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    MATH 099: Basic Math

    Semester__________ Year___________

    Instructor __________________________________________ Office Location __________________________________________ Phone # __________________________________________ Email __________________________________________ Time and Place __________________________________________ Conference Hours _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Basic Math (Math 099) is a one-semester course designed to reinforce and enhance algebra skills or teach these skills for the first time. The course includes the following with respect to algebraic expressions; identifying, simplification, and factoring, solving equations and inequalities, graphing, and solving word problems. Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI), in the form of MODUMATH and MODUMATH ALGEBRA is an integral part of the courses overall instructional plan designed to strengthen the students algebra skills, encourage self-monitoring activities and increase reasoning abilities.


    Mastery of the essential rules of Algebra, problem solving techniques, math study skills, and familiarity with appropriate technology (such as ModuMath Algebra) are necessary for success in college level mathematics courses and university courses, in general. Basic Math (Math 099) is designed to enable students to acquire such mastery as well as increase their reasoning abilities. The ModuMath Algebra technology provides our students with the opportunity to review and test themselves on basic algebra skills needed in Math 131 and Math 147.

    This course is divided into ten segments: (1)REAL NUMBERS, (2) SOLVING LINEAR EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES, (3) FORUMULAS AND APPLICATIONS, (4) EXPONENTS AND POLYNOMIALS, (5) FACTORING, (6) RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS, (7) GRAPHING LINEAR EQUATIONS, (8) SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS, (9) ROOTS AND RADICALS and (10) QUADRATIC EQUATIONS. Having mastered these elements, the student is prepared for the college level mathematics courses specific to his/her major.

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    III. COMPETENCIES Students are expected to perform the following competencies at the 70% level of proficiency as measured by unit tests, quizzes, ModuMath Algebra assignments, web-based assignments, and the final examination (Departmental Mathematics Proficiency Test):

    A. Use appropriate signs to represent inequalities when comparing numbers. B. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide real numbers. C. Solve linear equations and inequalities using the addition and multiplication principles. D. Graph integers, rational numbers, and inequalities on a number line. E. Translate English phrases into algebraic expressions and vice versa. F. Convert and solve problems using percents, decimals, and fractional notations. G. Convert between scientific notation and decimal notation; multiply and divide using scientific notation. H. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials. I. Solve word problems by translating them into equations. J. Factor different types of second and third degree polynomials. K. Solve quadratic equations by factoring. L. Compute least common multiples and denominators. M. Simplification and computation with rationale expressions. N. Simplify complex rational expressions and solve rational equations. O. Solve problems involving rational equations and proportions. P. Solve formulas for a specified variable. Q. Graph linear equations using slope and intercept information. R. Identify and graph functions. S. Write equations in slope-intercept form, point-slope form, and standard form. T. Solve systems of equations by graphing, substitution, or elimination. U. Simplify square roots and solve problems involving square roots. V. Add, subtract, multiply, divide and simplify square root expressions. W. Solve radical equations. X. Rewrite and/or simplify roots of degree 3 and higher. Y. Solve quadratic equations by using the principle of square roots, completing the square or the

    quadratic formula. Z. Solve quadratic equations with complex solutions.

    III. BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following skills with at least 70% proficiency:

    A. Simplify arithmetic and algebraic expressions. B. Demonstrate proper use of the rules of operation for whole numbers, integers, percents,

    decimals, exponents, and polynomials. C. Solve equations and inequalities. D. Translate given information into equation form. E. Solve equations involving iconic expressions, polynomial expressions, and rational

    expressions. E. Solve word problems.

  • 3F. Correctly simplify polynomial, rational, radical and complex expressions. G. Demonstrate proper use of rules of operation for polynomials, radical expressions, rational expressions and complex expressions . H. Factor 2nd and 3rd degree polynomials. I. Solve equations, inequalities, and/or systems involving graphing, polynomial expressions,

    rational expressions and radical expressions. J. Construct graphs from given information and interpret the meaning.

    IV. LEARNING ACTIVITIES Learning activities include the following: A. Attitudinal Motivation (POSITIVE THINKING). B. Textbook reading, notetaking, and assignments. C. Group learning activities. D. Computer assisted instruction, including ModuMath Algebra learning and testing

    activities. E. Tutorial sessions. F. In-class drill and practice, including the proper use of calculators. VI. SPECIAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS

    A. Consistent with University policy, all students are expected to attend (regularly and punctually) ALL classes in which they are enrolled. A student is allowed four (4) unexcused absences per semester. Absences, excused or unexcused, do NOT relieve a student of the responsibility for assignments or examinations missed. After a student exceeds four unexcused absences, s/he may not receive a passing grade. The course must be repeated the next semester the student enrolls in the university.

    B. Students must be punctual! You are considered absent once the roll has been called. C. It is the student's responsibility to acquire the prescribed text and any other

    materials required by the instructor and to bring them to class. (See section VIII). Materials: Notebook, graph paper and calculator with square root capability. D. All written work MUST be handed in on time.

    E. Assigned Computer Assisted Instruction MUST be completed during the Academic Skill Center's extended hours or between the student's classes and handed in on time.

    F. Students are required to use headphones with ModuMath computer work. G. A MINIMUM of six hours a week of homework should be expected. Two more

    hours of computer laboratory work should also be expected. H. Students are expected to adhere to the Universitys dress code. No head gear of any form

    (male/female), proper shoes (no slippers or pajamas). Failure to do so may result in expulsion from class.

    I. The use of cell phones as calculators is prohibited. Additionally, all phones are to be shut off when in class. The ringing of phones in class will result in expulsion from class.

    VII. EVALUATION PROCEDURES A student will be evaluated based on the following performance: A. Class participation B. Written assignments C. Group cooperation and participation

  • 4 D. Unit Quizzes/tests E. CAI (ModuMath Algebra) assignments The final grade is determined as follows: Unit tests, quizzes, assignments, and CAI 70% Midsemester Exam 10% Final Exam 20% Total 100% The grading system is the same as the university's with the exception of the NC (NO CREDIT) and the D grades. While the NC does not count against a student's grade point average (GPA), no credit is given for the course taken. The NC grade is given when the student attends class and does the prescribed work but does NOT meet the exit requirements. When a student fails to attend classes, a grade of F will be given. The D grade is not given for Developmental courses. Students enrolled in this course cannot withdraw from the course without special permission.

    Grading Scale 100-90 A Superior 89-80 B Above Average 79-70 C Average 69-below NC/F Below Average

    Diagnostic Placement Proper placement of entering Freshmen is determined by the results on the MAA test, which is administered at the beginning of each semester. Students scoring between 0-18 on the MAA test are placed in Basic Math (Math 099). Students scoring 19 or above on the MAA test are advanced to college algebra. VIII. REFERENCE MATERIALS Reference materials for Math 099 include the text to be used and computer assisted instruction. A. Textbook Angel, A. (2003). Elementary algebra for college students, 6th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. B. Computer Assisted Instruction

    1. ModuMath Algebra 2. ModuMath

    Note: Grambling State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires us to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. If you need accommodations in this class related to disability, please make an appointment as soon as possible. My office location and hours are listed in the material that you copied onto this syllabus.

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