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Course Syllabus – TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE – 2011 Fall Semester

SECTION NUMBER: 106 START DATE: August 22, 2011

CALL NUMBER: 15478 END DATE: Dec. 18, 2011

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Sonnenfeld


OFFICE HOURS: By arrangement

Science & Mathematics Division (Evening Programs)

Associate Dean: Dr. Connie Hebert Director: George Black

Office Number: MC620 Office Number: MC1008

Office Phone: (918) 595-7334 Office Phone: (918) 595-7154
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A course for students that need to review their basic algebra background. Included within this course are signed numbers, positive and negative exponents, order of operations, conversions in fractions, decimals, percents, algebraic expressions, factoring, polynomials, slope, graphing linear equation and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities, algebraic fractions, irrational numbers, scientific notation, fractional exponents, roots and radicals, complex numbers, domain and range, quadratic equations, variation, parallel and perpendicular lines, graphing, systems of equations, and applications.

Lecture 5 hours (no laboratory).

NEXT COURSE(S) IN SEQUENCE: MTH 1513 – College Algebra
TEXTBOOK: Algebra – A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

Author: Elayn Martin-Gay

Publisher: Pearson (Prentice-Hall)

COURSE DELIVERY METHOD: Classroom instruction under the direction of an instructor for a 16-week semester.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: To provide an introduction to the algebra of the Real Number System. This includes an understanding of the axioms of the Real Number System and numerical operations of various number types such as integers and fractions. Particular techniques will be developed such as operation with polynomial expressions, solving algebraic equations and inequalities, and factoring. Also included are providing students with understanding and proficiency in simplifying algebraic expressions with negative exponents. Graph one and two variable linear equations and identify slope and y-intercepts. Solve systems of two variable equations by graphing, substitution, and addition. Simplify and perform operations on expressions containing rational expressions. Solve equations containing rational expressions. Simplify and perform operations on expressions containing roots and radicals. Solve equations containing radicals. Solve quadratic equations by square root, factoring, and quadratic formula. Identify and perform operations with complex and irrational numbers.
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM GOALS: To achieve knowledge at three levels:

  1. Theoretical – to become familiar with the basic axioms, the corresponding definitions, and resulting theorems.

  2. Techniques – to gain skill in using the various axioms, definitions, and theorems in a variety of ways and combinations.

  3. Applications – to gain experience in solving a variety of word problems using algebraic techniques.

Students should be knowledgeable about the “Why,” the “How,” and the “What” of mathematics – WHY something is true, HOW it is determined through a process or technique, and WHAT is the outcome of that process.

CALCULATOR USAGE: The heart of mathematics is deductive thought and proof and no calculator can perform these tasks. The use of calculators should not sacrifice the learning of mathematics itself; therefore, in order to prepare students for the situations that they will encounter in subsequent mathematics courses, students must acquire a good command of basic mathematics facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and will not use calculators in this course.
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES: The adopted textbook includes tutorial software on a CD format.
MATHEMATICS LABORATORY: TCC has an outstanding Mathematics Lab in Room 302 (northwest corner of the third floor of the Academic Building). The Math Lab offers excellent tutorial assistance on a one-to-one basis, computer software, video tapes, etc. for student use. Both daytime and evening paraprofessionals are available to provide the appropriate assistance. The Metro Campus Math Lab is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday. There is no charge for TCC students.

