Elementary Algebra


  2. A. Course Title: Elementary Algebra
    B. Course Number: TS 113F - 10089
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 9:15:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Alila, Kennedy
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 228
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2803
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:30:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:30:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): TS 113E or appropriate placement test score
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH207

    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.


    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: This class has been “redesigned”. The web-enhanced designation in the schedule means class is held in a computer lab and requires internet access to use the MyMathLab program for course work. In addition, this class is based on a mastery learning model. You may work at your own pace and are encouraged to work through the material as fast as possible. We have built in various incentives for you to quickly progress through the course. Read all the information below carefully.





    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.



    Basic Scientific Calculator, spiral notebook for notes

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    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

    HOMEWORK 10%


    · Attendance will be counted as signing into the attendance book on time. This will be recorded in the Canvas system. This course will be covering a great deal of material at a rather quick pace and your presence is absolutely essential to your success. You will lose points for being late to class, as well as late back from scheduled breaks. You will also lose points for being a disruption to the class. I expect you to conduct yourselves in a manner conducive with being a college level student. Any behavior that is disruptive or disrespectful to your fellow students or instructor may result in loss of attendance points and/or result in you being asked to leave the class for the rest of the day. Partaking in activities not related to the class will result in a zero (for example: texting or doing work unrelated to class).

    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.

    (Those using the Pearson, your homework due dates are viewable in the Pearson MyMathLab system.)

    · Chapter tests are required after chapter homework is complete.
    · Minimum score of 80% on all Chapter tests. Prerequisite settings apply.

    · Assessments are paper tests taken in the testing center or with the instructor.
    · There are 3 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.


    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:


    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.



    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.


    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.)

    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


    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.

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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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, 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.


    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.



    Section number and Title



    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






    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 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:








    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










    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











    4.1 Ratios and Proportions



    4.2 Solving Proportions



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






    ASSESSMENT 3 (Final)

    Must be completed by the last day of finals