# Course Syllabus for Introductory Algebra

**I. COURSE DESCRIPTION:**

Introductory Algebra initiates development in students' ability to organize thought processes and systematically solve problems while preparing students for studies in other courses. Course emphasis includes manipulation of variables, exponential applications, introduction to factoring of polynomials, solving equations, systems of equations, and radicals. This course is intended for students who have not studied algebra but have a firm background in basic mathematics or who wish it as a review.

**II. COURSE MATERIALS:**

Textbook: Introductory Algebra Tenth Ed., by Marvin Bittinger; Publisher, Addison-Wesley

Access Code: mathxl.com access code is packaged within textbook or can be purchased separately.

Calculator: A basic calculator may be useful for some of the homework problems in the text and on-line, but will not be allowed on any quizzes, chapter exams, or final exam.

**III. COURSE OBJECTIVES:**

Given the need to develop a basic foundation in Algebra, the student will, through classroom activities, assignment and examination, complete the course with a minimum competency level in:

1. Factors of numbers

2. Orders of operations

3. Simplify Algebraic expressions

4. Commutative, Associative, and Distributive laws

5. Solving linear equations and linear inequalities

6. Translation of problems to equations and solving

7. Scientific Notation

8. Multiplying and factoring polynomials

9. Solving quadratic equations

10. Rational equations

11. Graphing linear equations

12. Systems of equations

13. Parallel and perpendicular lines

14. Graphing inequalities

15. Radical expressions and equations

16. Applications, formulas, and problem solving

**IV. TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE:**

Chapter R: Prealgebra Review

Chapter 1: Real Number and Expressions

Chapter 2: Solving Equations and Inequalities

Chapter 3: Graphs of Linear Equations

Chapter 4: Exponents and Polynomial Operations

Chapter 5: Factoring Polynomials

Chapter 6: Rational Expressions and Equations

Chapter 7: Systems of Equations

Chapter 8: Radicals

Chapter 9: Quadratic Equations (selected sections only)

**V. COURSE EVALUATION:**

1. Homework and attendance will count for 15% of the course grade. (See attached Section Syllabus for further details.)

2. Chapter Tests are to be taken only on the scheduled date and will be averaged together with the attendance, as detailed below, for 60% of the course grade.

3. A comprehensive final exam determines 20% of the course grade. No calculator will be allowed on the final exam.

4. The attendance policy for this course is detailed below.

**ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED AT ALL CLASS MEETINGS!!**

A student’s attendance is 5% of his/her course grade. The attendance grade is the percentage of class days attended. The purpose of the attendance policy is to promote good participation and to reward students for good academic practices.

Course grades will be calculated and letter grades assigned as follows:

GRADE COMPONENTS: |
COURSE GRADE |
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Homework | 15% | 90 - 100 | A |

Attendance | 5% | 80 - 89 | B |

Chapter Tests (4) | 60% | 70 - 79 | C |

Final Exam | 20% | 60 - 69 | D |

0 - 59 | F |