Math Department Sample Syllabus: MAT 003 Beginning Algebra (3 units).

(Revised July 2012.) This is a proposed sample syllabus only. It has not yet been approved by the math department. Please ask your instructor for the official syllabus for this course.

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Online Tutorial and Homework http://www.mhhe.com/csudh/Algebra Course Code

The Entry Level Math (ELM) requirement

Most MAT 003 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 003 and MAT 009.

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 003 & MAT 009 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 003 and 009 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 College Algebra at a local community college.

Proposed Course Description

(For the official course description please see the University Catalog. We are working to have the official course description changed to make it fit more closely to what is currently being taught in MAT 003.)

Exponents, linear functions and graphs of lines, systems of linear equations, polynomials, factoring.

MAT 003 meets for three hours of lecture per week for fifteen weeks. It is graded on a CR/NC basis. MAT 003 does not count toward the Bachelor's degree, but it does help students progress toward satisfying the ELM requirement.

Prerequisites

MAT 003 has no prerequisites. It is intended for students who scored less than 42 on the current ELM exam.

Required Text

The text and other materials are on a custom website with Connect Home Work Manager, ALEKS Assessment, and Messersmith Beginning & Intermediate Algebra eFlash book, ISBN 98-0-07-338437-5. (Students can print chapter by chapter).

A paper copy of the textbook is not required, but it is available at the bookstore.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing MAT 003 students will be able to:

Method of Evaluating Outcomes and Grading Policy

Evaluations are based on homework, class participation, quizzes, and scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of the topics covered in MAT 003.

Grading Policy:

MAT 003 is a CR/NC class.

10% of grade = Homework
5% of grade = Class participation
15% of grade = Quizzes
70% of grade = 2 Midterms (20% each) + 1 Final (30%)

Exams and Exam Dates

Midterms and the final exam are cumulative common exams written and graded by the math department. Quizzes, homework, or other tests may be common or written and graded by the individual instructors. 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

Homework: Homework is online through Connect. Dates and times of completion are listed for each assignment. Take homework seriously! It is the main vehicle for learning in math classes. Instructors may assign additional homework or alternative homework.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend every scheduled class. It is the student's responsibility to initial the attendance roster at every meeting and to keep informed of any announcements, syllabus adjustments, or policy changes. Students who miss the first week of classes will be dropped. Points will be deducted for arriving late or leaving early.

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 coming to class late, leaving early, 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.

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 have homework delivered to the instructor by the start of class on the due date. Since most homework is online that means the date and time of completion must be before the start of class. If other homework is assigned, it is due by the start of class and can be delivered either in person, by email, or by having a classmate bring it to class. 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.

Withdraw/Drop Information

In fall semester 2012 the last day to drop without record of enrollment is Thursday September 13. Even though the last day to drop a course with a "Withdraw" on the student's record is Thursday November 15, the Mathematics Department will not grant a withdraw to any student under any circumstances unless he/she is withdrawing from the University.

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:

In addition, you need to have:

Write names of study buddies here:

Name: _______________________________ email: _________________________

Name: _______________________________ email: _________________________

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.

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 three locations. The first is online, the second is at the end of each section, and the third is either at the end of the mid-chapter review or the chapter review. It is highly recommended that you first view the online tutorials 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: Toro Learning Center http://www.csudh.edu/studentaffairs/tlc/ .

Sample Calendars

MAT 003 Sample Calendar for Monday, Wednesday Classes, Fall Semester 2012

* These exercises are excellent preparation for the exams. They are in our textbook Messersmith, S. (2009) Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 3rd edition.

