# PREPARATORY_ALGEBRA_Syllabus

# SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

COURSE SYLLABUS

**COURSE TITLE:
MAT 0024 PREPARATORY
ALGEBRA
(Computer Assisted Instruction)
(4 COLLEGE PREP CREDITS )**

**INSTRUCTOR:** Mrs. K. Zimmer

**OFFICE:** Building B Room 309

**TELEPHONE:** (863) 784-7320

**E-MAIL:**
zimmerk@southflorida.edu

**OFFICE HOURS:** as posted at office

**WELCOME: **Welcome to Preparatory Algebra. This should be a
fun

course that will help you recognize the usefulness of mathematics and provide
you the ability to:

(1) think, (2) solve problems, and (3) learn how to learn. Business and industry
leaders have

listed those three abilities as the more critical requirements for employment
and career

advancement.

I want you to be successful in this course and I will give
you the tools to help you succeed. But

ultimately it is you who must be responsible for doing the work necessary to
achieve the grade you desire.

Keep in mind that college is not an institution where students receive all of
their education in the

classroom. Most learning must happen individually, so be prepared to work hard
on your own. But do

remember that I will be available for help.

**COURSE MATERIALS: **

**TEXT: InteractiveMathematics
Elementary Algebra
AUTHOR:
PUBLISHER: Plato – Academic Systems
EDITION:
CALCULATOR: Calculator with y^{x} or x^{y} key.**

**CATALOG DESCRIPTION:** Prepares the student for MAT 1033.
Topics include real

numbers and their properties, polynomials, linear equations and inequalities ,
quadratic

and rational equations, formulas and applications , and graphing. This college
preparatory

course **does not **count toward the Associate degrees. This class utilizes computer
assisted

instruction.

**PREREQUISITES:** An appropriate score on the mathematics
placement test. A

willingness to devote sufficient time to reading, studying, and working problems
outside of class.

**PURPOSE:** This course is designed to serve as the first course in algebra

for those who have not completed an introductory course in high school. It is
also designed for

those students who may have taken algebra several years ago and need a refresher
course to brush

up on their basic algebra skills.

**INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD:** Lecture, demonstration,
question-answer format, multimedia

graphics, homework assignments, quizzes, exams and computer assisted
instruction.

## COURSE OBJECTIVES:

**Upon successful completion of MAT 0024 Preparatory
Algebra, the students should be able to:
**1. Define real numbers including natural, whole, integer, rational and

irrational numbers.

2. Add, subtract, multiply and divide integers, decimals , and rational numbers.

3. Apply properties of real numbers.

4. Apply order of operations.

5. Evaluate algebraic expressions in one variable .

6. Solve linear equations in one variable using the addition and multiplication principles.

7. Solve percent problems.

8. Solve linear inequalities.

9. Apply the laws of exponents.

10. Define polynomials with one or more variables including degree.

11. Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials.

