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Syllabus for Elementary Algebra

Course Description This course is a review of the fundamental arithmetic and algebra operations. The topics include
the numbers of ordinary arithmetic and their properties; integers and rational numbers; the solving
of equations; polynomials and factoring; and an introduction to systems of equations and graphs.
This course is a developmental level course and does not apply toward the general core
requirement for mathematics. It does not count towards your GPA, and does not transfer to
any 4 year school for any credit.
Hours 3 semester hours
Days / Time Tuesday & Thursday – 3:00 to 4:15 pm
Course Type WebCT-Enhanced Math Course
Prerequisite(s) A grade of “C” (75%) or higher in Mth 090, or appropriate mathematics placement score.
COMPASS Score Algebra (AL) 20-35
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all course prerequisites are completed. A
student can be administratively withdrawn if they do not meet the prerequisites. Students who lack
prerequisites and owe tuition, fees, fines, etc., or who are taking only one course must withdraw
themselves to avoid receiving an “F” in this course.
Required Textbook Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 4th Edition
ISBN-10: 0-321-44233-4 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-44233-8
Optional for this course (not required):
Textbook with MyMathLab Student Access Kit:
ISBN-10: 0-321-50722-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-50722-8
Author: Lial/Hornsby Publisher: Addison/ Wesley
Course Supplies Notebook Paper, Pencils, Textbook, Graph Paper, Computer access. Scantron ParScore sheets
(for tests) -- form # F-1712-Par-L (the pink one the nursing students use). These are available for
purchase for 25¢ each in the bookstore or library. You will need one for each test and the final.
NOTE: Students will NOT be allowed to use calculators in this course.
Computer System
Personal computers must have access to the Internet in order to use WebCT. You may use the
computers in the Gadsden State Cherokee computer lab or library. Printing can be done in the
library for 10¢ per page.
Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course the student will become proficient in the following objectives:

1. Solution of linear equations
2. Solution of formulas
3. Applications of linear equations
4. Solution of linear inequalities
5. Solution of absolute value equations & inequalities
6. Graphing straight lines using tables and intercepts
7. Finding slopes of lines
8. Solving linear systems by graphing
9. Properties of exponents
10. Addition and subtraction of polynomials
11. Multiplication and division of monomials and polynomials
12. Factoring
13. Solution of equations by factoring
14. Applications of quadratic equations

SACS Objectives 1. Demonstrate the ability to solve linear equations.
2. Demonstrate the ability to solve a quadratic equation by factoring.
3. Demonstrate the ability to solve a linear inequality.
4. Demonstrate the ability to solve an absolute value equation.
5. Demonstrate the ability to graph a line.
6. Demonstrate the ability to factor by grouping.
7. Demonstrate the ability to factor a trinomial.
8. Demonstrate the ability to factor the difference of squares.
9. Demonstrate the ability to factor the sum and difference of cubes.
10. Demonstrate the ability to solve a number problem.
Gadsden State
TEC Initiative
Student Learning
1. Students will be able to connect to other students and their instructors via e-mail.
2. Students will learn to submit assignments electronically.
3. Students will develop/demonstrate the ability to initiate searches when in need of
specific information for special projects/assignments in all courses.
4. Students will be able to recognize reliable sources and determine the usefulness of
information gathered using technology resources.
5. Students will develop skills that allow them to incorporate a variety of formats to
share information with each other and instructors.
Course Assistance Free student tutoring is available in the math computer lab in Naylor hall for all students, and from
Student Support Services, Veterans Upward Bound, and the Arledge Center for Adult Learners for
specific students. Hours are posted at various campuses for these services. There are video
tapes available for check out in the library for additional help with the lessons.
Evaluation and
The final exam will include post-test comprehensive questions.
All students are required to take the final exam to receive a passing grade in the course.
Students must achieve a “C” - 75% or higher in this class to proceed to the next level course


Daily Quizzes

College students are expected to spend two-three hours outside of class reading and/or studying
the material or working problems for every hour spent in class. Math is learned by doing problems.
You do not learn math by watching your instructor work problems in class or memorizing how it is
done. The more homework problems you do correctly, the easier the tests will be for you to master.
Ask for help with a homework problem if you cannot get the correct answer when you try it. A
complete list of assigned homework problems is included in this syllabus. All test questions are
based on the homework. Homework can be checked at anytime during the semester without any
notice. If you are absent you are still responsible for all homework assignments when you return to
There will be a short Daily Quiz for a grade during each class period (other than test days). If you
are absent or late and miss a Daily Quiz, you will receive a zero for that quiz with no make-ups
allowed. Therefore, attendance is very important. Two of these grades will be dropped at the end
of the semester and the rest will be totaled and included in your final grade.


