Preparatory Algebra

Department: A.O.C.E. Academic Outreach and Continuing Education.

Prerequisite : Math ACT score of 14-17 is strongly recommended

Credit Hours: 0

Times and Location : T,Th 9:10 – 10:30 a.m. LCB 222

Instructor: Beth Malloy, Associate Instructor

Office Hours: There are no official office hours. Please talk to me before or after class, email at:

Course Description: For students unable to pass the qualifying test for Math 1010 or students who
need a thorough review or need to relearn basic mathematics and algebraic topics. Classes have limited
enrollment so students may receive individual attention.

Content Overview: Students will learn about the set of real numbers, linear equations and inequalities,
polynomials and properties of exponents, factoring polynomials, graphing linear equations , systems of
linear equations in two variables , and radicals.

Teaching and learning methods : Class lectures and working homework problems are the primary
source for learning. Homework will be to work the odd problems at the end of each chapter.
Completing the homework is essential to the understanding of the material. They will not be handed in.
Make sure that you check your answers in the back of the book, and ask me questions about the
problems you don’t understand. There is a set of videos that follow a similar book which can be checked
out from me. The math department has a free tutoring center. Call 581-6851 for hours.

Grading: Beginning Fall Semester 2007, Math 950 students will need to receive a grade of C or higher
to move ahead to Math 1010. If a student does not receive a grade of C or higher, they will be required
to (1) retake the course, or (2) take the math placement exam (Accuplacer) at the testing center and
receive an appropriate score to move on to Math 1010. If a student enrolls in Math 1010 and has not
earned at least a C in Math 950, the course will be dropped from their schedule. The Math 950 grade
will show on the student’s transcript, but will NOT factor into the student ’s overall grade point average.

Evaluation Methods: 2 Exams 30% each
  Final 40%
Grading Scale: 90%-100% A
  80%-89% B
  70%-79% C
  0%-69% E

Text: Beginning Algebra second edition by Miller, O’Neill, Hyde
The solution manual is optional.


Week 1: R2, 1.2-1.3 Real numbers
Week 2:1.4-1.6 Real numbers
Week 3: 2.1-2.3 Linear equations and inequalities
Week 4: 2.3-2.7 Linear equations and inequalities
Week 5: Review, Exam  
Week 6: 3.1-3.4 Linear Equations in 2 Variables
Week 7: 3.4-3.6 Linear Equations in 2 Variables
Week 8: 4.1-4.3 Systems of Linear Equations
Week 9: 5.1-5.4 Exponents
Week 10: Review, Exam  
Spring Break March 17-22  
Week 11: 5.5-5.7 Polynomials
Week 12: 6.1-6.4 Factoring Polynomials
Week 13: 6.5-6.7 Factoring Polynomials
Week 14: 8.1-8.3 Radicals
Week 15: Review, Final April 23

Note: This schedule is subject to change .

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT: “The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to
its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the
class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Union
Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for

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