**INSTRUCTOR** Mary Caffey

**Office **Phase IV Faculty Office, Room 403

**Office **

Hours Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Other times by appointment.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

**Office Phone**

(575) 769-4967

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday (Mountain Time Zone).

**Email **Students in this course should correspond with the instructor
through

the WebCT mailbox, not the college email address. **Check the "Mail" area**

on the WebCT course homepage each time you log on for important

announcements or messages.

**Mailing Address**

Clovis Community College

Attn: Mary Caffey

Phase IV Faculty Office

417 Schepps Blvd.

Clovis, NM 88101

**Fax** (575) 769-4190

Faxed material should be addressed as “Attention: Mary Caffey” and should

also have the course name and number, your name, and the lesson number on

**each page.**

**COURSE**

DESCRIPTION

The course consists of factoring polynomials including the sum and difference

of cubes, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, simplifying

rational expressions, solving and graphing quadratic equations including the

quadratic formula, solving systems of equations in two variables, and

operations with radicals . Problem solving strategies are emphasized. Course

credit does not apply toward any degree.

**COURSE**

PREREQUISITES

This is** NOT **a first course in algebra. Prior to this course, a student
should

have earned a grade of “C” or better in a basic algebra course such as MATH

096–Basic Algebra I within the last two years or the Accuplacer placement

exam taken within the last year indicates this is the appropriate course.

**COURSE**

MATERIALS

**We do not use the same book for this online class that is used for the on**

campus classes. We use a program called Academic Systems - Elementary

Algebra by PLATO Learning Inc. 2007 (a picture of the textbook cover is on

the WebCT course homepage).

**Computer**

Requirements and

Assistance

**Properly log off of the Academic Systems Algebra
software each time or**

data will be lost! Back up every piece of work you do, especially **print a**

copy of your quiz grade each time you finish a quiz (you don't want to have

to retake a quiz that wasn't properly recorded for some reason). If you

experience computer difficulties outside of Academic Systems Algebra

or WebCT, you are responsible for solving your own technical problems.

Heavy Internet use occurs during the evening hours of 8-10 p.m., so you

might want to consider logging on at other times, if possible.

**Calculator** Scientific calculators may be used in
the course, graphing calculators may not.

Scientific calculators may be used on all exams including the midterm and

final exams. The software used in the course has a built-in expression editor

and grapher that can be used while working at the computer but you will need

your own calculator for the written midterm and final exams.

**Other Materials**

If you will be using the computer labs on campus to work on this course, you

must use headphones.

**ORIENTATION**

TO THE

ONLINE MATH

COURSE

ClovisCommunity College online math courses use the same WebCT shell as

our other online courses; however, the Academic Systems Algebra courseware

that is used is specific to math only. The format of this online math course is

not the same as for other online courses.

**COURSE**

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course, the student should have a working knowledge of the

following:

Objective 1 The student will be able to use various methods to factor
polynomials.

1-1 – Remove the greatest common factor .

1-2 – Factor the difference of two perfect squares.

1-3 – Factor a trinomial using the AC-method or trial and error.

1-4 – Factor a polynomial by grouping.

1-5 – Factor the sum or difference of two perfect cubes. (Formulas must be

memorized.)

**Objective 2 The student will be able to perform operations on rational
expressions.**

2-1 – Simplify a rational expression.

2-2 – Add or subtract rational expressions.

2-3 – Multiply or divide rational expressions.

2-4 – Solve equations containing fractions .

2-5 – Solve word problems containing fractions. (Formulas must be

memorized)

2-6 – Simplify a complex fraction

**Objective 3 The student will be able to graph linear equations and
inequalities in two**

variables.

3-1 – Identify solutions to equations in two variables.

3-2 – Find the slope of a line (formula must be memorized).

3-3 – Graph linear equations using the slope-intercept method.

3-4 – Determine if lines are parallel or perpendicular.

3-5 – Find the equation of a line given two points (point-slope formula must

be memorized).

3-6 – Graph linear inequalities.

**Objective 4 The student will be able to solve a system of linear equations
and**

inequalities.

4-1 – Solve a system by graphing.

