Georgia Perimeter College
Math 0098-550 – Intermediate Algebra
CRN: 34565Syllabus (revised 01/10/07) – Spring Semester 2007
M/W: 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.; Room RB-1320

 

Credit Hours:  4Instructor: Mr. John Weber
First Day of Classes:  8 January 2007Office:  NA
Midpoint of Semester: 13 March 2007Office Phone: NA
Last day of Classes:  1 May 2007Department Phone: 770.278.1225
 email:  jweber@gpc.edu
 Office Hours:
Hours by Appointment

Please note that this syllabus provides a general outline for the semester and changes or adaptations may be required.

I encourage you to please take advantage of office hours. Often there is not sufficient time in class to ensure that every student understands the material presented. Clearing up a small problem early will often avoid much confusion later on. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance. If office hours are not convenient for you, please let me know. I would like to help you pass this course, but I cannot help if you do not ask. Also, the Instructional Support Services (ISS) department has a math lab that contains videotapes, text supplements, tutors and other items that can aid you. This is provided at no additional cost; your semester fees cover these services. I encourage you to take advantage of them.

Prerequisites: The student should have either successfully completed MATH 0097 or possess an appropriate score on the collegiate placement exam (COMPASS).

Text: Lial, Hornsby & McGinnis. Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 3rd Ed.

Other Materials: The TI-83 or TI-84 Graphing Calculators graphing calculator are required for this course. The instructor cannot use classroom time to support other calculators. Instruction on the appropriate use of these calculators will be provided along with the course content. Every succeeding mathematics course at Georgia Perimeter College will also require this calculator.

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students for college level mathematics courses. Topics include graphing lines and parabolas, function notation, integral and rational exponents, solving absolute value and quadratic equations and inequalities, solving radical equations, problem solving involving linear equations, quadratic equations, and systems of equations in two variables, and writing equations of lines. Additional topics include operations with radicals and complex numbers, geometric concepts, and calculator usage.

Course Objective: To provide the student the necessary skills and techniques to be successful in college level mathematics as well as provide the student with skills to apply these concepts to real world problems.

Expected Educational Results (doc)

Course Evaluation

TypeNumberPointsTotal Points
Tests41664
Quizzes5210
Final Exam12626
TOTAL  100

Grading Scale:

GradePercentagePoints
A90% - 100%90-100
B80% - 90%80-89
C70% - 80%70-79
IP60% - 70%60-69
Fbelow 60%0-59

A grade of "C" or better is necessary to complete the course. An exit exam may be required as well. See below.

Exit Exam Information
College policies dictate, based on placement test scores, which students must complete learning support mathematics courses. These same policies dictate that some students, based on their placement test score and previous academic history, will be required to successfully complete the COMPASS exam in order to satisfy learning support requirements. This exam is separate from the Final Exam. You must complete the regular course work with a grade of "C" or better in order to be eligible for the exit exam. Each student will be notified in a timely manner as to their personal situation.

Assignments and Projects
You should read the appropriate section of your text prior to class. Homework assignments will NOT be collected. Even so, you should be prepared to discuss the content of any particular homework question in class. One Project will be assigned independently of the normal class work. Students will be asked to submit a written report for the project.

Make-up Work
You are responsible for all work. If you are absent on any particular day, you will need to obtain any notes from a classmate.

Missed Test/Quiz Policy
No make-up tests nor make-up quizzes will be given for ANY reason. For any test missed, a grade of 0 will be assigned for the test.

Spring 2007 Schedule and Assignments

Tentative Test Dates:

Tests
31 Jan.
26 Feb.
28 Mar.
18 Apr.

Final Exam Date
Thursday, 3 May 2007 from 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm in Room RB-1320.

Attendance Policy:
Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. At the midpoint of the semester, any student who has missed more than 10% of class meetings and is failing the course, the the student will be withdrawn with a "W" from the class. If you want to withdrawal from the class, then to receive a W you must withdraw on or before the midterm date.

Withdrawal
Students are expected to withdraw themselves if they feel they cannot complete the course. Withdrawal forms are available in the Registrar's Office. Withdrawals must be completed before the above stated midpoint date to receive a grade of "W" from the class.

Learning Support Withdrawal Policy
If a student is enrolled in college-level and Learning Support courses, and the student withdraws or is withdrawn from a Learning Support course before mid-point, the student will also be withdrawn from the college-level courses.

GPC Academic Honesty Policy
As a community committed to learning, it is expected that students attending Georgia Perimeter College will be honest in the presentation of their own academic work. In keeping with this expectation, the College recognizes and specifies that students shall not attempt to defraud, deceive or mislead an instructor in arriving at an honest grade assessment.

Any attempt to defraud, deceive or mislead constitutes cheating. Plagiarism is a form of cheating that involves presenting as one's own the ideas or work of another. Both cheating and plagiarism are examples of academic dishonesty. As applied to student users of Georgia Perimeter College computer systems, academic dishonesty also includes, but is not limited to: a. submitting the programs, documentation or program results of another person as one's own; b. obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized access to information stored in electronic form; and/or c. submitting false results of a program's output for a class assignment or falsifying the results of program execution for the purpose of improving a grade. Students are informed of the Academic Honesty Policy through the Georgia Perimeter College Catalog, through the Student Handbook, and through applicable course syllabi, statements of course requirements, and statements of use of Georgia Perimeter College computer systems.

Both initial and any subsequent violation of this policy will result in a formal hearing by the Student College Court. Mathematics Academic Honesty policy.

Important Information about the Regents' Test
Students who are taking English 1102 are strongly encouraged to register for and take the Regents' Test. You may register for the test even after drop/add is over in many cases. See a counselor to register.

When a student accrues 30 semester hours he/she MUST register for both parts of the test. Students have two attempts to pass each part. Students who do not pass in two attempts must take the appropriate remediation class(es).

If a student accrues 45 semester hours and has not passed both parts of the test, he/she MUST take remediation, which takes precedence over any other class. A student in this category may not register for collegiate classes unless registered for the remediation classes required.

When you register for the Regents' Test, DO NOT FORGET TO GO TO THE TEST ON THE PRESCRIBED DATE.

During the semester you register for the test, there will be free prep sessions offered by Reading and English teachers at GPC Rockdale. Take advantage of these sessions. More students pass on the first attempt who have attended a prep session.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those activities.

Center for Disability Services Students with a documented disability who require support services are encouraged to contact the counselors at the Center for Disability Services to determine whether they qualify for support services (tutors, interpreters, note-takers, and classroom modifications). Please contact the Center at (678)-891-3385.

Equal Opportunity Statement
No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age or disability, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program of activity conducted by Georgia Perimeter College.

Statement of Non-discrimination
Georgia Perimeter College supports the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order #11246, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. No person shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the college.

Any individual with a grievance related to the enforcement of any of the above provisions should contact the Assistant Director of Human Resources, Ombudsperson.