**Room, and time:** SBS F117,
MW 10-11:15AM

Instructor: Dr.
Sally Moite

Office: NSM
E-116

Office drop-in hours: Tuesday
11AM-1PM, Wednesday 1-2:15PM

Phone: (310)
243-2064 (during office drop-in hours)

Email: smoite@csudh.edu

Web Page: http://www.csudh.edu/math/smoite

Online Tutorial and Homework: http://www.connectmath.com Course Code: CNHHP-F9WQC

Text: Messersmith,
Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 3^{rd} Edition

(The textbook is optional, but the card for access to the online homework and
eBook is required.)

Calculator: A
scientific calculator is required.

**The Entry Level
Math (ELM) requirement** Most MAT 03 students take the course to satisfy part of the ELM
requirement. Students may satisfy the ELM requirement by earning CR grades in
our math sequence MAT 03 and MAT 09. There are other ways to satisfy the ELM
requirement. For example, one may satisfy the ELM requirement by earning a
score of 50 or above on the ELM exam, or a score of 550 or higher on the math
SAT. **You may repeat the ELM exam as many times as necessary to earn a
passing score.** Please consult the University Advisement Center http:www.csudh.edu/uac/ or the Testing
Office http://www.csudh.edu/testing/
for details.

**Preparation for
Courses for Math and Science Majors** MAT 03 & MAT 09 are not enough to prepare
students for the more demanding courses like MAT 153 Pre-Calculus or MAT 191
Calculus I that are required in math and science majors. MAT 03 & 09 are
designed only to prepare students for general education math courses MAT 105
and MAT 131 and general education science courses. Students with rusty math
skills who are planning to major in science or math should take a full course
in Intermediate Algebra at a local community college.

**Course
Description**
Preliminary Concepts such as arithmetic with signed numbers and fractions,
linear equations and inequalities, applications, graphs of linear equations and
inequalities, systems of linear equations, exponents, polynomials, scientific
notation, rational exponents and radicals, complex numbers, factoring, rational
expressions, complex fractions, word problems, and applications.

MAT 03 meets for
three hours of lecture per week for sixteen weeks. It is a pre-collegiate
course. It is graded on a CR/NC basis and does not count toward the Bachelor's
degree.

**Prerequisites** MAT 03 has no prerequisites
and is intended for students who scored less than 42 on the current ELM exam.

**Student Learning
Outcomes**
After completing MAT 03 the student will be able to:

- Perform arithmetic with signed numbers and
fractions.
- Translate sentences into equations with
variables.
- Use the distributive law to transform
expressions.
- Solve simple linear equations and
inequalities.
- Model realistic problems with simple linear
equations.
- Graph linear equations and inequalities.
- Calculate slopes of lines and understand
what they mean.
- Find an equation for the line given two
points on the line, or one point and a slope.
- Graph two-variable inequalities in the
plane.
- Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials
- Use and understand integer exponents
(including negative exponents).
- Factor by grouping or patterns and factor
trinomials

**Method of
Evaluating Outcomes** Evaluations are based on homework, class participation, quizzes, and
scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of the topics covered
in MAT 03. MAT 03 is a CR/NC class.

Grading Policy:* *

10% of grade = |
Online Homework. |

10% of grade |
“You Try” Exercises |

10% of grade = |
Quizzes and Online
Quiz Followups |

5% extra credit |
Class participation |

70% of grade = |
2 Midterms (20% each) 1 Final (30%) |

** **

**Exams** Midterms and the final exam
are cumulative common exams written and graded by the math department. Online
homework, extra problems, and practice tests are common. You Try exercises are
in the eBook or textbook, are checked and corrected by the student, and shown
to the instructor to check off as done. Quizzes and quiz follow-ups are written
and graded by the instructor. To receive credit for the course, a minimum score
of 70% is required.

Midterm dates are
listed on the calendar at the end of this syllabus. Final exams are given
according to the CSUDH final exam schedule. There are no makeup exams.

**Homework and Class Participation**

**Online Homework Through
Connect: **Times
of completion are listed for each assignment, generally before the next class
session after the topic is covered. Take homework seriously! It is the main
vehicle for learning in math classes.

**You Try Exercises: **Several “You Try” exercises appear in each section of the eBook or textbook.
Do these exercises in a notebook, showing your work. Then check your answers
against the answers at the end of the section and correct as needed. At the
beginning of the class after the section has been covered, instructor will
check that you have done the exercises and give you your credit. Again, take homework
seriously! It is the main vehicle for learning in math classes.

**Attendance: **Students are expected to attend every scheduled
class, arriving on time, and staying to the end of class. It is the student’s
responsibility to keep informed of any announcements, syllabus adjustments, or
policy changes. Students who miss the first week of classes will be dropped.
Missing class, or arriving late or leaving early will have negative impact on
your grade.

