# PREALGEBRA

Course Description:
MAT0002 is a one semester course that is part of the college prep math sequence. This course involves the study of whole numbers, integers, and rational number operations ; problem solving strategies and patterning; tables, charts , and graphs ; laws of exponents ; order of operations ; ratio and proportion ; percents; operations with polynomials ; expressions and linear equations ; primes and prime factorizations ; applied geometry; scientific notation; and applications.

Evaluation:

To pass this course, you must successfully satisfy each of the fol lowing four requirements:

1) Unit Exams: Four unit exams (100 points each) and a mid term exam (150 points) will be given during the semester. To successfully complete this requirement, you must average 75% or higher on the five exams. (This requirement must be met in order to be eligible to take the final exam)

2) Homework and Quizzes: To successfully complete this requirement, you must average 80% or higher on your homework as signments and quizzes .

3) Attendance: To successfully complete this requirement, you must attend a minimum of 80% of the 60 scheduled class meeting during the semester. This means that you must attend a minimum of 48 class meetings. Therefore, if you miss more than 12 classes you will not pass the course. Please note that attendance includes being on time and attending the entire class period.

4) Final Exam: The final exam is a comprehensive test given during the last week of class. To successfully complete this requirement, you must score 75% or higher on the final exam. You will be given 2 attempts to pass the final exam.

After successfully completing each of the course requirements, your grade will be determined as follows:

 ● Four (4) unit exams (100 points each)……… 400 points Grading Scale: 736 – 800 Points (92%) A ● Midterm exam…………………………………150 points 672 – 735 Points (84%) B ● Final exam…………………………………… 150 points 600 – 671 Points (75%) C ● Homework/quizzes…………………………100 points 599 Points or less Not Passing

Daily attendance is important to your success in this course. Being in class (on time and prepared) will allow you to maximize your potential for success. New material will be presented in almost every class throughout the semester. If you miss class, or any portion of class, you are responsible for contacting your instructor and/or classmates to get any missed notes and assignments. You are also responsible for being prepared for the next class meeting, including any assignments that are due.

For each exam, it is possible to earn 4 bonus points based on your attendance. If you do not miss any class meetings prior to an exam, you will receive 4 bonus points on the exam. If you miss 1 class meeting, you will receive 2 bonus points. If you miss 2 or more class meetings, you will not receive any bonus points.
Reminder: You must have 12 or less absences in order to meet the requirements for passing the course.

Make-up Exam Policy:
No make-up exams are given during the semester. At the end of the semester, you will be given a retake test which is a comprehensive test covering all topics from the semester’s work. The retake test will replace any exam grade that you missed during the term. The retake test can only substitute for 1 exam grade. If you miss more than 1 exam during the term, then the other missed exams will be scored as zeros. If you did not miss any exams, then the retake exam can be used to replace your lowest exam score.

Tutoring and Math Lab:
It is important that you master the course concepts as they are taught. In this course, as well as all math courses, each new idea builds off previous concepts. Therefore, it is very difficult to learn new material if you haven’t mastered the previous skills. If you need additional help outside the classroom, you should talk to your instructor.

• Visit your instructor during office hours. Instructor office hours are for your use. Your instructor wants you to use this time to get extra help.

• The Math Lab is located in G-14. The math lab has tutors available to answer your questions. It is a good place to do your homework because you can ask questions when you do not understand a problem. The lab hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The very nature of higher education requires that students adhere to accepted standards of academic integrity. Therefore SFCC has adopted a Code of Student Conduct that out lines general guidelines. Students are encouraged to discuss issues related to academic integrity with their instructor.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): If you are a student with a disability:
In compliance with SFCC policy and equal access laws , I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Request for academic accommodations need to be made during the first week of the semester (except for unusual circumstances) so arrangements can be made. You must register with Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) in S-229 for disability verification and determination of reasonable academic accommodations.

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