MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MAT 011 Section RC2 (81562) - Beginning Algebra

Monday 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Spring 2011 Parkhouse Hall 313

Paul M. DelPo

Textbook:
*MAT 011 Beginning Algebra 2010-2011*, by Dr. Roseann Hoffman, Walter
Hunter, Susan Yankosky, Pearson Custom Publishing

ISBN – 13: 978-0-558-70309-7

ISBN – 10: 0-558-70309-7

Calculator: A calculator similar to the TI-30X IIS is recommended for this course.

Course Objective: This course is designed to help the student develop a feeling of confidence with beginning Algebra, to provide the necessary background for an intermediate Algebra course, and to develop the student's ability to translate verbal statements into mathematical symbols and statements.

Prerequisites: A math placement test recommendation of "MAT 011" or MAT 010 with a minimum grade of "C."

Topics covered: A review of whole number operations, fractions, decimals, and percents; signed numbers; properties of exponents; simplifying, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, algebraic expressions; solving equations (linear and literal); solving inequalities; simple factoring and algebraic fractions; simplifying radicals; word problem application.

Learning Objectives:

- Upon successfully completing this course, students should have the following knowledge and skills:
- Use signed numbers, variables, distributive property, combining like terms appropriately.
- Solve linear and literal equations.
- Solve applications of linear equations and percentages.
- Solve inequalities and their applications.
- Understand and use the Cartesian coordinate system to graphing lines: vertical and horizontal lines, x and y-intercepts, changes to the horizontal and vertical scales of a graph.
- Appropriately apply slope and understand applications of linear graphs.
- Develop models for applications of linear graphs.
- Use the calculator appropriately to solve growth and decay problems with exponents, finance problems and scientific notation.
- Convert between scientific notation and decimal notation.
- Apply properties of exponents.
- Manipulate and solve multiplication, division, addition, subtraction of algebraic fractions, and fractional equations.

- Solve applications of ratio and proportion problems.
- Compute the addition, subtraction and multiplication of polynomials.
- Use the calculator to approximate square roots.
- Use and apply the quadratic formula appropriately.
- Graph quadratic equations and apply appropriately to quadratic applications.
- Understand common factors, factoring trinomials with a leading coefficient of one, factoring the difference of perfect squares, and solve equations by factoring

Learning Assistance Labs: The Learning Assistance Labs (LALs) provide academic support services for students taking classes at the college. These services include face-to-face and on-line tutoring, study skills and writing workshops, computer assistance, and more. All services are free to students. http://www.mc3.edu/aa/lal/lal_main.html

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A**ccommodations**:
**Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations in this
course. Please contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities
in College Hall 131 at (215) 641-6575 for more information. At the West Campus,
contact the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Student Development Center
at (610) 718-1853.
http://www.mc3.edu/sa/stdisab/stdisab.htm

Phone number: (215) 619 - 7460 ext 4680

Business e-mail: pdelpo@mc3.edu

Home E-mail: pdelpo@yahoo.com

Office Hours: Before and after Class

Grading: Four Exams 65%

Final Exam 25%

Homework and Class Participation 10%

Evaluation and Grading:

A = 90 to 100

B = 80 to 89

C = 70 to 79

D = 60 to 69

F = 0 to 59

Makeup Exam

Policy: There is no makeup for tests or homework.

Withdrawal

Policy: Will sign up to the last class.

Assignment

Policy: Attendance is expected and assignments are due the following class.

Tardiness

Policy: Repeated lateness to class could result in the lowering of a student’s grade.

Eating is permitted during breaks only, otherwise it may interfere with the learning process which could affect the students participation grade.