12. Factor polynomials.

13. Factor using grouping .

14. Factor the difference of two squares and perfect square trinomials.

15. Solve quadratic equations using the factoring method.

16. Be familiar with the Cartesian plane and its quadrants.

17. Name and plot points on the Cartesian plane.

18. Determine x and y-intercepts of a line.

19. Graph a line on the Cartesian plane.

## COURSE OUTLINE

Real Numbers

1.1 Number Line and Notation

1.2 Factoring and Fractions

1.3 Arithmetic of Numbers

Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities

2.1 Algebraic Expressions

2.2 Solving Linear Equations

2.3 Problem Solving (Number, Age, and Geometry)

2.4 Solving Linear Equations

Introduction to Graphing

3.1 Plotting Points

3.2 Slope (Rise and Run)

Graphing Linear Equations

4.1 Graphing Lines/Slope of a Line

4.2 Finding the Equation of a Line

Solving Linear Systems

5.1 Solving by Graphing

Exponents and Polynomials

6.1 Negative Exponents

6.2 Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials

Multiplication and Dividing of Polynomials

Motion and Mixture problems

6.3 Multiplying and Dividing Binomials

Rational Expressions

8.1 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

Factoring

7.1 Factoring a Monomial from a Polynomial

7.2 Factoring Polynomials by Grouping

Factoring Trinomials with a =1

Factoring Trinomials with a ≠ 1

7.3 Special Factoring Formulas and a General Review of Factoring

Quadratic Equations

10.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring

10.2 Solving Applications by Factoring Quadratic Equations

Rational Exponents and Radicals

9.1 Simplifying Square Roots

Adding, Subtracting and Multiplying Square Roots

Dividing Square Roots

Cube Roots

**LEARNING PHILOSOPHY:** Mathematics is a participation sport
and the best way to

learn mathematics is to practice, practice, practice. Homework preparation will
enable you to

understand and remember the material of this course. Study the text and work the
problems

everyday. This class will utilize both teacher presentation/discussion and
computer instruction.

Each section will begin with a teacher-led discussion of the material followed
by two or three

days of working on-line. While you are working on-line your teacher will be
present to clarify

and/or reteach any concepts. REMEMBER: Your teacher will help you as much as
possible but

the__ ultimate responsibility for learning is Yours!__

With your textbook you will receive a clientele disk and
lesson disks. These disks will allow you

to load the program on your computer and go over the EXPLAIN and APPLY sections
as much

as you need. This program is also loaded on the computers in Room 210 in
Building I.

Take notes during the teacher lecture/discussion sessions
and the online computer EXPLAIN

sections. (You will be able to use the notes that you take for the online
evaluates.) Go over these

notes each evening and use them to assist you with completing the homework
assignments. Do

your homework as neatly as possible and in an organized fashion. Understand the
reasons for

doing each step of the homework problems rather than memorize how to do
problems. Do not

__get behind in your math homework__. You will need to read and study the
text before the class

period, bring the text to class, and be ready to ask questions in class. I am
available in my office

to provide additional explanations or to answer questions on

homework. If you do not understand how to do a homework problem:

• Review the material in your textbook that relates to the problem(s).

• Review your lecture notes that relate to the problem(s).

• Review any similar problems, examples, or rules that explain the material.

• Check the student solutions manual , if available.

• Check video collection in the LRC for the topic of difficulty.

• Go online to a math help website.

• Call or stop in to see your instructor.

• Call another student in the class.

**TIME MANAGEMENT: **Don’t stack the deck against yourself by
taking on more

activities than you can possibly complete successfully. The first step to time
management is to

decide how much time it will take to:

• Attend class

• Work (if you have a job).

• Socialize

• Rest or sleep

After deciding how much time you will need to spend on
each of these, you should be able to determine if

you need to cut back on something. Secondly, you must set some priorities. What
is the most important

to you at this time—school, job, social life? If you don’t have enough time, you
either have to commit to

making time or cut back on something. Planning ahead is a key to success.

## COURSE POLICIES

**ATTENDANCE:** Class attendance is important and you are
expected to attend

all classes. It is your responsibility and for your benefit to attend all class
sessions. While

your attendance will not be computed directly into your course grade, note that
missing class

almost always adversely affects a student’s grade. No make-up quizzes will be
given

because of your being absent from class. Any tests that you miss will be made up
at the end of the

semester on a specified date. If you miss that date, you will receive a zero on
that test . ** A student**. If absences continue I reserve the right to drop you from the
class. In extremely rare

with more than 4 absences will be issued a second warning (this syllabus is the first

warning)

instances, an exception to this policy may be granted if you contact me prior to the absence and

have a reason deemed appropriate. If it is necessary for you to miss a class, you are responsible

for all material covered and assignments made during your absence. Out of courtesy to your

instructor and fellow classmates

__arrive before class begins.__**WITHDRAWAL: **An official withdrawal from this class must be
initiated by the

student in the student records department. If you stop attending class without
an official

withdrawal, you will receive a grade of “F”.

**EXIT EXAM:** Every MAT 0024 student must qualify for, take
and pass

the__ FLORIDA COLLEGE BASIC SKILLS TEST__ before he/she is permitted
to take MAT

1033 or other college-level, math courses. This exam will be administered at the end of the

semester. There are 30 problems on the exam. A passing score is correctly responding to 21 or

more of the problems.

