# Elementary Algebra

**A. TEXTBOOK(S) AND REQUIRED TOOLS OR SUPPLIES**

**1. **Hawkes Learning Systems Intermediate Algebra – ISBN: 0-918091-40-3

**2.** Required Hardware if installed on home computer:

400 MHz or faster processor

Windows 98SE or later

64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended)

150 MB hard drive space

256 color display (800 x 600, 16-bit color recommended)

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

CD-ROM drive

**3. **Optional Textbook (see bookstore for details)

**4. **Scientific calculator (optional)

**B. COURSE DESCRIPTION**

The course covers algebra at the intermediate level and will prepare the student
for MAT1083 College Algebra. It includes factoring polynomials, rational
expressions, graphing linear equations, intro to functions, systems of
equations, rational exponents, radicals and complex numbers.

**C. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION**

This will be a problem-solving oriented individualized class. Problems will be
assigned from the software and unit tests will be given over the homework
assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to complete all homework
assignments in order to be ready for unit tests. Due dates for the homework will
be listed on your progress report when entering the software. If you complete
the homework after that date, you will only receive partial credit. Optional
practice tests will be available for each unit test and the final.

**D. COURSE OBJECTIVES**

This course will:

**1. **Help the student develop skills which will enable him or her to solve
problems and communicate effectively using the language and techniques of
algebra.

**2.** Acquaint the student with some of the general concepts and principles
of mathematics that will serve as a basis for further studies in mathematics.

**3.** Help the student build confidence in his or her ability to solve
problems in mathematics.

**4. **Encourage the student to develop and use a sound mathematical
vocabulary.

**E. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS**

**1. **Real Numbers, Solving Equations, and Exponents (Chapter 1) (Optional)

A. Operations with Real Numbers

B. Linear Equations and Absolute Value Equations

C. Properties of Exponents

D. Exponents and Scientific Notation

**2. **Straight Lines and Functions (Chapter 2)

A. Cartesian Coordinate System and Straight Lines

B. Slope-intercept Form

C. Point-Slope Form

D. Introduction to Functions

E. Graphing Linear Inequalities

**3. **Systems of Linear Equations (Chapter 3)

A. Systems of Linear Equations (Two Variables)

B. Applications

**4. **Polynomials (Chapter 4)

A. Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials

B. Multiplication of Polynomials

C. Division with Polynomials

D. Introduction to Factoring

E. Special Factoring Techniques

F. Polynomial Equations and Applications

**5. **Rational Expressions (Chapter 5)

A. Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions

B. Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions

C. Complex Fractions

D. Equations and Inequalities with Rational Expressions

E. Applications

**6. **Roots, Radicals, and Complex Numbers (Chapter 6)

A. Roots and Radicals

B. Rational Exponents

C. Arithmetic with Radicals

D. Functions with Radicals

E. Introduction to Complex Numbers

F. Multiplication and Division with Complex Numbers

**7. **Quadratic Equations and Inequalities (Chapter 7)

A. The Quadratic Formula

**F. COURSE COMPETENCIES**

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

**1. **Solve applications. *

**2. **Solve linear inequalities and absolute value inequalities. *

**3.** Understand and apply properties of exponents. *

**4. **Understand scientific notation.

**9.** Solve linear inequalities in one variable showing solution on a number
line and in interval notation. *

**10. **Solve linear absolute value equations and inequalities in one
variable. *

**11. **Graph linear inequalities. *

**12. **Determine an equation of a line given two points, perpendicular to a
given line, through a specific point, parallel to a given line through a
specific point. *

**13. **Distinguish between functions and non-functions using the vertical
line test. *

**14. **Identify the domain and range of a function given its graph. *

**15. **Solve systems of linear equations in two variables. *

**16. **Develop and solve mathematical models including variation, mixture,
motion, work and geometrical applications. *

**17. **Factor quadratic, quadratic forms, special forms and grouping. *

**18. **Solve literal equations including those that require factoring. *

**19. **Solve equations by factoring and quadratic formula. *

**20. **Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on
rational expressions. *

**21. **Simplify complex fractions. *

**22. **Solve equations containing rational expressions. *

**23. **Apply the laws of exponents to simplify expressions containing
rational exponents. *

**24. **Apply the laws of radicals to perform addition, subtraction, and
multiplication. *

**25. **Rationalize denominators containing radicals. *

**26. **Simplify radicals containing negative radicands. *

**27. **Perform operations with complex numbers. *

**28. **Evaluate functions using function notation. *

* Designates core outcomes and competencies for Intermediate Algebra from the
Kansas Core Outcome Project (2001, 2004, 2005).

**G. GRADING PLAN**

Grades can be accessed at any time by logging into the courseware and selecting
Progress Report.

