Basic Algebra and Trigonometry
Spring 2008 section 200
Monday 7:00 to 9:45pm CCE
The University of Rhode Island
Instructor:  Dr. Glenn Faubert
Office:  Tyler 102A       
      Office hours:  Tu 9:30-10:30 & 12:30-1:30
                            Th 11:00-12:00 & 3:30 4:30
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Course Description and Expectations:
     Review of basic algebra and trigonometry: operations of real numbers and algebraic expressions, negative and fractional exponents, polynomials and fractional expressions, linear and quadratic equations, and right triangle trigonometry. (Lec. 3) For students not sufficiently prepared to take other mathematics courses. Credits may not be used toward the minimum credits required for graduation or for General Education. S/U only.

Most of your learning will happen while completing the homework assignments. If you cannot do the exercises, then you will not pass the tests nor the course. You are expected to arrive at every lecture on time. While in class you should be respectful of the instructor and your classmates at all times. Ringing cell phones are discourteous and constitute a disruption. Cell phones are to be kept on silent and out of sight during class. Your positive attitude can only help the learning experience for everyone. If you come to class each day with your notebook, pen, text, and an open mind, and work hard on homework, this class should prepare you for any General Education math class as well as for Pre-Caculus.

The text for the course is  Topics in Algebra and Trigonometry, by Gary C. dela Pena.  This is a soft cover, in house publication.

This course will put emphasis on hand calculations is algebra and trigonometry, however, a scientific calculator may be helpful for checking homework problems. Access to a scientific calculator for the last assignment and last test will be required.  Nearly all classroom evaluation assignments will be strictly no calculator.

Students who require special accommodations and who have documentation from Disability Services (874-2098) should make arrangements with the course instructor as soon as possible.