Course Description
This course establishes a foundation in algebraic concepts and problem solving.
Topics include signed
numbers, exponents, order of operations , simplifying expressions , solving line ar
equations and
inequalities , graphing, formulas, polynomials, factoring, and elements of
geometry. Upon
completion, students should be able to apply the above concepts in problem
solving using appropriate
technology.
Course Information
Meeting Times and Location : TTh 2 – 4:20 PM Room
239
Required Text(s):
• Elementary Algebra 4^{th} Edition by Ron Larson and Robert Hostetler, 2008
Houghton Mifflin
• MAT 070 Lab Pack (Available at the Mayland Bookstore)
Required supplies: A graphing calculator , preferably a TI 83 plus or a
TI84. You should bring a
notebook, graph paper, ruler , pencils and erasers to class every day.
Course Objectives
1. Develop Problemsolving strategies using the techniques of algebra
2. Learn how to use techno logy appropriately and effectively
3. Learn to communicate mathematical ideas both orally and in writing.
Competencies:
1. Operations with Real numbers
2. Exponents and the Order of Ope rations Agreement
3. Evaluating and Simplifying Variable Expressions
4. Solving Equations and Inequalities
5. Solving Applied Problems
6. The Rectangular Coordinate System and Graphing
7. Operations with Polynomials
8. Scientific Notation
9. Factoring Polynomials
Attendance Policy/Tardiness/MakeUp Work:
Roll will be taken and you are expected to be in class each time it meets.
If you must miss a class, you
are responsible for obtaining notes, arranging for help on any material that you
do not understand,
and for turning any work due in a timely manner. If you accumulate 6 consecutive
absences without
contacting me to arrange to make up missed work, you will
be dropped from the class. Your grade
will depend on your grade at the time you are dropped, taking into account zeros
for missing
assignments.
Making up Class Time: You can make up absences by spending time in the skills
lab, in my office
during office hours or by spending documented time with an approved tutor. Six
or more absences,
not made up, will result in a failing grade.
Making up Tests: Tests may be made up during my office hours or in the skills
lab. Tests must be
made up within one week of returning to class. Make up tests will not be given
without a valid excuse
for missing class on test day.
Grading Criteria/Tests/Projects:
Labs and group work 
15% 
Portfolio 
10% 
Quizzes 
20% 
Chapter Tests (100 Points Each) 
40% 
Comprehensive Final 
15% 
Portfolio: You will prepare a portfolio for this class.
The grade for your portfolio will be determined
as follows:
Lab activities 
100 points 
Tests and Test corrections 
50 points 
Homework 
50 points 
Overall Appearance and Organization 
100 points 
Total 
300 points 
Homework:
Homework will be kept in a notebook to be included in your portfolio. We will go
over any questions
on the homework at each class session. There will be a quiz based on the
homework at each class
meeting, with the exception of test days. You must bring your homework notebook
on test days. If
your homework is complete, you will receive points back for your test
corrections.
Test Corrections: For any test that you receive a grade below 85 you must write
test corrections. If
you receive a grade of 85 or higher test corrections are optional. If your
homework is complete, you
will points back on your test grade for your test corrections.
Test corrections consist of, on a separate sheet of paper: for each problem
missed:
1. rework the problems missed,
2. write an explanation, in complete sentences, of why you missed the problem
and the correct
method for working the problem and
3. find a similar problem in the exercises in the book and work that problem.
Test corrections must be turned in along with the original test within one week
of the date I give the
tests back.
You may receive help with test corrections from the skills lab, an approved
tutor, or from me during
my office hours. Test Corrections will be included in your portfolio.
Comprehensive Final : You must receive a grade of 70% or above on the
comprehensive final in
order to pass this class.
Grading Scale:
A = 93100
B = 85 – 92
C = 77  84
F = 76 or below
Inclement Weather Procedures:
If Mayland Community College is on a delay schedule due to
inclement weather, this class will meet
from 2:30 – 4:10 PM. Delays are announced on the local radio stations in each
county. If you live
where you cannot receive the local radio station, there will also be a recorded
message at the Mayland
phone number and a posting on the Mayland website. If none of these methods are
acceptable for
you, see me, and I will arrange a way to notify you of delays or cancellations.
If classes are not
cancelled or delayed and you feel it is unsafe to travel because of road
conditions: You are not
expected to risk injury attempting to attend class. Let me know by phone or
email and arrangements
will be made for you to make up any missed work, without grade penalty.
Academic Standards/Student Expectations/Ethics:
Anyone caught giving or receiving assistance on a test will be given a zero for
that test. Instances of
academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of the Vice President of
Instructional Services,
repeat offenses will have serious consequences, up to expulsion.
Withdrawal Dates:
Fall 2007
September 25 End of Unconditional Withdrawal
November 1 End of Conditional Withdraw
Administrative Withdrawal statement: If a student has not been in contact with
the instructor
and has not attended class for a consecutive twoweek period, an administrative
withdrawal will be
submitted by the instructor.
ADA statement: Any student requesting special accommodations for this course due
to a
disability should apply for services through the SOAR Office or the Counseling
Center,
which will document the disability. A counselor will then help de termine which
accommodations, if any, the student needs for success in this course.
Course Outline/Weekly Topics
Dates 
Assignment 
Quiz 
August 21 
1.1: 1 – 57 every other odd, 59 – 67 odd 
August 23 
August 21 
1.2: 1 – 77 every other odd, 91 – 101 odd 
August 23 
August 23
August 23 
1.3: 1 – 97 every other odd, 99 – 102 all, 103 –
113 odd
1.4: 1 – 145 every other odd, 149 – 163 odd 
August 28
August 28 
August 28
August 30 
1.5: 1 – 73 every other odd, 75 – 111 odd, 121 –
129
odd
Test on Chapter 1 

September 4
September 4

2.1:1  81 every other odd, 83, 85
2.2: 1 – 93 every other odd,101 – 149 every other odd,
151 – 157 odd 
September 6
September 11

September 6
September 11
September 13 
2.3: 1 – 89 every other odd
2.4: 1 – 73 every other odd
3.1:1 – 73 every other odd 
September 11
September 13
September 18 
September 18
September 20
September 25 
3.2: 1 – 81 every other odd
3.3: 1 – 101 every other odd, 103
3.4: 1 – 85 every other odd 
September 20
September 25
September 27 
September 27 
3.5: 1 – 77 every other odd 
October 2 
October 2
October 4 
3.6: 1 – 81 every other odd
Review 
October 4

October 11 
Test Chapters 2 and 3 

October 16
October 16

4.1: 1 – 73 every other odd, 75, 76
4.2 : 1 – 8 all, 9 – 73 every other odd, 77 – 80 all, 81,
83, 85 
October 18
October 18

October 18
October 23
October 25 
4.3 1 – 97 every other odd
4.4 1 – 105 every other odd, 107
4.5 1 – 69 every other odd 
October 23
October 25
October 30 
October 30
November 1 
5.1 1 – 189 every other odd
5.2 1 – 101 every other odd 
November 1
November 6 
November 6
November 8 
5.3 1 – 129 every other odd
5.4 1 – 73 every other odd 
November 8
November13 
November 13
November 15
November 20 
Review
Test Chapters 4 and 5
6.1: 1 – 117 every other odd 
November 27 
November 27
November 29
November 29 
6.2 : 1 – 85 every other odd
6.3 : 1 – 113 every other odd
6.4 : 1 – 129 every other odd 
November 29
December 4
December 4 
December 4
December 6
December 11 
6.5 : 1 – 97 every other odd
Review
Review 
December 6

December 13 
Final Exam 
