NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Elementary Algebra

SYLLABUS

- GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
- COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course develops skills and concepts of algebra for students with little background in algebra. This course includes properties of real numbers, principles of addition and multiplication, solving linear inequalities, problems with two unknowns, graphing linear equations, exponent rules, scientific notation, operations on polynomials, factoring, compound inequalities and solving equalities and inequalities involving absolute value. This course does not fulfill the mathematics requirements for any of the associate degrees. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 113E or an appropriate score on a placement exam.

- COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY
This is a course in beginning algebra and is designed to give students the necessary foundation for success in subsequent algebra courses. This course does not fulfill mathematics requirements and is generally not transferable for credit.

Note to students: The web-enhanced designation in the schedule means class is held in a computer lab and requires internet access to use Canvas and the Hawkes courseware system for course work. This class is based on a mastery learning model. You are encouraged to work through the material as fast as possible to complete early and move on to the next course. Read all the information below carefully.

- REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS
**Required:**

**CAUTION!**New text and courseware are being used in several NMJC math courses. Before purchasing a text and/or code for this class please note the following:1. IF you are taking Elementary Algebra for the FIRST TIME, purchase Developmental Mathematics, D. Franklin Wright, Hawkes Learning Systems (Textbook with courseware access 13 digit ISBN: 978-1-932628-84-5)

2. IF you took Basic Math at NMJC during the spring 2016 semester, DO NOT purchase anything!

3. IF you took Elementary Algebra at NMJC during the spring 2016 semester, CHECK WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR before purchasing materials.

Note: Hawkes courseware comes with an automatic free trial period of 28 days. It is safe to wait until you have attended class for the first time before purchasing any materials.

**Suggested:**

Basic Scientific Calculator, spiral notebook for notes

You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

- GRADING POLICY
Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

90 - 100% = A 80 - 89% = B 70 - 79% = C 60 - 69% = D 0 - 59% = F

**For this class your grade will be made up of the following:****ATTENDANCE 5%****HOMEWORK 10%****CHAPTER TEST 25%****ASSESSMENTS 60%****ATTENDANCE 5%:**·

**Attendance will be counted either by sign in sheet or in Canvas.**·

**Be in class on time and stay for the entire length of class.**·

**While in class work on math assignments ONLY. Working on other coursework will cause your attendance credit for the day to be changed.**·

**Other activities that distract you from assignments will also cause attendance credit to be changed (texting, music, other use of phone…).**·

**There are no excused absences. Any activity that prevents you from being in class will cause an absence. The points associated with that absence can only be recovered by having all course work up to date. If you are behind on assignments, your absence will count against you and cannot be made up.****HOMEWORK 10%:**·

**Due dates for homework are set in the Hawkes courseware system. You may view the deadline by accessing Hawkes from the module in Canvas.**·

**You may access assignments after a due date has passed, but your grade will be posted as a zero if it is not complete at the time grades are updated between Hawkes and Canvas.**·

**Minimum score of 80% on all HW assignments. Prerequisite settings apply. You cannot skip any assignments because subsequent lessons will not open.**·

**NOTE: Hawkes courseware is new this semester. You must attend class to understand how to navigate it.****CHAPTER TEST 25%:**·

**Chapter tests are required after chapter homework is complete.**·

**Minimum score of 80% on all Chapter tests. Prerequisite settings apply.****ASSESSMENTS 60%:**·

**Assessments are paper tests taken in the testing center or with the instructor.**·

**There are three assessments over the semester according to progress in course material.**·

**This class is built on mastery learning, so there is a minimum score attached to the assessments as well. By the end of the course your average for the three assessments must be at least 75%. If your average for assessments is below 75% your instructor will advise you on how to recover your grade, only if time in the semester allows.***CAUTION!!*·

*If you cannot earn an average of 75% for assessments by the end of the course you will receive an F for the course.*·