The grade will be calculated as follows:

15% - Homework

70% - Unit tests (lowest unit test score dropped)

15% - Final exam

Homework will be completed online only. Be sure to read through the PowerPoint
on Blackboard showing you how to choose your homework option. Homework due dates
are listed on the student’s Progress Report.

**H. ATTENDANCE POLICY**

The online student must follow the following online attendance policy to be
counted as attending:

**Week 1: **

1. The student must read the syllabus and sign and return
the affidavit (second to last page of this document or under Course Information
on Blackboard).

2. Find an appropriate proctor using the guidelines listed in Blackboard. When
the proctor agrees, the student and the proctor must sign the proctoring
agreement form (last page of this document or under Course Information on
Blackbaord) and send it to the instructor for approval. All students from Fort
Scott must use FSCC’s MILL for proctoring. You may ask any MILL staff member to
sign the

proctoring form.

3. The student must purchase and download software onto an IBM-compatible
computer. See Online Intermediate Algebra PowerPoint under Course

Information on Blackboard.

4. Begin ASSIGNED lessons. (Not all lessons from Chapter 1 are assigned.)

**Week 2: **

4. The student must complete at least the first four
assigned lessons. See progress report on Hawkes Learning Systems software to
determine the assigned lessons.

5. The student should adhere to deadlines listed on the progress report or
otherwise be penalized for late assignments.

6. Send an email to Mrs. Malone at
kathym@fortscott.edu stating you understand how difficult this course
will be and you understand you will need to spend around three times as much
time as an on-ground course.

**Week 3: **

7. The student must have completed all assigned lessons
for chapter 1. Otherwise, the student may be DROPPED from this course.

8. Take Test 1 in the presence of the approved proctor. *

**Week 5: **

9. Take Test 2 in the presence of the approved proctor. *

**Week 6: **

10. Take Test 3 in the presence of the approved proctor. *

**Week 10: **

11. Take Test 4 in the presence of the approved proctor. *

**Week 13: **

12. The student must complete the evaluation survey on
Blackboard.

13. Take Test 5 in the presence of the approved proctor. *

**Week 16: **

14. Take Test 6 in the presence of the approved proctor. *

All tests and homework must be completed. Otherwise, the student will receive
zeros for any missing tests and/or assignments.

**Finals Week: **

THE FINAL MUST BE TAKEN ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, OR WEDNESDAY OF FINALS WEEK.

* Five bonus points will be added to any unit test score if the test was taken
by the due date.

**I. COURSE COMPONENT SPECIFICS**

Please read through the PowerPoint on Blackboard showing how to download software, how to choose the homework option that is best suited for you, and how to create practice tests using the software to better prepare you for the tests.

**J. SERVICE LEARNING – N/A**

**K. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT**

Students are expected to show respect to others in the classroom at all times.
If a student posts a derogatory remark about another student on the discussion
board, the student will be not be permitted to participate in any future
discussions and may be considered as not attending class.

L. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic dishonesty will result in no credit given for the particular
assignment, quiz, or test. The instructor also reserves the right to
drop/withdraw a student from the course for any act that may be labeled
"academically dishonest." All tests will be proctored. See the following
guidelines.

**FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EXAMINATION PROCTOR GUIDELINES
FOR DISTANCE LEARNING ALGEBRA STUDENTS**

Students may take examinations off campus as long as security measures for
administering the tests are strictly maintained before, during and after
testing. Off campus examinees should be testing under the same conditions as
their on-campus peers to ensure the academic integrity of the examination.

Appropriate Proctors |
Inappropriate Proctors |

Professional educators | High School students |

Approved police personnel | College peers |

Human Resource professionals | Relatives |

Community librarians | Co-workers |

Pastors | Neighbors/Friends |

Proctors must allow the HLS math courseware to be installed on an IBM-compatible
computer available for
student testing. The student may download the courseware with his/her copy of
the courseware. A copy of
a picture I.D. (driver’s license) of the proctor must accompany the Proctor
Agreement Form. Proctors must
have either fax capability and/or an email address. Passwords will be either
emailed or faxed to the
approved proctor prior to any tests given. The Proctor Agreement may be
terminated for any just cause by
FSCC upon written notification to all parties.

The examination should be administered in a quiet, well-lit office or classroom
setting conducive to
concentration. Examination administration in private homes is NOT appropriate.

**Proctor Responsibilities:**

• Proctors should remember that exam security is of utmost importance at all
times, and that they
are responsible for safeguarding all exam passwords in their care.

• Check student photo ID to ensure the examinee is actually the person scheduled
to test.

• Ensure that the student does not access notes, books, or articles during the
exam unless the test
specifies otherwise. The student may use a calculator and blank scratch paper.

