MTH 140.005 or MTH 140.008 for Spring 1997


Instructor: William V. Thayer

St. Louis Community College at Meramec

Section information:
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.


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

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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