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Prealgebra Syllabus

Text: Prealgebra
By Alan S. Tussy , R. David Gustafson 2nd ed.
Important Dates: Last day to drop classes, without a “W( no refund):
September 26, 2008;
Last day to drop a class with a “ W” (in person)
November 23,2007
Course Outline:

Dates Topics to be Covered/Events Sections from texts
9/02 1. Whole Numbers Adding and Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing Chapter 1:All 7 Sections
9/09 Estimation, Prime Factors and Exponent
Order of Operations, Solving Equations by Addition
and Subtraction, and by Division and Multiplication
9/16 2. The Integers
Addition , Subtraction, Multiplication and Division of
Integers. Order of Operations and Estimation .
Solving Equations Involving Integers. Test #1.
Chapter 2:All 7 Sections
9/23 3. The Language of Algebra
Variables and Algebraic Expressions. Evaluating
Algebraic Expressions and the Distributive Property.
Combining Like Terms
Simplifying Expressions to Solve Equations
Problem Solving. Test # 2
Chapter 3:All 6 Sections
9 /30 4. Fractions and Mixed Numbers
The Fundamental Property of Fractions
Multiplying Fractions
Diving Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Chapter 4:All 8 Sections
10/07 The LCM and the GCF
Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers
Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
Order of Operations and Complex Fractions
Solving Equations Containing Fractions.Test #3.
10/14 5. Decimals
An Introduction to Decimals
Addition and Subtraction with Decimals
Multiplication with Decimals
Division with Decimals
Fractions and Decimals
Solving Equations Containing Decimals
Square Roots. Test # 4
Chapter 5 :All 7 Sections
10/21 6. Graphing Exponents and Polynomials
The Rectangular Coordinate System
Graphing Linerar Equations
Multiplication Rules for Exponents
Introduction to Polynomials
Adding and Subtraction Polynomials
Multiplying Polynomials Test #5
Chapter 6:All 6 Sections
10/28 7. Percent
Percents, Decimals, and Fractions
Solving Percent Problems
Chapter 7:All 4 Sections
11/04 Applications of Percent
11/11 8. Ratio, Proportion, and Measurement
11/18 American Units of Measurement
Converting between American and Metric Units.Test#6.
11/25 9. Introduction to Geometry Chapter 9:All 7 Sections
12/02 Some Basic Definitions
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Properties of Triangles
Perimeters and Areas of Polygons
Surface Area and Volume.
12/09 Review.  

12/16/2008 Final Exam 8:00p.m.-10p.m.

Note: Topics in bold face are considered extremely important to
to the curriculum and should be emphasized accordingly.

Tests: The tests are generally closed book, and require students to
demonstrate problem solving skills by showing work for the
problems. No Test Make-ups.

Grading a) Homework 10%, b) Tests 60%, d) Final test 30 %.
Policy A: 89-100%, B: 79-88%; C 66-78% ; D: 55-65%; f –bellow 55.

Specific Department Guidelines for Math 112:
It is expected that the students have an introduction to calculators at some point after Chapter 4.
However, on all exams and work pertaining to Chapters 1-4 , students must demonstrate their
ability to perform fundamental calculations without the calculator.
Additional support material for this course includes : software based tutorials, topic specific video
presentations, and tutoring, available at the Mathematics Lab in the Library.

Learning Outcomes

1) Find the prime factorization of a given number.
2) Evaluate expressions using order of operations.
3) Simplify expressions with exponents.
4) Solve equations with whole numbers and integers.
5) Combine like-terms.