Summer 2016 MATH 095: Algebra for Precalculus Item #2040: Online Course description:
This course builds on the knowledge developed in MATH 085 and prepares students to take Precalculus classes. The study of functions is expanded to quadratic, rational, and radical models including graphical and equation representations. Modeling and interpreting data is emphasized. Learners will continue to refine study skills and habits, team skills, logic, and the ability to express math visually, symbolically, and in written forms while working with both abstract and real world applications. NOTE: Credits for this course are not transferable, nor do they apply to any college degree or certificate.
Completion of MATH 085 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement by testing into MATH 095; and completion of ESL 060 or EFUND 040 or placement into ENGL 090 or above.
Elementary and Intermediate Algebra Functions & Authentic Applications 1st Edition by Jay Lehmann, Pearson Education, Inc., 2010.
A scientific calculator is required.
Steve Yramategui CC3 – 333 (425) 352 – 8319 [email protected]
MTWTh 11:30am – 12:00pm
Course Content, Topics and Themes: Course outcomes:
Review Essentials of Intermediate Algebra material Manipulate, solve, graph, and apply quadratic, radical, and rational expressions, equations, and functions Demonstrate competency of algebraic rules of exponents and polynomials Develop algebraic vocabulary both in words and symbols Connect word problem/applications to mathematical expression of them as a means of arriving at solutions Translate between English expression, graphic and mathematical representations of ideas Select and use appropriate formulas when solving problems posed in real situations
The student-learning outcomes are the following: Learn Actively - Learning is a personal, interactive process that results in greater expertise and a more comprehensive understanding of the world. - Perform algebraic manipulations at a level that allows success in higher-level math classes - Investigate functions represented graphically, algebraically, numerically, geometrically and verbally in real world settings - Employ mathematics as one aspect of generalized problem-solving 1
Interpret and create models that represent realities of daily life Access and use a variety of sources in learning about mathematics
Think Critically, Creatively and Reflectively -- Reason and imagination are fundamental to problem solving and critical examination of ideas. - Demonstrate proficiency in introductory algebra tools in the analysis of appropriate problems - Develop competency in rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic expressions, equations and functions, and systems of equations - Choose appropriate functions to express relations between independent and dependent variables, model authentic (real-world) problems, and analyze the reliability and validity of these relations and models - Demonstrate use of rule-based thinking and development of logical approaches to problem solving - Reflect on process as well as solution, integrating thinking from various strands of math Communicate with Clarity and Originality - The ability to exchange ideas and information is essential to personal growth, productive work, and societal vitality. - Listen, speak and write with precision using mathematical vocabulary, notation, and graphical expression - Express mathematical knowledge in graphical and symbolic forms as well as in words - Translate and illustrate actions with mathematical symbols - Justify solutions using multiple representations Interact in Diverse and Complex Environments - Successful negotiation through our increasingly complex, interdependent and global society requires knowledge and awareness of self and others, as well as enhanced interaction skills. - Participate in collaborative learning groups to solve problems - Respect individual ways of arriving at answers - Experiment with multiple ways of problem solving including various technologies and resources - Appreciate complexity and the diversity of approaches to breaking down/simplifying problems to model them Schedule:
A more formal class schedule will kept on the website www.wamap.org. Please see below regarding how to access the WAMAP site and register for the class. Note that the schedule posted is subject to change.
