ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA SYLLABUS

MTH 007.006 or MTH 007.013 for Fall 1997

3 CREDIT HOUR

Instructor: William V. Thayer


St. Louis Community College at Meramec

Section information:
MTH 007.006 meeting on Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 9 to 9:50 AM in SW 207
MTH 007.013 meeting on Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 2 to 2:50 PM in SO 107

Campus Hours and Office Telephone 314 984 7866 or Home Telephone 821 5299
Office hours daily Monday through Friday from 10 to 11:50 AM in SW 218
with the exception of Thursday 11 to 11:50 AM or by appointment.
Check with the math secretary if I am not in my office when you are free.

PREREQUISITE: MTH 001 with C or a satisfactory score on the placement test.

TEXT: BEGINNING ALGEBRA 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 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. In fact, any student who finds and documents a given textbook or answer key mistake may also report a point on the attendance sheet 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 or covered in class, 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. Use this time to clarify any ideas you may have by asking questions or seek additional help that during same twenty four hours.

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 Fall 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 or odd numbered exercises from each section covered (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 140 Intermediate Algebra, the course for which elementary 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 adjustments, 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
Aug. 25 // Intro., 1-4, 1-5, 2-1, and 2-2 //
Sept. 03 // 2-3, 2-4, 2-5 // . . . No classes Sept. 1
Sept. 08 // 11-1, 11-2, 3-1, 3-2 //
Sept. 15 // 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, TEST #1 //
Sept. 22 // 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4 //
Sept. 29 // TEST #2, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3 //
Oct. 06 // 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 9-4 //
Oct. 13 // 9-5, TEST #3, 6-1 // . . . . . No classes Oct. 14
Oct. 20 // 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 //
Oct. 27 // 6-5, 6-6, 6-7 //
Nov. 03 // TEST #4, 7-1, 7-2 //
Nov. 10 // 7-3, 7-4, 7-5 //
Nov. 17 // 7-6, 7-7, 8-1 //
Nov. 24 // 8-2, 8-3, 8-4 // . . . No classes Nov. 27 and 28
Dec. 01 // TEST #5, 8-5, 8-6 //
Dec. 08 // 11-3, 11-4, TEST #6 //
FINAL EXAM
Section 007.006 FINAL Mon., Dec. 15, 9 - 10:50 AM
Section 007.013 FINAL Fri., Dec. 19, 1 - 2:50 PM


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