SPRING SEMESTER 2009 SYLLABUS
|Course Description||This course is a review of the fundamental arithmetic and algebra
topics include the numbers of ordinary arithmetic and their properties; integers and
rational numbers; the solving of equations; polynomials and factoring; and an
introduction to systems of equations and graphs. This course is a developmental
level course and does not apply toward the general core requirement for
|Hours||3 semester hours|
|Days / Time||Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 to 6:45 am|
|Course Type||WebCT-Enhanced Math Course|
|Campus||Gadsden State Cherokee|
|Building/Room||Gadsden State Cherokee 207|
|Prerequisite(s)||A grade of “C” (75%) or higher in Mth 090, or appropriate
|COMPASS Score||Algebra (AL) 20-35
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all course prerequisites are
completed. A student can be administratively withdrawn if they do not meet the
prerequisites. Students who lack prerequisites and owe tuition, fees, fines, etc., or who
are taking only one course must withdraw themselves to avoid receiving an “F” in this
|Required Textbook||Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 4th Edition
ISBN-10: 0-321-44233-4 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-44233-8
Optional for this course:
Textbook with MyMathLab Student Access Kit:
ISBN-10: 0-321-50722-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-50722-8
Publisher: Addison/ Wesley
|Course Supplies||Notebook Paper, Pencils, Textbook,
Graph Paper, Computer access.
NOTE: Students will NOT be allowed to use calculators in this course.
|Personal computers must have access to the Internet in order to use WebCT.|
|Upon completion of this course the
student will become proficient in the following
1. Solution of linear equations
2. Solution of formulas
3. Applications of linear equations
4. Solution of linear inequalities
5. Solution of absolute value equations
6. Graphing straight lines using tables & inequalities and intercepts
7. Finding slopes of lines
8. Solving linear systems by graphing
9. Properties of exponents
10. Addition and subtraction of polynomials
11. Multiplication and division of
12. Factoring monomials and polynomials
13. Solution of equations by factoring
14. Applications of quadratic equations
|SACS Objectives||1. Demonstrate the ability to solve
2. Demonstrate the ability to solve a quadratic equation by factoring.
3. Demonstrate the ability to solve a linear inequality.
4. Demonstrate the ability to solve an absolute value equation.
5. Demonstrate the ability to graph a line.
6. Demonstrate the ability to factor by grouping.
7. Demonstrate the ability to factor a trinomial.
8. Demonstrate the ability to factor the difference of squares.
9. Demonstrate the ability to factor the sum and difference of cubes.
10. Demonstrate the ability to solve a number problem.
|Gadsden State TEC
|1. Students will be able to connect
to other students and their instructors via e-mail.
2. Students will learn to submit assignments electronically.
3. Students will develop/demonstrate the ability to initiate searches when in need of
specific information for special projects/assignments in all courses.
4. Students will be able to recognize reliable sources and determine the usefulness of
information gathered using technology resources.
5. Students will develop skills that allow them to incorporate a variety of formats to
share information with each other and instructors.
|Lab Assistants||See posted hours for tutoring/lab
assistant schedule and Student Support Services at
various campus sites.
|The final exam will include post-test
comprehensive questions. All students are
required to take the final exam to receive a passing grade in the course.
Students must achieve a “C” - 75% or higher in this class to proceed to the next level
course. Letter grades are assigned for all college level courses as stated below.
|Math is learned by doing problems.
You do not learn math by watching your instructor
work problems in class. A complete list of assigned homework problems is included in
this syllabus. The odd-numbered problems have answers in the back of your textbook
so that you can check your work. If you work the even-numbered problems you can
ask for those answers to check that work. If you have an assigned problem you
cannot get correct you should ask for help with it in class. That very one you cannot
figure out may be a test question. Homework can be checked at anytime during the
semester without any notice. There will be 19 homework checks given in class during
the semester. You will earn 6 points for each of these, with 15 (your best 15 scores)
out of the total 19 being counted for a homework grade. Homework problems must be
properly worked out to receive credit on the homework check. If there is no work
shown and only answers are written the problem will be marked wrong. If you are
absent or late and miss a homework check, you will receive a zero on that check with
no make-ups allowed. Therefore, attendance is very important. If you are absent, you
are still responsible for all homework assignments when you return to class. All test
questions are based on the homework assignments so if you can work the homework
you can work the test questions. The more you practice by working the homework
assignments the easier the course material will be for you.
