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Fall 2017
Synonym: 35183, Section: 085, Northridge 2245
Monday / Wednesday 12:00 pm  1:45 pm
Prerequisites: 
C or better in Basic Math Skills (MATD 0330), or its equivalent knowledge, or a passing score on the MATD 0370 placement test 

Course Content: 
Course Description: MATD 0370 Elementary Algebra  A course designed to develop the skills and understanding contained in the first year of secondary school algebra. Topics include review of operations on real numbers, graphing linear equations, solving linear and quadratic equations, solving systems of linear equations, polynomials, factoring, and applications. 

Course Materials: 
Text: Elementary Algebra: Concepts & Applications Package for Austin Community College, 1/e ISBN10: 1323072020 or ISBN13: 9781323072028 

Keeping up: 
Please, try to keep up with the homework and with the lecture in class. There just isn't much time to catch up; quizzes cover the material you were assigned in the last class, for example. This means you have to be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to do the homework and to study. 

Attendance: 
Attendance is required in this course. It is extremely important for you to attend class regularly. I MAY drop you from the course for excessive absences, although I make no commitment to do so. 

Class participation: 
All students are expected to actively participate in this class. This can include asking relevant questions in class, participating in class discussions and other inclass activities, helping other students, coming to office hours with questions, and doing other things that contribute to the class. 

Grading: 
There will be 4 exams plus a comprehensive final exam. Grades will be weighted as follows: 


Tests 1, 2, 3, and 4 
14% 
each 


Final Exam 
20% 



Online Homework 
8% 



Quizzes 
8% 



Written work 
8% 


If your homework average is at least 75% and you have not missed more than 4 classes during the semester, I will replace your lowest grade on Tests 14 with your grade on the final exam (if that would work to your advantage). 

A 
90% or better and a grade of at least 80 on the final 
D 
60%  69% 

B 
80%  89% and a grade of at least 70 on the final 
F 
below 60% 

C 
70%  79% and a grade of at least 60 on the final 




W 
Withdrawn by student or instructor prior to last withdrawal date on school calendar 

I 
Incomplete grades (I) will be given only in very rare circumstances. Generally, to receive a grade of "I", a student must have taken all examinations, be passing, and after the last date to withdraw, have a personal tragedy occur which prevents course completion. An incomplete grade cannot be carried beyond the established date in the following semester. The completion date is determined by the instructor but may not be later than the final deadline for withdrawal in the subsequent semester. 


IP 
In Progress Grades (IP) are also rarely given. In order to earn an "IP" grade the student must remain in the course, be making progress in the material, not have excessive absences, and not be meeting the standards set to earn the grade of C or better in the course. Students who earn an IP grade must register and pay for the same course again to receive credit. Students who make a grade of IP should not go on to the next course with that grade. 

Inclass and takehome written work: 
Most days, there will be some sort of inclass written work that will be graded; this might include quizzes, group work, and/or practice problems. If you miss class, this work cannot be made up. (However, several of your lowest inclass/quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the semester, so if you only miss a few of these, it shouldn’t make a serious difference in your grade.) There will also be a regular written takehome worksheet that you will need to turn in for a grade. 

Online Homework and Quizzes: 
Your homework will be done outside of class on the computer using MyMathLab software. Also, there will be regular online quizzes that you will need to take in MyMathLab as well. There will be a penalty on late online work. This online work is not optional and is very important to your success in this class. 

Classroom behavior: 
Classroom behavior should support and enhance learning. Behavior that disrupts the learning process will be dealt with appropriately, which may include having the student leave class for the rest of that day. In serious cases, disruptive behavior may lead to a student being withdrawn from the class. ACC's policy on student discipline can be found in the Student Handbook on the web at: http://www.austincc.edu/handbook 

Withdrawal: 
It is the student's responsibility to initiate all withdrawals in this course. The instructor may withdraw students for excessive absences (4) but makes no commitment to do this for the student. After the last day to withdraw, neither the student nor the instructor may initiate a withdrawal. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decide to withdraw from the class. The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary. The student is also strongly encouraged to retain a copy of the withdrawal form for their records. 