**EVALUATION:** The qualifying grade is used to determine
whether students

have successfully mastered the competencies of this course. __Only students
with a qualifying
grade of 70 or better are permitted to take the EXIT EXAM.__

Your __ Qualifying Grade__ will be determined by
averaging the following scores: Homework

Assignments (5 points each), Average of all Online Evaluates (100 points), 6 Tests (100

points each), and 1 Final Exam (100 points).

No make-up homework assignments will be awarded points
because of absence or tardiness

in meeting the due date. You must be able to present the concepts and skills
discussed in class

in a written format. Algebraic steps ** must** be shown. I will not accept
work/assignments

which have only answers written on it.

**COURSE GRADE:** Students who ** PASS** the

**EXIT EXAM**will receive one of the

following course grades based on the students Qualifying Grade:

Students whose Qualifying Grade is **BELOW **“70” will
** NOT** be permitted to take the EXIT

EXAM and will receive one of the following course grades:

Students who take but ** DO NOT PASS** the

**EXIT EXAM**will receive a “D” for their course

grade. NOTE: A semester grade of A, B, or C is needed to register for Intermediate Algebra

(MAT 1033).

**TUTORING:** The College provides free tutoring in the Math
Lab, located in

the Learning Resource Center (library) on the first floor. Don’t wait until you
are hopelessly lost

before you seek help from the tutoring center. It takes some time to arrange for
a tutor and to

coordinate your schedule with that of the tutor. The day before an exam is an
inappropriate time

to seek help from a tutor.

**LEARNING DISABILITIES:** In keeping with the institution’s
open door philosophy, SFCC

provides reasonable accommodations to educational/training opportunities for all
otherwise

qualified individuals with documented disabilities. It is the responsibility of
the student or

potential student to self-identify (before the end of the first week of classes)
with the SFCC

Office of Disabled Student Services and to provide the College appropriate
documentation of the

disabling condition. Services are varied and include, but are not limited to
admission and

registration assistance, special campus orientation, note taking, tutoring,
testing, audiovisual aids,

readers, and mobility aids. Disabled Student Services (DSS) is a unit of SFCC
Student Services

in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended,
and the

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The purpose of DSS is to provide
services to students

with disabilities. These services permit students access to the same educational
opportunities as

their non-disabled peers and are offered within the institution’s philosophical
framework that

stresses student independence and self-reliance. DSS operates in cooperation and
conjunction

with other units in Student Services (Assessment Center and Student Support
Services) to ensure

continuity of services. In addition, DSS works closely with other public and
private rehabilitation

agencies to facilitate the coordination of service delivery. Inquiries should be
directed to the

Disabilities Specialist, Student Services/Classroom Complex Suite B152, Avon
Park.

**ACADEMIC HONESTY:** You are expected to be honest with
yourself, others, and the

instructor. Cases of cheating on an exam/quiz/homework assignment will result in
a score of “0”

for that exam/quiz/homework assignment. A second case of cheating will result in
a grade of “F”

for the entire course.

**CLASS ENVIRONMENT: **The classroom is to be considered a
place of business. Food,

drinks and tobacco products are inappropriate and not allowed in the classroom.

SFCC’s policy prohibits visitors in the classes. Please
make arrangements for children and

visitors prior to class. All visitors must be registered with Community
Relations in Building C.

Students are expected to turn-off all cell phones, pagers,
and other electronic devices __before__

entering the classroom, and keep them in their purses, pockets or belt/pocket
sheaths. They are

to be kept “out of sight” in order to avoid causing a disruption. An exception
to this stipulation

will be considered only in an emergency situation. In these cases, the student
must verify the

need to the instructor ** prior** to the beginning of class and must
renew this exception on a class-byclass

basis. Violators will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the class that day.

Students are expected to conduct themselves as mature,
responsible adults. Avoid __conversations__,

mini-tutoring sessions, and __moving about the room__ during
lecture/discussion/review sessions.

Student behavior considered by the instructor as inappropriate may result in
immediate

suspension from class. Suspended students must be accompanied by their counselor
if/when they

seek readmission to class.

