Math 020 Elementary Algebra

Prerequisite : MATH 015 F Pre-algebra with a grade of “C” or better or math skills clearance.

Course Description: This course includes the properties of real numbers, factoring, exponents and
radicals, solving and graphing linear equations, polynomials and rational algebraic expressions and linear
systems of equations . Calculators will be required for selected topics. (4 Units)

Textbook: Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis, Beginning Algebra, 10th Ed., Pearson Addison Wesley, 2008

Materials: Scientific calculator, a straight edge, graph paper

Grading: Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 100%-90% A, 89%-80% B, 79%-70% C, 69%-60%
D, below 60% F. Final grades will be based on homework, quizzes, exams, the final exam, and Math Lab
requirement as follows:

Homework 10%
Quizzes 20%
Exams 45%
Final Exam 20%
Math Lab 5%

Homework: Assignment sheets will be distributed and homework due dates will be specified during each
class. Late homework will not be accepted after the exam covering that material. Late homework is worth
no more than 75% of its original value . Homework should be done in pencil and must be organized and
(please no spiral bound notebook paper). Show your work at all times. If only answers are given
when work is clearly required, or incorrect work accompanies correct answers, the assignment will earn a
zero. You should plan to spend at least 8 hours per week outside of class doing homework and studying.

Quizzes: Short 10-20 minute quizzes will be given every Wednesday (unless a test is scheduled). Makeup
quizzes will not be given under any circumstances. There will be a total of approximately 12 quizzes,
of which the two lowest scores will be dropped from the overall grade.

Exams: Four one-hour exams will be given. You must be present for all exams. In general, no make-up
exams will be given except for serious and compelling reasons.

Final Exam: The cumulative final exam will be on Monday, May18th from 7:00-8:50 AM. There will be
absolutely no make-up for the final.

Math Lab: This course includes a minimum of one hour per week (for a total of 900 minutes for the
semester) in the Math Lab. Attendance in the math lab is required throughout the semester. Math Lab
credit will be calculated into the overall grade after each exam. There will be no “make-up” or extra credit
math lab minutes.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken every class meeting. If you miss four or more class meetings, you
may be dropped from the class.

Academic Honesty Policy: Students are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting
material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used to determine grades. Such standards are
founded on basic concepts of integrity and honesty. These include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

1. Students shall not plagiarize or cheat.
2. Students shall not furnish materials or information in order to enable another student to plagiarize or cheat.

Instructors may deal with academic dishonesty in one or more of the following ways:

1. Assign an appropriate academic penalty such as an oral reprimand or point reduction.
2. Assign an “F” on all or part of a particular paper, project, or exam.
3. Report to the appropriate administrators, with notification of same to the student(s), for disciplinary action
by the College. Such a report will be accompanied by supporting evidence and documentation. Repeated violations
may result in students receiving an “F” in the course, suspension or dismissal from the College.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement: Fullerton College is committed to providing educational
accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the student to the instructor. Verification
of the disability must also be provided. The Disability Support Services office functions as a resource for students
and faculty in the determination and provision of educational accommodations.

Children on Campus: Children are not allowed on campus unless supervised by a parent or guardian. Children
may not attend classes or computer labs.

Emergency Response Statements: Take note of the safety features in and around the classroom. Also, please
study the posted evacuation routes. The most direct route of exit may not be the safest. Running out of the
building during earthquakes may be dangerous. During strong earthquakes, it is recommended to duck, cover, and
hold until the quaking stops. Follow the guidance of your instructor. Your cooperation during emergencies can
minimize the possibility of injury to yourself and others.

