exam, worth 200 points, over all the material covered over
the term.

Communication: You can communicate with me in several ways.
You can call, fax, e-mail me. You can fax or mail your work to
me, or you can put it in my box at Northwest Indian College,
Main Campus.

Grades: Letter grades are assigned as follows:
(These are percent scores based on
the points you earn out of the total
possible.)
A 90 & above
  B 80-89
  C 70-79

Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Exam I 100 points (20%)
Exam II 100 points (20%)
Exam III 100 points (20%)
Final 200 points
(40%)
comprehensive
Total 500 points  

Class Schedule: Here is the list of assignments and when the
tests will be DUE. Exercises are located in the Exercise Set
part of each section.

2.1 Combining Like-Terms: Do Exercises 1-57 odd.
2.2 The Addition Property of Equality: Do Exercises 1-67 odd.
2.3 The Multiplication Property of Equality: Do Exercises 1-63
odd.
2.4 Solving Linear Equations – variable on one side : Do
Exercises 1-103, every other odd. (i.e., 1, 5, 9, 13, 17,
etc)
2.5 Solving Linear Equations – variable on both sides: Do
Exercises 1-77, every other odd.
2.6 *Inequalities in One Variable: Do Exercises 1-25 odd.

Exam 1 DUE January 25

3.1 Formulas: Do Exercises 1-43 odd.
3.2 Changing application problems into equations: Do Exercises
1-35 odd.
3.3 Solving application problems: Do Exercises 1-35 odd.
3.4 Geometric problems: Do Exercises 1-37 odd.
7.1 The Cartesian-Coordinate System: Do Exercises 1-41 odd.
7.2 Graphing linear equations: Do Exercises 1-67 odd.
7.3 Slope of a line: Do Exercises 1-65 every other odd.
7.4 Slope- intercept and Point -slope forms of lines: Do
Exercises 1-65 every other odd.
7.5 *Graphing linear inequalities: Do Exercises 1-23 odd.

Exam 2 DUE February 22

8.1 Solving systems of equations graphically: Do Exercises 1-
47 odd.
8.2 Solving systems of equations by substitution: Do Exercises
1-29 odd.
8.3 Solving systems of equations by the addition method: Do
Exercises 1-37 odd.
8.4 Applications and problem solving: Do Exercises 1-21 odd,
31-38 odd.

Exam 3 DUE March 7

4.1 Exponents: Do Exercises 1-105 every other odd.
4.2 Negative exponents: Do Exercises 1-129 every other odd.
4.3 *Scientific notation: Do Exercises 1-43 odd.
4.4 Addition and subtraction of polynomials : Do Exercises 1-
116 every other odd.
4.5 Multiplication of polynomials: Do Exercises 1-109 every
other odd.
4.6 *Division of polynomials: Do Exercises 1-41 odd.

Final Exam DUE March 20


Course Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student
will be able to:

• Add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers
• Apply the concept of rate to problems involving distance
and work
• Represent rational numbers as fractions, decimals, and
percents.
• Raise numbers to integer powers .
• Write numbers in scientific notation.
• Find square roots of positive numbers .
• Find the perimeter of a two-dimensional figure.
• Apply formulas to find areas of rectangles, triangles,
parallelograms, and trapezoids.
• Find the circumference and area of a circle .
• Apply the commutative, associative, and distributive
properties.
• Apply the order of operations.
• Apply special properties of 0, 1, and –1.
• Find equivalent algebraic expressions by combining like
terms.
• Translate verbal expressions into algebraic expressions.
• Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the hypotenuse of a
right triangle.
• Locate points in the coordinate plane.
• Apply the definitions of run and rise.
• Apply the distance formula.
• Represent functions in four ways: verbally, symbolically ,
numerically , and graphically.
• Use a calculator to display tables and graphs.
• Solve simple linear equations with a variable on one side
of the equation.
• Solve simple linear equations with a variable on both sides
of the equation.
• Solve word problems leading to simple linear equations.
• Simplify expressions by removing parentheses and combining
like terms.
• Solve equations that require the expression on one or both
sides to be simplified.
• Describe a seven- step process for solving problems.
• Apply the seven-step process to a variety of problems.
• Find the slope of a line given two points.
• Find the slope of a line from its equation.
• Interpret slope as a rate of change and the y-intercept as
an initial value.
• Find an equation of a line given a slope and y-intercept,
one point and slope, or two points.

• Write the equation of a line in slope-intercept form.
• Use the x- and y- intercepts to sketch the graph of a
linear equation.
• Solve a system of linear equations in two variables by
graphing.
• Identify an inconsistent system of linear equations in two
variables.
• Solve a system of linear equations in two variables by the
substitution method .
• Solve a system of linear equations in two variables by the
elimination method .
• Solve proportion equations.
• Set up proportions.
• Apply proportions to problems.
• Solve problems involving real -life applications.
• Explain the laws of exponents.
• Apply the laws of exponents to simplify expressions.
• Expand the product of a monomial and a binomial.
• Factor the product of monomial and a binomial.
Apply the zero -product property to solve equations of the
form ax + bx = 0

*** Many people react to Math so strongly that their
ability to memorize, concentrate, and pay attention
is effectively inhibited. That makes learning very
difficult. Please do not put yourself in that
situation. You will work hard, and hopefully have
some fun, and be successful in this class.***

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