**Math 100 Online - Beginning
Algebra**

**Summer 2010 - You are responsible for all of the
information contained in the syllabus that follows.**

**Instructors: **Dean Pietromonaco

Tim Curran

**Office:** EDC-251 (Curran)

FL1-133 (Pietromonaco)

For office hours of instructors, please click on the home
pages below.

**Email:**
currant@flc.losrios.edu

**Home Page:** www.flc.losrios.edu/~currant

**Syllabus Quiz**:

A quiz over this syllabus will be due when you come to take
the first exam. The Syllabus Quiz can be
accessed by clicking on the following link:
SYLLABUS
QUIZ

**Catalog Description:**

This course presents the fundamental concepts and operations
of algebra with problem solving skills emphasized throughout. Topics include:
properties of real numbers, linear equations and inequalities, integer
exponents, polynomials, factoring polynomials, rational expressions and
equations, radical expressions and equations, rational exponents, systems of
linear equations and inequalities, the rectangular coordinate system, graphs
and equations of lines, and solving quadratic equations.

This is a 5-unit course that is degree applicable and may be
transferable. Please see a counselor for
questions about transferability.

**Student Learning
Outcomes for MATH 100:**

- evaluate and expand
polynomial expressions (including expressions written in scientific notation).
- report solutions to
polynomial operations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division.
- record factors of
polynomial expressions by removing common factors, factoring difference of
square expressions, and factoring trinomial expressions including perfect
square trinomials.
- apply rules of
exponents (including negative exponents) in the simplification of
algebraic expressions.
- solve linear
equations, linear formulas (of more than one variable), linear
inequalities, and 2x2 systems of linear equations.
- produce graphs of
solution sets of linear equations and linear inequalities in two
variables.
- evaluate and
simplify radical expressions and solve equations involving these.
- solve application
problems using algebraic expressions, algebraic equations, algebraic
inequalities, and graphing techniques.
- solve quadratic
equations by factoring and using the quadratic formula.

**Textbook &
Materials:**

*Beginning Algebra*,
Seventh Edition ISBN 978-0-321-57375-9. You must buy a
book that is bundled with My Math Lab. Written
by Tobey-Slatter and Published by Prentice Hall. The Beginning Algebra text can be
purchased at the Folsom Lake College Bookstore.

**Pre-Requisite:**

Minimum grade of "C" in Math 30 or successful
completion of an assessment test with a recommendation of Math 100. Please note
that self-assessment at ARC is not accepted for placement at FLC.

**We will check for your
proof of meeting the prerequisite during the orientation meeting. Failure to
show verification that you have met the prerequisite by the end of the first
week on instruction will result in your being dropped from the course.**

**Course Objectives:**

·
To introduce
students to the structure of the real number system and develop skills in
manipulating algebraic expressions.

·
To help
students develop an understanding of the concepts of algebra and then gain
confidence in their ability to apply this understanding to real world problems.

·
To help
students gain problem-solving skills and become independent learners who are
able to take responsibility for the learning process.

·
To help
prepare students to successfully continue in the further study of math, science
or other courses that require algebra if they desire to continue in those
studies.

**How the online class works:**

The course is an online
course that uses both a book and an online software system (MyMathLab). You are
expected to read the book and complete all online assignments. It is also recommended to complete all of the
suggested book work. You should
familiarize yourself with the online support services and use them to aid in
the successful completion of the required course material. After you have completed required online
homework and quizzes, you should come in to FLC or the EDC to take the test
during one of the schedule lab hours.
You must have Photo ID with you in order to take an exam. You need to take all tests on or before the
deadlines specified on the testing information page. **It is your responsibility to know and meet these
deadlines. No extensions or incompletes
will be given. If you miss an exam and do not contact your
instructor within 3 days, you may be dropped from the course.**

**Getting Help:**

Communication with the
instructor is available through e-mail or in person at the instructor support
hours or office hours. Students are encouraged to come in for help or
test preparation if they need that level of support. An instructor is available
for help in the Folsom Lake College Math Reading and **For testing times and deadline dates please use the
link on the main course page in MyMathLab.**

**Homework:**

Each unit has multiple
online homework assignments to help you prepare for the exam. Each assignment has a unique due date. Those due dates are listed on the website
page where you access the online homework.
Online homework will be submitted directly to your instructor through
MyMathLab. For full credit on the online portion of your homework
you must complete all the required problems with at least 80% accuracy. This means you will receive a score of 0 on
an assignment if you complete it with less than 80% accuracy. To view and complete the online homework,
click on the online homework link in MyMathLab.

