**COURSE DESCRIPTION:
**

MAT 051 is designed as a review of the basic operations of arithmetic and an

introduction to algebra. The course is not designed for college transfer. The student

must earn a grade of “C” or higher in order to enroll in MAT 052. In addition, the student

will need to enroll in MAT 052, MAT 061, and MAT 062 before progressing to transferlevel

mathematics courses. This course will cover the integers, fractions and decimals;

ratio, proportion and percent; prime numbers, factoring; exponents; and solving

equations.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1. Perform arithmetic operations with integers, rational numbers (fractional, decimal,

and mixed number forms), real numbers, algebraic expressions and polynomials.

2. Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable.

3. Solve and graph linear equations in two variables.

4. Learn and apply the rules (laws) of exponents.

5. Perform geometric concepts of perimeter and area.

6. Understand the basic concepts of square roots.

7 Find the least common multiple (LCM) using the prime factorization method

applying concepts of prime numbers and divisibility tests.

8. Convert numbers to their fractional, decimal, and percent forms and apply these

concepts to solve basic percent problems.

9. Apply the order of operations to numerical and algebraic expressions.

10. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems involving right triangles.

11. Use algebra as a strategy to solve word problems.

12. Solve real-life applications of percent problems.

A. INTEGERS

1. Introduction to Integers

2. Adding Integers

3. Subtracting Integers

4. Multiplying and Dividing Integers

5. Order of Operations

6. Solving Equations: The Addition and Multiplication Properties

B. SOLVING EQUATIONS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

1. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

2. Solving Equations: Review of the Addition and Multiplication Properties

3. Solving Linear Equations in One Variable

4. Linear Equations in One Variable and Problem Solving

C. FRACTIONS

1. Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers

2. Factors and Simplest Form

3. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

4. Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions, Least Common Denominator and

Equivalent Fractions

5. Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

6. Complex Fractions and Review of Order of Operations

7. Operations on Mixed Numbers

8. Solving Equations Containing Fractions

D. DECIMALS

1. Introduction to Decimals

2. Adding and Subtracting Decimals

3. Multiplying Decimals and Circumference of a Circle

4. Dividing Decimals

5. Fractions, Decimals, and Order of Operations

6. Equations Containing Decimals

7. Decimal Applications: Mean, Median, and Mode

E. RATIO AND PROPORTION

1. Ratios and Rates

2. Proportions

3. Proportions and Problem Solving

4. Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

5. Congruent and Similar Triangles

F. PERCENT

1. Percent, Decimals, and Fractions

2. Solving Percent Problems with Equations

3. Solving Percent Problems with Proportions

4. Applications of Percent

5. Percent and Problem Solving: Sales Tax, Commission and Discount

6. Percent and Problem Solving: Interest

G. GRAPHING AND INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

1. Reading Pictographs, Bar Graphs, Histograms, and Line Graphs

2. Reading Circle Graphs

3. The Rectangular Coordinate System and Paired Data

4. Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables

H. POLYNOMIALS

1. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

2. Multiplication Properties of Exponents

3. Multiplying Polynomials

4. Introduction to Factoring Polynomials

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Required Materials. The textbook, along with the usual notebook, paper, pencils,

straight-edge, etc. represent the required materials for the class. **
Calculators may not
be used on any test until Chapter 6.** Starting with Chapter 6, a scientific
calculator

capable of finding square roots will be required.

Homework Practice. Homework will be assigned for each section of the text that is

covered. Homework may be collected for a grade. The student should do the problems

assigned as a minimum to attain the skill necessary to do well in the course. You are

responsible for doing at least the odd numbered problems in each practice set, as well

as the margin exercises. The student should expect to spend about two hours of study

outside of class for each hour of class time.

Attendance. Attendance in this class is both expected and required. John A. Logan

College's attendance policy will be enforced:

1. Students are expected to attend all scheduled class periods for the courses in

which they are enrolled unless they are participating in a scheduled, supervised

college trip or function. There are no excused absences or minimum number of

class "cuts." All absences must be made up in a manner acceptable to the

instructor.