Week Day Date Section Exercises
1 M 8/27 Section 2.1: Basic Rules of Exponents
Section 2.1(a) The Product Rule and Power Rules
Section 2.1(b) Combining the Rules
Section 2.1(a): 4, 24, 34, 36, 58, 66, 78, 88
Section 2.1(b): 6, 16, 26
  W 8/29 Section 2.2: Integer Exponents
Section 2.2(a) Real-Number Bases
Section 2.2(b) Variable Bases
Section 2.3: The Quotient Rule Putting It All Together
Section 2.2(a): 6, 8, 14, 24, 32, 36
Section 2.2(b): 10, 14, 18, 28
Section 2.3: 14, 16, 20, 38
2 M 9/3 Labor Day Holiday. NO CLASS  
  W 9/5 Section 3.1: Solving Linear Equations Part I Section 3.1: 22, 36, 58, 80
3 M 9/10 Section 3.2: Solving Linear Equations Part II Section 3.2: 6, 8, 12, 22, 72
  W 9/12 Section 3.3: Applications of Linear Equations Section 3.3: 18, 30, 34, 38
4 M 9/17 Section 3.4: Applications Involving Percentages Section 3.4: 12, 22, 50, 54
  W 9/19 Section 3.6: Applications of Linear Equations to Proportions,
Money Problems, and \(d = rt\)
 Section 3.6: 30, 38, 78, 86, 88
5 M 9/24 Practice Test for Midterm I
  W 9/26 Midterm I  
6 M 10/1 Section 4.1: Introduction to Linear Equations in Two Variables
Section 4.2: Graphing by Plotting Points and Finding Intercepts
Section 4.1: 28, 38, 58, 62
Section 4.2: 6, 16, 22, 36
  W 10/3 Midterm 1 Review in Office Schedule an appointment
7 M 10/8 Section 4.3: The Slope of a Line
Section 4.4: The Slope-Intercept Form of a Line
Section 4.3: 18, 42, 46
Section 4.4: 8, 14, 18, 28, 36
  W 10/10 Section 4.5: Writing an Equation of a Line Section 4.5: 10, 14, 22, 24, 34, 40
8 M 10/15 Section 5.1: Solving Systems of Graphing
Section 5.2: Solving System by the Substitution Method
Section 5.1: 12, 14
Section 5.2: 6, 8, 12
  W 10/17 Section 5.3: Solving Systems by the Elimination Method Section 5.3: 6, 8, 24
9 M 10/22 Section 5.4: Applications of Systems of Two Section 5.4: 4,14,20, 22, 30, 40
  W 10/24 Practice Test for Midterm II Study Hard!!
10 M 10/29 Midterm II
  W 10/31 Section 6.1: Review of the Rules of Exponents
Section 6.2: Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials
Section 6.1: 20, 26, 36 Section 6.2: 34, 66, 78
11 M 11/5 Midterm II Review in Office Schedule an appointment
  W 11/7 Section 6.3: Multiplication of Polynomials Section 6.3: 10, 36, 44, 46
12 M 11/12 Veteran's Day Holiday. NO CLASS  
  W 11/14 Section 7.1: The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping Section 7.1: 26, 48, 56, 92
13 M 11/19 Section 7.2: Factoring Trinomials of the Form \(x^2+bx+c\) Section 7.2: 18, 20, 22, 28, 46
  W 11/21 Section 7.3: Factoring Trinomials of the Form \(ax^2+bx+c\) Section 7.3: 4, 20, 36, 46

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M 11/26 Section 7.4: Factoring Special Trinomials and Binomials Section 7.4:10, 12, 42, 56
  W 11/28 Section 7.5: Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring Section 7.5: 10, 14, 20, 36, 40, 46
15 M 12/3 Section 7.6: Applications of Quadratic Equations Section 7.6: 10, 16, 18, 38, 46, 48
  W 12/5 Practice Test for Final Exam
16 M 12/10 Final Exam if class begins at 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, or 19:00  
  W 12/12 Final Exam if class begins at 8:30, 11:30, 14:30, or 17:30  

MAT 003 Sample Calendar for Tuesday, Thursday Classes, Fall Semester 2012

* These exercises are excellent preparation for the exams. They are in our textbook Messersmith, S. (2009) Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 3rd edition.

