SYLLABUS
Purpose
This
course is intended for students to become proficient in algebra, in order
to build a firm foundation in preparation for MTH 111 Precalculus. Problem solving and applications will be
emphasized throughout. MTH 111 requires a C or better in MTH 101.
Course Description
LEC: (4 crs.) Introduction to algebraic manipulation, solving
equations and Inequalities in one variable. Plotting points and graphing
elementary functions. Interpreting and expressing mathematics. Intended for
STEM majors who are not prepared to take MTH 101. This class does not
satisfy the general education math class requirement.
Prerequisite(s): None.
General Education
Area(s) and Outcome(s): None.
Credit Hours: 4
Learning Outcomes
At the
end of the course the student should be able to:
_ perform arithmetic operations on polynomials using the rules
of exponents;
_ factor using GCF, difference of two squares, sum/difference of
two cubes, trinomials and grouping;
_ solve quadratic equations by factoring;
_ perform arithmetic operations on rational and radical
expressions and functions;
_ solve rational and radical equations and solve quadratic
equations by the quadratic formula;
_ use the relationship between the equation of a line and its
graph;
_ solve relevant applications (exponents, quadratic equations,
rational expressions).
Required Materials
Required
Textbook(s): Introductory and Intermediate Algebra Fifth Edition by Lial, Hornsby
and McGinnis
Other Required Material(s): MyMathLab Online Homework
Access Code (see below for details)
Grade Distribution
Final grades will be based on class assignments, online MyMathLab homework, four night exams, and a
comprehensive final exam at a date/time/locale TBA. The grade distribution
is as follows:
10% Class Assignments

Students are expected to be
active participants in this course. This includes attending class
regularly and completing any/all assignments. Some of these assignments
may include class/group activities, projects, or quizzes.

10% Homework

Homework will be completed
online through MyMathLab.

50% Exams

There will be 4 night exams.
Each exam will be administered from 67:30pm on the following dates:
Exam 1 on Chapter 5: Tuesday,
February 14 in Chafee 271
Exam 2 on Chapter 6: Tuesday, March 7 in Chafee 271
Exam 3 on Chapter 7: Tuesday, March 28 in Chafee 271
Exam 4 on Chapter 9: Tuesday, April 18 in Chafee 271
Absolutely no calculators are allowed on any
exams.

30% Final Exam

There will be a cumulative
final at the end of the semester covering ALL material learned
in class throughout the semester.

Assignments will not be graded on a curve nor
will any extra credit be made available.
Letter Grade Distribution
Final grades will be determined according to the following
scale.
93.00  100.00 A