4-2 – Solve a system by using the substitution method or the elimination

method.

4-3 – Solve a system of inequalities.

4-4 – Use systems to solve application problems.

**Objective 5 The student will be able to perform operations on exponential and
radical**

expressions.

5-1 – Distinguish between rational and irrational numbers.

5-2 – Simplify a radical expression .

5-3 – Add or subtract radical expressions.

5-4 – Multiply radical expressions.

5-5 – Divide radical expressions.

5-6 – Apply the Pythagorean Theorem (formula must be memorized).

5-7 – Find the distance between two points using the distance formula (must

be memorized).

**Objective 6 The student will be able to solve and graph quadratic equations.**

6-1 – Solve quadratic equations by factoring.

6-2 – Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula (must be

memorized).

6-3 – Graph quadratic equations in two variables.

6-4 – Solve quadratic equations by taking square roots .

**COURSE**

SCHEDULE

The Course Schedule which is provided on the WebCT course homepage

should be followed week by week. Several as signments will be given each

week that will range from completing a lesson on the computer, working and

submitting homework problems from the book, watching a video and

completing a worksheet, and taking online quizzes. All online quizzes for the

week should be completed by Sunday at midnight, and written assignments

for that week should be delivered to your instructor by Tuesday of the

following week.

Work received up to one week after these deadlines will be penalized 10%,

and no credit will be given to assignments more than a week over due. Allow

time to meet deadlines - do not wait until the last minute to complete your

assignments since odd things happen in cyberspace such as servers

disconnecting temporarily, etc.

Students who do not log in and who do not communicate with their instructor

either through email or by phone by the tenth (10th) day of the semester may

be administratively with drawn from the class . However, it is ultimately the

student's responsibility to withdraw from the course if circumstances warrant

it.

**GRADING**

POLICY

Your course average will be determined from four components as follows:

**Homework** 10%

After completing an online lesson, a short set of problems from the text

(shown in italics with each lesson on the Course Schedule and NOT the

problems assigned by the computer tutorial) will be submitted to your

instructor. On some weeks you will complete a worksheet and submit it as

homework. **All work must be shown with each problem or credit will not**

be given! Also, please include your name, the course and the lesson number

on **each** page of work.

Homework is due by Tuesday of the following week and may be sent to me in

various ways. Homework may be dropped off at my office in Room 403 on

Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and on Friday from

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Other methods for delivering the homework to me

include mailing to the address shown on the syllabus, scanning and sending as

an attachment within the WebCT email system, or faxing to the number

shown on the syllabus. Faxing homework is not encouraged since the quality

of the faxes is mostly very poor.

Homework received up to one week past the deadline will be penalized 10%

and there will be no credit given for homework turned in after that time. You

should also work additional problems in the book and/or on the computer for

additional practice (and not to turn in to me) until you feel you have mastered

the concept. Mathematics requires that certain skills be understood and then

mastered, which means extra work when needed.

The “homework” assigned by the computer after a lesson has been completed

is NOT to be turned in to me, but should be done for extra practice. The

computer keeps track of how well you do on the tutorial and then “assigns”

homework problems on content that has not been mastered and in which more

work is needed.

**Online Evaluate**

Quizzes

**40%**

At the end of each lesson you will complete an online quiz in the “Evaluate”

portion of the lesson on your own, without help from books, notes or other

people. You are expected to memorize all of the formulas used in a lesson

prior to taking the Evaluate Quiz. The quiz results are automatically recorded

within the computer management system, but **always** print a copy of the
quiz

results “just in case”. The week’s quizzes are all due by Sunday at midnight.

You may take a lesson quiz two times (the Overview Pretest may not be used

as a quiz grade). If you elect to take a quiz twice, the **average score** of
the

two quiz attempts will be recorded as the quiz score for that lesson. You

should strive for a mastery score of 90% or above on each online quiz. Do not

immediately retake an Evaluate quiz without first restudying the material.

