MATH-0313-02 - Introductory Algebra
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
MATH-0313-02 - Introductory Algebra
|Instructor||Pate, Martha J.|
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|Course Description||Concepts of basic algebra. Operations on real numbers and polynomials, solving equations, inequalities and systems, graphing, factoring polynomials and problem solving are included.
Prerequisite: MATH 0312 or placement examination.
1) Math 0312 PreAlgebra course grade of C or better
2) direct placement through TSI scores
3) prior equivalent math course
MyMathLab Plus to accompany
Beginning & Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition by Elayn Martin-Gay
USE THEM WISELY
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After a student misses 300 minutes of class, the semester grade will be lowered according to the following scale:
301- 375 minutes: One letter grade
376- 450 minutes: Two Letter grades
More than 450 minutes: Three letter grades
If the grade is lowered to a “DD” or “FD”, the student will be required to repeat the course and take EDUC 1300 concurrently. The student may also be dropped from the course due to nonattendance or non-participation.
|Course Grading Scale||
FD: BELOW 50
|Determination of Final Grade||
Final Exam Review: 5%
Final Exam: 20%
If a student does not pass (course grade DD or F) a developmental course, the student must be enrolled in EDUC 1300 and/or Student Success Center Lab concurrently when the course is retaken. The F carries an academic penalty.
|Final Exam Date||May 6, 2016 - 8:00 AM Through May 6, 2016 - 7:00 PM|
Week 4: Chapter 1 Test
Week 6: Chapter 2 Test
Week 8: Chapter 3 Test
Week 10: Chapter 4 Test
Week 13: Chapter 5 Test
Week 15: Chapter 6 Test
Week 15: Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
1st Exercise Course Pre-Test
2nd Exercise Syllabus Review
1.2 Symbols and sets of Numbers
1.4 Variable Expressions
1.5 Adding Real Numbers
1.6 Subtracting Real Numbers
1.7 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
1.8 Intro to Algebraic expressions
Chapter One Review
2.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
2.2 Equations: Addition & Multiplication Properties
2.3 Solving Linear Equations
2.4 Intro to Problem Solving
Chapter Two review
Cumulative Review Chapters 1-2
3.1 Rectangular Coordinate System
3.2 Intro to Graphing Linear equations
3.3 Intercepts and Graphing
3.4 Slope and Graphing
3.5 Equations of Lines
Chapter Three Review
Cumulative Review Chapters 1-2-3
4.2 Substitution Method
4.3 Addition Method
4.4 Systems with 3 variables
SPRING BREAK WEEK
4.4 Systems with 3 variables Review
AE Determinants and Cramer’s Rule
4.5 Problem Solving
Chapter Four Review
Cumulative Review Chapters 1-2-3-4
5.1 Rules of Exponents
5.2 Functions & Adding/Subtracting Polynomials
5.3 Multiplying Polynomials
5.4 Special Products
5.5 Negative Exponents
5.6 Dividing Polynomials
5.7 Synthetic Division and Remainder Theorem
Chapter Five Review
Cumulative Review Chapters 1-2-3-4-5
6.1 Factoring :GCF
6.5 Factoring Binomials: Squares and Cubes
6.2 Factoring Trinomials
6.3 Factoring Trinomials
6.1 Factoring: Grouping
Chapter 6 Review
Cumulative Final Exam Review Chapters 1-6
Final Exam Review
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills- Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
• Students will determine the slopes, intercepts, equations and graphs of lines
• Students will solve systems of equations in two and three variables by substitution, addition and determinants
• Students will add, subtract, multiply, divide and factor polynomials
• Students will translate, develop a strategy and solve related application problems
• Students will utilize an online learning system to demonstrate math proficiency
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|Additional Information||Calculators are not allowed except through an accommodation from Special Populations.|
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|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|