INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA SYLLABUS
MTH 140.005 or MTH 140.008 for Spring 1997
3 CREDIT HOUR
Instructor: William V. Thayer
St. Louis Community College at Meramec
MTH 140.005 meeting on Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 12 to 12:50 PM in CN 226
MTH 140.008 meeting on Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 2 to 2:50 PM in SO 108
Campus Hours and Office Telephone 314 984 7866
Office hours Mon., Tue., Wed., & Fri. from 10 to 10:50 AM in SW 218
Office hours Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 1 to 1:50 PM in SW 218
Check with the math secretary if I am not in my office when you are free.
PREREQUISITE: MTH 007 with C or a satisfactory score on the placement test.
TEXT: INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA WITH EARLY FUNCTIONS by James W. Hall, 2nd edition
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: graph paper and a scientific calculator with trig and
log, ln, and exp keys. A scientific calculator may be used on tests.
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. You are encouraged to
answer other students assignment exercise questions for extra credit points
by presenting chalk board work. For each exercises 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.
In fact, the first student that finds and reports a given textbook or
answer key mistake may also have a point for that discovery.
The second part of class is used to introduce new material with examples
and discussion. It is generally assumed that prior to the date listed on
the Course Schedule, you took notes as you read from the new section(s).
You may wish to include the textbook examples in your class discussion of
new material and your instructor will cover these and other examples.
Individual communication is not permitted in class when attention is
directed to one individual. Some class time is devoted to group problem
solving when story problems are covered.
EXPECTATIONS: This syllabus including the Course Schedule (below),
Math Department Assignment Sheet(s), Department Course Objectives,
Department Suggestions On How To Study - Having Trouble - Beginning Skills
Test and Mathematics Department Policies, combined with the SLCC Spring
1997 Fact Finder Student Handbook give you the relevant course, student
academic rights and responsibilities, and study guide information.
Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations.
You are expected to read the textbook and take notes from the textbook
and from each class. You are expected to finish each assignment on time
except perhaps a few of the more difficult exercises that you should ask
about in class (and then finish). 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, 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 the enclosed course 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 8:30 PM if you can.
ASSIGNMENTS and NOTES: If you wish, your assignments and notes may be
checked for thoroughness at the end of each unit of material. Without
exception all exercises worked, some notes from each section, and notes
from lectures are strongly recommended. All material should be in
sequential textbook order.
TESTS: A test is given after each unit of work as shown on the Course
Schedule and no make up tests may be taken. The tests are composed of
the same type of exercises you found in the assignments (80 to 90%) and
from material highlighted during class (20 to 10%). Unit tests are
graded and returned as soon as possible certainly less than a week.
Ask for help if you need to develop better test taking skills. The
final exam will count as two units but not returned for a semester.
GRADES AND THE GRADE SCALE: The final grade is based on the average of
test units with the following scale used on each unit.
A for 90 points or above,
B for 80 to 89 points,
C for 70 to 79 points,
D for 50 to 69 points, and
F for under 50 points.
Test grades correspond to percentages of highest raw scores.
I recommend a TEST AVERAGE of 80 or better from this course before you
take MATH 160 College Algebra, the course for which intermediate algebra
is a prerequisite.
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED and over four absences will result in a course
grade of F. Three times tardy is counted as an absence. Call me before
hand if you have a problem with missing a class.
Changes: Some additions, substitutions and/or corrections to this syllabus
will be made during the course.
This syllabus may change due to math department needs or time and activity adjustments.
Intermediate Algebra Course Schedule
WEEK//TEXTBOOK SECTIONS & UNIT TESTS//Schedule comments
Jan. 13 // Intro., 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 //
Jan. 20 // 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 // . . . No classes Jan. 20
Jan. 27 // TEST #1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1 //
Feb. 03 // 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, TEST #2 //
Feb. 10 // 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 //
Feb. 17 // 4.6, 4.7, 5.1 // . . . . . No classes Feb. 17
Feb. 24 // 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.6 //
Mar. 03 // 5.7, TEST #3, 6.1, 6.2 //
Mar. 17 // 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6 //
Mar. 24 // TEST #4, 7.1, 7.2 // . . . No classes Mar. 26 and 27
Mar. 31 // 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 //
Apr. 07 // 7.7, TEST #5 8.1 & 8.2 //
Apr. 14 // 8.3, 8.4, 9.1 //
Apr. 21 // 9.2, 9.3, TEST #6 //
Apr. 28 // 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 //
May 005 // 10.5, 10.6, TEST #7 //
Section 140.005 FINAL Fri., May 16, 11 - 12:50 PM
Section 140.008 FINAL Fri., May 16, 1 - 2:50 PM
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V. Thayer, Mathematics Department, St. Louis Community College at Meramec,
11333 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63122-5977, Telephone: 314 984 7866,
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