# Elementary Algebra

**Course Description (MATD 0370 Elementary Algebra)**

A course designed to develop the skills and understanding contained in the first
year of secondary school

algebra. Topics include review of operations on real numbers, graphing linear
equations, solving linear and

quadratic equations, solving systems of linear equations , polynomials, factoring
and applications.

**REQUIRED TEXTS/MATERIALS**

**Text:** Elementary Algebra Concepts and Applications, 7^{th} Edition,
Bittinger & Ellenbogen ISBN 0-321-23388-3

**Optional: **Shrink-Wrapped Bundle with Text and My
Math Lab 0-321-28668-5. My Math Lab includes:

• Multimedia learning aids (videos & animations) for selected examples and
exercises

• Practice tests and quizzes linked to the textbook’s sections

• Personalized study plans based on diagnostic tests.

**Supplemental Materials:** Rectangular coordinate
graphing paper, scientific or non-graphing calculator

**Prerequisite:** C or better in Basic Math Skills (MATD
0330), or its equivalent knowledge, or a passing score on

the MATD 0370 placement test

** Instructional Methodology **

This course is taught in the classroom as a lecture/discussion course.

**Course Rational**

Welcome to Elementary Algebra. Elementary Algebra is designed to provide you
with the mathematical

foundation and personal confidence to enable you to use mathematics in your
future life, as are all

developmental courses. This course is designed to prepare you for MATD 0390
Intermediate Algebra and the

algebra-based courses, which follow it. It also may provide you with sufficient
preparation to be able to pass the

math portion of the THEA test. It also offers you one way to prepare for MATH
1332 (College Mathematics),

1342 (Elementary Statistics), and 1333 (Mathematics for Measurement) after you
have passed the math portion

of the state approved test.

**In-Progress Grade**

These are rarely given. In order to earn an "IP" grade the student must remain
in the course, making progress in

the material, not have excessive absences, and not be meeting the standards set
to earn the grade of C or better

in the course. Students who are given an IP grade must register and pay for the
same course again to receive

credit. Students who make a grade of IP should not go on to the next course with
that grade. A maximum of

two IP grades can be awarded in any one developmental course.

**TSI WARNING**

If you are relying on this course to meet a requirement that you be in mandatory
remediation in mathematics this

semester**, then:

i) If you are not "continually in attendance" in this
course, you should be withdrawn from the

course by your instructor,

ii) If you withdraw yourself from this course or are
withdrawn by your instructor, you will be

automatically withdrawn from all of your other college courses if this is the
only TSI-mandated

course you are taking.

* If you are unsure whether or not this warning applies to
you, see an ACC advisor

immediately.

**Attendance Policy**

Attendance is required in this course. Students who have excessive absences may
be withdrawn. TSI-mandated

students with excessive absences may be withdrawn.

**Withdrawal Policy**

The deadline to withdraw is April 27, 2009. It is the student's responsibility
to initiate all withdrawals in this

course. The instructor may withdraw students for excessive absences but makes no
commitment to do this for

the student. TSI-mandated students with excessive absences should be withdrawn.
After the withdrawal date,

neither the student nor the instructor may initiate a withdrawal.

**Reinstatement Policy**

The instructor may make reinstatement if the withdrawal was made in error. The
deadline is the same as the

withdrawal date.

**Incomplete Grade Policy**

Incomplete grades (I) will be given only in very rare circumstances. Generally,
to receive a grade of "I", a student

must have taken all examinations, be passing, and after the last date to
withdraw, have a serious situation occur

which prevents course completion.

**Course-Specific Support Services**

ACC main campuses have Learning Labs, which offer free first-come first-serve
tutoring in mathematics courses.

Both tutors and computer tutorials are available

**Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty**

"Acts prohibited by the college for which discipline may be administered include
scholastic dishonesty, including

but not limited to, cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized
collaboration with another in

preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result
of their thought, work, research

or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to, tests,
quizzes, whether taken electronically or

on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations; and
homework.”

**Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty Penalty**

Students who violate the rules concerning scholastic dishonesty will be assessed
an academic penalty which

the instructor determines is in keeping with the seriousness of the offense.
This academic penalty may range

from a grade penalty on the particular assignment to an overall grade penalty in
the course, including possibly an

F in the course.