**Behavior: **The most important rule for this class is RESPECT
THE RIGHTS OF YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS. Therefore, no disruptive behavior will be
permitted during class time; this includes but is not limited to discussing
non-class matters with other students, use of cell phones or other
communication devices (such as the ringing of phones or alarms) and listening
to music. All cell phones, IPODs, and other communication devices must be
turned off and remain out of sight.

**Participation: **Student participation is
expected such as contributing to group and class discussions, and putting
problems on the board.

**5 Minute Meeting: ** All students are required to meet with their
instructor for a 5-minute meeting within the first three weeks of the semester.

**Policy on Due
Dates and Make-Up Work** Assignments are due at the start of the class. There are no
exceptions; no late or make-up work will be accepted. It is the student’s
responsibility to do the online homework on time, and to bring the You Try
exercises to class by the start of class on the due date. Quiz follow-ups must
be done online by their due date. There are no makeup tests except in an
extreme emergency, but then proof of the emergency must be provided when
requesting a makeup and you must contact the instructor directly, by email, or
voice mail as soon as possible; do not wait until the next class to ask about a
makeup test since the test may be discussed during that class time.

**Academic
Integrity**
The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have
questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or
the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University
Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic
integrity".)

**Accommodations
for Students with Disabilities** Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable
federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to
providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent
disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in
this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS)
and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of
disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: no accommodation
may be made until you register with the DSS in WH B250. For information call
(310) 243-3660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310)
243-2028.

**Creating
Conditions for Successful Learning** Research shows success in math class depends
very much on two factors: the amount of time spent working on the material, and
the student’s beliefs about mathematics and what it means to understand and do
mathematics. With this in mind, here are some suggestions:

- Be in class, every class, and be on time.
- Be prepared to participate in group work
and discussions every day so that class time is not wasted, and
- Spend at least 1 hour
**every day**, not including class time, working on homework assignments, and studying. - Realize that mathematics is not just a set
of procedures, and that mathematical concepts involve a lot of thinking
and reasoning. Consequently, being able to execute procedures accurately
is only one part of doing well in this class.
- Realize that success in mathematics is less
about “ability” and more about willingness to think and to work hard to
make sense of things.

In
addition, you need to have:

- your assignments with you and ready to turn
in on the day they are due
- the phone numbers and emails of at least 3
classmates (preferably “study buddies”) who will work with you in
partnership to collect any handouts and inform you of important
information should you miss a class.

**
Classroom Norms**
As we will spend a lot of time working in partnerships, in groups, and in class
discussions, here are some rules to help you navigate what may be an unfamiliar
experience in a math class.

- Never call out an answer until the person
leading the classroom has given permission. Raise your hand.
- This is a safe environment. That means that
you should feel free to ask a question or offer an opinion or an answer,
and no one will make fun of you for what you say.
- If you are working with classmates, work
with them. Do not wait and hope that others will do your work for you, and
do not move on to other assignments while your classmates are struggling
to understand the current one.
- Be considerate of others. In addition to
the ways to be considerate listed above, do not dominate group or class
discussions. Remember that everyone needs an opportunity to share his/her
ideas.
- Do not expect me to validate your answers
or those of anyone else. You are responsible for making sense of
answers and solution methods, and you should always look for ways to
verify your work.
- Cell phones should be off or set to
“vibrate.” Do not place a call during class, and do not answer a phone
call without first leaving the room.

These
rules are meant to benefit the entire class, and to ensure that everyone has
the opportunity to contribute and to learn.

Practice
Problems can be found in four locations. The first is online assignments, the
second is You Try exercises within the text, the third is at the end of each
section, and the fourth is either at the end of the mid-chapter review or the
chapter review. It is highly recommended that you first view some of the online
tutorial videos associated with each chapter before completing the online
homework exercises. The advantage of doing online exercises for homework is
that you will be provided with instant feedback and hints on how to properly
complete the exercise.

**TORO Learning Center (TLC) **The
Toro Learning Center is CSUDH’s tutoring center. Stop by our new center
at our new location in LIB C532, the north side of the University
Library. The center offers free tutoring sessions for currently enrolled
CSUDH students. A valid CSUDH student ID card is required to access
services and to schedule a 25 minute tutoring session. Same day
appointments can be made when available, but scheduling earlier is strongly
recommended. Peer tutors are available for on campus sessions to help
students enhance and enrich their long term academic skills. Please
contact us at (310) 243-3827 or stop by the center in LIB C532. Feel free
to visit our website for more information, our hours of operation, and our
tutoring policy: http://www.csudh.edu/studentaffairs/tlc

Revision history:

Prepared by J.
Wilkins 2/17/00. Revised 7/7/01, 7/25/06 (G. Jennings), and revised 08/28/08 by
D. Post with portions gleaned from syllabi of both M. Jones and S. Yoshinobu.