Ask questions: 
Please, please, please, if you don't understand something, or you aren't clear about something, or if you think I (or the book) have made a mistake (it has been known to happen), or if you have any other questions, please ask. Don't let confusion accumulate. If you don't want to ask in class, come to our office hours (or call) and ask. It is much easier to ask a question now than to miss it on the test. I expect all students to participate in class discussions and other activities. Trust me, you will get much more out of the class if you become actively involved in it. 

Always show your work: 
It is much more important that you understand the processes involved in solving problems than that you just give me the right answer. If I see from your work that you understand what you are doing, I will usually give partial credit for a problem, even if you made a mistake somewhere along the line. If you don't show your work (unless I believe you could reasonably do it in your head), I may not give you full credit, even if the answer is right. If you can really do something in your head, that's great, but when in doubt, write it down. It is also very important that you write what you mean. I will correct your notation the first few times, but I will start counting it wrong if you continue to write things incorrectly. In addition, please write clearly and legibly. If I can't read it, I won't grade it. 

Time required and outside help: 
To do homework and study requires three to four times as much time outside of class as the time you spend in class in order to succeed in this course. If you need more outofclass help than you can obtain in your instructor's office hours, free tutoring is available in any of ACC's Learning Labs. 
TSI Warning for students who are not TSI complete**
Students who are not TSI complete in math are not allowed to enroll in any course with a math skill requirement.
All students are required to be "continually in attendance" in order to remain enrolled in this course. If this is the only developmental class you are enrolled in, and you withdraw yourself from this course or are withdrawn by your instructor, then:
a) You may be withdrawn from courses that you should not be enrolled in, such as any class with a math skill requirement.
b) You will have a hold placed on your registration for the following semester. The Hold will require that you register for the next semester in person with an advisor or counselor and that you work with the Developmental Math Advisor during that semester.
c) You will continue to face more serious consequences, up to being restricted to only registering for developmental courses, until you complete the required developmental math course or satisfy the TSI requirement in another way. More information can be found at
https://sites.google.com/a/austincc.edu/mathstudents/choose/matd/tsi
** If you are unsure whether or not this warning applies to you, see an ACC advisor immediately.
Importance of Completing Developmental Course Requirements
The first steps to achieving any college academic goal are completing developmental course requirements and TSI requirements. The first priority for students who are required to take developmental courses must be the developmental courses. TSI rules state that students are allowed to take college credit courses, if they are fulfilling their developmental requirements. Because successful completion of developmental courses is so important, ACC will intervene with any student who is not successfully completing developmental requirements. This intervention can mean a hold on records, requiring developmental lab classes, working with the Dev Math Advisor, and monitoring during the semester.
ACC College Policies
Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty  A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission of the college as an educational institution. Students have the responsibility to submit coursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or selfexpression. Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations. Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion, and falsifying documents. Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the course and/or expulsion from the college. See the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process and other policies at http://www.austincc.edu/current/needtoknow
Student Rights and Responsibilities  Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights to others in the college community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine and question pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence of scholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willing partners in learning, students must comply with college rules and procedures.
Statement on Students with Disabilities  Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities who need classroom, academic or other accommodations must request them through Student Accessibility Services (SAS, formerly OSD). Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three weeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations may be delayed.
Students who have received approval for accommodations from SAS for this course must provide the instructor with the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from SAS before accommodations will be provided. Arrangements for academic accommodations can only be made after the instructor receives the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from the student.
Students with approved accommodations are encouraged to submit the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ to the instructor at the beginning of the semester because a reasonable amount of time may be needed to prepare and arrange for the accommodations. Additional information about Student Accessibility Services is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.austincc.edu/support/osd/" http://www.austincc.edu/support/osd/
Safety Statement  Austin Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for study and work. You are expected to learn and comply with ACC environmental, health and safety procedures and agree to follow ACC safety policies. Additional information on these can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/ehs. Because some health and safety circumstances are beyond our control, we ask that you become familiar with the Emergency Procedures poster and Campus Safety Plan map in each classroom. Additional information about emergency procedures and how to sign up for ACC Emergency Alerts to be notified in the event of a serious emergency can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/emergency/.
Please note, you are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.
You are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.
Use of ACC email  All College email communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmail account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion. ACC will send important information and will notify you of any college related emergencies using this account. Students should only expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account. Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff. Instructions for activating an ACCmail account can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/accmail/index.php.
Testing Center Policy  Under certain circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in a testing center. Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselves according to the Student Guide for Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entire guide before going to take the exam. To request an exam, one must have:
· ACC Photo ID