**Statement on Student Discipline
**Classroom behavior should support and enhance learning. Behavior that
disrupts the learning process will be

dealt with appropriately, which may include having the student leave class for the rest of that day. In serious

cases, disruptive behavior may lead to a student being withdrawn from the class.

**Statement on Students with Disabilities**

“Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical
or psychological disabilities.

Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the
Office of Students with

Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their
classes. Students are encouraged to

do this three weeks before the start of the semester.”

Students who are requesting accommodation must provide the instructor with a
letter of accommodation from the

Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD) at the beginning of the semester.
Accommodations can only be made

after the instructor receives the letter of accommodation from OSD.

**Statement on Academic Freedom**

"Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good. The common
good depends upon a

search for truth and upon free expression. In this course the professor and
students shall strive to protect free

inquiry and the open exchange of facts, ideas, and opinions. Students are free
to take exception to views offered

in this course and to reserve judgment about debatable issues. Grades will not
be affected by personal views.

With this freedom comes the responsibility of civility and a respect for a
diversity of ideas and opinions. This

means that students must take turns speaking, listen to others speak without
interruption, and refrain from namecalling

or other personal attacks."

**Common Course Objectives for MATD 0370 Elementary
Algebra**

The following objectives are listed in a sequence ranging
from the simple to the more complex. As such, this

document should not be viewed as a chronological guide to the course, although
some elements naturally will

precede others. These elements should be viewed as mastery goals which will be
reinforced whenever possible

throughout the course.

Overall objectives:

A. Students will feel a sense of accomplishment in their increasing ability to
use mathematics to solve

problems of interest to them or useful in their chosen fields. Students will
attain more positive attitudes

based on increasing confidence in their abilities to learn mathematics.

B. Students will learn to understand material using standard mathematical
terminology and notation when

presented either verbally or in writing.

C. Students will improve their skills in describing what they are doing as they
solve problems using

standard mathematical terminology and notation.

1. Description and classification of whole numbers,
integers, and rational numbers using sets and the operations

among them

a. identify and use properties of real numbers

b. simplify expressions involving real numbers

c. evaluate numerical expressions with integral exponents

2. Polynomials

a. distinguish between expressions that are polynomials and expressions
that are not

b. classify polynomials in one variable by degree and number of terms

c. simplify polynomials

d. add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials (including the use of
long division techniques and the

distributive law )

e. factor polynomials in one or more variables (including factoring out
the greatest common factor,

factoring by grouping, factoring trinomials in which the leading coefficient is
one, factoring trinomials in

which the leading coefficient is not one, and factoring the difference of two
squares)

f. understand and use the exponent laws involving integer exponents

g. convert numbers into and out of scientific notation and perform
multiplication and division with numbers

written in scientific notation

3. Solve linear equations in one variable involving integral, decimal, and fractional coefficients and solutions

4. Solve and graph linear inequalities

5. Application problems

a. write and evaluate linear expressions from verbal descriptions

b. solve application problems which lead to one of the following types of
equations: linear equations in one

variable, systems of two linear equations in two variables, quadratic equations

c. solve literal equations for a specified variable using addition and
multiplication principles

d. use given data to estimate values and to evaluate geometric and other
formulas

e. solve problems involving the Pythagorean Theorem

6. Linear equations in two variables

a. identify the relationship between the solution of a linear equation in
two variables and its graph on the Cartesian plane

b. understand and use the concepts of slope and intercept

c. determine slope when two data points are given

d. graph a line given either two points on the line or one point on the
line and the slope of the line

e. write an equation of a line given one point on the line and the slope
of the line, or two points on the line

f. identify lines given in standard, point-slope, or slope- intercept forms
and sketch their graphs

g. solve systems of linear equations

7. Quadratic equations

a. find solutions to quadratic equations using the technique of factoring
and using the principle of square

roots

b. recognize a need to use the quadratic formula to solve quadratic
equations and solve quadratic

equations by using the quadratic formula when simplification of square roots
other than perfect squares

