Section information:

    MTH 160.650 [12086] meeting on Mon. & Wed. from 7:00 to 8:40 p.m. in CN 128
    MTH 160.608 [12085] meeting on Tue. & Thur. from 3:00 to 4:40 p.m. in SW 210

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PREQUISITE: MTH 140 with C, B or A or a satisfactory score on the Acuplacer placement test, ACT or SAT. Students from other institutions must provide appropriate documentation for enrollment to the instructor on or before Thursday, Jan 28, 2011.

CALCULATOR REQUIRED: You may have a scientific calculator for each class and on tests. You may use a TI83 or TI84 graphing calculator for each class not on tests.
          Computer software will be provided during the course.

TIME ON COURSE: The four class hours you spend on this course each week will require twelve or more homework hours per week for high grades to around nine 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 times you plan. A Course Syllabus Schedule Web page has room for you to keep a record of completed assignments. These tools give you the needed support to plan the eight to thirteen hours study time needed each week. This commitment that you make for yourself to read and take textbook notes each day before the class presentation, listen in class then take class notes, ask questions, present chalkboard work then work and understand all odd exercises (problems) for the next class is your personal obligation to learn the mathematics course. Your instructor expects you to be prepared to present with homework done or near done each day.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Notebook Folder and Graph Paper

ADDITIONAL STUDY AIDS: Before the end of the 3rd class take the Skills Test for beginning College Algebra found in the Mathematics Department's Syllabus. You should get 80% of the questions right or else consider repeating Intermediate Algebra to master necessary skills for College Algebra.

The student answer key has more than just the answers. Additional lectures on DVDs may be available.

Computer software is used in SW 110 and I will help you with this mathematics software when needed. A computer memory disk or USB memory chip is good to have for your computer work.

The mathematics department provides free tutoring located in room SW 211 and other places. Other course materials are available. Tutoring is also offered at the South County Education Center and the West County Campus.

Read SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO STUDY MATH of the Mathematics Department's Syllabus.

Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations you require.


TYPICAL CLASS PERIOD: The first part of class time is open for answering student questions about the previous assignment including exercises, reading material, or classroom notes. Add your questions to the class day's START UP LIST. You are encouraged to help answer other student's questions or show your solutions by presenting chalk board work. While presenting information is expected, this communication is not graded. Use this time to experiment with your ability to understand an exercise and convey your understanding to others. Your frequent involvement will help you practice many of the activities covered in your general and specific goals covered later in this syllabus and generally aid your understanding of the problems of the course. Don't worry about mistakes you may make, mistakes help all students to learn.

Another part of class is used to introduce new material with new examples, discussion and demonstrations or proofs. I assume that prior to the class in which new material is introduced that you took notes as you read from the new textbook sections and practiced the new vocabulary.

You may wish to include the textbook examples in your class questions of new material as your instructor will cover these questions, ideas and concepts with additional examples.

Some class time is spent with all students working at the board, some class time may be spent working on class work both in teams and individual. Some class time may be spent in the computer room SW 110. Two or three member teams provide a natural background for discussion of the material and presentation of solutions. You are expected to help your team reach reasonable objectives on time and demonstrate to your instructor that you are participating on your team in a meaningful way. Also, teams work as a study group covering daily assignments. This can be implemented via your telephone or computer email or internet networking. I will ask for the name(s) and amount of time you spend with your class team members on each test.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR IN CLASS:   Individual communication is not permitted in class. Please note that individual communication is not very productive while another person is speaking in a group or class room situation. Preventing others from full understanding is not tolerated.

EXPECTATIONS: This syllabus including this Course Topic Schedule, the Mathematics Department's Syllabus including an Objectives and Assignments section and 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. These items will give you a sense of the quality that your instructor works to achieve in this course.

Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations you require 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.

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS: You are expected to read and take notes from the textbook before the class in which the material is covered. Listen and add to these notes or take separate notes covering the new material and activities from each class. Finish the assigned exercises and understand all the odd exercises for the following class. A few of the more difficult exercises that you need to ask about in the next class can then be finish before the next assignment is started. Put your list of studied but unsolved problems on the class day's START UP LIST. Definitely ask for individual help when needed particularly if you can not work large portions of the exercises. Review processes you used to solve home work exercises and practice vocabulary each day. You will need 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. Give yourself a short test of five problems each day! Use your personal weekly study schedule sheet to keep track of finished work and extra credit points. If you need help, I am located in the mathematics department during office hours or you may call my home telephone number before 9:30 p.m. 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. It is OK to spend large amounts of time studying just a few ideas, pages, or problems and as a matter of fact the extra study time is your key for learning mathematics. Keep pencil, calculator or computer, personal weekly study schedule sheet and lots of just plain scratch paper next to you when doing your math to actively fill in the details of ideas.

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

ASSIGNMENTS and NOTES: Your problem assignments, text notes and class notes are checked during regular test times. Turn in your notebook as you enter the test time and take it with you when you leave the test. All material should be in sequential textbook order. 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 will be added to test points for test graded above a C. All material needs to be in sequential textbook order in your notebook. 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.

CLASS WORK: A grade rubric will be discussed in class if class work is counted in your grade.

Projects may be used from Mr. Thayer's Web Pages found on URLs , and If you find a page in these sites that you would like to do for extra credit, print out a copy and show it to your Mr. Thayer. You will find out how extra credit points it may count for you and some details about the work.

Additionally, some extra credit exercises and reports may be suggested during the course and carry the amount of extra credit points ssigned with the given work.

CLASS EXTRA CREDIT: You may give yourself one point extra credit on the day's attendance sheet for each problem you put on the board.

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

A COLLEGE ALGEBRA TOPIC SCHEDULE is a required part of this syllabus. Click on this link.

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