· Course Abbreviation (e.g., ENGL)
· Course Number (e.g.,1301)
· Course Synonym (e.g., 10123)
· Course Section (e.g., 005)
· Instructor's Name
Do NOT bring cell phones to the Testing Center. Having your cell phone in the testing room, regardless of whether it is on or off, will revoke your testing privileges for the remainder of the semester. ACC Testing Center policies can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/testctr/
Student And Instructional Services  ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety of opportunities and services. Information on these services and support systems is available at: http://www.austincc.edu/s4/ Links to many student services and other information can be found at: http://www.austincc.edu/current/ For help setting up your ACCeID, ACC Gmail, or ACC Blackboard, see a Learning Lab Technician at any ACC Learning Lab.
Concealed Handgun Policy  The Austin Community College District concealed handgun policy ensures compliance with Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code (also known as the Campus Carry Law), while maintaining ACC’s commitment to provide a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Beginning August 1, 2017, individuals who are licensed to carry (LTC) may do so on campus premises except in locations and at activities prohibited by state or federal law, or the college’s concealed handgun policy. It is the responsibility of license holders to conceal their handguns at all times. Persons who see a handgun on campus are asked to contact the ACC Police Department by dialing 222 from a campus phone or 5122237999. Refer to the concealed handgun policy online at austincc.edu/campuscarry.
MATD 0370 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Perform operations involving integers, fractions, decimals, percents, signed exponents, scientific notation, ratios and proportions.
2. Solve problems involving geometric figures including perimeter, area, similarity, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Analyze, interpret, and solve problems from line graphs, bar graphs, pictographs, and pie charts.
3. Use appropriate forms of linear equations to identify slope, intercepts, and to graph lines. Find linear equations from given points and graphs of lines. Find solutions to systems of two equations by graphing.
4. Solve applied problems by defining variables, writing equation(s), solving equation(s), and writing an answer to the question in context. Problems requiring quadratic equations are included as well as problems requiring single linear equations and systems of linear equations.
5. Factor and perform operations to combine and/or simplify expressions and solve equations including numerical, some polynomial, and some rational expressions and equations. Simplify some radical expressions.
6. Use mathematical language, symbols, and notation to communicate mathematical concepts, demonstrate reasoning, and solve problems.
Course Objectives:
The following objectives are listed in a sequence ranging from the simple to the more complex. As such, this document should not be viewed as a chronological guide to the course, although some elements naturally will precede others. These elements should be viewed as mastery goals which will be reinforced whenever possible throughout the course.
Overall objectives:
A. Students will feel a sense of accomplishment in their increasing ability to use mathematics to solve problems of interest to them or of use in their chosen fields. Students will attain more positive attitudes based on increasing confidence in their abilities to learn mathematics.
B. Students will learn to understand material using standard mathematical terminology and notation when presented either verbally or in writing.
C. Students will improve their skills in describing what they are doing as they solve problems using standard mathematical terminology and notation.
a. identify and use properties of real numbers
b. simplify expressions involving real numbers
c. evaluate numerical expressions with integral exponents
2. Polynomials
a. distinguish between expressions that are polynomials and expressions that are not
b. classify polynomials in one variable by degree and number of terms
c. simplify polynomials
d. add, subtract, multiply (including the distributive law), and divide polynomials (including division by monomials, but excluding long division)
e. factor polynomials in one or more variables (including factoring out the greatest common factor, factoring by grouping, factoring trinomials in which the leading coefficient is one, factoring trinomials in which the leading coefficient is not one, and factoring the difference of two squares)
f. understand and use the exponent laws involving integer exponents
g. convert numbers into and out of scientific notation and perform multiplication and division with numbers written in scientific notation
3. Solve linear equations in one variable involving integral, decimal, and fractional coefficients and solutions
4. Solve and graph linear inequalities
5. Application problems
a. write and evaluate linear expressions from verbal descriptions
b. solve application problems which lead to one of the following types of equations: linear equations in one variable, systems of two linear equations in two variables, quadratic equations, and rational equations with monomial numerators and denominators)
c. solve literal equations for a specified variable using addition and multiplication principles
d. use given data to estimate values and to evaluate geometric and other formulas
e. solve problems involving the Pythagorean theorem, similar triangles, and proportions
6. Linear equations in two variables
a. identify the relationship between the solution of a linear equation in two variables and its graph on the Cartesian plane
b. understand and use the concepts of slope and intercept
c. determine slope when two data points are given
d. graph a line given either two points on the line or one point on the line and the slope of the line
e. write an equation of a line given one point on the line and the slope of the line, or two points on the line
f. identify lines given in standard, pointslope, or slopeintercept forms and sketch their graphs
g. solve systems of linear equations
7. Quadratic equations
a. find solutions to quadratic equations using the technique of factoring and using the principle of square roots
b. recognize a need to use the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations and solve quadratic equations by using the quadratic formula when some simplification of square roots is needed
8. Description and classification of irrational numbers
a. simplify radical expressions
b. use decimal approximations for radical expressions
9. Rational expressions
a. determine for which value(s) of the variable a rational expression is undefined
b. simplify rational expressions containing monomials, binomials, and trinomials
c. multiply and divide rational expressions containing monomials, binomials, and trinomials
d. add and subtract rational expressions with like denominators and rational expressions with unlike denominators (only monomials and binomials that do not require factoring)
10. Geometry
a. understand the difference between perimeter and area and be able to use formulas for these appropriately
b. solve application problems involving angles and polygons
Course Outline and Approximate Calendar:
Please note: schedule changes may occur during the semester.
Any changes will be announced in class.
Week 
Dates 
Section and pages 
Online Homework 
1 
8/28/17 
1.1  Introduction to Algebra: pages 8  11 
Online HW 1.1 
1.2  The Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Laws: pages 16  18 
Online HW 1.2 