Fullerton College Catalog and Class Schedule: The Fullerton College Catalog and the Class Schedule contain a
number of policies relating to students that are important to you. Please be sure that you have read these
publications thoroughly. You may purchase copies of these publications at the campus bookstore, or you may read
them online at the Fullerton College website,

Standards of Student Conduct and Discipline Policy: The standards of student conduct and disciplinary action
for violation of Board Policy 5500 were approved by the NOCCCD Board on January 28, 2003, and were drawn in
compliance with Sections 66300, 76030, 76033, 76034, 76036 of the State Education Code. Students are expected
to respect and obey civil and criminal law and shall be subject to the legal penalties for violation of the city,
county, state, and national law(s). Student conduct must conform to Board Policy and college regulations and
procedures. As cited in BP5500, “A student who violates the standards of student conduct shall be subject to
disciplinary action including, but not limited to, the removal , suspension or expulsion of the student.” Students
have an obligation to familiarize themselves with the College’s policies, rules and regulations and to conduct
themselves in a reasonable, respectful manner, which is conducive toward attaining their educational goal. Upon
registration, each student should obtain a copy of the College Policies and Regulations: Standards of Student
Conduct and Discipline Policy. Contained therein are the policies approved by the Board of Trustees governing
student behavior and the applicable penalties for violations of these policies. Copies are available in the Student
Affairs Office, the Office of Equity and Diversity, all division offices, and the Student Services office.

Wait Time for Late Instructors: If, due to unforeseen emergencies, the instructor does not arrive at the scheduled
start time for class, students are to wait for fifteen minutes (unless otherwise notified by the division). If they do
not receive notification to wait for their instructor to arrive, after 15 minutes the students may leave with no
penalty for absence or assigned work due for that class meeting.

Withdrawal Policy: Although an instructor may withdraw a student for poor attendance, it is the student’s
to withdraw if the student does not continue to attend. If your name appears on the roster at the end of the semester, the instructor must give you a grade. Failure to withdraw from the course may result in a failing grade.
*Last day to drop without a “W” recorded on transcripts is Saturday, January 31, 2009.
**Last day to drop with a “W” recorded on transcripts is Saturday, April 25, 2009.

Math 020 Tentative Schedule - Spring 2009

Week Date Topics
1 1/12 1.1 Fractions
1.2 Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequalities
1/14 1.3 Variable, Expressions, and Equations
1.4 Real Numbers and the Number Line
1.5 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers
2 1/19 Martin Luther King Holiday - no class
1/21 1.6 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
1.7 Properties of Real Numbers
1.8 Simplifying Expressions
3 1/26 2.1 The Addition Property of Equality
2.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality
1/28 2.3 More on Solving Linear Equations
2.4 An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equation
4 2/2 2.5 Formulas and Applications from Geometry
2.6 Ratios and Proportions
2/4 2.7 Further Applications of Linear Equations
2.8 Solving Linear Inequalities
5 2/9 Exam #1 (Ch. 1 & 2)
3.1 Reading Graphs; Linear Equations in Two Variables
2/11 3.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables
3.3 The Slope of a Line
6 2/16 President's Day Holiday - no class
2/18 3.4 Equations of a Line
3.5 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
7 2/23 4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
2/25 4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination
4.4 Applications of Linear Systems
8 3/2 4.5 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities
3/4 Exam #2 (Ch. 3 & 4)
5.1 The Product Rule and Power Rules for Exponents
9 3/9 5.2 Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule
5.3 An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation
3/11 5.4 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials; Graphing Simple Polynomials
5.5 Multiplying Polynomials
5.6 Special Products
10 3/16 5.7 Dividing Polynomials
6.1 The Greatest Common Factor; Factoring by Grouping
3/18 6.2 Factoring Trinomials
6.3 More on Factoring Trinomials
11 3/23 6.4 Special Factoring Techniques
6.5 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
3/25 6.6 Applications of Quadratic Equations
12 3/30 Exam #3 (Ch. 5 & 6)
7.1 The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions
4/1 7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
7.3 Least Common Denominators
  4/6 Spring Break - no classes
13 4/13 7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
7.5 Complex Fractions
4/15 7.6 Solving Equations with Rational Expressions
7.7 Applications of Rational Expressions
14 4/20 8.1 Evaluating Roots
8.2 Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying Radicals
4/22 8.3 Adding and Subtracting Radicals
8.4 Rationalizing the Denominator
15 4/27 8.5 More Simplifying and Operations with Radicals
8.6 Solving Equations with Radicals
4/29 8.7 Using Rational Numbers as Exponents
16 5/4 Exam #4 (Ch. 7 & 8)
9.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property
5/6 9.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
9.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
17 5/11 Review
5/13 no class
  5/18 Final Exam 7:00-8:50 AM
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