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Syllabus for Introductory Algebra

Prerequisites: Acceptable placement score or completion of MAT 150 with a grade of "C" or
better.

Description: This course includes the study of rational numbers and their applications, operations
with algebraic expressions , linear equations and applications, linear inequalities, graphs of linear
equations, operations with exponents and polynomials, and factoring.

Textbook(s) or Alternative: Algebra: Introductory and In termediate , 4th edition, Aufmann,
Barker, and Lockwood. Houghton Mifflin Co.

College Wide Competencies: Apply mathematical/computational skills to solve problems .

Learning Outcomes: The student will able to:
1. solve linear and absolute value equations and inequalities.
2. graph linear equations and inequalities.
3. perform fundamental operations on polynomials by applying operation of exponents.
4. factor polynomial expressions.
5. solve quadratic equations by factoring.
6. solve real world application problems using algebraic techniques .

Attendance: (Math Department Policy) Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and
are responsible for all class work, homework, notes, etc., whether or not they are present. In the
event of extenuating circumstances, such as illness, you are al lowed to miss up to 8 hours. The
student will be dropped after missing more than 8 hours of scheduled classes. If an instructor drops
a student for excessive absences at any time during the semester, a grade of AF@ will be assigned. If
the student with log istic-graphs-on.html">draws from the course , a grade of AW@ or AWF@ will be assigned as outlined in
the college catalog. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE!! IF YOU
EXCEED THE ALLOWED NUMBER OF ABSENCES , YOU WILL BE DROPPED. A student is
considered tardy if not present for roll call, which is taken at the beginning of the class. Three
tardies constitute 1 hour of absence.

Academic Dishonesty: Students are expected to do their own work. Please refer to the NETC
Student Code and Grievance Procedure for a definition of academic dishonesty and an outline of the
disciplinary action that may result.

Student Disabilities:
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Vice-President for Student Services to
discuss needs or concerns as they pursue an academic program and participate in campus life. The
Vice-President for Student Services will provide guidance regarding official documentation of
disabilities and/or accommodation of needs.

Classroom Etiquette:
1. Electronic communication devices (pagers, cell phones, etc.) are NOT allowed in the
classroom. On-call emergency personnel should see the instructor for an exemption.
2. No visible food or drinks are allowed in the classrooms.
3. No radio or headphones are allowed in the classrooms.

ID Policy:
It is mandatory that every student wears his/her ID at all times when on the Cheraw campus.

During the first week of classes, the instructor will issue a reminder to wear the ID. This reminder is
a warning.
After the first week of classes, instructors are required to dismiss students without an ID from class.
The student may get his/her ID (or a new one in Student Services for $3.00) and return to class
before the midpoint of the class. If the student cannot get an ID and return to class by the midpoint,
the instructor will record the absence.

Evaluative Methods to Appraise Objectives: Chapter or topical tests and a final exam will be used
to compute your grade for MAT 101. Your final grade for the course will be made up of 80% of the
test average plus 20% of the exam grade. A final exam will be given and NO test grades will be
dropped.

Make-Up Test Procedure:
No make-up tests are given except in extenuating circumstances. The student is responsible for
contacting the instructor prior to the time the test is scheduled to arrange a meeting to discuss the
process of making up the missed test.

Grading Scale:
The grade point scale that will be used is as follows:
A = 93 - 100
B = 85 - 92
C = 77 - 84
D = 69 - 76
F = below 69

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

WEEK SECT TOPIC  
1 - 3 2.1 Introduction to Equations  
  2.2 General Equations  
  2.3 Translating Sentences into Equations  
  2.4 Mixture and Uniform Motion Problems TEST 1_________
       
4 - 5 2.5 Inequalities  
  2.6 Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities TEST 2_________
       
6 – 7 4.1 The Rectangular Coordinate System (Objs A & B only)  
  4.3 Linear Functions  
  4.4 Slope of a Straight Lines TEST 3_________
       
8 - 9 4.5 Finding Equations of Lines  
  4.6 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines  
  4.7 Graphing Linear Inequalities TEST 4 _________
       
10 - 11 6.1 Exponential Expressions (Objs A and B only)  
  6.2 Introduction to Polynomial Functions  
  6.3 Multiplication of Polynomials  
  6.4 Division of Polynomials (Obj. A only) TEST 5 _________
       
12 - 13 7.1 Common Factors  
  7.2 Factoring Polynomials of the Form x2 + bx + c  
  7.3 Factoring Polynomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c  
  7.4 Special Factoring TEST 6_________
       
14 - 15 7.5 Solving Quadratic Equations TEST 7 _________


 

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