Intro to Algebra
Instructor: Theresa Evans ET 127a 335-6406
A developmental course that introduces elementary algebra with some arithmetic review. Includes signed numbers and rational numbers with operations through exponentiation; algebraic expressions and their operations; linear equations and inequalities including applications, graphs. The student will learn to select appropriate mathematical techniques and technologies and use skills in information organizing, processing, planning, and problem solving. Credit is not transferable. This course does not satisfy requirements for any degree plan at College. Placement testing is available. Attendance is mandatory for TASP/THEA liable students. Lab fee required. (SCANS 3, 8, 9) Prerequisite: MATH 0371 passes with a ?C? or better or satisfactory placement score. Corequisite: 14 hours in the Math Academic Resource Lab.
1.0 Performing algebraic operations with real numbers.
2.0 Solve equations and inequalities and solve applied problems.
3.0 Graph equations and inequalities.
4.0 Verify equivalent expressions and perform basic operations with polynomials.
5.0 Perform polynomial operations and factoring algebraic expressions
Textbook: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra; Bittinger, 4e
MyMath Lab Software: all homework done with this software
Method of Evaluation: Math Tutoring Lab: 14%
Final Exam: 15% (Final is comprehensive)
No Late Homework Accepted.
Failure to take Final Exam will result in receiving an F for the class
Homework Due Dates:
Intro to Algebra
Weekly Web Class Assignments
Week 1: Register MyMath lab
Read all info about class on instructor web-site and in MyMath lab
Sections 1.1 1.3
Week 2: Sections: 1.4 1.6
Week 3: Sections 1.7 & 1.8
Chapter 1 Review
Week 4: Chapter 1 Test
Sections 2.1 2.2
Week 5: Sections 2.3 2.5
Week 6: Sections 2.6 & 2.7
Chapter 2 Review
Week 7: Chapter 2 Test
Sections 3.1 3.2
Week 8: Sections 3.3 3.5
Week 9: Sections 3.6 & 3.7
Chapter 3 Review
Week 10: Chapter 3 Test
Sections 4.1 4.2
Week 11: Sections 4.3 4.7
Week 12: Sections 4.8
Chapter 4 Review
Chapter 4 Test
Week 13: Sections 5.1
Week 14: Sections 5.2 5.4
Week 15: Section 5.5 5.7
Study and review for final
Week 16: Final exam
NOTES: You can print out the notes for class at https://sites.google.com/site/intro372
Please bring them to class with you.
Attendance: Your Attendance is the greatest indicator of YOUR success. Student attendance at every class is expected. You should expect that each absence would adversely affect your course grade. This is a developmental course and state law requires class attendance. You are allowed 7 missed class days. On the 8th absent you will be given an F for the course.
Tardiness: Tardies are not accepted. When you come in tardy you are disturbing the learning process. Please be on time. Once I have finished start of class business, I will shut the door. You will receive ½ absent if you enter after the door is shut. We have started class and you are disturbing it at that time.
Communication plays a vital role in an online students success. Communication methods for this course include announcements, email, and discussion boards. You are required to participate in the discussion boards. Each student should submit 15 meaningful threads in the discussion boards. These can either be new discussions, or they can be replies to other discussion. You will earn credit for meaningful posts to the discussion boards through December 7th. Idle chitchat and non-meaningful posts will not count towards your grade. Any emails I receive will be answered within 2 business days.
Math Lab: You are required to attend the Math lab for a total of 14 hours in the semester. Do not wait until the last of the semester. You can receive a maximum of 3 hours credit a week. If you do not attend the lab, it will affect your grade and can even result in a failing grade.
Monday Thursday: 8:30 am 8:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am 1:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm 5:00 pm
Cell Phones: Cell phones and pagers are not allowed in my class. If you must have a cell phone on please turn it to silent. Do not answer in class. You need to wait until I have finished lecturing and then go out in the hall to respond to the call.
The last day to drop a course at Odessa College for the fall semester of 2012 is Wednesday, November 14th.
Conduct: All students will be expected to abide by the OC Code of Classroom Etiquette. I have provided a copy for you. If you fail to abide by these rules, you will be asked to leave my classroom or be removed completely from my class.
