MTH 140 SECTION 650 CRN [11383] for 3 CREDIT HOUR @ 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Mon. & Wed in CN 228

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PREREQUISITE: MTH 030 with C or a satisfactory score on the placement test. All students must provide appropriate documentation of satisfied prerequisite course enrollment for the instructor on or before Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

TIME ON COURSE: The two class times per week that you spend on this course will require about eleven or twelve homework hours per week for high grades to around eight 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 twelve hours study time needed each week. This commitment you make for yourself to read and take notes each day before the class presentation and work all assigned problems after the class presentation is your personal obligation that you have undertaken to learn this mathematics course. Your instructor expects you to be prepared with notes and homework done each day and able to present assigned problems in each class.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: graph paper and a scientific calculator with trig and log, ln, and exp keys. A scientific calculator may be used on tests.

ADDITIONAL STUDY AIDS: Before the end of the first week take the SKILLS TEST FOR BEGINNING INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA found in the MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT'S SYLLABUS. You should get 80% of the questions right. If you score less than 80% repeat Elementary Algebra to master necessary skills for Intermediate Algebra.

The student answer key for our textbook has more than the answers.

After the first week our mathematics department tutors located in room SW 211 can help you and some library materials are available. Tutoring is also offered at the South County Education Center and the West County Campus. To obtain individual peer tutoring through the College Success Program. Instructional Disks are available for use in this course. Media may be found in the library.

Please consider all the "HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MATH STUDENT" suggestions in the Mathematics Department's Syllabus handout and in the textbook. Some of the same suggestions are in these links: HAVING TROUBLE WITH MATHEMATICS, ideas and SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO STUDY MATH, also part of our Mathematics Department's hints for math students.

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

COURSE REQUIREMENT: All students are required to pass at 100% two gateway algebra properties tests. The first gateway algebra properties tests includes those properties covered in elementary algebra and is given during the first week of classes. Know and apply fourteen basic algebra properties, click here. This gateway tests is given in class once. If you miss anything, you may take a make up in my office area again and again if needed to get 100% correct results. As long as you continue to take a test each week, you have unlimited chances to pass with 100% correct results up to the one week before the course midterm week for the first test. If not passed by this date you will receive an F for your course grade.

The second gateway algebra properties test covers exponent rules and is first given around midterm. You may take these ten plus exponent rules from this link. This gateway tests is given in class once. If you miss anything, you may take a make up in my office area again and again if needed to get 100% correct results. As long as you continue to take a test each week, you have unlimited chances to pass with 100% correct results up to the one week before the course final week for this second test. If not passed by final date you will receive a F for your course grade.


TYPICAL CLASS PERIOD: The first part, about twenty minutes, of class is open for answering questions about the previous assignment(s) 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 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 an active discussion. I assume that prior to the date listed on the Course Syllabus 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.

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

Some class time may be devoted to group problem solving.

Students may wish to work as a study group covering daily assignments. This can be implemented via telephone or computer networking but better together at school.

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.

EXPECTATIONS: This syllabus including its Course Tentative Schedule, the MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT'S SYLLABUS including ASSIGNMENT SHEETS, INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA OBJECTIVES, and MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT POLICIES combined with the ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACT FINDER STUDENT HANDBOOK gives you the relevant course, student academic rights and responsibilities, and study guide information. All 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 or large, is to let your instructor know about it as soon as possible.

You are expected to read the textbook and take notes from the textbook and from each class. Keep a pencil and notebook and just plain scratch paper next to you while you study math and in class. Actively fill in the details of ideas that seem to lack continuity.

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 all homework that day. 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 and quiz yourself at the end of each homework session. 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, daily, spent on solving exercises, keeping good notes from the text and class, and doing plenty of daily reviewing. Include daily memorization of the many properties and theorems covered during this course. You are expected to contribute to your class and 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 9:30 p.m. if you can.

SOME GENERAL GOALS: Within your individual studies, during small group interaction, through all class activities and in your community, LEARNING IN THIS COURSE may be enhanced by your frequent willingness to use and improve on your goals. Click here for a copy.

It is OK to spend large amounts of time studying just a few ideas, pages, or problems and as a matter of fact this is YOUR MAGIC KEY for learning mathematics. Also 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 complexity may change as well. Help yourself to be an expressive and engaged learner.

Knowing the algebra properties from properties and demonstrations will be put you on top of algebra understanding for this and later courses!

SOME INITIAL SPECIFIC ALGEBRA GOALS: Know and apply these algebra properties and new ones.

Around midterm an additional set of exponent rules will be needed.

ASSIGNMENTS and NOTES: Your notebook with your text notes, class notes and assignments will be checked for thoroughness at the end of each unit of material. Without exception notes from each section, notes from lectures and all assigned exercises or odd exercises worked are strongly recommended. 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.

Changes: Some additions, substitutions and/or corrections to this syllabus will be made during the course due to math department needs or time and activity adjustments.


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