Elementary Algebra
SPRING SEMESTER 2009 SYLLABUS


Course Description  This course is a review of the fundamental arithmetic and algebra
operations. The 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 mathematics. 

Hours  3 semester hours  
Days / Time  Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 to 6:45 am  
Course Type  WebCTEnhanced 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
mathematics placement score. 

COMPASS Score  Algebra (AL) 2035 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 A student can be administratively withdrawn if they do not meet the prerequisites.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 course. 

Required Textbook  Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 4^{th} Edition ISBN10: 0321442334 ISBN13: 9780321442338 Optional for this course: Textbook with MyMathLab Student Access Kit: ISBN10: 0321507223 ISBN13: 9780321507228 Author: Lial/Hornsby 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. 

Computer System Requirements 
Personal computers must have access to the Internet in order to use WebCT.  
Course Objectives (Statewide Syllabus Objectives) 
Upon completion of this course the
student will become proficient in the following objectives: 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
linear equations. 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 Initiative Student Learning Objectives 
1. Students will be able to connect
to other students and their instructors via email. 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. 

Evaluation and Assessment 
The final exam will include posttest
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. 

Homework Assignments/Checks 
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 oddnumbered problems have answers in the back of your textbook so that you can check your work. If you work the evennumbered 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 makeups 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 Grade 
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:


Makeup 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 NonClass Electronic Devices 
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 class time. 

Americans with 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 (2565498263), Dr. Danny Wilborn, Anniston Area, Asst. ADA Coordinator (2568355456), or Ms. Diann Cruickshank, Cherokee County Area (2569271802). 

Common College Instructional Policies 
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
Assignments


Day  Date  Section  Page  Assignment 
T  113  Introduction to Class WebCT login 

Th  115  Review Problems 2.1 The Addition property of equality 2.2 The Multiplication property of equality 
9092 100101 106107 
#43126 all #5 – 43 odd, 4765 odd #3 – 69 odd 
T  120  2.3 More on solving linear equations Summary Exercises 2.4 An Introduction to applications of linear Equations 
115116 117 126130 
116 #5 – 61 odd all #557 odd 
Th  122  2.5 Formulas and applications from geometry 
138 141 
#1343 odd #5785 odd 
T  127  2.6 Ratios and proportions  147  #29 – 43 
Th  129  2.8 Solving linear
inequalities WORKSHEET #1 DUE Review for test 
174175  # 171 odd 
T  23  Test #1  
Th  25  9.1 Compound inequalities  626627  #161 odd 
T  210  9.2 Absolute value equations and inequalities 
635637  #195 odd 
Th  212  9.2 Absolute value equations and
inequalities Summary exercises 
635637 639 
#195 odd #147 odd 
T  217  3.1 Reading graphs 3.2 Graphing linear equations 
201203 214215 
#169 odd #155 odd 
Th  219  3.3 The slope of a line 8.1 Solving systems of linear equations by graphing WORKSHEET #2 DUE Review for Test 
226229 555557 
#163 odd #127 odd 
T  224  Test #2  
Th  226  4.1 Product and power
rules for exponents 
261262  #179 odd 
T  33  4.2 Integer exponents and quotient
rule Summary Exercises 
270271 272 
#179 odd #141 odd 
Th  35  4.4 Adding and subtracting polynomials 
289291  #195 odd 
T  310  4.5 Multiplying polynomials  297299  #183 odd 
Th  312  4.6 Special products  303304  #153 odd 
T  317  4.7 Dividing polynomials WORKSHEET #3 DUE Review for Test 
312314  #131, 3975 odd 
Th  319  Test #3  
T  324  5.1 Greatest common factor; factor
by grouping 
334335  #3585 odd 
Th  326  5.2 Factoring trinomials  340341  #159 odd 
T  331  5.3 More on factoring trinomials  347349  #189 odd 
Th  42  5.4 Special factoring rules Summary Exercises 
356357 359 
#151 odd #179 odd 
T  47  5.5 Solving quadratic equations by factoring 
36636  #181 odd 
Th  49  5.5 Solving quadratic equations by factoring 
366367  #181 odd 
T  414  Spring Break  NO CLASS  
Th  416  Spring Break  NO CLASS  
T  421  5.6 Applications of quadratic
equations WORKSHEET #4 DUE Review for Test 
375378  #5, 7, 11, 17, 19, 31 
Th  423  Test # 4  
T  428  Review for Comprehensive Final Exam  
Thursday April 30 
REQUIRED COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM 
5:30 to 7:30 pm 