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# ELEMENTS OF ALGEBRA

Course Objectives: This course presents elementary concepts of algebra and teaches basic algebra
skills. It is intended to prepare students for Intermediate Algebra, a skills course required of most
students for graduation from Utah State University.

Text: Beginning Algebra; (Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis) Tenth Edition

Topics Covered: Real Number Operations (Addition, Subtraction, Division, and Multiplication),
Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable, Linear Equations in Two Variables,
Exponents, Factoring, Operations with Polynomials and with Rational Expressions, Various Types
of Applications Problems, Equations of Lines, and Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

Calculators: Calculators are NOT ALLOWED on tests. When you do your homework, it is
recommended that you do not use your calculator. Use a calculator sparingly on application
problems where numbers are large.

Tuesday & Thursday Classes: Heidi Wursten will be conducting Supplemental Instruction sessions
on Tuesday and Thursday. These sessions will be most beneficial if you have done the previous
days homework before attending. You will be able to ask questions and get clarification on
concepts that are challenging to you. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory and will count

Attendance: Attendance in class is crucial. Class-time will be spent answering question about the
homework and discussing new material. Students are encouraged to ask and answer
questions and to participate in classroom discussions and activities. It should be noted that it
is impossible to cover textbook material in the same depth that it is presented in the textbook
itself. Students are expected to study the textbook to learn information not presented in class.
Students who must miss class are responsible for contacting the instructor in advance, making
arrangements to turn in assignments that are due, and getting notes from missed lectures.
Students who miss class repeatedly or fail to consult with the instructor will be referred to the
director, Nazih Al-Rashid.

Homework: Please see attached page that describes how your homework must be written up.
Your three lowest homework scores will be dropped, and then your percent correct on the
remaining assignments will serve as your homework score. Late homework will not be accepted
except in extenuating circumstances (serious illness, for example). Each assignment is due on the
next class meeting day after it is assigned. The homework will be worth 100 points.

Quizzes: Brief quizzes worth 10 points each will be given frequently and without prior
announcement. The 10 best quiz scores will be counted.

Tests: Four midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam will be given. Make-up exams will be
given only in emergencies, and you must obtain prior consent from the instructor. Each midterm
exam will be worth 100 points. The comprehensive final exam is on December 10 at 9:30 a.m. and
is worth 200 points.

Test Corrections: All students are required to do corrections on every exam. These will be due one
week after the exam is returned. The corrections consist of three parts: 1) the missed problem must
be reworked correctly, 2) a brief written explanation of the error must be given, and 3) similar
problems from a list I provide must be correctly worked. In the past, students have found this to be
a valuable learning experience. It is also motivation to do well on the exam so that the correction
process is minimized.

 Grading Policy: Attendance 100 points Homework 100 points Quizzes 100 points (10 points each) Tests 400 points (100 points each) Test Corrections 100 points (25 points each) Final Exam 200 points

Math 0900 is a pass/fail class. Students must accumulate at least 70% of the points possible over
the semester in order to earn a “pass” in the course.

Students who fall below 70% accuracy on homework, quizzes, or exams are expected to meet
individually with the instructor and/or get help from the math tutors. Studies have shown that studying
with other students is also an effective way to increase your understanding of mathematics.

American with Disabilities Act: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that all State
and Local Government programs be administered in such a manner as to protect qualified
individuals with disabilities from discriminatory treatment. Utah State University complies with this
policy, and therefore:

Students with disabilities who wish to receive accommodations in this class should contact the
Disability Resource Center at 797-2444 during the first week of class so that warranted
accommodations can be implemented in a timely fashion. The Disability Resource Center is
located in room 101 of the University Inn. Special considerations must be discussed with and
approved by the instructor.

