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SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE MATHEMATICS AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT COURSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MATH 0315 (Summer): BEGINNING ALGEBRA INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Moffett OFFICE: M110 PHONE: 894-9611 EXT 2528 or 716-2528 E-MAIL: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS: Before and after class COURSE PURPOSE: To provide a solid foundation in algebra for the students who have had little or no algebra background. This course is designed to furnish the algebraic background necessary for enrollment in Math 0320. Some concepts present on the Accuplacer/THEA placement test will be presented. TEXTBOOK: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, Sullivan/Struve/Mazzarella, 2007, Second edition, Prentice Hall/Pearson Education. SUPPLIES: You will need a scientific or graphing calculator, pencils, graph paper and a three ring binder for notes. (Calculators will not be allowed on some tests.) ATTENDANCE: Attend class. Sleeping is considered an absence. Tardy students are disruptive. Two tardies will count as an absence. Leaving before class is dismissed is considered an absence. If you are absent two times you may be dropped with either an X or F as determined by your instructor. If you decide to drop the class, please do it before being dropped by your instructor with an X or an F. DROPPING A COURSE: To drop the course, return a completed official drop to the registrar’s office. Follow the official Drop/Withdrawal Policy & Procedures in the class schedule. HOMEWORK (HW): HW will be assigned daily and is online at coursecompass.com (MyMathLab). The work will be submitted online as you work the problems. The deadline for online HW & Quizzes is the day before a major exam. The same work will also be submitted on paper on the day of a major exam. Have your work in order and stapled together before bringing it to class on a major exam day. Have the HW and quizzes in the same order that they occur on MML. Use a three ring binder for HW and quizzes. Do not use a spiral. Late HW will not be accepted. Use pencil for all work. SHOW YOUR WORK. Write neatly. You may write on the back. Copy the problem, show your work, and clearly indicate the answer. Skip a line between each problem. The heading requires your name, date, chapter, and section. Failure to follow these directions may result in lower HW scores. Stay current with all assignments. Changes made to HW will be announced in class. Some HW sections are considered prerequisites and are not covered in lecture. Good study habits are imperative for success. TUTORING: Free tutoring is available in room 116 of the Mathematics-Engineering Building. (Please remember to sign in when you seek the help of a tutor.) Videotapes for this course are also available to be viewed in room 116 or you may check them out. These tapes are also available through webCT. The user name is mvideos and the password is also mvideos. Tutoring resources are also available online via MML. EXAMINATIONS: There will be 4 major exams (use pencil). A calculator will not be allowed on some tests. Tentative dates for the exams will be on the class schedule. Please correct the exams as they are returned in partial preparation for the final. Exams may not be made up. If you are absent on the day an exam is given, you will receive a grade of zero for that exam. At the discretion of your instructor, the final test grade may be used to replace one zero for a missed exam. Subsequent zeros will stand. GRADING: Homework and quizzes and the study plan on My Math Lab (MML) online will count as 20% of your overall grade. There will be four exams and a final. Each exam will count 15% and the final will count 20%. Exams MAY NOT be made up. Be in class on exam days. Final grades will be awarded on the following scale: A 90-100; B 80-89; C 70-79; D 60-69; F below 60. A student with no absences may be considered for a PR if all HW and quizzes are completed successfully (70% or greater).STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. READ YOUR SYLLABUS! 2. Attend class. Avoid being tardy. Be aware of announcements made in class. 3. Read the sections assigned before class. 4. Do online assignments. 5. Work extra problems, as required, to understand each topic. 6. Turn cell phones OFF (not on silent) prior to entering the classroom. A cell phone violation may result in a student being dropped from the class. Behavior and Discipline: Please keep a positive attitude and come to class desirous to learn. Treat yourself and others with respect. Any student not doing so will be asked to leave. Please assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Turn off all cell phones and pagers before entering the room and refrain from reading newspapers, chewing tobacco products, or otherwise being disruptive in class. A student is considered absent for disruptive behavior. Keep cell phones OFF and out of sight. A violation of cell phone rules is considered disruptive behavior. You may be dropped from the class for any disruptive behavior. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Successful completion of this course should reflect mastery of the following objectives: (Chapter and section numbers are indicated in parentheses.) 1. Add, subtract, multiply and divide real numbers. (1.5) 2. Use the order of operations to simplify an expression. (1.7) 3. Simplify algebraic expressions. (1.8) 4. Solve linear equations. (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) 5. Translate and solve word problems. (2.5, 2.6, 2.7) 6. Solve linear inequalities. (2.8) 7. Graph equations in two variables by the intercept method and the slope intercept method. (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) 8. Evaluate expressions using exponent rules. (5.2, 5.4) 9. Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials. (5.1, 5.3, 5.5) 10. Factor polynomials, (6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5) 11. Solve quadratic equations by factoring. (6.6) The two main course objectives are: solve a linear equation and be able to factor. Students will be expected to be able to factor well when they finish Math 0315. DISABILITY STATEMENT: Students with disabilities, including but not limited to physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class should notify the Special Services Office early in the semester so that the appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodations must provide acceptable documentation of his/her disability to the Special Services Coordinator. For more

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