Intermediate Algebra
Syllabus
Fall 2019


I.Course Information:  Elementary Algebra

II.Semester and Year: Fall 2019

III.Instructor Contact Information:  Gary Leiter
   email:  cia.leiter@gmail.com
   Text:  805-801-8055
  
IV.  Office Hours:  email or text me with questions


V. Course Description:  Beginning algebra course.  Includes operations with signed numbers and polynomials, factoring, exponents, radicals, algebraic functions, solutions of linear equations, systems of equations, linear inequalities, and quadratic equations.  Basic graphing.

VI. Prerequisites:  Algebra I with a score of "C" or higher

VII. Instructional Goals: Instruction will be in the areas of
1.Linear equations and inequalities
2.Graphing and systems of equations
3.Exponents and polynomials
4.Factoring
5.Rational Expressions

And be provided by
1.An explanation of concepts
2.Working examples in video lectures
3.Fully discussing the processes using various methods and helps
4.Daily reinforcement through the practice of using newly learned concepts

My desire is to instill a love for learning as well as alleviate any distaste for numbers and math.

VIII.Student Outcomes:  Upon completion of Elementary Algebra, the student will have successfully demonstrated knowledge of:
1.Linear equations and inequalities
2.Graphing and systems of equations
3.Exponents and polynomials
4.Factoring
5.Rational Expressions

The student will have gained the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in Elementary Algebra.

IX.Class Participation:  Students are expected to ask relevant questions and access online lectures according to chronological outline as well as complete homework and take tests.  Furthermore, students are expected to view online lecture videos to review known concepts and introduce themselves to new ones. 

X.Student Attendance:  Online class attendance is expected by regularly viewing lectures and examples.  It is your responsibility to withdraw from the class if it is not working out for you.  If you do not withdraw and fail to complete work in a timely manner, a grade of “F” will be assigned.

XI.Required Written Work:
Grades for the class will be based on:
~homework
~notes
~tests over 2 chapters each (test #1—chapters 1&2, test #2—chapters 3&4, etc.)

Test weeks can be found on the chronological outline found below. 

Turning in Homework and Notes

Written coursework assignments can be found on the chronological outline below. 
You will be responsible to do all homework assignments and take notes over each lesson.  Notes and homework will then be turned in by due dates listed on this syllabus and on the website for this course.

Follow the procedures below to see how to put your notes and homework together for submission.

*Please note:  Keep your homework and notes separate from each other.  Don’t mix your homework and notes together in one huge pile.  Your grade will be affected when instructions are not followed.

Notes:
Follow the procedures below to see how to put your notes together for submission.

~Make it easy for me to follow your work
~Lesson number at the top of each page (3.1, 3.2, etc.)
~Notes should be written in such a way that if a student were to ask to see your notes, they would be able to understand the lesson based on your notes.  Most students who score well on tests, quizzes, and lessons turn in at least ¾ page of notes for EACH lesson. 
**Remember, just because you understand a lesson does not mean you do not have to take notes over it.  I will reduce your grade for skipping lessons in your notes

**IMPORTANT:  Notes are not an option.  They are part of your grade for the course.  If you know how to do the lesson, then taking notes should be simple.  An example of what I want in your notes can be found on the prealgebra website.

Homework:
Written homework assignments can be found on the chronological outline below as well as the website. 

~Work must be shown or no credit will be given. I realize that some assignments do not have work to be shown and that is fine, but don’t expect to get credit when you copy down the answers from the back of the book and submit them as your work.  Not cool.

*Extra Important:  Do not turn in work that is due in the future with presently due work...this means, don't turn in an assignment that is due in 3 weeks along with assignments currently due.  For example, if lessons 3.1-3.9 are due, don't send 4.1 along with it.  I won't keep track of managing future lessons that are thrown in with current lessons.

Please do not use calculators in this course except for long computations like long division, etc.  I cannot regulate the use of calculators, but if you rely on them for your homework, you will find the tests difficult since you will not be able to use a calculator until later in the course. 