• Proctors should enter the password for the student after the student calls up
the test and the proctor
should match the name on the computer screen with the name on the ID.

• Proctors may answer any questions on testing-taking procedures, but should not
answer any
questions on test content.

• Proctors should be present during the entire exam period.

• Note any testing irregularities and email these to the instructor.

• If a fee is charged for exam supervision, request payment from the student at
the time of testing.
FSCC will NOT pay proctor fees.

**Student Responsibilities:**

• Students must find an appropriate proctor from the above list that will be
willing to proctor and
supply that name, email address, physical address, and phone number to the
instructor during the
first two weeks of class.

• Pay any proctoring fees if applicable to the proctor before taking any exams.

• Schedule and keep all appointments with the proctor for taking tests.

• Supply photo identification to the proctor before taking each exam.

• Do not use any textbooks and/or notes when taking an exam.

(Proctoring Form attached to last page.)

**M. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES – N/A**

**N. MISCELLANEOUS**

The courseware has an instruct phase that explains how to do the problems in the
section with an
oral description if you have speakers or headphones and also a short video
lesson, the practice
phase including tutorial buttons to help you learn the concept, and also the
certify stage to see if
mastery has been achieved. Feel free to contact the instructor by email at any
time or by phone
during office hours listed on this syllabus regarding any issues.

**O. WEEKLY OR DAILY TENTATIVE SCHEDULE**

**Assignments for Week 1** (1/12 - 1/16):

Read syllabus, sign and return syllabus affidavit, find an appropriate proctor
and return signed proctoring
agreement, buy and download software onto an IBM-compatible computer. When asked
for the course id,
enter **fortscottima. **Go to http://www.hawkeslearning.com and click on Get an
Access Code. Enter the
appropriate information and save this access code on both the computer desktop
and on a floppy/memory key
to take with you when testing. You will need this access code every time you log
in. Work on lessons 1.2e,
1.3a. (Note: Some lessons are not assigned.)

**Assignments for Week 2** (1/19 - 1/23):

1.3b, 1.3c, 1.7 (at least the first four assigned lessons should be completed by
1/23/2009)

**The signed proctoring form and syllabus affidavit needs to be returned by
January 30, 2009.**

**Assignments for Week 3** (1/26 - 1/30):

1.8a, 1.8b, Practice Test (take as many times as you wish) – the practice tests
are not for a grade, but it will
help you prepare for the real test. (See Course Information on Blackboard for
directions on taking a Practice
WebTest.). Take Test 1 with the approved proctor. (5 bonus points if taken by
1/30/2009)

**Note:** If all assigned lessons from chapter 1 have not been completed 1/30/2009,
you should strongly
consider dropping this course.

**Assignments for Week 4 **(2/2 – 2/6):

2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2, 2.3a

**Assignments for Week 5** (2/9 – 2/13):

2.3b, 2.4, 2.5, Practice Test (take as many times as you wish)
Take Test 2 with the approved proctor. (5 bonus points if taken by 2/13/2009)

**Assignments for Week 6** (2/16 – 2/20):

3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.2, Practice Test (take as many times as you wish)
Take Test 3 with the approved proctor. (5 bonus points if taken by 2/20/2009)

**Assignments for Week 7** (2/23 – 2/27):

4.1a, 4.1b, 4.2a, 4.2b, 4.3a

**Assignments for Week 8** (10/6 – 10/10):

4.3b, 4.3c, 4.4a

**Assignments for Week 9** (3/9 – 3/13):

4.4b, 4.4c , 4.5a

**Assignments for Week 10** (3/23 – 3/27):

4.5b, 4.6, Practice Test (take as many times as you wish)
Take Test 4 with the approved proctor. (5 bonus points if taken by 3/27/2009)

**Assignments for Week 11 **(3/30 – 4/3):

5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2, 5.3

**Assignments for Week 12** (4/6 – 4/10):

5.4a, 5.4b, 5.6, Practice Test (take as many times as you wish)

**Assignments for Week 13** (4/13 – 4/17):

Take Test 5 with the approved proctor. (5 bonus points if taken by 4/17/2009)
6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c

**Assignments for Week 14** (4/20 – 4/24):

6.2, 6.3a, 6.3b

**Assignments for week 15** (4/27 – 5/1):

6.4, 6.5, 6.6

**Assignments for Week 16** (5/4 – 5/8):

7.2, Practice Test, Take Test 6 with the approved proctor. (5 bonus points if
taken by 5/8/2009)
Practice Final (take as many times as you wish). All assigned lessons and unit
tests must be completed by
5/8/2009; otherwise, those scores will become zeros.

**Final: Take the final on 5/11, 5/12, or 5/13 with the approved proctor.**