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Elementary Algebra Traditional

Section Eight: Class Attendance
As stated in your College Handbook, students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. In the event of an
emergency, students will be permitted a total of:

a) Four (4) personal days (if class meets twice a week)
b) Six (6) personal days (if class meets three times a week )
c) Two (2) personal days (if you are enrolled in an evening class that meets once a week or a summer
class which meets three times a week)
d) Two (2) personal days (if you are enrolled in a summer class which meets four times a week)

These are days in which you may choose to not attend class. The personal days are the only absences that will be
permitted during this course; use them for true emergencies only! If you fail to meet the attendance
requirement for the course, you will automatically lose (from that point forward) the following privileges:
1) MAKE-UP TESTING, 2) TEST CORRECTIONS, 3) TAKING THE FOURTH OPTIONAL TEST TO IMPROVE
YOUR GRADE
. Once a student violates this attendance policy, I may assign a final letter grade of NA. Typically, I
reserve this grade for students who stop coming to class without withdrawing, students who are not making
academic progress (i.e. failing the course) and students who disrupt class with inappropriate behavior (see Section
Two).

Section Nine: Final Exam and Make-Up Exam Security
The final exams in Math Fundamentals and Elementary Algebra are secured , standardized tests. No scrap paper is
permitted during the final exam (plenty of space is provided on the exam). Final exams are not reviewed with
students (after the student completes and hands in the test). In other words, students may not view their final
exam, for any reason, after they’ve submitted it for grading. Final exams are never returned to students.

Section Ten: Disability Services and the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
If you require a specific accommodation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, more information can
be obtained by contacting Joanne Kinzy at 856-227-7200 ext. 4430 . More
information about CDHH can be obtained by contacting Josie Durkow at 856-227-7200 ext. 4506
No specific accommodations will be given without notification from PACS/CDHH.

Section Eleven: Study Partners
Perhaps the most useful resources in the classroom (other than your instructors) are your fellow classmates. Make
acquaintance with at least two (three would be better) other students in class (including exchanging full names and
phone numbers). Keep in touch with your study partners for simple reasons such as obtaining assignments from a
missed class, and consider STUDYING TOGETHER (recommended by your instructor). *** IF YOUR CHOSEN
STUDY PARTNERS DO NOT RETURN YOUR E-MAILS OR PHONE CALLS, CHOOSE OTHER STUDY
PARTNERS IMMEDIATELY!

STUDY PARTNER #1: Name__________________________ Phone_______________ e-mail_____________________

STUDY PARTNER #2: Name__________________________ Phone_______________ e-mail_____________________

STUDY PARTNER #3: Name__________________________ Phone_______________ e-mail_____________________

You must sign the form provided by the instructor, acknowledging your reading, understanding, and completion of
this agreement. Signing the form is REQUIRED. Additionally, signing this form means you agree to attend class
according to rules and regulations stated in this document. If you DO NOT AGREE with any of the information
outlined in this agreement, and do not wish to sign the agreement, YOU MUST WITHDRAW AND REGISTER IN A
DIFFERENT MATH COURSE. Keep this form so you can refer back to it throughout the semester, insuring a more
successful experience in your math class.

Department Master Syllabus
Camden County College
Blackwood, New Jersey

Course Title: Elementary Algebra Traditional
Course Number: MTH-029
Department/Program Affiliation: Basic Math Skills
Date of Review: January, 2008

(This Department Master Syllabus has been examined by the program/department faculty members and it is decided that no revision is
necessary at this time.)

Date of Last Revision: May 2007
(This Department Master Syllabus has been examined by the program/department faculty members and it is decided a change requiring
a revision is necessary at this time.)

N.B. A change to the materials alone (textbooks and/or supplementary materials) may not constitute a revision. Any other change to
the items listed below on this form is considered a revision and requires approval by the program faculty at a Program/Department
Meeting and by the division at a Chairs and Coordinator Meeting.
Credits: 4
 

Contact Hours:  Lecture__4_(non graduation)_ Lab__1__ Other ____

Prerequisites: Math Fundamentals or the necessary score in Computation and Elementary
Algebra on the Placement Test that shows a working knowledge of computation
skills in the real numbers and little or no elementary algebra skills.

Co-requisites: None

Course Description: This course is designed for students who require a background of elementary algebra before taking further college
mathematics courses. The course provides the students a familiarity with mathematical symbols and operations in order to formulate and solve firstdegree
and second-degree equations, graph equations and systems of equations, and work with polynomials, rational expressions, and radicals.
Students will apply appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems .
(Credits do not apply toward graduation requirements.)

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. determine the difference between an expression and an equation .
2. perform arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and Order Operations where applicable) on signed numbers,
polynomials, rational expressions and radical expressions with an index of 2.
3. analyze, interpret, model, solve and verify algebraic expressions and equations and their applications both individually and collaboratively.
4. understand and apply the properties of exponents as they pertain to polynomials.
5. interpret, plot ordered pairs, graph linear equations and compare consistent, inconsistent, and dependent lines on the Cartesian coordinate
plane
6. analyze, model and solve systems of equations by using graphing, elimination and substitution methods both individually and
collaboratively.
7. identify and factor polynomials by determining which methods to use.
8. solve quadratic equations by factoring.

Course Outline:

Unit 0 & 1
The Language of Algebra
Exponents and Order of Operations
Positive and Negative Integers
Translation
Properties of Signed Numbers
Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide Signed Numbers
Evaluate Expressions
Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide Terms

Unit 2
Equations and Inequalities
Solving Linear Equations
Solving Literal Equations
Solving Linear Inequalities
Applications

Unit 3
Polynomials
Extending the Properties of Exponents
Introduction to Polynomials
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
Multiplying Polynomials
Special Products
Dividing Polynomials (exclude long division)

Unit 4
Factoring
Factoring - An Introduction
Difference of Squares
Trinomials
Solving Equations by Factoring

Unit 5
Algebraic Fractions
Writing Algebraic Fractions in Simplest Form
Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions
Multiplying and Dividing Algebraic Fractions
Equations Involving Fractions
Unit 6
Graphing Linear Equations
Solutions of Equations in Two Variables
The Rectangular Coordinate System
Graphing Linear Equations

Unit 8
Systems of Linear Equations
Solving By Graphing
Solving by Adding
Solving by Substitution
Applications

Unit 9
Exponents and Radicals
Roots and Radicals (limited to an index 2)
Simplifying Radical Expressions
Adding and Subtracting Radicals
Multiplying Radicals
Each instructor is to develop a schedule based on the term calendar.

Course Activities:
The classroom activities will include formal and informal lectures where new material and assigned problems will be explained. Students will have
the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and to ask questions about the material. Computerized tutorials that are packaged with the texts are
available to every student for use outside the classroom.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes:
At the beginning of the term the instructor is to inform the class of his/her policies concerning all factors that will be considered in arriving at the
final grade.
 

Grading:  
A - 90 to 100 W - Withdrawal
B - 80 to 89  I - incompleted assignments made up within one semester
C - 70 to 79 NA - non-attend
D - 60 to 69 XA – never attended
F – below 60  

Factors that are to be considered for the final grade:
A. Attendance.
Students are expected to attend 100% of the class meetings. A policy by the instructor may include
attendance as part of the students’ grade.
B. Classroom quizzes and tests.
C. Final Examination.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PASSING THE COURSE:
A. STUDENTS MUST EARN A PASSING CLASS AVERAGE (60%)
B. STUDENTS MUST SCORE 24 CORRECT OUT OF 40 PROBLEMS (60%) ON THE FINAL EXAM

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