COURSE MATERIALS: Lined notebook paper for notes and homework

Graph paper (4 x 4)

Straight edge (index card works well)
COURSE FORMAT AND TEACHING METHODS: The class will involve informal lectures in a classroom setting with interactive discussions and class activities. Questions will be encouraged in the learning process for all students. You are encouraged to read the reading assignments BEFORE the material is discussed in class.
EVALUATION TECHNIQUES: Grade points will be accumulated in the following ways:

  1. Four (4) major examinations (hour exams) worth 100 points each.

  2. Homework quizzes worth a total of 100 points.

  3. The total possible points are 500 points for the course.

GRADING SYSTEM: The final grade for this course will be determined in the following manner:

A = 90 – 100 % of possible points

B = 80 – 89% of possible points

C = 70 – 79 % of possible points

D = 60 – 69 % of possible points

F = 0 – 59% of possible points

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Class attendance is required and roll will be taken on a regular basis. After a sufficient number of late class arrivals, any additional late arrivals could be considered as an absence for that particular class meeting.
HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework is required and will be assigned on a routine basis.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS, MAKE-UP WORK, AND MISSED EXAMS: Homework will be checked through scheduled homework quizzes. No extra credit will be considered. If a major examination is missed, it is entirely within the discretion of the instructor as to whether or not a make-up exam will be given. If a homework quiz is missed, it cannot be made up.
CELL PHONE USAGE: Cell phones will not be used in class for phone calls, text messages, calculators, etc. If a necessary phone call is received, the student will temporarily leave the classroom to deal with the matter. Cell phone usage is disruptive and may result in student being asked to leave the classroom.

  1. Course Withdrawal: The deadline to withdraw from a course shall not exceed 3/4 the duration of any class. Check the TCC Academic Calendar for the deadline that applies to the course. Begin the process with a discussion with the faculty member assigned to the course. Contact the Advisement Office at any TCC campus to initiate withdrawal from a course (‘W grade) or to change from Credit to Audit. Withdrawal and/or change to an audit from a course after the drop/add period can alter the financial aid award for the current and future semesters. Students may receive an outstanding bill from TCC if the recalculation leaves a balance due to TCC. Students who stop participating in the course and fail to withdraw may receive a course grade of “F,” which may have financial aid consequences for the student.

  1. Communications:

    1. Email communications: All TCC students receive a designated “MyTCC” email address (ex: All communications to you about TCC and course assignments will be sent to your MyTCC email address; and you must use MyTCC email to send email to, and receive email from, the instructor regarding this course.

    1. Inclement Weather: TCC rarely closes. If extreme weather conditions or emergency situations arise, TCC always gives cancellation notices to radio and television stations. This information is also posted on the TCC website (

  1. General Education Goals: General Education courses at TCC ensure that our graduates gain skills, knowledge, and abilities that comprise a common foundation for their higher education and a backdrop for their work and personal lives. TCC’s General Education goals are: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Engaged Learning, and Technological Proficiency.

  1. Classroom Etiquette: Open and mutually respectful communication of varied opinions, beliefs, and perspectives during classroom or online discussion encourages the free exchange of ideas that is essential to higher learning and to the ability to learn from each other. Use of any electronic device is at the discretion of the instructor.

  1. Syllabus Changes: Occasionally, changes to the syllabus may be necessary. Students will be notified of any changes to the syllabus in writing.

  1. Students with Disabilities: TCC provides accommodations for qualifying students in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For information, students may contact the disabled Student Resource Center, 918-595-7115, or the Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 918-595-7428V, 918-595-7434TTY.

  1. Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty (cheating) is defined as the deception of others about one’s own work or about the work of another. Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned or tolerated at campuses within the Tulsa Community College system. Tulsa Community College adopts a policy delegating certain forms of authority for disciplinary action to the faculty. Such disciplinary actions delegated to the faculty include, but are not limited to, the dismissal of disrespectful or disorderly students from classes. In the case of academic dishonesty a faculty member may:

  • require the student to redo an assignment or test, or require the student to complete a substitute assignment or test;

  • Record a "zero" for the assignment or test in question;

  • Recommend to the student that the student withdraw from the class, or administratively withdraw the student from the class;

  • Record a grade of "F" for the student at the end of the semester.

Faculty may request that disciplinary action be taken against a student at the administrative level by submitting such request to the Dean of Student Services.

  1. Institutional Statement: Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the TCC Catalog, the TCC Student Policies & Resources Handbook, and semester information listed in the class schedule. All information may be viewed on the TCC website:

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