The course grade is based on the following percentages: Three exams Quizzes Practice Sets/homework (on WAMAP) Total
75 5 20 100%
You will be allowed both sides of a 4” by 6” note card for notes on your exam. Exams will account for a total of 75% of your grade. NO MAKEUP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN AND NO SHARING OF CALCULATORS OR NOTE CARDS. NO TI-89 CALCULATORS (or the like) WILL BE ALLOWED ON EXAM. There will be four exams in the class including a comprehensive final, but only your top three will count towards your grade. Exams will be administered through WAMAP but I will collect your work on each exam and give partial credit. You will be given several days in which to take an exam. However, each exam is timed and you will only be given the allotted time to complete the exam. Once you start an exam on WAMAP, the timing starts even if you logoff the system. Once time has expired, you may not make any changes to the exam. Be sure that you are ready before you start an exam and that you’ve given yourself enough uninterrupted time to complete it. Students are expected to work individually on exams and will need a proctor for each exam. No make ups exams will be given for any reason. Practice sets/homework will be assigned on a “daily” basis but students will get a week or so in order to complete them. For the most part, these practice sets are to be completed on the website www.wamap.org . On your homework problems through WAMAP you will be given multiple attempts per problem. For each problem it’s important to read the instructions, particularly regarding formatting of answers. Often times, there is a preview button and it’s good practice to use it when available. This will check formatting and inform the user of any syntax errors but it will not inform the user whether the answer is correct or not. Please see below regarding how to access the WAMAP site and register for the class. The problems are randomly generated so you typically will not have as someone else in the class. On WAMAP there is also a folder (or tab) titled Practice Sets with Answers. This is a collection of the practice sets that are in review mode. They have the answers to them but they typically won’t be the exact problems that you are working on. I suggest that you go this folder if you are struggling with a problem. In most math textbooks you are given the answers to the odd problems in the back of the book and this is very similar to that. However, with the practice sets that actually count for your grade it will be like working on the even problems where there aren’t any answers in the back of the book. The due dates on the practice sets are set by the instructor and will not be changed unless they are changed for the entire class. No extensions will be granted on an individual basis for any reason. Some homework might be assigned from the book. While this homework will not be collected, it is very important in learning the material and preparing you for the exams. There is a discussion board on the WAMAP site and students are strongly encouraged to participate in the discussion board during the quarter. The discussion board is really used to ask about particular homework problems and concepts or to answer a question posted by another student. I strongly encourage students to post responses to the homework questions. If you are having difficulty with a problem, then show your work so that others may see where the problem is. If you just post the problem with “I’m completely lost”, it makes it difficult for someone to respond. The responses shouldn’t be just doing the problem for someone else. 3
Grading scale for the class is as follows: 95 - 100% 88 – 94.9% 78 – 87.9% 68 – 77.9% 62 – 67.9% Below 62%
4.0 3.3 – 3.9 2.3 – 3.2 1.3 – 2.2 0.7 – 1.2 0.0
A A-, A B-, B, B+ C-, C, C+ D-, D, D+ F
A good approximation in computing your grade in the class is the formula y = 0.1p - 5.5 where y is your grade in the class and p is your percentage in the class. Students who quit coming to class and do not officially withdraw through the registration office will receive a grade based upon the final grade scale for the class. WAMAP:
WAMAP stands for Washington Mathematics Assessment and Placement and we’ll be using the WAMAP site in this class. The practice sets/homework will be online and administrated through this site. Also, you can check your grade on WAMAP at anytime but you need to register for this course through the site. The grades are confidential and password protected allowing only the registered student access. The site address is www.wamap.org, and you first need to register as a new student unless you’ve already registered into WAMAP from a previous class. You will be asked to submit a user name and a password. These are unique to you and don’t need to follow any particular format. Please provide a valid email address so that I may have a class email list. After you’ve registered, you need to login with your username and password and enroll in the course. The course ID is 7898 and enrollment key is Utah, typed as it appears here.
For written communication students need to the message system in WAMAP. It allows me to keep track of the communication for each class and I am able to respond more quickly and efficiently. This is how I will send messages to the class if needed. I do not respond to emails. Also, when sending a message through WAMAP or using the discussion board, I am able to respond using mathematical notation and symbols. There is a discussion board on WAMAP along with a number of useful websites with videos. You can find them on the Helpful Math Websites folder. I think that the Kahn Academy provides the most comprehensive collection. When using the discussion board or communicating with a message, here are some helpful tips for inputting mathematical notation and symbols. To enter math equations click on
from above. Also, the sigma notation
can be used to enter math
symbol can be used to enter graphs.
For example, if you want to enter 𝑥 2 + 2𝑥 − 3 = 0, first click on the symbol. Then in the box that will display type x^2+2x-3=0. After that click outside the box and the equation 𝑥 2 + 2𝑥 − 3 = 0 will display. 4
To access math symbols use . Once selected, a box will appear with many different math symbols such as the square root of x, √𝑥. Select the appropriate one and type your message. I have posted my lecture notes from a previous MATH 095 class on the WAMAP site. They are listed by date and you might find them useful. However, there is always more said in class than is written down on the notes. Comment:
It is expected that to be successful in college a student must spend at least 2 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class. This would mean that a minimum of eight hours is spent outside of the class every week for this class alone. Since this is an online class, the student can anticipate spending more time with this class.
Course Backup Plan:
In the event of a campus closure, instruction for this class will continue with the use of the WAMAP site to communicate information regarding assignments and so forth. If it is a prolonged closure, the college may switch to a remote learning mode and we will use the WAMAP site for communication, assessments, and so forth.
Pluralism and Diversity:
Cascadia believes in Pluralism, an intentional culture where everyone's history contributes to the collective success of our community. Cascadia is committed to creating a supportive environment for a diverse student, faculty, and staff population. Individual differences are celebrated in a pluralistic community of learners. Cascadia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender and/or sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or genetic information, and is prohibited from discrimination in such a manner by college policy and state and federal law. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and can direct inquiries to the appropriate office for ADA-related requests: Director of Human Resources, Office CC2-280, 425-352-8880.