Research Project
for online help sites

Test Corrections

There will be 4 worksheets worth 20 points each due during the semester. These will be graded for
accuracy. All work must be shown to earn full credit for the problem. If you paper is turned in late
but within one week after the due date you can earn half credit (10 points) on the paper. If your
paper is turned in more than a week after the due date it will not earn any credit.
There will be an assignment for you to search the internet and find 3 appropriate help or tutoring
websites for this math course. You will type this list and email it as an attachment to me and your
classmates. This will give you several sources to use if you need help with a topic in class.
Test correction sheets that are assigned to you may be completed after a test to earn extra credit
for a particular test. .You may earn a maximum of 20 points on test corrections. They must be
turned in before the next test is given to earn any extra credit. No late correction papers will be
accepted. All work must be shown to earn credit for the problem. If no work is shown there will be
no credit given for that problem.
Activities and
Scores for this
Activities Number of Points Due Dates
Syllabus printed 20 points Thursday, 9/3
Student Information Sheet completed 25 points Thursday, 9/3
Research project for math help sites 25 points Thursday, 9/24
Daily Quizzes (best 20 scores) 100 points During classes
Worksheet #1 20 points Tuesday, 9/8
Worksheet #2 20 points Tuesday, 10/6
Worksheet #3 20 points Tuesday, 11/3
Worksheet #4 20 points Tuesday, 12/8
Test #1 100 points Tuesday, 9/8
Test #2 100 points Tuesday, 10/6
Test #3 100 points Tuesday, 11/3
Test #4 100 points Tuesday, 12/8
Comprehensive Final Exam
100 points Tuesday, Dec. 17
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Total Points Possible 750 (+ other points if assigned)
Other possible assignments or quizzes TBA
To Calculate Your
Grades will be calculated by dividing points earned by total points possible. This is your
percentage grade. Students must achieve a “C” - 75% or higher in this class to proceed to the next
level course. A grade below 75% will be posted as ‘U’ for Unsatisfactory. If you do not take the
Final Exam you cannot pass the class.
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
Percentage Grade Letter Grade
90-100 A
80-89 B
75-79 C
Below 75 U
Make-up Policy Gadsden State Gadsden State Policy - Make up work MAY be provided only at the discretion and
convenience of the instructor.
You will only be allowed to makeup ONE missed test during the semester.
Contact the instructor immediately upon your return to class after a missed test to discuss your
valid excuse and schedule your makeup test. Your missed test must be made up before the next
test scheduled for the class or you will be given a ZERO for that test. If you miss a second test you
will be given a ZERO for that grade.
Makeup tests will not be multiple choice tests, and no partial credit will be given for the

Daily quizzes will not be allowed to be made up. Other work missed, such as graded worksheets,
because of your absence may be turned in within one week of their due date but will only earn half
credit for the assignment since they are late. Test Correction sheets cannot be made up and will
not be accepted after the next test is given in the class. The final exam is required and cannot
be made up.
Use of Non-Class
Electronic Devices
Students using these devices must have instructor’s consent and approval prior to use. All
communication devices that make noise (i.e. pagers, cell phones, etc.) should be turned off and not
visible during class. This includes the use of a cell phone to send and receive text messages
during class time. Any disturbance caused by such devices can result in the student being
dismissed from class. Also, no cell phones or PDAs are allowed to be open and on your desk while
taking a test. In addition, students are not allowed to wear ear phones and listen to music during
class. If it is your intention to learn mathematics, then you need to come to class prepared to listen
to the instructor and not to text on your cell phone or listen to an iPod or MP3 player.
Class Conduct Please be considerate of other students in the class and the instructor by not causing a disturbance
during the class. This is disruptive to both the students and the instructor. Please remain quiet
while the instructor is speaking. Even if you know the material, others around you may not, and
your talking may prevent them from hearing important material. If you cause a disturbance, you
may be asked to leave the class.
Americans with
Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states, “No
qualified person with a disability may be excluded from, denied benefits of, or subjected to discrimination
in any course, program, or activity.” Gadsden State Community College strives to create a welcoming
environment and will work in good faith to meet the needs of Its diverse populations. Reasonable and
appropriate accommodations will be provided for qualified disabled students, applicants, employees, and
visitors unless to do so would present an undue hardship or lower the academic standards of the
College. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact the ADA Coordinator or
Assistant Coordinator on or nearest their campus to obtain forms for requesting accommodations and
documentation requirements, as well as to be informed of campus procedures involving
accommodations. Campus contacts include: Dr. Danny Wilborn, Gadsden Area, ADA Coordinator (256-
439-6912); Ms. Michele Conger, Ayers Campus (256-835-5451); Ms. Cindy Greer, McClellan Center
(256-238-9348); or Ms. Diann Cruickshank, Gadsden State Cherokee (256-927-1802).
Common College
The Standard College Policies apply to all classes at the college and are a part of every official
course syllabus. It is also available from the College website, under the link for Enrolled Students
and then College Wide Policies.  This class syllabus is intended to give further detail about
the policies and expectations in each specific class.