**Midterm Exam 25%**

The proctored paper-and-pencil Midterm Exam covers material through the

Factoring Cubics Worksheet on Week 7 of the Course Schedule. The Course

Schedule also contains the days the midterm exam may be taken as well as a

link to the Midterm Exam Review consisting of selected problems from the

book and worksheets. A scientific calculator may be used on the exam but cell

phones, notes, books, formula sheets, scrap paper, etc. are NOT permitted. All

formulas needed on the material must be memorized. Midterm grades will be

posted in the WebCT Gradebook.

Students living close to ClovisCommunity College must take the midterm

exam on campus in the TestingCenter located in room 109. Students should

make an appointment through the instructor (not the Testing Center) at least

one week before the scheduled exam and should allow three hours for the

exam. A photo ID must be presented when the exam is taken.

Distant students must make their own arrangements to take
the midterm exam

at a secure, proctored site. The instructor must be informed of, and agree to,

the arrangements (location, proctor, date, time, etc.) at least ten days prior
to

the exam. Distant students must also fill out and send the Request for Off-

Campus Examination form (available as a link on the Course Schedule, Week

7) to the instructor prior to taking the exam. The Request for Off-Campus

Examination form also indicates appropriate proctors and locations. A photo

ID must be shown to the proctor prior to taking the exam.

**Comprehensive**

Final Exam

25%

The proctored paper-and-pencil Final Exam will cover the content of the

entire course and will follow the same procedures used on the Midterm

Exam. The dates the final exam may be taken as well as a link to the Final

Exam Review are available through the Course Schedule, Week 15.

**Grading Scale** Final grades for this course will be posted in the WebCT
Gradebook within

five days from the end of the semester.

Final grades will be assigned using the following grade scale:

90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

0-59% F

**ACADEMIC**

INTEGRITY

Academic dishonesty is an act by a student to use and/or represent the work of

other individuals as that of his or her own production and/or creation .

Academic dishonesty is unacceptable within the campus and in this course.

Students committing acts of academic dishonesty shall be penalized by the

assignment of lowered or failing grades on assignments and/or for the entire

course depending upon the instructor's evaluation of the severity of the

dishonest act. Consult the college catalog for more information on the

institutional policy on academic integrity.

**NETIQUETTE** Netiquette is using good manners in cyberspace. Since most of
the communication

over the net is by way of text, be sure your written words are not offensive to
the

receiver. Remember email is a document, and can be read by someone other than
the

intended audience.

**INCOMPLETE** The incomplete grade of "I" is given for
passing work that could not be

completed during the final weeks of the semester due to those circumstances

beyond a student's control that occurred after the deadline to withdraw from

classes. See the catalog for stipulation in the assignment of an incomplete.

**ADDITIONAL**

COMMENTS TO

THE STUDENT

• It is the student’s responsibility to know what is contained in the **
syllabus.**

• **Log off properly** each time you exit the Academic Systems Algebra

website or data will be lost. You don't want to lose your work or a quiz

because you logged off improperly!

• For your own protection and records, **print off a copy of each quiz** you

take.

• **Get help if needed** – just becauseyou elected to take this math course

online does not mean that you can’t get help from me or see one of the

tutors here on campus.

• It is the student’s responsibility to check for **instructor announcements**

made through the WebCT Mailbox each time you log on to work on a

math lesson.

• You are expected to complete **all** assignments.

• You are expected to **stay on schedule** and complete the assignments on

time. **The deadline for weekly quizzes is Sunday at midnight and any**

written assignments should reach your instructor by Tuesday of the

following week. Work received up to a week after these deadlines will be

penalized 10% and no credit will be given for work submitted after that

time. Please refer to the Course Schedule for each weekly assignment.

• You are encouraged to **work ahead** on topics you are familiar with. More

time is then available for topics you find more difficult.

• The time listed after each lesson is only the approximate time needed for

the computer lesson itself. It does not include the time needed to do the

homework or to take the online quiz.

• The computer system maintains a log each time you enter the online

course. **Students are required to log in at least once a week in order to**

meet course assignment deadlines and to receive additional instructor

announcements. Students who do not log in and who do not

communicate with their instructor either through email or by phone by the

tenth (10th) day of the semester may be administratively withdrawn from

the class. However, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to

withdraw from the course if circumstances warrant it.