Foundations of College Algebra
MATH 0099 Foundations for College Algebra
3-0-3 for institutional use only
COMM entrance score of 20+
Sullivan, Michael. College Algebra and Trigonometry, 9th Edition. Pearson Education, Inc. (same as is required for MATH 1111) is optional. MyMathLab is required.
MyMathLab Course ID: byars92226
MyMathLab Technical Support: 1-800-677-6337
Tu/Th: 7:00-8:00 and 3:15-4:00; M,W: 8:00-9:45 Also see “Faculty Credentials and Web Pages” on My Gordon Note: This is a tentative syllabus and may be changed by the instructor at any time. 1. DESCRIPTION
a) This course is a study of elementary algebra, which will include the set of real numbers, linear sentences, linear functions and their graphs, and operations and factoring with polynomials. b) MATH 0989 is a first semester developmental course which will prepare the student for MATH 1111 and its co-requisite course MATH 0999. c) To do well in the course, one must practice many problems outside of class, ask questions in class until there is a complete understanding of each concept, and prepare for tests by reviewing problems worked in class. d) A notebook needs to maintained and brought to class each day. All of the MyMathLab assignments need to labeled with the section and work placed in your notebook. 2. COURSE OBJECTIVES
a) General education objective: Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of college level mathematics. b) Learning Support Math Program Goal: Mathematics students will be provided the knowledge and skills needed for successful college level work. c) Outcomes: Successful MATH0 099 students will demonstrate an understanding of solving linear equations and inequalities, operating and factoring with polynomials, and graphing linear equations. 3. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
a) Free tutoring available in the Student Success Center
b) Study groups with fellow classmates
c) Individual help during instructor’s office hours
4. OFFICE PROCEDURES FOR EXTRA HELP
a) Bring lesson notes.
b) Make sure the lesson has been read and the examples studied. c) Be prepared to show at least two problems that have been attempted. d) Bring incomplete or incorrect work for each problem.
e) Ask for help as early as possible. Do not wait until the day of the test. 5. ATTENDANCE
a) Attendance is very important. All students are expected and urged to attend all classes. Each absence makes it more difficult to acquire knowledge and increase learning. You will be contacted, if lack of attendance is becoming a problem. b) Students are responsible for every assignment and all material covered in class, whether present or absent. c) Obtain the name and phone number of a reliable classmate to contact, if there is an unavoidable absence. d) Tardiness to class is not allowed after the first week of classes. When the door is closed, no one is to enter. If you know you are going to be late due to a doctor’s appointment or such, please email me ahead of time. 6. CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE
a) Treat the instructor and other students with respect.
b) Talk to other students only during group activities.
c) Leave the classroom during class time only after having spoken to the instructor. d) Cell phones must be silenced and out of sight during class time. 7. CALCULATOR
a) Only scientific calculators may be used.
b) Scientific calculators which will allow simplification of radical expressions may not be used. c) Phone calculators may not be used.
d) Texas Instruments “TI-30XIIS” is recommended.
8. METHOD OF EVALUATION
a) Unit Tests and Quizzes – 70%. There will be four unit tests. b) MyMathLab – 15%.
c) Final Exam (Comprehensive) – 15%.
Average below 70, good...
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