|Activities and Scores
for this Course
|Activities||Number of Points||Due Dates|
|Syllabus printed||5 points||Tuesday, 1/20|
|Student Information Sheet completed||20 points||Tuesday, 1/20|
|Homework checks||90 points||During classes|
|Worksheet #1||20 points||Thursday, 1/29|
|Worksheet #2||20 points||Thursday, 2/19|
|Worksheet #3||20 points||Thursday, 3/17|
|Worksheet #4||20 points||Tuesday, 4/21|
|Other possible assignments or quizzes||TBA||TBA|
|Test #1||100 points||Tuesday, 2/3|
|Test #2||100 points||Tuesday, 2/24|
|Test #3||100 points||Tuesday, 3/19|
|Test #4||100 points||Thursday, 4/23|
|Completing course evaluation||5 points||Thursday, April 30|
|Comprehensive Final Exam (Required)||100 points||Thursday, April 30|
|Total Points Possible||700 (+ other points if assigned)|
|To Calculate Your
|Grades will be calculated by dividing
points earned by total points possible. This is
your percentage grade. Students must achieve a “C” - 75% or higher in this class to
proceed to the next level course. Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
|Make-up Policy||Gadsden State Policy - Make up work
MAY be provided only at the discretion and
convenience of the instructor. If you miss a regularly scheduled test with an
acceptable excuse you must make that test up before the next scheduled test in the
class or you will receive a zero for that test. You may make up a maximum of 2 tests
during the semester. Make up tests may be short answer requiring all work to be
shown for credit instead of a multiple choice test.
|Use of Non-Class
|Students using these devices must
have instructors consent and approval prior to use.
All devices of this type, including cell phones, should be silent and never visible during
Disabilities Act (ADA)
|The Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 prohibit discrimination against any qualified person regardless of his or her
disability. Gadsden State Community College strives to create a welcoming
environment and will work in good faith to meet the needs of Its diverse populations.
Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided for qualified disabled
students, applicants, employees, and visitors unless to do so would present an undue
hardship or lower the academic standards of the College. Persons with disabilities
requesting accommodations should contact the ADA Coordinator or Assistant
Coordinator on or nearest their campus to obtain forms for requesting
accommodations and documentation requirements, as well as to be informed of
campus procedures involving accommodations. Campus contacts include: Dr. Teresa
Rhea, Gadsden Area, ADA Coordinator (256-549-8263), Dr. Danny Wilborn, Anniston
Area, Asst. ADA Coordinator (256-835-5456), or Ms. Diann Cruickshank, Cherokee
County Area (256-927-1802).
|The Standard College Policies apply
to all classes at the college and are a part of
every official course syllabus. It is the responsibility of the student to have a copy of these policies and to abide by them. This class syllabus is intended to give further detail about the policies and expectations in each specific class.
Tentative Class Schedule and
|T||1-13||Introduction to Class
2.1 The Addition property of equality
2.2 The Multiplication property of
#5 – 43 odd, 47-65 odd
#3 – 69 odd
|T||1-20||2.3 More on solving linear equations
2.4 An Introduction to applications of
|116 #5 – 61 odd
|Th||1-22||2.5 Formulas and applications from
|T||1-27||2.6 Ratios and proportions||147||#29 – 43|
|Th||1-29||2.8 Solving linear
WORKSHEET #1 DUE
Review for test
|174-175||# 1-71 odd|
|Th||2-5||9.1 Compound inequalities||626-627||#1-61 odd|
|T||2-10||9.2 Absolute value equations and
|Th||2-12||9.2 Absolute value equations and
|T||2-17||3.1 Reading graphs
3.2 Graphing linear equations
|Th||2-19||3.3 The slope of a line
8.1 Solving systems of linear
equations by graphing
WORKSHEET #2 DUE
Review for Test
|Th||2-26||4.1 Product and power
|T||3-3||4.2 Integer exponents and quotient
|Th||3-5||4.4 Adding and subtracting
|T||3-10||4.5 Multiplying polynomials||297-299||#1-83 odd|
|Th||3-12||4.6 Special products||303-304||#1-53 odd|
|T||3-17||4.7 Dividing polynomials
WORKSHEET #3 DUE
Review for Test
|312-314||#1-31, 39-75 odd|
|T||3-24||5.1 Greatest common factor; factor
|Th||3-26||5.2 Factoring trinomials||340-341||#1-59 odd|
|T||3-31||5.3 More on factoring trinomials||347-349||#1-89 odd|
|Th||4-2||5.4 Special factoring rules
|T||4-7||5.5 Solving quadratic equations by
|Th||4-9||5.5 Solving quadratic equations by
|T||4-14||Spring Break ---- NO CLASS|
|Th||4-16||Spring Break ---- NO CLASS|
|T||4-21||5.6 Applications of quadratic
WORKSHEET #4 DUE
Review for Test
|375-378||#5, 7, 11, 17, 19, 31|
|Th||4-23||Test # 4|
|T||4-28||Review for Comprehensive Final Exam|
|5:30 to 7:30 pm|