**CODE OF CONDUCT: **When students are admitted to South
Florida Community

College they are subject to the jurisdiction of the College during their
enrollment. As members of

the college community, students are expected to act responsibly in all areas of
personal and social

conduct. Students are responsible for the observance of all Board policies and
procedures as

published in the College Catalog, the Student Handbook, and other College
information bulletins.

Violation of any of these rules may lead to disciplinary action in accordance
with prescribed

procedures for the handling of disciplinary cases and may range from reprimand
to expulsion

from the College.

**RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS:** Students who must miss class in order
to observe a religious

holiday must notify the instructor at least seven (7) days in advance of the
day(s) to be missed and

shall have until the next class meeting after the observance/holiday to make up
missed

assignments and/or exams.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:**

1. Student Solution Manual:

a. Available in the Panther College Bookstore

b. On strict reserve in the College LRC (Library)

2. DVD/Tapes: On strict reserve in the College LRC (Library)

**ONLINE RESOURCES:** You may find the URLs listed here useful
for this course. Their

relevance and utility will be discussed during the introduction/orientation
session.

__www.algebra.com
www.algebrahelp.com
www.sosmath.com
www.purplemath.com
www.metamiga.com
www.homestead.com/stroh/mathpage.html
http://schooldiscovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/bjmath.html
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math
http://www.bremenbraves.com/algebra/index.html
http://ths.org/academics/math.html
www.quickmath.com/
www.mathpower.com/
www.math.com
www.gomath.com/algebra.html/
www.mathdork.com
www.softmath.com/algebra25.html
www.cowrug.org/cow%apperat.html
www.cwa.7970.org
www.pazonyc.com/winelist.html
www.mathworld.wolfram.com
www.ies.co.jp/math/java/
www.lessontitor.com
www.mathleague.com/hrlp/algebra
www.edhelper.com/algebra
www.cyberedinc.com/
www.mathgoodies.com
www.webmath.com
www.yourotherteacher.com
www.freemathhelp.com
www.jamesbrennan.org/algebra
www.free-ed.net
www.math.armstrong.edu/mathtutorial/
www.aplusmath.com__

**Preparatory Algebra
Computer Assisted Instruction**

## SEQUENCE FOR WORKING ONLINE

The EXPLAIN is a second lecture on the lesson material. Listen to it

carefully and take notes. You may repeat the EXPLAIN as many times as

you wish. Make sure you complete ALL bullets. Follow

each EXPLAIN bullet by the matching APPLY bullet.

The APPLY contains online practice problems. Whether

you get them right or not, a __thorough__ explanation

follows each problem. You may repeat this section as many times as

you need. You may work on the EXPLAIN and APPLY sections at home

or in room 210 in Building I. EVALUATES __can ONLY be done in the
classroom__ with the instructor present..

The OVERVIEW will serve as a practice quiz before you attempt the

EVALUATES. When the computer gives you the option of using ythis

score as your Evaluate score click NO. Only the highest of the two

Evaluates will count toward your grade. Review the OVERVIEW item

before you exit the OVERVIEW section.

The EVALUATE is the final quiz which shows what you’ve

learned in the lesson. Your score on the quiz is your score for

the computer lesson. It is important to prepare for it by

working the Homework Problems and the Practice Test in

your text. ONLY attempt the EVALUATE

__after__completing

the Homework Problems and Practice Test.

The EVALUATE section contains two quizzes. The best of the

two scores will be retained as your score on this lesson.

IMPORTANT: Once you start a quiz you cannot quit. Allow

yourself at least 20 minutes to take a quiz (some may require

a longer time ).

You must complete at least one quiz before

going on to another lesson. The second quiz may be taken at

a later date if you choose to do so. After scoring a quiz make

a copy of the score page for tour records. See your instructor

for an EVALUATE WORKSHEET before beginning a quiz.

Directions are printed on this sheet.

**Note:** You mat __OMIT__ the EXPLORE section!

Ask your teacher for help if you have trouble with any of the problems

__before__ you submit them for grading. NO Homework Problems will be

accepted __after the due date__. Ignore the homework problems suggested by

the computer when you log out of the program . Do only those

problems assigned to you by your instructor.

Homework

Problems

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