Note: Elements of Algebra (Math 0900) is a remedial math course. Its three credit hours do not count

## Your final exam will be comprehensive. You will take the final exam at 9:30 a.m. on MONDAY, APRIL 27

 Day Date Section Page Assigned Problems Jan 5 1.1 Fractions 11 1-6, 13, 19, 21, 24, 27, 31, 38, 39, 44, 47, 52, Jan 7 1.1 Fractions 11 32, 56, 65, 68, 75, 77, 87, 89 Jan 9 1.2 Exponents, Order of Operations, and Inequalities 21 3, 6, 12, 18, 21, 27, 40, 45, 50, 57, 60, 63, 66, 72, 75, 81, 84, 87, 92, 93 Jan 12 1.3 Variables, Expressions, and Equations 29 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 21, 24, 25, 27, 33, 42, 48, 54, 58, 60, 63, 72 1.4 Real Numbers and the Number Line 38 11, 14, 17, 20, 30, 42, 54, 60, 63, 66, 69 Jan 14 1.5 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers 48 6, 18, 27, 33, 36, 42, 54, 60, 63, 69, 72, 75, 77, 81, 87, 90, 96, 99, 105, 108, 111, 116, 118, 123, 126 Jan 16 1.6 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers 62 1, 3, 20, 29, 41, 44, 46, 48, 65, 72, 75, 83, 87, 91, 93, 99, 103, 111, 115, 121 Jan 19 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY NO CLASSES Jan 21 1.7 Properties of Real Numbers 74 9, 18, 24, 27, 30, 31, 48, 51, 53, 54, 63, 73, 78, 84, 87 1.8 Simplifying Expressions 80 2, 10, 19, 28, 36, 45, 48, 53, 59, 62, 70, 73, 76, 82, 85, 86, 87, 88 Jan 23 2.1 The Addition Property of Equality 100 3, 18, 21, 24, 33, 38, 39, 43, 52, 53, 56, 62, 68, 71 2.2 The Multiplication Property of Equality 106 3, 5, 6, 21, 24, 33, 36, 39, 45, 48, 51, 62, 65, 68, 76 Jan 26 2.3 More on Solving Linear Equations 115 2, 3, 15, 18, 24, 26, 30, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 55, 61 Jan 28 REVIEW 93 186 Chapter 1 Test ALL Chapter 2 Test 1-5 Jan 30 EXAM 1 – YOU WILL BE TESTED ON SECTIONS 1.1-2.3 Feb 2 2.4 An Intro. to Applications of Linear Equations 125 1, 6, 9, 18, 22, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 54, 57, 60 2.5 Geometry Formulas and Applications 137 2, 3,8, 11, 17, 21, 29, 33, 48, 55, 60, 69, 72, 78, 81, 84 Feb 4 2.6 Ratios and Proportions 146 5, 10, 15, 18, 22, 27, 31, 36, 42, 49, 54, 61, 64, 67, 71 Feb 6 2.7 More about Problem Solving 157 2, 10,13,22, 25, 30, 33, 46, 54 Feb 9 2.8 Solving Linear Inequalities 172 2, 12, 19, 24, 30, 44, 54, 67, 74, 77, 82, 87, 91 Feb 11 3.1 Reading Graphs; Linear Equations in Two Variables 199 4, 7, 9, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30, 39, 42, 50, 56, 64, 70, 73, 76, 3.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables 212 6, 9, 12, 18, 25, 30, 31, 41, 46, 56, 62, 67 Feb 13 3.3 The Slope of a Line 224 5, 8d, 11, 13, 18, 21, 25, 34, 44, 50, 51, 56, 59, 62, 68, 69, 72 Feb 16 PRESIDENT’S DAY NO CLASSES MONDAY CLASSES MEET ON TUESDAY Feb 17 3.4 Equations of a Line 237 3, 5, 12, 13, 15, 25, 32, 35, 36, 44, 48, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 70 Feb 18 3.5 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables 247 6, 12, 15, 18, 24, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36 Feb 20 REVIEW 186 268 Chapter 2 Test 6 – 20 Chapter 3 Test 1 – 20 Feb 23 EXAM 2 – YOU WILL BE TESTED ON SECTIONS 2.3-3.5 Feb 25 5.1 The Product Rule and Power Rules of Exponents 333 3, 13, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 36, 38, 39, 42, 45, 48, 54, 