1.3  Fraction Notation: pages 2728 
Online HW 1.3 

8/30/17 
1.4  Positive and Negative Real Numbers: pages 34  36 
Online HW 1.4 

1.5  Addition of Real Numbers: pages 41  43 
Online HW 1.5 

1.6  Subtraction of Real Numbers: pages 48  49 
Online HW 1.6 

1.7  Multiplication and Division of Real Numbers: pages 57  59 
Online HW 1.7 

Online Quiz, Week 1 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 1 (due by Monday during class) 

2 
9/4/17 
Holiday  No class today 

9/6/17 
1.8  Exponential Notation and Order of Operations: pages 66  68 
Online HW 1.8 

2.1  Solving Equations: pages 86  87 
Online HW 2.1 

2.2  Using the Principles Together: pages 93  95 
Online HW 2.2 

2.3  Formulas: pages 99  201 
Online HW 2.3 

Online Quiz, Week 2 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 2 (due by Monday during class) 

3 
9/11/17 
2.4  Applications with Percent: pages 108  112 
Online HW 2.4 
2.5  Problem Solving: pages 121  127 
Online HW 2.5 

9/13/17 
2.6  Solving Inequalities: pages 134  136 
Online HW 2.6 

Online Quiz, Week 3 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 3 (due by Monday during class) 

Test 1: Sept 14  Sept 20 (Covers through section 2.6)


4 
9/18/17 
3.1  Reading Graphs, Plotting Points, and Scaling Graphs: pages 159  163 
Online HW 3.1 
3.2  Graphing Linear Equations: pages 170  172 
Online HW 3.2 

9/20/17 
3.3  Graphing and Intercepts: pages 178  181 
Online HW 3.3 

3.4  Rates: pages 185  189 
Online HW 3.4 

Online Quiz, Week 4 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 4 (due by Monday during class) 

5 
9/25/17 
3.5  Slope: pages 196  201 
Online HW 3.5 
9/27/17 
3.6  SlopeIntercept Form: pages 208  210 
Online HW 3.6 

3.7  PointSlope Form: pages 217  219 
Online HW 3.7 

Online Quiz, Week 5 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 5 (due by Monday during class) 