is not needed

8. Description and classification of irrational numbers

a. simplify perfect square radical expressions

b. use decimal approximations for radical expressions

9. Rational expressions

a. determine for which value(s) of the variable a rational expression is
undefined

b. simplify rational expressions containing monomials , binomials, and
trinomials

c. multiply and divide rational expressions containing monomials,
binomials, and trinomials

d. add and subtract rational expressions with like denominators

10. Geometry

a. understand the difference between perimeter and area and be able to use
formulas for these

appropriately

b. solve application problems involving angles and polygons

**Student Summary Guide for Use of ACC Testing Centers**

Austin Community College is pleased to provide testing
services to ACC faculty and students. In order to ensure

test integrity and adequate space for testing,

ACC has established the following guildlines:

**A. I.D. REQUIREMENT.**

Students are required to show an ACC photo ID in order to test.

**B. WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM INSTRUCTOR**

1. Some tests also require written permission from your instructor in addition
to your photo student ID.

2. If the test deadline has passed, you must bring written permission from the
instructor.

**C. STUDENT TEST REQUEST FORM**

1. Students are required to complete the Student Test Request Form which
contains the following

student information:

a. Synonym Number & Section Number

b. Course Abbreviation & Course Number

c. Test Number

d. Instructor’s Name

**D. RETESTING**

Not allowed in this course.

**E. TESTING MATERIALS.**

Students should bring only the materials that an instructor has allowed for a
given test.

1. The Testing Centers provide the following approved items:

a. English dictionaries (non-electronic)

b. Scantron answer sheet

c. All types of paper

2. Having unauthorized materials (food, drinks, tobacco
items, cell phones and other electronic

devices, etc) with you while testing is considered scholastic dishonesty and may
subject you to

disciplinary action. Unauthorized items must be stored elsewhere, in a locker,
or shelved in the

Testing Center at your own risk.

**F. LOCKERS**

1. You are responsible for the return of your locker key to Testing Center
Staff.

2. Your property will not be returned in the case of a lost key until a report
is filed with Campus Police.

3. The incident will be reported to Admissions Director and a hold will be
placed on your record

until the key is returned or replaced.

**G. CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED IN TESTING CENTERS AND ARE
NOT TO BE LEFT UNATTENDED ON
ANY ACC CAMPUS.**

**H. SEATING POLICY**

1. The Testing Center may assign seating

2. When the Center is full, you may be asked to sign a waiting list, take a
ticket or line up outside the Center.

3. Students are required to wait again in line, if one exists, if they desire to
take more than one test at a time.

**I. BREAKS DURING TESTING**

1. Students may not leave the Testing Center for breaks, to drink water, or go
to the restroom.

2. Only with a medical statement from a doctor may a student be allowed to leave
the Testing

Center for a break during the test.

**J. SCORING OF TESTS**

In this course I will score all tests. Keep the yellow copy of the Student Test
Request Form until your

graded test is returned to you. This proves you took the exam.

**K. GRADES OF INCOMPLETE**

Testing for grades of Incomplete require an Incomplete Grade Form or
verification from Admissions and

Records and signature of instructor

**L. HOURS OF OPERATION**

1. Hours of operations for all Centers are located on the
web at (Our hours are noted on your calendar for test 1)

2. Hours are subject to change without notice due to emergencies or unforeseen
circumstances.

3. Students with not be admitted and new test materials will not be distributed
after the stated closing time.

4. All test materials are collected from students 30 minutes after closing time.

**M. SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY**

1. The testing center is monitored as students are testing. Any student
suspected of/or caught

cheating (including using unauthorized materials) will be referred to the
appropriate administrator.

2. Disciplinary actions for scholastic dishonesty range from exclusion from
Testing Centers to

expulsion from ACC. Refer to the ACC Student Handbook.

3. Any information included on your test is not to be taken from the Testing
Center or shared with others.

**N. STUDENT CONDUCT
**1. You may be removed from the Testing Center for behavior that
significantly interferes with or

disrupts Testing Center operations. In accordance with College procedure, the Campus Dean of

Students will have primary authority and responsibility for the administration of student discipline.

2. Discipline may also be administered for other prohibited acts that constitute offenses, as outlined

in the ACC Student Handbook.

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