BASIC ALGEBRA COURSE OUTLINE

COURSE TITLE: Basic Algebra

COURSE NUMBER: MAT 050

PREREQUISITES:
Successful completion (C or better) of MAT 044, Mathematics, or
demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment (numerical
skills section – ASSET 41+, COMPASS 44-100), (pre-algebra section –
ASSET 23-38, COMPASS 0-40).


DIVISION: General Education and Support Services

PROGRAM: Academic Skills Advancement

CREDIT HOURS: 3
CONTACT HOURS: LECTURE: 3
DATE OF LAST REVISION: 6/4/02
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS REVISION: Fall, 2002

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
Reviews signed numbers and basic linear equations. Concentrates
on integer exponents, scientific notation, linear equations and
inequalities, literal equations, polynomial operations, polynomial
factoring, graphing linear equations, and applications.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course
the student will be expected to:

1. Use order of operations with signed numbers.
2. Use properties of integer exponents and scientific notation.
3. Simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions.
4. Solve linear and literal equations.
5. Graph linear equations.
6. Understand and use the concept of slope.
7. Solve and graph linear inequalities in one variable.
8. Perform basic operations with polynomials.
9. Factor polynomial expressions and use factoring to solve simple quadratic equations.
10. Use relevant mathematical terminology, laws, and notation.
11. Solve a variety of application problems in the above areas.
12. Use a scientific and/or graphing calculator proficiently as related to coursework.
13. Use computer technology, which may include the Internet, the Web, email, or computer
tutorials to enhance the course objectives.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include--

Signed numbers Polynomial operations
Linear equations Polynomial factoring
Integer exponents and scientific notation Graphs of linear equations
Linear inequalities Applications
Literal equations  

TEXT/CURRICULUM MATERIALS:

REQUIRED:
Algebra and Solutions, John McConnell and others, Scott
Foresman, 1996 ISBN 0-67357553-5 or 0-673-67581-5
TI-83/ TI-83 Plus graphing calculator
Ruler with centimeters, graph paper

SUGGESTED: 3x5 index cards, highlighter

MINIMUM FACULTY CREDENTIALS:

Bachelor's degree in mathematics, education, or a related field with a minimum of 9 hours in
college mathematics. Related fields include statistics, mathematical engineering, mathematical
economics, actuarial studies, or physics.

ACADEMIC HONESTY STATEMENT:

The College is committed to academic integrity in all its practices. The faculty value intellectual
integrity and a high standard of academic conduct. Activities that violate academic integrity
undermine the quality and diminish the value of educational achievement.

Cheating on papers, tests or other academic works is a violation of College rules. No student
shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as
cheating. This may include, but is not limited to, plagiarism or other forms of academic
dishonesty such as the acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials and/or
distribution of these materials and other academic work. This includes students who aid and abet
as well as those who attempt such behavior.

ADA STATEMENT:

Ivy Tech State College seeks to provide effective services and accommodations for qualified
individuals with documented disabilities. If you need an accommodation because of a
documented disability, you are required to register with Disability Support Services at the
beginning of the semester. If you will require assistance during an emergency evacuation, notify
your instructor immediately. Look for evacuation procedures posted in your classrooms.

METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY:
1. Teacher-whole class interactive discussion and explanation (50-70%)
2. Student-student small group interactive discussion and exploration (30-50%)