**MTH:025 3 credits**

**HANDS-ON ALGEBRA WORKSHOP
**

**COURSE SYLLABUS**

Working individually and/or in small groups on worksheets and problems, students will use various mathematics manipulatives (Hands-On Equations®, Algebra Lab Gear®, pegboards, four-quadrant rectangular coordinate graphs, etc.) to explore algebra concepts in order to gain understanding of solving equations and inequalities, performing operations on polynomials and graphing in the rectangular coordinate plane. This workshop is designed especially for students who want to understand algebra rather than merely acquiring rote learning of pencil and paper algebraic manipulations. This workshop is also valuable for teachers (including parents and tutors) who want to be effective in helping students understand algebra. This workshop does not replace Elementary Algebra, but it can provide a thorough foundation that may enhance the probability for successful learning in the algebra sequence. In this Hands-On Math Lab workshop, students proceed at their own pace and may re-enroll for subsequent semesters as needed.

Phone: Math. Dept. 314-984-7350 CN102 314-984-7779

All sections meet in the Hands-On Math Lab which is CN 101C.

**ATTENDANCE**

Attendance will be taken promptly at the beginning of each class. It is a courtesy for a student to promptly notify the instructor if s/he is going to be absent from class for a legitimate reason (illness, accident, etc.).

**A student who misses as much as eight hours
(480 minutes) of class time may receive an F for the course.**

The times listed for this course are the times when the Instructor will be available in the Hands-On Math Lab in CN 101C. Students will need to spend more time than that in the Hands-On Math Lab since that is where the materials are located.

**CALCULATOR POLICY**

Learning to use a scientific calculator is
valuable preparation for algebra. In learning how to use their scientific
calculators, students should consult their calculator manuals and may also ask
the instructor for assistance. (Bring your calculator manual with you when
asking the instructor.)

**WORKSHEET SEQUENCES**

To enhance their understanding of important concepts of algebra students will work through sequences of worksheets on a guided discovery mode often using mathematics manipulatives available in the Hands-On Math Lab and labeled according to the following topics:

Exponents: Powers and Roots | X |

Peanuts (Integers) | P |

Number Theory | NT |

Hands-On Equations® | H-OE |

Algebra Lab Gear® | ALG |

Functions | F |

Pegboards: Patterns, Formulas, & Series | PB |

Four-Quadrant Graphs | G |

**TEXTBOOKS**

The following workbooks from Key Curriculum Press, Inc. are used as textbooks in this course in addition to the worksheets provided for use with the various math manipulatives:

Key to Algebra Book 1 Operations on
Integers

Book 2 Variables, Terms and Expressions

Book 3 Equations

Book 4 Polynomials

Book 5 Rational Numbers

Book 8 Graphs

Book 10 Square Roots and Quadratic Equations

**EVALUATION OF LEARNING**

1.) Each student is required to complete all assigned journal entries.

2.) Each student is required to complete the worksheet sequences as listed above.

3.) Each student will take a Test at the completion of each of the textbooks listed above and a test on the Graphing Sequence. The student's numerical grade is determined by averaging these test grades.

4.) The instructor gives test scores as decimal numbers to the thousandths place. The correlation between numerical scores and letter grades is as follows:

0.900 to 1.000 A
0.800 to 0.899 B

0.700 to 0.799 C
0.600 to 0.699 D below 0.600 F

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT POLICIES

__Disruptive Behavior:__

Behavior that is disruptive to the
instructor or students is contrary to quality education. Should the instructor
determine that an individual student's verbal or

nonverbal behavior is hampering another
student's ability to understand or concentrate on the class material, the
instructor will speak with that student in an effort to rectify the problem
behavior. If the behavior continues after this discussion, the instructor will
have the disruptive student leave the class. Permission to return to class may
be dependent upon assurances that the student has met with some responsible
individual about the problem: the mathematics department chairman, a counselor,
the Dean of Student Support Services, etc.

__Cheating and/or Plagiarism:__

An instructor who has evidence that a
student may have cheated or plagiarized an assignment or test should confer
with the student. Students may then be asked to present evidence (sources,
first draft, notes, etc.) that the work is his/her own. If the instructor
determines that cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the Instructor may assign
a failing grade to the test, the assignment, or the course, as s/he sees fit.

__Access Office__

The college's Access office guides,
counsels, and assists students with disabilities. If you receive services
through the Access office and need special arrangements (seating closer to the
front of the class, a notetaker, extended time for testing, or other approved
accommodation), please make an appointment with your instructor during the
first week of classes to discuss these needs. Any information you share will be
held in strict confidence, unless you give the instructor permission to do
otherwise.

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