SYLLABUS

MATH0099 Intermediate Algebra

Paulding Campus- Spring 2013

CRN 20049 Monday-Wednesday 12:00 to 1:50PM Room 109

CRN 20356 Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:50PM Room 308

CRN 20050 Tuesday-Thursday 6:30-8:20PM Room 200

__Instructor: __Dr. Tim Floyd, tfloyd@highlands.edu. E-mail is the best way to contact me. You can text to this address through the GHC system.

__Office and Hours__: Paulding Campus Rm 407, MW 11AM-Noon, TR Noon-2PM, TR 4-6PM.

__Textbook__: Introductory & Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 4/E by Robert F. Blitzer. You may use either the MyMathLab version or the hardback Textbook or both.

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__Calculator__: Required every class meeting. It doesn’t have to be a TI-83. It needs to be able to compute with fractions. I will assist in helping you learn to use your calculator before and after class, not during.

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__D2L__: I will post your class progress and assignments on D2L. In case of class cancellations, your assignment will be posted on D2L.

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__Grading__: Passing this course requires that you score a 40 or higher on the COMPASS EXIT EXAM. In order to be eligible to take COMPASS, you must have a minimum class average of 70. We will have 6 Tests this semester. Test 6 is a score that will be computed from your work on MML and work assigned during class. Your course average will be based on the average of the HIGHEST FIVE TEST SCOREs out of the SIX tests rounded to the nearest unit. Your final grade will be determined as follows: 90-100 average, “A”; 80-89 average, “B”; 70-79 average, “C”. If your average is below 70 you will not be eligible to take COMPASS.

__Make-Up Policy__: No test or in-class graded assignment can be made up. No homework assignment can be turned in after the due date. In extreme, documentable circumstances, evidence can be presented that may override this policy.

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__Cell Phone Policy__: No cell phone use is allowed in the classroom during class time. Occasionally, if you must return a text or take a call, please leave the room to do so. If this becomes a common activity, I will document this activity as a class disturbance and turn the matter over to the student discipline process. Your cell phone cannot be used as your calculator.

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__Respect for Students in Class__: In order to respect the students in this class and create an appropriate classroom atmosphere, I request that you DO NOT carry on conversations during lecture or test times. On the first occurrence of this behavior, I will make a polite request to stop. If the behavior continues, I will document the behavior and turn the matter over to the student discipline process.

__Material Covered for Each Test:__

At a minimum you should work the Practice Problems at the end of each section.

All tests after test 1 will have problems from the previous tests as bonus questions.

Test 6: Work will be done in class and on MML. These point totals will accumulate to 100 points and count as a test grade.

Wednesday, January 16, Thursday January 17: Test 1: Chapter 6:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. We will focus on factoring polynomials and solving quadratic equations.

Wednesday, February 6, Thursday February 7: Test 2: Chapter 7: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. We will focus on rational expressions and applications.

Wednesday, February 27, Thursday February 28: Test 3: Review chapter 3, Chapter 4: 1, 2, 4. We will focus on graphing, linear equations, solving systems of equations, and applications.

Wednesday, March 27, Thursday March 28: Test 4: Chapter 8: 1, 2, 3, 4. We will focus on Functions.

Tuesday April 23, Wednesday, April 24: Test 5: Chapter 10: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Chapter 11: 2, 3. We will focus on radicals, radical equations, quadratic formula, and graphing quadratics. This test will also be cumulative.

**COMMON SYLLABUS ITEMS**

**TUTORIAL CENTER: **A Tutorial Center is available on the Rome, Cartersville, Paulding, and Marietta Campuses. Hours vary on each campus. These centers provide wonderful assistance and should be used when possible to supplement your classroom experience.

**EXTENDED ABSENCE POLICY: **“Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required __before any course assignments can be completed while missing class__. The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request. All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”

**STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:** Any student who feels he/she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center (706-802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accomodations. You are welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.

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**WITHDRAWAL POLICY:** The last day to withdraw without penalty is March 18, 2013. You are responsible for seeing that the withdrawal procedure is followed –remember you must drop credit classes if you drop a LS class.

**INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: **If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements on the highlands.edu web site. Cancellation notices for locations will be reported to radio stations and WXIA-TV in Atlanta. **However**, please be advised that station regulations may not allow for clarity in location-specific announcements such as “Georgia Highlands, Cartersville only.” Generally speaking, stations simply broadcast something like “Georgia Highlands is closed.”

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**STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND DISHONESTY POLICY:** See http://www.highlands.edu/academics/academicaffairs/academicintegritypolicy.htm

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**This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:** Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly. **Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class**. __Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation__. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.

The mission of the Georgia Highlands College Quality Enhancement Plan is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency , IC, among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.