Week Day Date Section Exercises
1 Tu 8/28 Section 2.1: Basic Rules of Exponents Section
2.1(a) The Product Rule and Power Rules Section
2.1(b) Combining the Rules

Section 2.1(a): 4, 24, 34, 36, 58, 66, 78, 88
Section 2.1(b): 6, 16, 26
 Th 8/30 Section 2.2: Integer Exponents Section 2.2(a) Real-Number Bases
Section 2.2(b) Variable Bases
Section 2.3: The Quotient Rule Putting It All Together

Section 2.2(a): 6, 8, 14, 24, 32, 36
Section 2.2(b): 10, 14, 18, 28
Section 2.3: 14, 16, 20, 38
2 Tu 9/4 Section 3.1: Solving Linear Equations Part I Section 3.1: 22, 36, 58, 80
 Th 9/6 Section 3.2: Solving Linear Equations Part II Section 3.2: 6, 8, 12, 22, 72
3 Tu 9/11 Section 3.3: Applications of Linear Equations Section 3.3: 18, 30, 34, 38
 Th 9/13 Section 3.4: Applications Involving Percentages Section 3.4: 12, 22, 50, 54
4 Tu 9/18 Section 3.6: Applications of Linear Equations to Proportions,
Money Problems, and \(d = rt\)
 Section 3.6: 30, 38, 78, 86, 88
 Th 9/20 Practice Test for Midterm I
5 Tu 9/25 Midterm I
 Th 9/27 Section 4.1: Introduction to Linear Equations in Two Variables
Section 4.2: Graphing by Plotting Points and Finding Intercepts
Section 4.1: 28, 38, 58, 62
Section 4.2: 6, 16, 22, 36
6 Tu 10/2 Midterm 1 Review in Office Schedule an appointment
 Th 10/4 Section 4.3: The Slope of a Line Section 4.3: 18, 42, 46
7 Tu 10/9 Section 4.4: The Slope-Intercept Form of a Line Section 4.4: 8, 14, 18, 28, 36
 Th 10/11 Section 4.5: Writing an Equation of a Line Section 4.5: 10, 14, 22, 24, 34, 40
8 Tu 10/16 Section 5.1: Solving Systems of Graphing
Section 5.2: Solving System by the Substitution Method
Section 5.1: 12, 14 Section 5.2: 6, 8, 12
 Th 10/18 Section 5.3: Solving Systems by the Elimination Method Section 5.3: 6, 8, 24
9 Tu 10/23 Section 5.4: Applications of Systems of Two Section 5.4: 4,14,20, 22, 30, 40
 Th 10/25 Practice Test for Midterm II
10 Tu 10/30 Midterm II
 Th 11/1 Section 6.1: Review of the Rules of Exponents Section
6.2: Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials
Section 6.1: 20, 26, 36
Section 6.2: 34, 66, 78
11 Tu 11/6 Midterm II Review in Office Schedule an appointment
 Th 11/8 Section 6.3: Multiplication of Polynomials Section 6.3: 10, 36, 44, 46
12 Tu 11/13 Section 7.1: The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping Section 7.1: 26, 48, 56, 92
 Th 11/15 Section 7.2: Factoring Trinomials of the Form \(x^2+bx+c\) Section 7.2: 18, 20, 22, 28, 46
13 Tu 11/20 Section 7.3: Factoring Trinomials of the Form \(ax^2+bx+c\) Section 7.3: 4, 20, 36, 46
 Th 11/22 NO CLASS Happy Thanksgiving

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Tu 11/27 Section 7.4: Factoring Special Trinomials and Binomials Section 7.4:10, 12, 42, 56
 Th 11/29 Section 7.5: Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring Section 7.5: 10, 14, 20, 36, 40, 46
15 Tu 12/4 Section 7.6: Applications of Quadratic Equations Section 7.6: 10, 16, 18, 38, 46, 48
 Th 12/6 Practice Test for Final Exam
16 Tu 12/11 Final Exam if class begins at 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, or 19:00  
 Th 12/13 Final Exam if class begins at 8:30, 11:30, 14:30, or 17:30  

Revision history:

Prepared by Edgar Perez, 7/23/2012. Earlier versions prepared by J. Wilkins 2/17/00, revised 7/7/01, 7/25/06 by G. Jennings, and 08/28/08 by D. Post with portions gleaned from syllabi of M. Jones and S. Yoshinobu.