**MATH 007- ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA**

COURSE INFORMATION SHEET

SPRING SEMESTER - 2003

SECTION 506: MWF from 9:00 to 9:50
AM SM 266

SECTION 507: TR from 10:00 to 10:50
AM SM 266

INSTRUCTOR: JOHN COBURN

OFFICE: SM #272

PHONE: 513-4343

__OFFICE HOURS__

M T W Th F

8:30
– 8:55 AM 8:30 – 8:55 AM 8:30 – 8:55 AM

11:00
– 4:00 PM 10:45 – 11:45 PM 11:00 – 12:30 PM 10:45 – 11:45 PM 11:00 –
12:30 PM

**and by appointment**

TEXT: __Elementary And Intermediate Algebra__, 3rd
Edition, Bittenger, Ellenbogen and Johnson, Addison Wesley Longman, Reading,
MA, 2002

COURSE

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for students who did not take a full year of algebra in high school or who wish to review the fundamental ideas of algebra in order to strengthen their skills and continue in the algebra sequence. Topics covered will include: equations and inequalities, graphs of basic linear equations, properties of exponents, polynomials, factoring and its applications, rational expressions, rational equations and applications in each of these areas. There will be a distinct emphasis on problem solving skills and appropriate use of the scientific calculator

OBJECTIVES: 1) The student will be able to solve linear equations and inequalities.

2)
The student will be able to identify a linear equation in two variables, graph
linear equations using the intercept method, and compute the slope of a line
given two points.

3) The student will be able to apply
all properties of exponents.

4) The student will be able to perform
the basic binary operations on polynomials in one variable and to solve
polynomial equations in one variable by factoring.

5) The student will be able to perform
the basic binary operations on rational expressions and to solve equations
which involve rational expressions.

6) The student will be able to solve
application problems related to the objectives above using a variety of
techniques and approaches.

COURSE

WORK: A list of homework problems will be given at
the end of each class session. Although homework is not collected on a regular
basis, each student should recognize the importance of keeping it complete and
current. Completion of all assigned problems is an essential part of
understanding and doing mathematics. Your knowledge and comprehension of the
material will be measured by six chapter tests, ten quizzes (two per chapter
after Chapter 1) and a Final Exam. I require quality work from every student.
To compensate for absences (for any reason) or “bad days,” the lowest test
grade and the two lowest quiz grades will be dropped.

__GRADING__ __FOR EXAMPLE__

QUIZZES WILL BE 20% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE QUIZ
AVG 93 x 0.20 = 18.6

CHAP TESTS WILL
BE 60% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE TEST AVG 78 x 0.60 = 46.8

FINAL EXAM WILL
BE 20% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE FINAL EXAM 73 x 0.20 = __14.6__

FINAL GRADE = 80.0

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• PLEASE KEEP TRACK OF YOUR OWN GRADES -- COMPUTING YOUR CURRENT GRADE IS A STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY (USE THE GRADE TRACKER).

• THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HANDOUTS IN
THIS COURSE. PLEASE GET A TWO-POCKET FOLDER TO ORGANIZE THEM SO THEY CAN EASILY
BE USED FOR TEST PREPARATION

AND AS A BRIDGE TO YOUR NEXT CLASS

•
SAVE YOUR GRADED PAPERS AS A DOUBLE CHECK ON MY GRADE BOOK.

ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to be present at all
scheduled class meetings. Attendance will affect border-line grades and in some
cases the grades “I” and “PR.”

Work missed due to
an absence is an individual responsibility and every student should recognize
the damaging effects of an absence, excused or unexcused. To offset these
negative effects, make full use of office hours, use the math lab, and get to
know someone else in this class so that you can work together and exchange
ideas, notes, and information.

MLC HOURS: Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Phone
513-4567

Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

LATE WORK: There are no make-up quizzes or tests
given during the semester. If a quiz or test is missed for any reason, that
quiz or test grade will be one of those grades “dropped”.

INCOMPLETE: The grade “I” will not be given except in
extraordinary cases, and ** only** if a student's work and
attendance has been full and regular prior to the request. See Page 7 of this
packet for more information.

PROGRESS

RE-ENROLL: The grade “PR” will not be given unless
a student’s work and attendance merit the grade. You must continue attending
class and have at least a 50% average at semester’s end. The PR grade is
intended for those students who have made every effort to attend class and
comprehend the material, but who will need to retake the class before
continuing their study of algebra. See Page 7 of this packet for more
information.

WITHDRAWAL

POLICIES: A student may withdraw with an 80%
refund prior to Jan 17th. Refunds of 50% are given if a student withdraws
before Jan 31st. A student may withdraw with no refund and a grade entry of “W”
prior to Apr 11th, after which grades are based on work completed. Failure to
officially withdraw will result in a grade of “F” for the course.

CALCULATORS: As an aid to study in this course, each student
should bring a scientific calculator to class as soon as possible (at least by
the end of the first week).

AMERICANS
WITH

DISABILITIES: Any student with a documented disability
who needs special testing arrangements, note taking help, or other accommodations
should feel free to discuss these needs with the instructor. All discussions
will remain confidential. No information will be shared without permission.

Instructor

EVALUATION: Just prior to the Mid-Term break,
students will have an opportunity to formally evaluate the instructor. All
comments and suggestions will be carefully considered.

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