(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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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.
MAT 003 & MAT 009 are not enough to prepare students for the more demanding courses like MAT 153 PreCalculus 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.
(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.
MAT 003 has no prerequisites. It is intended for students who scored less than 42 on the current ELM exam.
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 980073384375. (Students can print chapter by chapter).
A paper copy of the textbook is not required, but it is available at the bookstore.
After completing MAT 003 students will be able to:
Evaluations are based on homework, class participation, quizzes, and scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of the topics covered in MAT 003.
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%) 
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: 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 5minute meeting within the first three weeks of the semester.
Assignments are due at the start of the class. There are no exceptions; no late or makeup 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.
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.
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".)
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) 2433660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310) 2432028.
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:
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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 midchapter 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.
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) 2433827 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/ .
* 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) RealNumber 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 SlopeIntercept 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 
* 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) RealNumber
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 SlopeIntercept 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.