Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: DMTH-0310- Section: 71
Beginning Algebra
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Instructor Information
Instructor Ragayle Yates
Phone(409) 984-6574
Location:Student Center - Room: 409
Hours:M-F 10-11am, MW 130-230pm, TR 1230-130pm
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Concepts of basic algebra. Operations on real numbers and polynomials, solving equations, inequalities and systems, graphing, and problem solving are included.
Prerequisites TSI Score 310-335 and ABE Score 3-6, or TSI Score 336-341
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Use appropriate symbolic notation and vocabulary to communicate, interpret, and explain mathematical concepts.
2. Define, represent, and perform operations on real numbers, applying numeric reasoning to investigate and describe quantitative relationships and solve real-world problems in a variety of contexts.
3. Use algebraic reasoning to solve problems that require ratios and rates in a variety of contexts using multiple representations.
4. Apply algebraic reasoning to manipulate expressions and equations to solve real-world problems.
5. Use graphs, tables, and technology to analyze, interpret, and compare data sets.
6. Construct and use mathematical models in verbal, algebraic, graphical, and tabular form to solve problems from a variety of contexts and to make predictions and decisions.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Beginning & Intermediate Algebra 6th edition by Elayn Martin-Gay (NOT required, but digital version already comes with lab subscription)

MyLabsPlus Access (subscription purchase of ~$120 required)
Lecture Topics
Review of Real Numbers
1.2 Symbols and Sets of Numbers
1.3 Fractions and Mixed Numbers
1.4 Exponents, Order of Operations, Variable Expressions and Equations
1.5 Adding Real Numbers
1.6 Subtracting Real Numbers
1.7 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
1.8 Properties of Real Numbers Review

Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
2.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
2.2 The Addition and Multiplication Properties of Equality
2.3 Solving Linear Equations
2.4 An Introduction to Problem Solving

3.1 Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System
3.2 Graphing Linear Equations
3.3 Intercepts
3.4 Slope and Rate of Change
3.5 Equation of Lines 3.6 Identify functions

Solving Systems of Linear Equations
4.1 Determine the number of solutions of a system from a graph
4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Addition

Exponents and Polynomials
5.1 Exponents
5.2 Polynomial Functions and Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
5.3 Multiplying Polynomials
5.4 Special Products
5.5 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
5.6 Dividing Polynomials

Factoring Polynomials
6.1 Factoring The Greatest Common Factor
6.2 Factoring Trinomials of the Form x^2 + bx + c
Major Assignments

Week 1: Course Introduction; Syllabus review; Chapter 1
Week 2: Chapter 1 con't; Chapter 2
Week 3: Chapter 3
Week 4: Chapter 4; Chapter 5
Week 5: Chapter 5 con't; Chapter 6
Week 6: Final

*Please note that major assignments schedule is subject to change.
Final Exam Date July 12, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  July 12, 2021 - 12:0 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = AD 80 - 89 = BD 70 - 79 = CD 60 - 69 = DD Below 59 = FD

*D after the letter grade is code for Developmental
Determination of
Final Grade
Test 40%
Homework 30%
Final 20%
Project 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must schedule an appointment time to meet via TEAMS or Zoom.
Attendance Policy Class Attendance Expectations: Attendance in this class is a matter of state law - 5 absences may result in immediate course failure. (This would mean that you missed 2 1/2 weeks of class).

Online course attendance will be monitored weekly by checking the Last Log In dates/times found in MyMathLab and/or via discussion board participation
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.