The College regards acts of academic dishonesty, including such activities as plagiarism, cheating and/or/violations of integrity in information technology, as very serious offenses. In the event that cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty are discovered, each incident will be handled as deemed appropriate. Care will be taken that students’ rights are not violated and that disciplinary procedures are instituted only in cases where documentation or other evidence of the offense(s) exists. A description of all such incidents shall be forwarded to the Student Conduct Officer, where a file of such occurrences will be maintained. The Student Conduct Officer may institute action against a student according to the college’s disciplinary policies and procedures as described in the Student Handbook: http://www.cascadia.edu/academic_resources/handbook.aspx Also, Students are expected to treat each other with respect and in accordance with college policies. In particular, please refrain from talking while I or other students are addressing the class. Please turn off your cell phones and other electronic devices. If you 5
need to have your cell phone on because of a potential emergency, then let me know before class. If you have to leave class for any reason, please do so quietly without disrupting the class. You may be asked to leave for any disruptive behavior including talking when it’s inappropriate Student Rights and Responsibilities:
Learning Assistance Options:
Online Tutoring and Writing Assistance:
Disability Support Services:
Cascadia is a student-centered college, operated to provide knowledge and skills for the achievement of learners’ academic, professional and personal goals. Inherent in the college’s mission are certain rights and freedoms needed for learning and personal development. Admission to Cascadia provides these rights to students, and also assumes that students accept the responsibility to conduct themselves in ways that do not interfere with the purposes of the college in providing education for all of its learners. For the complete policy, see the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook at http://www.cascadia.edu/academic_resources/handbook.aspx
To support student success, Cascadia offers a variety of support services. The Open Learning Center, CC2-060, provides a computer lab where students can receive assistance with technology to support class assignments. Students are encouraged to utilize the Math and Writing Center, located in CC2-080. Tutors will work with students focusing on math concepts and writing assignments. The Math and Writing Center is open Monday through Friday; hours and contact information can be found at: http://www.cascadia.edu/academic_resources/math_writing.aspx
Cascadia provides online access to live tutors in a variety of subjects, provided by the Western e-Tutoring Consortium. Tutoring is offered through live, interactive sessions and through an Essay Center. Many subjects have convenient tutoring hours late into the evening and seven days a week, depending on tutor availability; schedules are available online. To get started, visit https://www.etutoring.org/
Cascadia provides services to help students with disabilities successfully adapt to college life. Students who meet specific criteria may qualify for reasonable academic accommodations. If you have or suspect you have a disability and need an accommodation please contact the front office in Kodiak Corner at 425-352-8860 to make an appointment with the Disability Support Services. Services and Accommodations through DSS are not retroactive.
If you have a personal problem or stress that is affecting your schoolwork and would like to talk with someone, please contact the Cascadia counselor. Counseling at Cascadia is confidential, professional and free. Visit the Kodiak Corner front desk or call 425-3528860 for an appointment.
Students should schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to create a tentative education plan. They can call 425-352-8860 or come to the Kodiak Corner to make an appointment. Appointments are not made via email. At the time of the appointment, they need to indicate which degree they are pursuing. See the Cascadia website 6
http://www.cascadia.edu/advising/academic.aspx for information about Drop-In Advising hours.
Email advising is available at [email protected]
Our distance advisor can answer most questions via email, but we don’t schedule advising appointments via email.
Campus Closures and Inclement Weather: To sign up to receive real-time campus alerts, including closures, on your home email, your mobile phone, or your home phone, log in at https://alerts.cascadia.edu/ Use your Cascadia user name and password and be sure to select the "Student" domain. Upon login, you will be re-directed to a web site maintained for Cascadia by a third party vendor. Rave Mobile Safety has partnered with Cascadia Community College to provide emergency notification services to the campus community. In the event of inclement weather affecting morning classes, there will be notification on the local media by 5:30 a.m. You may also call the main campus number: 425-352-8000 to hear a message that will be updated with the latest Cascadia closure information. You may also go online to http://www.schoolreport.org/ and click on Cascadia Community College to get the latest report. Should the weather deteriorate during the day, you may check online, listen to the main campus message, check email or the media to hear news about closures or class schedule changes. Communication regarding the class will be conducted through www.wamap.org in case of a closure. Emergency Procedures:
Emergency procedures are posted in each classroom. To reach campus security personnel, dial 425-352-5222. City of Bothell fire and police may be reached by dialing either 9-9-1-1 or 9-1-1 from any campus phone. Campus emergency phones are located on campus walkways and parking lots.
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Cascadia Community College complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 concerning the information that becomes a part of a student’s permanent educational record and governing the condition of its disclosure. Under FERPA, students are protected against improper disclosure of their records. See http://www.cascadia.edu/academic_resources/handbook.aspx 7
This syllabus is subject to change.