# Math 115 Elementary Algebra

**Course: **Math 115, Elementary Algebra

Ticket Number 0288: MW 12:25 pm – 2:55 pm: BUNG-6

**Text:** Elementary Algebra, 8^{th}. Edition, by Kaufmann
and Schwitters

**Prerequisite:** Math 112 with a grade of “C” or better, or appropriate skill level

demonstrated through the Mathematics assessment process.

**Important Dates:**

Sep. 12: Last day to ADD classes

Sep. 26: Last day to DROP classes, without a “W”

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Holiday (College closed)

Nov. 21: Last day to DROP, with a “W”

Nov. 27-30: Thanksgiving Holiday (College closed)

**Common Final Exam:** Saturday Dec 20, from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

**Course Description:**

We will cover the following topics:

• Ch 1 Basic Concepts of Arithmetic and Algebra

• Ch 2 Real Numbers

• Ch 3 Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving

• Ch 4 Formulas and Problem Solving

• Ch 5 Exponents and Polynomials

• Ch 6 Factoring, Solving Equations , and Problem Solving

• Ch 7 Algebraic Fractions

• Ch 8 Coordinate Geometry and Linear Systems

• Ch 9 Roots and Radicals

• Ch 10 Quadratic Equations

• Ch 11 Additional Topics-Relations and Functions

**Student Learning Outcomes:**

1. Write and solve linear algebraic equations and inequalities .

2. Simplify algebraic expressions.

3. Construct and analyze a linear graph in a Cartesian coordinate system.

4. Solve quadratic and rational equations .

5. Solve a system of two linear equations.

6. Setup and solve application problems.

**Course Objectives:**

1. Categorize numbers.

2. Manipulate numbers using numerical operations .

3. Evaluate arithmetic expressions with exponents.

4. Solve first-degree equations and inequalities .

5. Solve formulas for a given variable .

6. Recognize and solve proportions problems; solve word problems.

7. Simplify, add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials.

8. Simplify expressions containing negative exponents .

9. Factor polynomials using appropriate methods

10. Apply factoring techniques to solve second-degree equations.

11. Factoring polynomials using a variety of techniques.

12. Solve equations and word problems using factoring.

13. Manipulate and simplify algebraic fractions using basic operations.

14. Solve equations containing algebraic fractions.

15. Graph equations in two variables.

16. Determine equations of lines.

17. Solve systems of equations.

18. Determine roots; simplify, add, subtract, multiply, and divide radicals .

19. Solve equations containing radicals.

20. Solve quadratic equations using completing the square and the quadratic

formula.

21. Define and evaluate relations and functions.

**Course Organization: **The course will follow the attached course schedule as
closely as possible.

**Tutorial:** Drop-in tutoring is available at the Math Center located in the
basement of theCampus Center and in the Math Lab located in the Library Learning Center.

**Homework/ Group assignments :**

• Homework will be assigned and collected weekly. Work MUST be shown

and no credit will be given for a list of answers. __ Late homework will not__ Plan on studying and/or completing homework as soon as

be accepted.

you can after each class meeting.

• Group assignments will be given regularly. You will work in groups of 3 to

5 on every assignment. At the end of the class all of the papers will be

collected, but

__Each__

**only one paper from each group will be graded.**person in the group receives that grade. Group assignments cannot be

made up.

**Exams:** There will be six exams. The lowest grade will be dropped. There will be
no

make-up examinations, since the missed exam will be the one dropped. Any

other missed exam will receive a grade of 0. A common final will be given

**Saturday Dec 20. **There are no make-ups for the final and all students must

take the final exam. Graphing calculators , cell phones, etc. are not allowed

during exams

**Grading:**

Homework/Group assignments 12 %

Exams (Best 5) 58 %

Final 30 %

**GRADING SCALE:**

Letter grades will be determined by your overall percentage in
the course:

A = 90%-100%

B = 80%-89%

C = 70%-79%

D = 60%-69%

F = 0%-59%

**Attendance: **Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Unexcused
absences of

four meetings may result in excluding students from class. Students

themselves are responsible for dropping a class they no longer attend; failure

to do so may result in a grade of F.

**Class comportment: **All students are expected to arrive on time. Late arrivals
are disruptive to both

the lecturer and students. Once you are seated, do not leave the room until

dismissed. Such comings and goings are also disruptive. Students must turn

off cell phones while in class. Students are encouraged to ask questions and

make comments on the lecture material. This should be done in a courteous

manner by raising one’s hand and being recognized. Side conversations

between students that disrupt the flow of the lecture will not be tolerated. It
is

the student’s responsibility to manage his or her academic workload. Should a

student decide to stop attending class it is their responsibility to drop the
class.

All students appearing on the grade roster will receive a grade regardless of

whether they are attending classes or not.

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