Cheating: Cheating is not tolerated in my class. Cheating also includes copying answers out of the back of the book. All work must be shown on homework paper that is turned in. Any homework turned in that shows only answers will receive a 0. The 1st time you are caught cheating on a paper, homework, assignment, or test, you will receive a 0 for that assignment. The 2nd time you are caught cheating, you will be removed from my class permanently and receive an F for the course. If you are caught letting someone copy your paper, you will receive the same punishment.
You must have a back-up plan for this course in case your primary computer fails during the semester. Please detail the location of the two computers in your student information sheet.
Monday: 8:30 9:00 and 12:00 1:30
Tuesday: 12:30 2:30
Wednesday: 8:30 9:00 and 12:00 1:30
Thursday: 12:30 2:30
Learning Resource Center (The Library)
The Library, known as the Learning Resources Center, provides research assistance via the LRC's catalog (print books, videos, e-books) and databases (journal and magazine articles). Research guides covering specific subject areas, tutorials, and the "Ask a Librarian " service provide additional help.
Please access your Odessa College Student E-mail, by following the link to either set up or update your account: http://www.odessa.edu/gmail/. All assignments or correspondence will be submitted using your Odessa College email.
For Blackboard username and password help and for help accessing your online course availability and student email account contact the Student Success Center at 432-335-6878 or online at https://www.odessa.edu/dept/ssc/helpdesk_form.htm.
Important School Policies
For information regarding student support services, academic dishonesty, disciplinary actions, special accommodations, or student's and instructors' right to academic freedom can be found in the Odessa College Student Handbook.
The Odessa College Student Success Coaches will help you stay focused and on track to complete your educational goals. If an instructor sees that you might need additional help or success coaching, he or she may submit a Retention Alert or a Starfish Alert. A Student Success Coach will contact you to work toward a solution.
Expectations for Engagement Face to Face Learning
To help make the learning experience fulfilling and rewarding, the following Expectations for Engagement provide the parameters for reasonable engagement between students and instructors for the learning environment. Students and instructors are welcome to exceed these requirements.
Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Instructors
1. As an instructor, I understand the importance of clear, timely communication with my students. In order to maintain sufficient communication, I will
· provided my contact information at the beginning of the syllabus;
· respond to all messages in a timely manner through telephone, email, or next classroom contact; and,
· notify students of any extended times that I will be unavailable and provide them with alternative contact information (for me or for my supervisor) in case of emergencies during the time Im unavailable.
2. As an instructor, I understand that my students will work to the best of their abilities to fulfill the course requirements. In order to help them in this area, I will
· provide clear information about grading policies and assignment requirements in the course syllabus, and
· communicate any changes to assignments and/or to the course calendar to students as quickly as possible.
3. As an instructor, I understand that I need to provide regular, timely feedback to students about their performance in the course. To keep students informed about their progress, I will
· return classroom activities and homework within one week of the due date and
· provide grades for major assignments within 2 weeks of the due date or at least 3 days before the next major assignment is due, whichever comes first.
Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Students
1. As a student, I understand that I am responsible for keeping up with the course. To help with this, I will
· attend the course regularly and line up alternative transportation in case my primary means of transportation is unavailable;
· recognize that the college provides free wi-fi, computer labs, and library resources during regular campus hours to help me with completing my assignments; and,
· understand that my instructor does not have to accept my technical issues as a legitimate reason for late or missing work if my personal computer equipment or internet service is unreliable.
2. As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to communicate quickly with the instructor any issue or emergency that will impact my involvement with or performance in the class. This includes, but is not limited to,
· missing class when a major test is planned or a major assignment is due;
· having trouble submitting assignments;
· dealing with a traumatic personal event; and,
· having my work or childcare schedule changed so that my classroom attendance is affected.
3. As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to understand course material and requirements and to keep up with the course calendar. While my instructor is available for help and clarification, I will
· seek out help from my instructor and/or from tutors;
· ask questions if I dont understand; and,
· attend class regularly to keep up with assignments and announcements.
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