62, 63, 66, 72, 75, 81, 82, 87 Feb 27 5.2 Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule 342 7, 11, 14b, 14d, 19, 24, 36, 39, 42, 48, 51, 54, 60, 63, 66, 72, 75, 78 5.3 Scientific Notation 350 1c, 4, 10, 16, 19, 27, 30, 33, 46, 74 Mar 2 5.4 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials 361 5, 10, 15, 20, 21, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 65, 80, 87 Mar 4 5.5 Multiplying Polynomials 369 3, 9, 12, 18, 21, 27, 30, 36, 39, 45, 48, 54, 60, 63, 69, 72, 87 5.6 Special Products 375 1, 5, 13, 21, 26, 34, 57, 62, 69, 74, 77 Mar 6 5.7 Dividing Polynomials 384 3, 6, 12, 24, 33, 43, 46, 54, 58, 60, 68, 71, 77 MARCH 9-13 SPRING BREAK NO CLASSES Mar 16 6.1 Greatest Common Factor; Factoring by Grouping 406 8, 11, 14, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 61, 64, 67, 76, 82, 92 Mar 18 6.2 Factoring Trinomials 412 1, 10, 20, 23, 32, 40, 51, 56, 65, 73 6.3 More on Factoring Trinomials 419 8, 20, 30, 35, 40, 78, 83, 88, 93 Mar 20 6.4 Special Factoring Rules 428 5, 19, 24, 34, 39, 49, 56, 73, 74 Summary 431 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 Mar 23 REVIEW 395 461 Chapter 5 Test ALL Chapter 6 Test 1- 20 Mar 25 EXAM 3 – YOU WILL BE TESTED ON SECTIONS 5.1-6.4 Mar 27 6.5 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring 438 13, 22, 25, 29, 32, 38, 41, 47, 54, 57, 60, 61, 64, 70, 79, 83 Mar 30 6.6 Applications of Quadratic Equations 447 11, 19, 26, 32b, 32c, 37, 38 Apr 1 7.1 Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions 473 4, 9, 13, 16, 23, 34, 37, 43, 63, 67, 77 7.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions 480 5, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 55, 63 Apr 3 7.3 Least Common Denominators 486 5, 17, 26, 34, 39, 46, 55, 60, 65 7.4 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions 494 2, 5, 21, 26, 33, 39, 49, 54, 64 Apr 6 7.5 Complex Fractions 502 3,11,15,19,23,31 Apr 8 7.6 Solving Equations with Rational Expressions 511 2, 3,12, 16, 21, 24, 27, 31, 33, 39, 42, 48, 58, 61, 68, 74, 80, 83 Apr 10 7.7 Applications of Rational Expressions 521 3,11,19, 21,33,41 Apr 13 REVIEW 461 Chapter 6 Test 21-28 Chapter 7 Test 1-22 Apr 15 REVIEW Apr 17 EXAM 4—YOU WILL BE TESTED ON SECTIONS 6.5-7.7 Apr 20 REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM Apr 22 Apr 24

Math 0900 Written Homework Guidelines

1.) Any written work will be presented on 8.5x11 inch loose leaf paper (not torn from a loose-leaf or
spiral binder). Paper carefully torn from notepads is acceptable.

2.) Name, class and section, date, and homework section number should appear in the upper right
corner of each sheet.

3.) Homework is to be rigorously organized and ordered, with the mathematical progression of a
problem indicated clearly through the use of appropriate relational symbols, spacing, and use of
columnar formatting that reads from top to bottom and left to right.

4.) Only one problem may appear in each horizontal section (line) of your homework. Individual
problems should be worked in columns.

5.) Show all the work necessary for each problem.

6.) If you make a mistake, please erase it. Do NOT “scratch” it out!!! If you write with a pen, use
white-out (liquid paper) to erase your mistake.

7.) Leave two blank lines in between two different problems.