*NMJC’s Academic Success Center employs tutors whose job it is to help you LEARN. They are happy to assist you while you work through “Practice”, but they will not help with “Certify” or with chapter tests (unless it is to help you understand mistakes after submitting an answer). Also, they are extremely busy at the end of the semester. There will be limits on the amount of time allowed with tutors. The priority will be in helping students prepare for final exams. They will NOT prioritize students who fell behind in their work and are trying to catch up at the last minute.* - INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

- Communication
- Comprehend information to summarize, analyze, evaluate, and apply to a specific situation.
- Communicate in an accurate, correct, and understandable manner.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Define a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
- Use appropriate technology and information systems to collect, analyze, and organize information.
- Apply critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving to data.
- Self and Community
- Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and / or scientific issues.
- Communicate an awareness of a variety of perspectives of ethical issues.
- Interact with individuals and within groups with integrity and awareness of others’ opinions, feelings and values.

- DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Elementary Algebra (TS113F) is designed to provide students with the basic algebra needed for further college-level mathematics courses.

The course content of Elementary Algebra (TS113F) supports New Mexico Junior College's mission of promoting success through learning by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

· Graph various types of functions.

· Solve various types of equations.

· Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.

· Set up and solve various types of application problems.

· Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.

- SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
A student who successfully completes Elementary Algebra should be able to:

• Add, subtract, multiply and divide real numbers.

• Simplify numerical expressions using the properties of real numbers combined with the order of operations.

• Determine the difference between an expression and an equation.

• Solve linear equations.

• Graph linear equations.

• Find the equations of lines given necessary details.

• Solve application problems involving linear equations.

• Solve application problems involving ratios, proportions, and percents.

• Solve absolute value equations and inequalities.

• Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials.

• Simplify algebraic expressions using the rules of exponents.

• Factor polynomials.

• Solve quadratic equations using the zero product property.

• Solve application problems involving quadratic equations.

- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This class is designed to give students the opportunity to make the most of class time. As your instructor I am committed to helping you LEARN! To help get you started all the course work is ready immediately you never have to wait for assignments and you know exactly what you have to do. I will not add to what you see in the course outline. Beyond this, I will be available during class and in my office to assist you. However, learning can only happen if you invest the necessary time and effort. You are expected to be motivated, responsible for doing the work and willing to spend the time it takes to be successful. You must be in class/lab for quality work time, seek help when needed and work independently at home. I am ready to do my part, please do your part. This will take consistent effort ALL semester! Here are some helpful things to know:

Resources for Assistance (tutoring):

1. Attend extra lab time to work with an instructor.

2. Use Brainfuse or request a personal tutor. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service, click here to check out Brainfuse. Personal tutors are available by contacting the coordinator of NMJC Academic Success Center. The Academic Success Center is located in room 121 Mansur Hall.

3. DO NOT DROP! Get help and keep working no matter how far behind you might feel. Slow progress is better than no progress. (IF you really think you need to drop please visit with me to discuss your options.)

Conduct:

1. Computer lab and class time are for MATH only! Do not log into any other site but Course Compass. If you are seen on any other site you will be marked on the sign-in sheet so no lab time is credited for that day.

2. Do not use cell phones or music in the computer lab. Texting or answering calls will result in loss of lab credit for the day. If you cannot focus on MATH during lab time, don’t come!

3. Cheating will not be tolerated. In this class cheating is defined as not doing work yourself online or otherwise. Having too much “help” on course work will not benefit you because you must score at least 75% on the written assessments in the testing center to pass. If you are caught cheating in any way in the testing center you will be given a zero on the assessment with no opportunity to retake it. This will cause you to fail the course and your work for the semester will not count next semester. You will start from the beginning, not from where you left off.

