MAT0221VJ01Y  Foundations of Algebra
Synonym: 189713
Location: Upper Valley
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday & Thursday,
12:00P  02:45P
Semester Dates: 10242019 to 12122019
Last day to drop without a grade: 11022019  Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11222019  Refund Policy
Faculty: Mark Farley

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Course Description:
This beginning course in algebra provides a foundation for further study of mathematics as well as for course work in many technical and scientific fields. Topics include algebraic laws, polynomials, exponents, linear equations, and factoring. Basic math skills are recommended. Credits earned in this course to not apply toward graduation.
Essential Objectives:
1. Perform operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of rational numbers. 2. Perform operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication of polynomials. 3. Evaluate algebraic expressions by substitution. 4. Explain and apply the commutative, associative and distributive laws. 5. Apply properties of exponents. 6. Solve linear equations and apply to the solution of word problems. 7. Graph linear equations and identify slope and intercepts. 8. Solve systems of linear equations both graphically and algebraically. 9. Factor nonprime trinomials, factor binomials that are the difference of squares, and remove common factors from polynomials. 10. Simplify radicals and use that skill to solve problems involving the Pythagorean theorem. 11. Apply these concepts and skills in solving problems that occur in various fields of study. 12. Use a scientific calculator to verify the numerical solutions of application problems.
Additional Instructor PreAssignments/Notes/Comments:
I expect you to arrive on the first day comfortable with all aspects of math foundations. This includes whole numbers, FRACTIONS, decimals, proportions, percentages, geometry, and signed numbers (positive and negative numbers).
This is an accelerated course. We will complete the course material in only 7 ½ weeks. The course is also cumulative, i.e., later chapters depend on your mastery of the early work.
There is no magic shortcut to math success. Being successful requires that you DO math, repeatedly! It involves memorization and repetition at all levels. You will be successful if you are dedicated to practicing concepts by doing many problems. Math is also about attitude. If you believe in yourself and work hard, you will succeed!
If you need individual help outside of the classroom, I am available (by prior arrangement) or you can seek assistance from online tutors. We will frown upon such comments as: “I don’t get it,” or “I’m not good at math!” You may use a calculator to check your work outside of class, but doing your work with a calculator will not help you learn.
Your will progress much faster in this course if you know your multiplication tables well when you arrive for the first day of class. No calculators or multiplication charts will be allowed. Ideally, you should have instant recall of all of your tables, including the 11s and 12s. Understanding fractions completely is critical to success in algebra. Please take some time before we begin class to master all procedures associated with fractions.
Your textbook is free, and free implies no frills.
Most of your homework, inclass quizzes, and takehome tests will be original material that I have authored. Expect it to be more challenging. I have designed it to assess your knowledge of the basics. The problems are typically multistep procedures that draw on your mastery of basic concepts.
Methods:
Our class will involve traditional lecture, but you will also be expected to participate often in class.
There will be daily quizzes on the material we discussed during the previous class.
Each Thursday you will be given a takehome test that will be due the following Tuesday at the beginning of class. You may receive help from anyone, including me, but please do the work primarily by yourself. You may submit your test to me via email, and I will "grade" it and return it to you, with suggestions on how to correct missed questions if required.
Evaluation Criteria:
This is not a credit course, so you will be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. Passing is 70%. Your overall average will always be available on Canvas.
I expect you to attend class, and attendance will count as 20% of your grade. That' a gimme 20% just for showing up! If you miss class routinely, you will probably not successfully achieve the course objectives. Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire class.
Finally, I will be giving you frequent feedback, but if you are uncertain about your progress in the course, please ask!
A minimum of 70% is required to earn a passing grade in our course. Course elements will count as follows:
Homework (take home tests): 60%
Attendance: 20%
Quizzes: 20% These are the daily quizzes given at the beginning of each class.
Grading Criteria:
You must earn 70% on the course elements to receive a Pass in the course.
Textbooks:
Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13.
On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.
The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.
Contact Faculty:
Email: Mark Farley
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Debra Grant
Home Phone: 8024857213
Attendance Policy:
Owing to the nature of this course, you should be present for all class meetings. However, if you cannot attend class for routine reasons, please notify me as soon as you know you will be absent. I prefer email notification (mcfarleyvt@gmail.com). If you cannot notify me in advance, please call me (8024857213) during the week to discuss your absence and arrange to make up missed work.
Syllabus:
Syllabus  MAT0221, Foundations of Algebra
CCV Upper Valley, Fall, 24 Oct  12 Dec 2019
Thurs, 24 Oct  Chapter 1 Multiplication quiz, course description review, math foundations (especially fractions) review, Should I know this? Real numbers, algebra basics (terms), addition/multiplication properties of equality
Tuesday, 29 Oct  Chapter 2  Addition/multiplication properties of equality, solving single variable equations and inequalities with integers/fractions/decimals, solve a formula for a given variable
Thursday, 31 Oct  Chapter 3  Math models / life problems  Problem solving strategies, percent/mixture/geometry applications, uniform motion applications
Tuesday, 5 Nov  Chapter 4  Graphs and calculators  Intro to rectangular (Cartesian) coordinate system, graphing linear equations in two variables, slope/intercept form (y = mx + b), given a graph, find the equation of a line, calculators
Thursday, 7 Nov  Chapter 5  Systems of linear equations  Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution, elimination (addition), systems of linear equations applications, especially mixtures
Tuesday, 12 Nov  Chapter 6  Polynomials/Rules of Exponents (ROE)  ROE, add/subtract/multiply polynomials, dividing monomials/polynomials
Thursday, 14 Nov  Chapter 6  Polynomials/Rules of Exponents (ROE)  Special products (Difference Of Two Squares [DOTS], Perfect Square Trinomials [PST]), scientific notation
Tuesday, 19 Nov  Chapter 7  Factoring  Greatest Common Factor (GCF), factoring by grouping, factoring trinomials with leading coefficients of 1, and leading coefficients other than 1, factoring special products (DOTS/PST), general factoring strategy
Thursday, 21 Nov  Chapter 7  Factoring  Factoring 2.0
Tuesday, 26 Nov  Chapter 8  Rational expressions and equations  Simplifying/multiplying/dividing rational expressions, including complex rational expressions
Thanksgiving, 28 Nov  NO CLASS! Bummer!
Tuesday, 3 Dec  Chapter 8  Rational expressions and equations  Solving rational equations, including life problems
Thursday, 5 Dec  Chapter 9  Roots and radicals  Square roots, simplifying/adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing square roots. Solving equations with square roots, rational (fractional) exponents
Tuesday, 10 Dec  Chapter 10  Quadratic equations  Intro to quadratic equations, zero factor property, solving quadratic equations by factoring
Thursday, 12 Dec  Review takehome final exam
Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site
and bring documentation with them.
Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present as your own work something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.
Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.
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