Introductory Algebra
Course Description:
An introduction to algebra. Topics included are properties of whole numbers,
integer and rational numbers, solving equations, polynomials, factoring, systems
of equations and graphs.
Three hours per week. 3 load hours, 0 credits
Introduction:
This course, Introductory Algebra, is approximately equivalent to the first year
of high school algebra and is the first of two sequential courses in algebra
taught at Chesapeake College in preparation for college level mathematics
courses. Students must complete Mat 031. Most students must also complete Mat
032 in order to gain entry to the credit level mathematics courses.
In addition to the lectures, the average student should plan to spend six hours outside of class each week (2 hours for every hour spent in class).
Attendance:
Students whose attendance is sporadic often so not do well because of the nature
of the course. In addition, since attendance counts 100 points of the student’s
final grade, it is in the best interest of each student to be present at every
class session. If you find yourself unable to keep up with the class, be sure to
make an appointment to see the instructor outside of class time as soon as
possible.
NOTE: College policy prohibits young children from accompanying parents to class.
Grades:
This course consists of chapters 3 ‐ 4 and 6 – 9 in the on‐line textbook. The
numerical final course grade will be computed as indicated in the following
distribution, and letter grades will be assigned as follows.
Components of Final Grade‐ Points 
Letter Grade‐ Points 

Attendance  100  A: 900 ‐ 1000 
On‐line Section Quizzes  50  B: 800 ‐ 899 
On‐line Post Tests  150  C: 700 ‐ 799 
In‐Class Exams  500  F: less than 699 
Final Examination  200 
* “D” grades are not given in any developmental class at Chesapeake College
Testing:
In addition to the on‐line quizzes and post tests that each student will
complete as they proceed through the course. There will be an instructor
prepared test after each chapter and a comprehensive departmental final exam.
Students may take only one instructor prepared test per week. Furthermore all
quizzes and the post‐test for each chapter must be completed prior to the
beginning of the final exam period. Only one instructor prepared test may be
taken during final exam week. Students may not use cell phone calculators for
the instructor prepared tests.
Classroom Etiquette:
It is assumed that all students will respect each others rights fully. To that
end, it is expected that students will not engage in behaviors that distract not
only the instructor but also their fellow classmates.
Students who engage in activities such as talking to each others, talking on
cell phones or text messaging, visiting websites not associated with this
course, leaving class for non‐emergency needs, will be asked to leave.
Cell phones, ipods, and other electronic devices must be turned off and
out‐of‐sight. Students who violate this policy will be asked to leave the class
for the day. I expect that all of my students will behave in an adult,
respectful and professional manner.
Course Objectives:
At the completion of the course the student will be able to:
• Perform arithmetic operations with real numbers
• Solve linear equations of all types
• Solve linear inequalities
• Simplify exponential expressions
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials
• Graph linear equations
• Given sufficient information, write the equation of a line
• Solve a system of equations by graphing, substitution and elimination
• Solve application problems of all types
• Factor polynomials
Tentative Course Outline
Chapter  Title 
Three  Algebraic Expressions 
Four  Basic Operations with Polynomials 
Six  Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities 
Seven  Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities 
Eight  Systems of Linear Equations 
Nine  Factoring Polynomials 
Final Exam: Tuesday May 12, 2009 8:30 – 10:30 TBA.
Please see course calendar in WebCt for a daily detailed schedule of sections to be completed.