Overall Approach to Class:

Work on assignments DAILY! If you only work on math during class time, you will not complete the work by the end of the semester. Try to finish a chapter every two weeks - GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS
**Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.****Academic Honesty**

Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.**Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information**

Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.**Attendance Policy**

Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.**Cell Phones/Pagers**

All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.**Classroom Conduct**

The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an**appropriate**manner at all times. Disruptive behavior**may**result in the student being removed from the class.**Food and Drink Policy**

Food items and soft drinks may**not**be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.**No Children in the Classroom**

In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.**Plagiarism**

Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.**Smoking/Use of Tobacco**

New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.**Tutoring Assistance**

Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.**Withdrawal Policy**

Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by**5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017**. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class. - CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
- ACADEMIC CALENDAR
- FINALS SCHEDULE
- COURSE OUTLINE
__Elementary Algebra Course Outline__**For Hawkes Developmental Mathematics book- chapters 7-12 and appendix 4**This outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

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Section number and Title

First Day

Introduction and course information

Weeks 1 and 2

CHAPTER 7: INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA

7.1 The Real Number Line and Absolute Value

7.2 Addition with Real Numbers

7.3 Subtraction with Real Numbers

7.4 Multiplication and Division with Real Numbers

7.5 Order of Operations with Real Numbers

7.6 Properties of Real Numbers

7.7 Simplifying and Evaluating Algebraic Expressions

7.8 Translating English Phrases and Algebraic Expressions

CHAPTER 7 TEST

Weeks 3 and 4

CHAPTER 8: SOLVING LINEAR EQUATIONS and INEQUALITIES

8.1 Solving Linear Equations: x+b=c and ax=c

8.2 Solving Linear Equations: ax+b=c

8.3 Solving Linear Equations: ax+b=cx+d

8.4 Applications: Number Problems and Consecutive Integers

8.5 Working with Formulas

8.6 Applications: Distance-Rate-Time, Interest, Average

8.7 Linear Inequalities

A.4 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

CHAPTER 8 TEST

Week 5

*ASSESSMENT 1*Weeks 6 and 7

CHAPTER 9: Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables

9.1 The Cartesian Coordinate System

9.2 Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables: Ax+By=C

9.3 The Slope-Intercept Form: y=mx+b

9.4 The Point-Slope Form:

CHAPTER 9 TEST

Weeks 8 and 9

CHAPTER 11: EXPONENTS and POLYNOMIALS

11.1 Exponents

11.2 Exponents and Scientific Notation

11.3 Introduction to Polynomials

11.4 Addition and Subtraction with Polynomials

11.5 Multiplication with Polynomials

11.6 Special Products of Binomials

11.7 Division of Polynomials

CHAPTER 11 TEST

Week 10

*ASSESSMENT 2*Weeks 11 and 12

CHAPTER 12: FACTORING POLYNOMIALS and SOLVING QUADRATIC EQUATIONS

12.1 Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping

12.2 Factoring Trinomials:

12.3 Factoring Trinomials:

12.4 Special Factoring Techniques

12.5 Additional Factoring Practice

12.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring

12.7 Applications of Quadratic Equations

CHAPTER 12 TEST

Week 13

OTHER APPLICATIONS

4.1 Ratios and Proportions

4.2 Solving Proportions

4.7 Applications: Discount, Sales Tax, Commission and Percent Increase/Decrease

Week 14

*ASSESSMENT 3 (Final)**Must be completed by the last day of finals*Week 15

*Retake any assessments with score below 75**(Note- average of all three assessments must be 75 or better to pass)*

A. | Course Title: | Elementary Algebra |

B. | Course Number: | TS 113F - 10086 |

C. | Semester: | Spring 2017 |

D. | Days/Time: | M W F 9:00:00 AM - 9:50:00 AM |

E. | Credit Hours: | 3 |

F. | Instructor: | McGill, Shyla |

G. | Office: | Heidel Hall (HH) 221 |

H. | Email Address: | SMcGill@nmjc.edu |

I. | Office Phone: | (575) 492-2819 |

J. | Office Hours: | Monday: 8:00:00 AM-8:45:00 AM (MST); Tuesday: 9:30:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST); Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:45:00 AM (MST); Thursday: 9:30:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST); Friday: 8:00:00 AM-8:45:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:45:00 PM (MST); By Appointment also. I do not promise to be in my office during virtual office hours, but I will try to be at my computer during regular office hours. Feel free to call me on my office phone (575) 492-2819 also. |

K. | Time Zone: | Mountain Time |

L. | Prerequisite(s): | TS 113E or appropriate placement test score |

M. | Corequisite(s): | None |

N. | Class Location: | HH207 |