Introduction to Algebra

Course Description: Math 100: Introductory Algebra (4 credits) Introductory algebra to prepare students for algebra at the intermediate level. Prerequisites: A passing grade in Math 099 or a satisfactory score on the Math Placement Test.

Textbook: Blitzer. (2007). Introductory Algebra for College Students: Custom Edition for the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus packaged with MyMathLab

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time. Four absences are considered to be excessive and the student may be dropped from class if this occurs at the discretion of the instructor.

Grading Policy:

RA 90% -100%
RB 80% - 89%
RC 72% - 79%
RCR Credit 72% - 100%
RNC No Credit Less than 72%

Exams 45%
Group Projects 10%
HW and Computer Labs 15%
Final Exam 30%
• You must receive at least a 65% on the final exam to pass the course.

Expectations: Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and collegial manner. Please refrain from using cell phones during class unless approved in advance by instructor.

Disability Statement: If you have a documented disability, please provide me with a copy of your letter from Equal Access Services as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations are provided in a timely manner.

UNM’s Policy on Dishonesty in Academic Matters: Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action, including dismissal, against any student who is found responsible for academic dishonesty. Any student who has been judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in question and/or for the course.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests or assignments, claiming credit for work not done or done by others; hindering the academic work of other students; and misrepresenting academic or professional qualifications within or outside the University.

Student Support: The Valencia Campus Library provides a quiet atmosphere for study and is an excellent resource for supplementary materials. The Learning Center offers tutorial and individualized instruction at no cost to the student.

Major Course Objectives:
• Add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative numbers including fractions and decimals
• Understand and use order of operations
• Solve linear equations in one variable
• Solve word problems that can be solved with only one variable
• Graph y = mx + b
• Graph Ax + By = C
• Understand and use the slope formula
• Manipulate exponents using the Product Rule, Power Rule, Power of a Product Rule, Quotient Rule and Zero Exponent
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials
• Factor the greatest common factor
• Factor by grouping
• Factor ax2 + bx + c where a = 1

Tentative Schedule:

WEEK SECTION
1
1/22 – 1/24
1.1 Fractions
1.2 Real Numbers
2
1/29 – 1/31
1.4 Basic Rules of Algebra
1.5 & 1.6 Addition and Subtraction of Real Numbers
2/1 Last Day to Add Course or Change Sections
3
2/5 – 2/7
1.7 Multiplication and Division of Real Numbers
1.8 Exponents and Order of Operations
2/8 Last Day to Drop with a refund
4
2/12 – 2/14
EXAM 1 (No Calculators)
2.1 Addition Property of Equality
2/15 Last Day to Change Grading Options
5
2/19 – 2/21
2.2 Multiplication Property of Equality
2.3 Solving Linear Equations
6
2/26 – 2/28
2.4 Formulas and Percents
2.5 Introduction to Problem Solving
2/29 Last Day to Drop Course Without a Grade
7
3/4 - 3/6
Selected Problems Ch.3 or Review for test
EXAM 2
8
3/11 – 3/13
1.3 Ordered Pairs and Graphs
4.1 Graphing Equations in Two Variables
3/16 – 3/23 Spring Break
9
3/25 – 3/27
4.2 Graphing Linear Equations Using Intercepts
4.3 Slope
10
4/1 – 4/3
4.4 The Slope-Intercept Form of the Equation of a Line
Review Graphing or 4.5 Extra
11
4/8 – 4/10
EXAM 3
6.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
6.2 Multiplying Polynomials
12
4/15 – 4/17
6.3 Special Products
6.4 Polynomials in Several Variables
4/19 Last Day to Withdraw Without Approval
13
4/22 – 4/24
6.5 Dividing Polynomials
6.7 Negative Exponents
14
4/29 – 5/1
7.1 The Greatest Common Factor and Grouping
7.2 Factoring Trinomials
EXAM 4
15
5/6 – 5/8
Review for Final Exam
5/9 Last Day to Drop WITH Approval
16 FINAL EXAM, Tuesday, May 13, 12:00-2:00