73.00  76.99 C

90.00  92.99 A

70.00  72.99 C

87.00  89.99 B+

67.00  69.99 D+

83.00  86.99 B

60.00  66.99 D

80.00  82.99 B

0.00  59.99 F

77.00  79.99 C+


MyMathLab Online
Homework
MyMathLab is an online
homework system that will be used for the homework assignments in this
course.
A MyMathLab registration
code is required. A registration code comes bundled with each new version
of the textbook sold at the bookstore, or can be purchased separately if
you want to use a used textbook. MyMathLab also
comes with an electronic version of the textbook.
MyMathLab assignments will be
constant over all sections of the course. You are responsible for
getting MyMathLab set up and enrolling
in the online section of your course in a timely fashion.
Using Your Registration Code to Sign Up
See MyMathLab Sign Up Directions given under Course
Sections above.
Availability and Due Dates
See the Homework Calendar given under Important Links above.
Attempts
For
homework you have three attempts for each question. If you are unsuccessful
after all three attempts, you may click similar problem to try again. This
process can be repeated until you are successful.
Policies for the
Course
Attendance
Attendance
is a vital and necessary part of this course. While there is no formal attendance
policy, we cover a lot of information at a rapid pace; missing a class will
result in a large amount of material missed. Students are responsible for
all missed work, regardless of the reason for absence. It is also the
absenteeÕs responsibility to get all missing notes or materials.
Expectations
_
You are expected to attend every lecture and lab, and to
submit your work on time. Late homework will not be accepted.
_
It is your responsibility to communicate clearly in
writing up solutions for homework, quizzes, and exams. Your results must
display your understanding well and be written in a correct, complete,
coherent, and well organized fashion. The rules of language still apply in
mathematics, and they apply even when symbols are used in formulas, equations,
etc.
_
The rapid pace of the class requires that you spend time
every day doing homework, reviewing notes, reading the textbook, and
working out extra problems, all in addition to the time spent in class.
Makeup Policy
Makeup
exams may be scheduled in the event you are unable to attend exams under
the following conditions. In particular, if you must miss the exam because
of a scheduling conflict, you must notify your instructor before, not
after, the exam, and emergencies require you to contact your instructor
within 24 hours. See University Manual sections 8.51.10 and 8.51.14 for
guidelines.
_
If your reason for missing the exam as scheduled is (i) a University sanctioned event for which verifiable
documentation can be provided (including another scheduled class), (ii) a
responsibility to an employer that cannot be rescheduled (with
documentation from your employer), or (iii) Religious holidays, then you
MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE EXAM AND PROVIDE
DOCUMENTATION IF REQUESTED. Makeup exams will be scheduled after the actual
exam, and preferably before the class period when exams are to be handed
back, but no later than one week after the original date.
_
If the reason for missing the exam as scheduled is due
to (i) illness (with verifiable documentation
from a medical provider), or (ii) an emergency (with appropriate
documentation), then you MUST INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE
EXAM and provide documentation upon your return. Failure to notify your
instructor within 24 hours will result in a 0 for the exam. No exceptions.
Makeup exams may be scheduled no later than a week after the original date,
unless the illness or emergency precludes this, in which case the makeup
exam will be given on a common date during the last two weeks of the
semester.
Students that miss course work (not exams) under the same the
conditions mentioned above will be given the opportunity to make up the
course work.
Electronic Devices
Cell
phones, ipads, ipods,
etc. should be turned off during class. Excepted from this are electronic
pads used for notetaking. Your instructor may tell you about other
exceptions. ÒTextingÓ is not allowed. Absolutely
no calculators are permitted on exams.
Other Policies:
_ All class materials (e.g. notes, projects, exams, lectures,
etc.) are property of URI and the instructor. Copying, video taping, taking
pictures, or posting this material is not allowed without consent of the
instructor and URI.
_
Please come to class prepared by reading over the text
to be covered and by bringing your book, notebook and pencil.
_
You are here to learn, so give class your full
attention, ask questions if you do not understand, and be respectful and
courteous to your fellow students and professor.
_
There is no alternative credit in this course. DonÕt
ask.
Academic Honesty
Policy
Cheating is defined in the University Manual section 8.27.10
as the claiming of credit for work not done independently without giving
credit for aid received, or any unauthorized communication during examinations.
Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. The resolution of
any charge of cheating or plagiarism will follow the guideline set forth in
the University Manual 8.27.108.27.21, http://web.uri.edu/manual/chapter8/chapter82/.
Special Needs
Any student with a documented disability should contact your
instructor early in the semester so that he or she may work out reasonable accommodations
with you to support your success in this course. Students should also
contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330
Memorial Union, 8742098. They will determine with you what accommodations
are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
confidential. _
Academic Enhancement Center
There is help available from the Academic Enhancement Center
(AEC). The AEC offers tutoring (both walkin and appointmentbased types)
and academic coaching. For more information on AEC services and study tips,
visit the AEC website at http://web.uri.edu/aec/.
Incomplete Grade
University of Rhode Island regulations concerning incomplete
grades will be followed. See University Manual sections 8.53.20 and 8.53.21
for details.
Religious Holidays
It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to accord
students, on an individual basis, the opportunity to observe their
traditional religious holidays. Students desiring to observe a holiday of
special importance must provide written notification to each instructor.
Standards of Behavior
Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering
to the published ÒCommunity Standards of Behavior: University Policies
and RegulationsÓ which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook (www.web.uri.edu/studentconduct/universitystudenthandbook/).
If you must come in late, please do not disrupt the class. Please turn off
all cell phones or any electronic devices.
