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Math 120 Core Course ObjectivesStudents completing Math 120 – Beginning Algebra should be able to:Math 120 Associate Degree OutcomesAll courses at Jackson Community College address one or more of the institutionally defined Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs). Math 120 contributes to the following outcomes.Math 120- 82/84 Beginning Algebra Instructor: Michelle Calvin MyMathLab Email: [email protected] Course ID # _______________ Please note: Internet access is required for this section of Math 120. Class homework must be completed on a computer with internet access. MTH 120-82 MTH 120-84 Class Time: 12-2:25 M-W Class Time: 10-11:56 M-W Class Room: Room 12 Class Room: Room 12 Office Hours: By appointment Course Description: Math 120 is the study of the following: variables and variable expressions, integers, laws of exponents, equations (linear, quadratic, rational, radical, and absolute value), linear inequalities, linear systems, coordinate graphing and problem solving. Prerequisite(s): Math 098 or equivalent Course Goals: The purpose of this course is to develop a progressive understanding of more basic algebraic skills, concepts, and problem solving techniques; to obtain a sense of how and why algebra is used, and to be able to relate these problems and use the learned problem solving techniques to real life applications. Great emphasis will be placed on understanding of terms, concepts, principles and theories rather than cramming and memorization. Math 120 Core Course Objectives Students completing Math 120 – Beginning Algebra should be able to: 1. Simplify basic algebraic, exponential, rational, and radical expressions using mathematical processes and symbol manipulation. 2. Use algebraic processes to solve linear, quadratic, rational, radical and literal equations and linear systems of equations. 3. Demonstrate understanding of concepts of linear equations by: graphing a linear equation, finding x- and y- intercepts, and finding the slope of a line. 4. Solve basic application problems using algebraic processes and procedural techniques. 5. Demonstrate knowledge of current technology and its uses and/or scientific issues. Math 120 Associate Degree Outcomes All courses at Jackson Community College address one or more of the institutionally defined Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs). Math 120 contributes to the following outcomes. ADO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of the structure of the real number system. • Demonstrates computational skills using positive and negative numbers, fractions, and decimals, ratio and percents.• Demonstrates an understanding of algebra (manipulating algebraic expressions, solving linear equations, applying the rules of exponents), geometry and measurement, data and descriptive statistics. • Uses and understands basic mathematical terminology. • Translates situations into mathematical symbols. • Represents mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and/or verbally. • Understands that connections exist between mathematics and real-world situations. ADO 7: Rubric for Critical Thinking • Incorporates new knowledge with old. • Converts complex concepts into useful personal language. • Solves new problems in new contexts. Course Information and Requirements Attendance and Withdrawal Policy 1. Office Hours: I strongly encourage you to come to me first to get help outside of class. Please do not get behind because of lack of understanding. I always want to do my best to help you understand this thing called math. 2. Tutoring: Please see me and I will help you get a tutor set up. Math Tutors are available Monday - Thursday in the Math Lab, located in room 245 of McDivitt Hall. Hours are 8:30am – 6:00pm, and a schedule is posted outside the door. Also, the Center for Student Success offers peer-tutoring in their office, 125 BW. Some of the tutors are available evening and weekends. There are computer tutorial programs available for some of the courses as well. 3. Study Groups: I strongly encourage you to make a friend or friends in class that you can get together with outside of class. One of the best ways to study and to learn is by helping one another. Like “they” say, “Two heads are better than one.” 4. You are responsible for the homework assignments. Attempt the homework assignments before attending lectures. The lecture periods will be used to clarify and re-emphasize previous material and to introduce new material. If you fail to come to class, you will not only miss the lectures, but will also miss the quiz and homework review. You will consequently receive a poor grade, not because you cannot do math, but because you failed to show up in class. Remember, there is a strong positive correlation between attendance and performance. It has also been determined that for each hour spent in class, one should spend at least two hours studying and reviewing outside of class. Be sure to allow time to do your coursework, to ensure success. 5. Calculators: Graphing Calculators (TI-83 or TI-84 preferred) are required for MTH 131, 132, 140, 151, ect. For MTH 120, a calculator is not required, but it would be advisable to have a scientific calculator that performs the basic operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide), percents and fractions. 6. Attendance is required and will be taken in some fashion daily (either by roll call or class work). Attendance will be included in the class work grade. Class work counts as 5% of your grade. 7. Classroom Behavior: As stated in the Student Handbook, misconduct for which students or visitors are subject to discipline are as follows: 1. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College. 2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of College documents, records or Identification. 3. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, lecturing, research,administration, disciplinary procedures, or other authorized activities on College premises...” It takes all of us working together in a positive fashion to get the most out of our class. I am looking forward to sharing with you, a very positive and rewarding semester of mathematics. Not only do I look


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