6 
10/2/17 
4.1  Exponents and Their Properties: pages 235  237 
Online HW 4.1 
4.2  Polynomials: pages 242  244 
Online HW 4.2 

4.3  Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials: pages 250  253 
Online HW 4.3 

10/4/17 
4.4  Multiplication of Polynomials: pages 258  259 
Online HW 4.4 

4.5  Special Products: pages 266  267 
Online HW 4.5 

Online Quiz, Week 6 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 6 (due by Monday during class) 

Test 2: Oct 5  Oct 11 (Covers through 4.5) 

7 
10/9/17 
4.6  Polynomials in Several Variables: pages 274  275 
Online HW 4.6 
4.7  Division of Polynomials: pages 281  282 
Online HW 4.7 

10/11/17 
4.8  Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation: pages 289  291 
Online HW 4.8 

5.1  Introduction to Factoring: pages 310  311 
Online HW 5.1 

Online Quiz, Week 7 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 7 (due by Monday during class) 

8 
10/16/17 
5.2  Factoring Trinomials of the Type x^2 + bx + c: pages 317  318 
Online HW 5.2 
5.3  Factoring Trinomials of the Type ax^2 + bx + c: pages 326  327 
Online HW 5.3 

10/18/17 
5.4  Factoring PerfectSquare Trinomials and Differences of Squares: pages 332  333 
Online HW 5.4 

5.5  Factoring: A General Strategy: pages 340  341 
Online HW 5.5 

Online Quiz, Week 8 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 8 (due by Monday during class) 

9 
10/23/17 
5.6  Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring: pages 347  349 
Online HW 5.6 
10/25/17 
5.7  Solving Applications: pages 355  359 
Online HW 5.7 

Online Quiz, Week 9 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 9 (due by Monday during class) 

10 
10/30/17 
6.1  Rational Expressions: pages 375  376 
Online HW 6.1 
6.2  Multiplication and Division: pages 380  382 
Online HW 6.2 

11/1/17 
6.3  Addition, Subtraction, and Least Common Denominators: pages 389  391 
Online HW 6.3 

Online Quiz, Week 10 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 10 (due by Monday during class) 

Test 3: Nov 2  Nov 8 (Covers through 6.3)


11 
11/6/17 
6.4  Addition and Subtraction with Unlike Denominators: pages 396  398 
Online HW 6.4 
11/8/17 
6.6  Solving Rational Equations: pages 412  413 
Online HW 6.6 

6.7  Applications Using Rational Equations and Proportions: pages 420  425 
Online HW 6.7 

Online Quiz, Week 11 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 11 (due by Monday during class) 

12 
11/13/17 
7.1  Systems of Equations and Graphing: pages 440  441 
Online HW 7.1 
11/15/17 
7.2  Systems of Equations and Substitution: pages 446  448 
Online HW 7.2 

7.3  Systems of Equations and Elimination: pages 454  456 
Online HW 7.3 

Online Quiz, Week 12 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 12 (due by Monday during class) 

13 
11/20/17 
7.4  More Applications Using Systems: pages 462  465 
Online HW 7.4 
11/22/17 
8.1  Introduction to Square Roots and Radical Expressions: pages 496  498 
Online HW 8.1 

8.2  Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions: pages 502  504 
Online HW 8.2 

Online Quiz, Week 13 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 13 (due by Monday during class) 

14 
11/27/17 
9.1  Solving Quadratic Equations: The Principle of Square Roots: pages 546  547 
Online HW 9.1 
11/29/17 
9.3  Quadratic Formula and Applications: pages 558  561 
Online HW 9.3 

Online Quiz, Week 14 (due by Monday at midnight) 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 14 (due by Monday during class) 

Test 4: Nov 30  Dec 6 (Covers through 9.3) 

15 
12/4/17 
9.4  Formulas and Equations: pages 565  567 
Online HW 9.4 
12/6/17 
Review for the final Exam (download)  Bring handout linked here to class to work on 

Takehome written worksheet, Week 15 (due by Monday during class) 

16 
12/11/17 
Review for the final Exam (download)  Handout linked here due inclass 

12/13/17 
Final Exam 