# Basic Algebra Skills Course Syllabus

**Course Objectives: **This course is intended to strengthen the students’
algebra skills including

performing algebraic operations on real numbers, manipulating equations and
inequalities,

solving and graphing linear equations, manipulation of polynomials and rational
expressions, and

solving quadratic equations. An important component will be using algebra to
model and solve

real-world applications.

**Course Outline:**

1. Real Numbers and their Properties | 6. Rational Expressions |

2. Equations, Problem Solving and Inequalities |
7. Graphs, Slopes, Inequalities, and Applications |

3. Graphing Linear Equations | 8. Roots and Radicals |

4. Exponents and Polynomials | 9. Quadratic Equations |

5. Factoring |

**Tentative Test Dates:**

Test 1 Fri. September 11th | Test 4: Friday November 13th |

Test 2: Fri. October 2nd | Test 5: Wednesday December 9th |

Test 3: Fri. October 23rd | Final Exam (Comprehensive): Wednesday December 16 ^{th} 3:00 p.m. |

**Grade Distribution:**

Assignments 25%

Five Tests: 50%

Final Exam: 25%

**Grading Scale:**

93%-100% | A | 90%-92% | A- | ||

87%-89% | B+ | 83%-86% | B | 80%-82% | B- |

77%-79% | C + | 73%-76% | C | 70%-72% | C- |

67%-69% | D+ | 60%-66% | D | ||

59% or Below | F |

**Expectations and Requirements:
**Special Note: If you are a student with a disability, please meet with me
immediately to discuss the

accommodations you will need during class activity, examinations, and out of class assignments in order to

participate fully and demonstrate your abilities.

**1. Academic Honesty:** Plagiarism or other forms of
academic dishonesty on any assignments, tests, or

quizzes will not be tolerated. If the instructor finds that a student has
engaged in dishonesty, the student

may be referred to the Dean of Academic Affairs for appropriate action.

**2. Quizzes and Exams: **Students are expected to be
present for all exams. No exams or quizzes may be

made up unless the student has contacted the instructor and received permission
prior to the date of the

original exam or quiz. This includes students participating in athletics who
must arrange to take the quiz or

exam on or before the scheduled date.

**3. Assignments: **Assignments, unless otherwise
specified by the instructor, are to be completed

individually. While students are encouraged to consult each other for ideas for
assignments, the

solutions should be completed individually. Any help one student gives another
should be instructional help

only. If the instructor feels that a student has not completed an assignment
individually, the instructor may

question the student on that assignment. The student should be able to explain
how he/she worked the

problem and should be able to work similar problems. Late assignments will not
be accepted without

permission.

Homework Guidelines:

▪ Write out complete answers **NEATLY and CLEARLY.**

▪ Number each exercise to the left.

▪ You must show your work! **Correct mathematical notation** must be used.
Partial credit is given when

work is shown even if answer is incorrect. However, correct answers without any
work shown will in

general be given no credit.

▪ If the problem is a computation leading to a final answer, **box the answer.**

▪ Use pencil and eraser -- do not scratch out work. Sloppy homework or homework
written in pen will be

returned **ungraded.**

▪ **Staple** your pages together before submitting.

Start homework early and see me for help with problems you
don't know how to work! It is inappropriate to

ask how to do a problem in class the day it is due!!!! My office is Core 257--
See my schedule for office

hours or call or send email for an appointment. I am always delighted to help.

**4. In the classroom:
**a) No electronic devices such as Ipods, laptops, or cell phones may be used
during class -- They must be

turned off. If this is violated they will be placed on the professor desks at front of class until end. For repeat

violations, the student will be asked to leave the classroom.

b) No hats may be worn during class.

c) Be seated and prepared with all materials out and ready at the beginning of class. Make sure that you

have reviewed previous class notes and completed any assigned reading prior to class. You must bring

your text book and a calculator to all classes. The text book should be out ready to reference any pages as

asked by the professor during class. Be prepared to ask and respond to questions, and be an actively

engaged particpant in class.

d)

**Keep up with reading assignments.**Read assignments prior to class, be prepared to ask and

respond to questions, and be an actively engaged particpant in class.

e) Take good notes and review notes on a regular basis as well as promptly begin and continue work on

assignments as they are assigned.

f)

**Attendance is required.**If you must miss class due to illness or other valid excuse (e.g. athletic event)

please send me email or telephone with an explanation prior to the class date.

**Attendance will be taken**

at the beginning of each class period. After three unexcused absences, a 2% reduction in final

grade will be taken for each subsequent unexecused absence. Please do not come to class if you

at the beginning of each class period. After three unexcused absences, a 2% reduction in final

grade will be taken for each subsequent unexecused absence

have flu-like symptoms. However, you should bring documentation of such (e.g. from health center) when

you return to class.