**Suggested Book Work
(Not Required, but Highly Recommended):**

We have also provided
suggested problems from the book to help you better prepare for the exam. These problems are not to be handed in. To view the suggested problems from the book,
click on the suggested bookwork link in MyMathLab.

Please be aware that Chapter 3 is the
last chapter to study, positioned between your last "regular" test
(#5 on Chapters 9 & 10) and the final exam. There is no online work
required for chapter 3, but there is some "suggested bookwork" from
your text. The math department cannot emphasize enough that reading chapter 3
and doing these exercises will help you prepare for the chapter 3 portion of
the final exam.

**Testing & Quizzes: Go to ****http://wserver.flc.losrios.edu/~flcmath/online_info/orientation_book_testingtimes_Su10.htm**** for testing times and deadlines**

There are six
required tests, including a comprehensive final examination.

- Exam 1 covering chapters 1
and 2
- Exam 2 covering chapters 4
and 5
- Exam 3 covering chapter 6
- Exam 4 covering chapters 7
and 8
- Exam 5 covering chapters 9
and 10
- Final Exam covering all of
the above chapters
__and chapter 3__

The problems on the exam
will be reflective of topics covered in both the online homework problems and
the suggested book problems from the sections covered. Please note that
fractions and decimals will be incorporated into tests as this is assumed prior
knowledge. **You may test as soon as you are ready but each test,
including the final, has a deadline beyond which no testing on that
chapter(s) will be allowed. ** An instructor is available to
administer exams at Folsom Lake College Math Reading and

There will also be five
quizzes that correspond to the five units covered. These quizzes are online and have a due date
of the Monday of the Testing Deadline week for the associated unit exam. To view the deadline dates and the chapters
covered, click on the quizzes & exams button in MyMathLab.

In light of the specific
testing deadlines, we encourage you to not put off your work until just before
the deadline. Deadlines are absolute and no additional time will be
granted, as you are always able to work ahead.

**Makeup Policy:**

If for __any__ reason
you cannot make it to an exam **OR** if you would like to retake an exam to
get a better grade, you have an opportunity to make up **ONE** exam.
The Makeup Exam must be taken prior to the deadline for the next
exam. There will be a 10% penalty
applied to all make ups. The score on
the make up will replace your original test score, even if your makeup score is
lower. You cannot make up the final exam.

**Grading Information:**

The assignments in the course have
the following point values:

5 Tests worth 100 points each

5 Quizzes at 10 points each

A number of online homework
assignments at 5 points each

1 Cumulative Final Exam worth 150
points

1 orientation assignment
worth 5 points (Due on the day you come to orientation)

1 syllabus quiz worth 10
points (Due when you come in to take the first unit exam)

Letter grades will be
assigned based on the following percentages:

A: 90 % - 100%

B: 80% - 89%

C: 70%-79%

D: 60% - 69%

F: below 60%

Grades will be submitted
at the end of finals week based on your percentage of the total points for the
course. **No requests for extensions or incomplete grades will be granted**.
If a student needs to retake the course, no credit for work or quizzes from a
previous semester will be granted.

**Calculator Policy:**

One of the fundamental
purposes of this course is to strengthen your basic mental skills in the
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions,
decimals, and signed numbers. When a student's mental skills are developed to a
high level, the work in this course and subsequent courses becomes much easier.
The problems in the course deal with simple fractions, decimals and signed
numbers. For that reason **NO CALCULATORS** are allowed in the
course.

Students are encouraged
to practice the basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts
until they have been committed to memory.

**Academic Integrity:**

Cheating will be dealt
with swiftly and severely. At the
minimum, you will receive a zero on the exam and lose all makeup
privileges. Please read the FLC catalog
so that you know college policies.
Notes, calculators, cell phones and all materials other than a pencil
and eraser are prohibited while you are taking a test. We will provide scratch paper if you desire
it. You may not speak to anyone other
than the instructor. Violation of any of
these rules is considered cheating.

**Computer Labs:**

There are computer labs
available for your use at FLC and EDC.
For information, call (916) 608-6540 at FLC or (530) 642-5689 at EDC.