Turning in homework
Homework must be submitted by the due dates on the website in the following way:
~scan or take a picture of your homework with your phone and submit them as attachments in an email to:  cia.leiter@gmail.com

There is no other method to submit homework, so please submit them only as attachments in an email.

Things to consider when submitting homework in order to get full credit:
1.  All work must be right side up (not sideways or upside-down)
2. All work must be legible  
3. All work must be in the correct order (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, etc)
4. Subject line in the email must include the homework lessons being submitted

*An idea:  email your lessons to yourself in order to make sure everything is done correctly before sending them to me.

And Finally...homework and notes are pretty important in my class.  In fact, they are so important that if you choose not to turn them in, for every packet of homework and notes (there will be 4 packets) not turned in, your semester grade will be reduced 1/2 grade.  This means that if you get straight "A's" on your tests and don't turn in your homework, the best you can get in the class is a "C".  Please don't short-change yourself and settle for a lower grade...work hard and get the "A".

Homework and notes that are late are reduced one letter grade per day...after one week late NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN.) 

XII.Audit Policy: There are no requirements for auditing this class.

XIII.Plagiarism: Cheating and or plagiarism will result in a grade of “F” for the test and/or assignment.


XIV.  Evaluation Tools:
Tests70%
Quizzes 15%
Homework/Notes15%
(participation means being actively involved in learning whether it be listening,
taking notes, or involved in discussion—you can participate without saying
anything)

XV.Text:


XVI. Class Atmosphere and Safety:  Students are expected to conduct themselves
in a manner conducive to learning.  This means that each student is expected to maintain academic integrity and honesty.  Working hard, putting forth the extra effort, and pushing yourself are all necessary to be a successful student and professional.  Don’t shortchange yourself by doing only what is needed to pass the course.

XVII.Chronological/Topical Outline:

Week #1
1.1; 9-93 eoo
1.2; 9-85 eoo

Week #2
1.3; 5-81 eoo
1.4; 1-99 eoo


Week #3
1.5; 21-113 eoo
1.6; 9-105 eoo
1.7; 1-105 eoo

Week #4
1.8; 1-85 eoo
1.9; 1-101 eoo
Test Chapter 1

Week #5
2.1; 1-109 eoo
2.2; 1-87 eoo
2.3; 1-79 eoo

Week #6
2.4; 17-75 eoo
2.5; 1-83 eoo
2.6; 7-43 eoo

Week #7
2.7; 5-63 eoo
2.8; 20-24, 43-49, 53-57
3.1; 29-55 odd

Week #8
Test Chapter 2
3.2; 1-37 odd
3.3; 1-57 odd
3.4; 1-47 odd

Week #9
3.5; 1-55 odd
3.6; 1-35 odd
3.7; 7-47 odd

Week #10
3.8; 1-45 odd
3.9; 1-27 odd
4.1; 19-23, 29-33, 39-45, 49-56

Week #11
Test Chapter 3
4.2; 10-15, 19-31, 43-54
4.3; 7-11, 16-20, 31-71 eoo
4.4; 13-59 odd

Week #12
4.5; 1-81 eoo
4.6; 5-77 eoo
4.7; 5-57 odd

Week #13
4.8; 11-39 odd
5.1; 1-77 eoo
5.2; 1-87 eoo

Week #14
5.3; 23-65 odd
5.4; 1-75 odd
5.5; 1-41 odd
Test Chapter 4

Week #15
5.6; 9-67 eoo
5.7; 9-91 eoo

Week #16
5.8; 1-25 odd
6.1; 1-55 odd
6.2; 1-53 odd

Week #17
6.3; 13-43 odd
6.4; 13.43 odd
6.5; 1-21 eoo, 33-41 odd
Test Chapter 5

Week #18
6.6; 15-29 odd, 33, 35
6.7; 1-17 odd, 19-31 eoo
Study for the Final
Final Exam Chapters 1-6