2. A student who is absent from a class for three consecutive meetings or who is

excessively absent as defined by the instructor (more than 6 absences), without

prior approval, may be required by the instructor to meet with the department

chair before being readmitted to the class. Students who claim illness as a

cause for excessive absences may be required to present a physician's

statement before being readmitted to class.

3. Each student will be given 50 attendance points that
will be added to their total

points accumulated from homework, quizzes, or tests under the following

conditions:

a. 10 points will be deducted for each absence.

b. 5 points will be deducted for each time the student is tardy or leaves early.

c. No more than a total of 50 points can be deducted during the semester.

Student Success Center. Tutors may be obtained through the
Student Success Center.

Contact the staff in C219 if this service is desired. John A. Logan College will
make

reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities under
Section

504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990.

Any student with a disability that may have some impact on work in this class,
who feels

she/he needs an accommodation, should make an appointment with the Coordinator
of

Services for Students with Disabilities on campus, Jennifer Frost, Room C219B,
Ext.

8516. Before services can be provided, this advisor must determine eligibility
and

arrange appropriate academic adjustments. **It is the student's responsibility
to
register in advance of a school term with this office and to turn in a schedule
each term to ensure that there is every opportunity for success in this class.**

English Writing Center/Tutoring: For assistance with writing assignments in any college

course, students are encouraged to visit “The Write Place” in E109. English instructors

are available for one-on-one tutoring each semester during hours posted at the center.

Financial Aid. Students who receive financial assistance and completely withdraw from

classes prior to 60% of the semester being completed (approximately 2-3 weeks after

midterm) could be responsible to return a portion of their Federal Pell Grant award.

Prior to withdrawing from courses, students should contact the Financial Aid Office.

Course Withdrawal Information. It is expected that you will attend this class regularly.

If you stop attending for any reason, you should contact your advisor and withdraw

officially to avoid the posting of a failing grade (an E) to your transcript. It is also

advisable to discuss the situation with your instructor before dropping.

Tests. There will be eight standardized chapter tests counting 100 points each. Limited

partial credit may be given on tests. Students will not be given any of the tests to take

home. No books or notes will be allowed on any test.

Final Exam. A 200-point comprehensive final exam will be given. All students are

required to take the final exam.

Graded homework: Assignments may be collected and graded. A quiz may be given

and may or may not be announced. These homework assignments and quizzes will

total no more than 100 points.

Retake Policy: A retake is an opportunity for a student to take a chapter test a second

time. The retake is not the same test, but one similar to the tests given in class. Retake

tests will be given outside the regular class period in the Learning Lab. The student will

be required to show a picture ID before taking the retake test. Each student will be

permitted to retake three tests during the semester. The student will be given the better

of the two grades. Each retake test has a maximum of a two-hour time limit. Students

are limited to one retake and/or make-up test per day in the Learning Lab.

***The first retake B covering Chapters 2-3-4 should be
taken within one week following

the completion of Chapter 4.

***The second retake B covering Chapters 5-6-7 should be taken within one week

following the completion of Chapter 7.

***The third retake B covering Chapters 8 or 10 should be taken prior to the
first day of

final exam week.

**Any adjustments granted to the above schedule must be discussed and approved
by the instructor.**

In order to be allowed to take a retake test, the student must take the test on the day it

is scheduled, unless the student has discussed the excused absence with the instructor

Make-up Policy. Only those students who have a valid excuse as approved by the

instructor and who have discussed the absence with the instructor prior to the test may

make up a missed test. That make-up test should be taken prior to that chapter test

being returned to the class and discussed. If the student does not take the test the day

it was scheduled, that test grade is a zero. The student’s only recourse is to use their

retake for the missed test, if approved by the instructor.

Grading scale:

**NOTE: Successful completion means completion of this
course with a "C" or
better.**

Primary method is lecture and class discussion involving assigned problems.

Independent study may be utilized on some topics. The student can obtain additional

help through (1) school tutoring (free) in the Math Help Room, (2) videotapes available

in the Learning Lab, or (3) the instructor during office hours or by appointment.