**5. Getting Help:
**Students who do not understand a concept should do the following:

a) Ask questions in class. (More than likely other students do not understand as well.)

b) Seek individual help from the instructor. I am more than willing to give you the extra help you may

need. Come in during office hours or make an appointment. Tutoring (free) can also be arranged either

through me or through counseling services.

c) Share with me any concerns you may have or any suggestions you have for the class structure that

will help you learn more effectively.

The above content and requirements are tentative and
subject to change according to time constraints and

other factors as determined by the instructor.

Assignment |
Page |
Problems |

1 |
p 39 |
Section 1.1: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 20, 22, 24, 28, 32, 36, 38, 42, 44, 52, 54, 58, 60, 64 |

2 |
p 48 |
Section 1.2: 2, 8, 16, 20, 22, 36, 40, 42, 44, 46, 50, 54, 56, 58, 60, 86, 88 |

3 |
p 56 |
Section 1.3: 2, 4, 18, 20, 26, 44, 50, 52, 56, 66, 72, 74, 76 |

4 |
p 65 |
Section 1.4: 4, 8, 22, 24, 26, 30, 32, 40, 42, 52, 54, 64, 68 |

5 |
p 73 |
Section 1.5: 4, 6, 10, 12, 18, 22, 26, 32, 36, 44, 48 |

6 |
p 82 |
Section 1.6: 2, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28,32, 34, 44, 46, 52, 62, 84 |

7 |
p 94 |
Section 1.7: 2, 6, 12, 18, 22, 28, 32, 42, 46, 52, 56, 60, 72 |

8 |
p 114 |
Section 2.1: 2, 6, 12, 18, 28, 32, 44, 48, 56, 60, 68 |

9 |
p 128 |
Section 2.2: 2, 14, 16, 28, 32, 42, 52, 58, 62, 64, 66, 70, 72, 76, 84 |

10 |
p 140 |
Section 2.3: 2, 12, 20, 24, 34, 40, 70, 76 |

11 |
p 149 |
Section 2.4: 22, 30, 34, 46, 50 |

12 |
p 161 |
Section 2.5: 2, 4, 10, 20, 24, 30, 34 |

13 |
p 174 |
Section 2.6: 4, 6, 12, 14, 42 |

14 |
p 190 |
Section 2.7: 12, 16, 20, 32, 36, 38, 44, 50, 54 |

15 |
p 212 |
Section 3.1: 4, 10, 14, 20, 22, 40, 42, 60 |

16 |
p 228 |
Section 3.2: 2, 6, 8, 10, 18, 22, 30, 36, 44 |

17 |
p 242 |
Section 3.3: 2, 8, 12, 16, 20, 26, 28, 30, 36 |

18 |
p 256 |
Section 3.4: 2, 6, 12, 14, 16, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30, 36, 42, 44 |

19 |
p 263 |
Section 3.5: 2; 5; 6; 8; 10; 18; 22; 25; 28; 29; 38 |

20 |
p 269 |
Section 3.6: 4; 22; 26 |

21 |
p 316 |
Section 4.1: 2, 6, 10, 18, 24, 32, 38, 40, 46, 58, 60, 66, 70, 86, 88, 94 |

22 |
p 325 |
Section 4.2: 2, 8, 12, 16, 18, 22, 24, 30, 42, 44, 50, 52, 60, 66, 70, 80, 82, 84 |

23 |
p 334 |
Section 4.3: 2, 6, 12, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36 |

24 |
p 343 |
Section 4.4: 2, 4, 10, 12, 18, 22, 28, 36, 40 |

25 |
p 353 |
Section 4.5: 2, 8, 10, 18, 34, 36 |

26 |
p 363 |
Section 4.6: 2, 4, 12, 18, 24, 28, 22, 44, 46, 58, 74 |

27 |
p 522 |
Section 6.6: 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 28, |

28 |
p 533 |
Section 6.7: 2, 6, 12, 18, 24, 26 |

29 |
p 560 |
Section 7.1: 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 36,
37, 38 – graph answers to 36 and 37 on same graph – use for 38. |

30 |
p 574 |
Section 7.2: 4, 6, 10, 14, 18, 38, 44, 50 |

31 |
p 618 |
Section 8.1: 2, 4, 8, 12, 22, 24, 26, 30, 36, 43, 44 |

32 |
p 666 |
Section 9.1: 2, 4, 6, 12, 28, 32, 48 |

33 |
p 686 |
Section 9.3: 2, 4, 12, 22, 32, 34 |