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Click here to access our free online textbook: Intermediate Algebra by openstax
If you have not already done so, please click here to sign up for a weekly Discussion Group.
Guidelines for Success in Discussion Groups
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.
LEC: (3 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 111. Not for credit for mathematics majors, not for general education credit, and not open to students with a C- or better in MTH131 or MTH141.
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
Final grades will be based on completing of the AEP, class assignments, WebWork homework, participation in weekly Discussion Groups, three evening exams, and a comprehensive final exam. The grade distribution is as follows:
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:
Algebra Enhancement Project (AEP)
In your first Discussion Group, you will take an Algebra Diagnostic Test. This test is graded pass/fail. You must score a 70% or above to pass and receive 50 points toward your final grade. If you receive a score less than 70%, you will be automatically enrolled in the AEP through Sakai where you will be given the opportunity to earn this portion of your grade back. Any student who passed the Diagnostic Test may choose to participate in the program for supplementary algebra review without penalty to their grade. If you have DSS accommodations, please send your paperwork to your instructor before your scheduled Discussion Group in order to receive accommodations for this test.
If you do not pass or do not take the Diagnostic Test, you will be automatically to the AEP Project. This project will be offered entirely online through the separate Sakai Project Site AEP for MTH101 Fall 2019 which provides six mini online lessons that help to enhance your algebra skills. Each lesson is followed by a multiple choice quiz. Completing these quizzes gives you the opportunity to earn back the full 50 points toward your course grade. You need to complete the AEP with 70% or better to receive all 50pts. If you receive less than 70%, you will earn that equivalent percentage of points. For example, if you earn 60%, you will receive 60% of 50pts, or 30pts total.
Weekly Discussion Groups
You will be required to attend weekly Discussion Groups, during which you will have the opportunity to work in a small group setting to analyze some of the more difficult concepts of the course and to complete assignments that demonstrate the knowledge learned in class.
During your first session, you will take the Algebra Diagnostic Test as mentioned before. After that, there will be eleven Discussion Group meetings and you will have the opportunity to earn up to 8pts each week for a total of 88pts. Only 75 of those points will be counted toward your grade. There are no makeups for missed work except in documented or approved situations, so these extra points are your way to help make up for any missed assignments.
Discussion Groups are structured, pre-planned meetings. They are not tutoring sessions. Tutoring is offered separately through the math department. You are expected to attend your session prepared, having already reviewed the previous weeks content and attempted the homework for those sections.
Attendance in these Discussion Groups is mandatory, and repeated or unexcused absences will negatively impact your grade.
Online homework will be administered using the free system WebWork. Log in at: https://webwork.math.uri.edu/webwork2.mth101_fall2019/
Your username is your URI student ID number, and your default password is the first eight letters your last name in all lowercase letters. Ignore spaces and characters other than letters. Use your entire last name if it contains eight or less letters.
Tim Smith, Jr., password: smithjr
Bob Jones-Smith, password: jonessmi
John O'Sullivan, password: osulliva
Please change your password as soon as you log in.
For all technival questions about WeBWork, please email: email@example.com (note the email says mth111 even though we are mth101). Content questions should be taking to tutoring or your instructor.
Most weeks, scheduled assignments will be made available on Mondays at 12:00am and will be due ten days later on Wednesdays by 11:59pm. There are some weeks that homework is due on a Tuesday due to a holiday or semester schedule. Please see the course calendar for specific due dates. There is no late or partial credit for homework.
Policies for the Course
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 8.27.10-8.27.21, http://web.uri.edu/manual/chapter-8/chapter-8-2/.
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, 874-2098. 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 walk-in and appointment-based types) and academic coaching. For more information on AEC services and study tips, visit the AEC website at http://web.uri.edu/aec/.
University of Rhode Island regulations concerning incomplete grades will be followed. See University Manual sections 8.53.20 and 8.53.21 for details.
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 Community Standards of Behavior: University Policies and Regulations which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook (www.web.uri.edu/studentconduct/university-student-handbook/). If you must come in late, please do not disrupt the class. Please turn off all cell phones or any electronic devices.