MTH 030 SECTION 616 CRN [13087] FOR 3 CREDIT HOURS

ADDITIONAL SYLLABUS INFORMATION:

SECTION INFORMATION:

MTH 030.616 meeting on Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. in BA 122

StLCC @ Meramec Web Pages URL
Acuplacer placement test.

Students must provide appropriate documentation for
enrollment to the instructor on or before Monday, Jan 21, 2008.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: notebook folder cover, graph paper and a scientific calculator with trig and log, ln, and exp keys. A scientific calculator may be used on tests. Instructional videotapes are available for use in the Library Learning Lab.

ADDITIONAL STUDY AIDS: Our mathematics department tutors located in room SW 211 can help you and some library materials are available there. Tutoring is also offered at the South County Education Center and the West County Education Center. To obtain individual peer tutoring contact the College Success Program.

Before the end of the first week take the Skills Test for beginning Elementary Algebra found on pages 3, 4 and 5 in the Web pages of the Mathematics Department's Syllabus for MTH 030 ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA. You should be able to get 32 to 39 questions right. If you get 31 or fewer questions then consider taking Basic Mathematics to master necessary skills for Elementary Algebra. The answers are listed on page five.

Please consider policies and other recommendations in the Web pages of the Mathematics Department's Syllabus for MTH 030 ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA. Such as: "If you find it necessary to drop this class...", HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MATH STUDENT which includes When You Need Help, MATH DEPARTMENT POLICIES about Disruptive Behavior and about Cheating and/or Plagiarism, usng the Access Office, Attendance and Grading, Final Exams (Departmental), Course Repeater Policy, each chapter's Objectives and each chapter's ASSIGNMENTS given by Section and Exercises.

Read HAVING TROUBLE WITH MATHEMATICS ideas and read SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO STUDY MATH for additional suggestions. See http://www.stlcc.edu/mc/dept/math/syl/030s.pdf Web page for details.

Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations you
require. This section (030.619) of Elementary Algebra is in an Early Alert pilot program in which an academic advisor may contact you and schedule an appointment. Please help this academic advisor if you are contacted.

TIME ON COURSE: The three class hours you spend on this course will require about eight plus homework hours per
week for high grades to around six homework hours per week for passing grades. It is best
to construct a time schedule for each week of the course and mark out the study
time you plan that gives you the needed eight to eleven hours indicated above.

TYPICAL CLASS
PERIOD: The first part, about twenty minutes, of class is open for answering
questions about the previous assignment including exercises, reading material,
or classroom notes. Add exercises or questions to the **start up list** befor class starts. You are encouraged to answer other students assignment
exercise questions for extra credit points by presenting your work on the chalk board. For
each exercise presented and noted as one point on the attendance sheet, one
grade point will be added to your unit test. While presenting exercises is
expected, this communication beyond the one point is not graded. Use this time
to experiment with your ability to understand an exercise and convey your
understanding to others. Don't worry about any mistakes you may make, that's
part of learning.

The second part of class is used to introduce new material
with examples and discussion and demonstrations. It is
generally assumed that prior to the time new material is covered in class, you
took notes as you read from the new section(s) and practiced the new vocabulary.
You may wish to include the textbook examples in your class discussion of new
material as your instructor will cover these questions, ideas and concepts and do
additional examples. Use this time to clarify any ideas you may have by asking
questions or seek additional help hopefully during that same twenty four hours.

Some class time is spent with all students working at the chalk board.

**Individual communication is not permitted in class.**

EXPECTATIONS: This syllabus including the Course Schedule (below), Math
Department Assignment Sheet(s), Math Department Course Objectives, Department
Suggestions On How To Study, Beginning Skills Test, Mathematics Department
Policies, combined with the St. Louis Community
College student academic Rights and Responsibilities and study guide
information, covered in the __ FACT FINDER__, are basic
expectations for this course. Please see me as soon as possible for any personal
accommodations and please keep in mind that: The quickest way to resolve any
difficulty, no matter how small, is to let your instructor know about it as soon
as possible.

You are expected to read and take notes from the textbook and from each class. You are expected to finish each assignment on time. A few of the more difficult exercises that you need to ask about about in class should then be finish before the next assignment. Definitely ask for individual help when needed particularly if you can not work large portions of the exercises. Review the processes you used to solve home work exercises each day. Remember that you want to stay on top of your work and be able to adequately prepare for the unit test coming in a few days. This generally means you need to develop a dogged attitude with more than several hours per day spent on solving exercises, keeping good notes from the text and class, practice vocabulary and doing plenty of daily reviewing likely including some daily memorization. You are expected to contribute to your group's positive progress at all times. Use your personal weekly study schedule sheet to keep a record of finished work. Your instructor is located in the math department or you may call the office or home telephone number for extra help. Please call before 9:30 p.m. if you can. This course takes lots of gumption.

SOME GENERAL GOALS: Learning in this course may be enhanced by your frequent willingness to use and thereby improve various attributes related to knowing or learning mathematics.

Print and consider this Web list
(http://jug.net/wt/mgoals.htm) while you strive for excellence in
understanding mathematical ideas and develop corresponding techniques. It is OK to spend large
amounts of time studying just a few ideas, pages, or problems. Give yourself personal
permission for making mistakes. Use the criterion of "when time seems to
flow" as your gauge for individual development to realize a sense of
accomplishment then personal growth may change as well.

SPECIFIC ALGEBRA GOALS: Know and apply the algebra
properties found in this course. Some initial specific algebra properties you
need for this course are but a * click away*.

ASSIGNMENTS and NOTES: Your assignments and notes are checked for thoroughness at the end of each unit of material while you take the unit test. Without exception all exercises worked, notes from each section, and notes from lectures are required. Seven extra credit points = 3 for completely worked homework exercises + 2 points for textbook notes + 2 points for class notes are given via a quick review of the thoroughness and spot checked for accuracy of your work. These points may be added to your test grade when it is a C or higher. All material should be in sequential textbook order. The upper right corner of each notebook page needs to give the content type {text notes, class notes, exercises}, the chapter and section number and the date for that page.

Link here to the current
ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA COURSE TOPIC SCHEDULE: __ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA__, 3rd edition, TUSSY & GUSTAFSON

CHANGES: Some adjustments, additions, substitutions and/or corrections to this syllabus will be made during the course.

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