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Basic Mathematics
Spring 2009 SEMESTER SYLLABUS 

Course Description 
This course provides a study of algebraic techniques such as linear
equations and inequalities , quadratic equations, systems of equations , and operations with exponents and radicals . Functions and relations are introduced and graphed with special emphasis on linear and quadratic functions. This course does not apply toward the general core requirement for mathematics. 

Hours  3  
Days / Time  Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 –12:15 a.m.  
Course Type  WebCTEnhanced Math Course  
Campus  McClellan Center  
Building/Room  McClellan 1181  
Prerequisite(s)  None  
Corequisite(s)  None  
Asset/Compass Score 


Required Textbook / eText 
Basic Mathematics 10^{th} Edition—ISBN 032160604X Author: Bittinger Publisher: Addison/ Wesley 

Course Supplies  Textbook, paper, pencils, knowledge of and access to computer  
Other Required Software or Materials 
None Required. No Calculators may be used in this
class or during the MTH 090 Departmental Final. 

Calculators  No Calculators may be used in this class or during the MTH 090 Departmental Final.  
WebCT Course Portal Information 
Open the GSCC website to the homepage. In the
bottom right corner is the WebCT icon. Click the link. Enter your student ID and password or follow instructions provided on the log in page to register. Click on MTH 090. The math class homepage will be shown. 

Course Objectives (These should be the objectives listed in the state wide syllabus) 
Upon completion of this course the student will
become proficient in the following objectives: 1. Whole Numbers 2. Fractions 3. Decimals 4. Signed Numbers 5. Solving Equations 6. Solving Applied Problems 7. Graphing Linear Equations Using a Table of Values 

TEC Initiative Student Learning Objectives 
1. Students will be able to connect to other
students and their instructors via email. 2. Students will learn to submit assignments electronically. 3. Students will develop/demonstrate the ability to initiate searches when in need of specific information for special projects/assignments in all courses. 4. Students will be able to recognize reliable sources and determine the usefulness of information gathered using technology resources. 5. Students will develop skills that allow them to incorporate a variety of formats to share information with each other and instructors TEC Objectives 1 and 3 will be addressed in this class. 

SACS Objectives  Demonstrate competent skills in simplifying
expressions consisting of whole numbers by order of operations . Demonstrate the ability to combine (add/subtract) fractions. Demonstrate the ability to multiply fractions . Demonstrate the ability to divide fractions . Demonstrate the ability to divide numbers that are presented in decimal notation . Demonstrate the ability to combine (add/subtract) signed/real numbers Demonstrate the ability to multiply signed/real numbers. Demonstrate the ability to divide signed/real numbers. Demonstrate the ability to solve simple equations using the Addition Principle. Demonstrate the ability to solve simple equations using the Multiplication Principle. 
Course Outline (Tentative dates are subject to change .) 
TENTATIVE SEMESTER SCHEDULE:


Homework Assignments/ Grades 
A complete list of homework problems
has been included. When working the assigned problems, do the oddnumbered problems so that you can check your answers in the back of the textbook. Do the even problems if you need more practice. Attendance is very important. If you are absent, you are still responsible for all homework assignments when you return to class. All test questions are based on the above homework assignments. 

Dates to Remember 


Evaluation and Assessment 
The final exam can be comprehensive.
Students must achieve a C 75% or higher in this class to proceed to the next level course. Letter grades are assigned for all college level courses as stated below: 

Activities  Number of Points / Due Date  
Homework Checks  4 @ 25 points each / Chapter Test Dates  
Stars  10 points / January 28  
Exam #1  100 points / January 28  
Exam #2  100 points / March 2  
Exam #3  100 points / March 23  
Exam #4  100 points / April 22  
Final Exam  200 points / Monday, May 4th, 10:0012:00 
Course Due Dates 

Evaluation and Assessment 
The final exam will be a departmental
comprehensive exam. Students must achieve a C 75% or higher in this course to proceed to the next level course. 

Activities  Number of Points / Due Date  
Homework Average  100 points/day of tests  
Tests  400 points/see course schedule  
Common Comprehensive Final  200 points/see course schedule  
Total Points for the Course  700  
To Calculate Your Grade 
Grades will be calculated by
dividing total points earned by student by total points possible for course. Letter grades are assigned for all developmental courses as stated below: 

Percentage Grade  Letter Grade  
90100  A  
8089  B  
7579  C  
74Below  U  
Makeup Policy  GSCC Policy  Make up work MAY
be provided only at the discretion and convenience of the instructor. MTH 090 Sec 60 Policy – Chapter homework is due the date of the chapter tests. It may not be submitted late. Tests cannot be made up. If you do not miss any tests, you are allowed to drop your lowest grade. If you miss a test it will be the one that is dropped. If any other tests are missed you will receive a zero . 

Use of NonClass Electronic Devices 
GSCC Policy  Students using
these devices must have instructors consent and approval prior to use. Devices of this type should be silent and never visible during class time. MTH 090 Sec 60 Policy – Please place all cell phones on silent/vibrate before entering class. Should you feel that you have to take a call while class is in session, please leave the room until you are finished. No other electronic devices are allowed in the classroom. 

Students with Disabilities 
The Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination against any qualified person regardless of his or her disability. Gadsden State Community College strives to create a welcoming environment and will work in good faith to meet the needs of Its diverse populations. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided for qualified disabled students, applicants, employees, and visitors unless to do so would present an undue hardship or lower the academic standards of the College. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact the ADA Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator on or nearest their campus to obtain forms for requesting accommodations and documentation requirements, as well as to be informed of campus procedures involving accommodations. Campus contacts include: Dr. Teresa Rhea, Gadsden Area, ADA Coordinator (2565498263), Dr. Danny Wilborn, Anniston Area, Asst. ADA Coordinator (2568355456), or Ms. Diann Cruickshank, Cherokee County Area (256 9271802). 

Common College Instructional Policies 
The Standard College Policies apply
to all classes at the college and are a part of every official course syllabus; each student receives a copy when he or she completes the vehicle registration/waiver procedure. It is the responsibility of the student to have a copy of these policies and to abide by them. This class syllabus is intended to give further detail about the policies and expectations in each specific class. 
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