**Course Description:**

Provide the student with an understanding of elementary algebra. The course will
cover topics

such as operations with signed numbers, factoring, and solving linear and
quadratic equations

and graphing linear equations. Successful completion will prepare the student
for MAT 020

Intermediate Algebra.

Developmental Education – MAT 015 will not apply toward graduation
requirements.

**Course Prerequisite:**

To enroll in MAT 015, Beginning Algebra, a student must meet one of the
following:

1. MAT 014, Beginning Mathematics, with a grade of “C” or above.

2. Qualifying scores on the ACT, COMPASS or ASSET tests.

Required Text:

Beginning Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis, 9^{th} edition, 2004.

Course Objectives/Outcomes:

The primary objective of this course is to prepare the student to be successful
in MAT 020,

Intermediate Algebra. On completion, the student should have achieved these
outcomes:

I. Arithmetic and Algebra Manipulation

A. Evaluate arithmetic expressions (including absolute values) using the order
of operations

and properties of real numbers.

B. Evaluate algebraic expressions.

C. Apply the laws of exponents to simplify expressions containing integer
exponents.

D. Express numbers in scientific notation.

E. Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division on polynomial
expression .

F. Factor expressions with common factors, expression that require grouping ,
trinomial

expressions, and difference of square expressions.

G. Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division on rational
expressions.

H. Evaluate radicals, approximating those that are irrational.

I. Simply numeric radicals using the product and quotient rules.

II. Equations and Inequalities

A. Solve linear equations in one variable.

B. Solve proportion equations .

C. Solve linear inequalities in one variable showing solutions on a number line.

D. Solve literal equations that do not require factoring.

E. Solve quadratic equations by factoring.

F. Develop and solve mathematical models including number, geometry, and percent

applications.

III. Graphs on a Coordinate Plane

A. Plot points on a coordinate plane.

B. Graph linear equations, by plotting points.

C. Graph linear equations using intercepts.

D. Graph linear equations using the y- intercept and slope .

IV. Analysis of Equations and Graphs

A. Identify the x-intercept, y-intercept, and slope of the line given its graph.

B. Identify the x-intercept, y-intercept, and slope of the line given its
equation.

C. Determine the equation of a line given its graph, its slope and y-intercept,
and its slope

and a point.

D. Determine equations of both horizontal and vertical lines.

E. Determine whether or not an equation is linear.

F. Calculate the slope of a line passing through two given points.

** Method of Instruction :**

A study assignment sheet will be provided at the beginning of each chapter or
unit. Everyone

must keep up with the homework assignments. Homework must be completed prior to
the next

class meeting. This is essential to understanding the problems and test
preparation. A

homework quiz - selected homework problems, will need to be recopied in class
and turned in

for homework credit during a select timeframe, usually 5 minutes for each
homework section.

These select problems will be determined by the instructor and handed in at the
end of the

announced timeframe. You will not be able to use your book or your neighbor,
only your

homework papers or notebook. You must be in class for these homework credit
opportunities.

Those who miss the quiz cannot make it up, unless it is due to a
school-sponsored activity and

then it must be accomplished during office hours within two class days of the
missed quiz.

Don’t miss those homework points, they are the only scores for your homework
grade.

Homework problems will not be accepted if only answers appear on the homework
quiz -

work must be shown. The minimum acceptable work for credit on problems is as
follows:

1. State the problem.

2. Show any necessary work steps.

3. Then state the answer.

Class time is used to answer student questions from the
previous assignment and to

introduce/provide explanation of the current assignment. Reviews are
accomplished prior to the

chapter or unit test. No homework quizzes will be given on a test day. Pop
quizzes may be

given besides homework quizzes, be prepared! Calculators are permitted.

Students with particular questions on material covered in
class or assigned problems may get

help from the instructor. Office hours will be posted. Additionally, math
tutors, software

tutorials on computers, and videos are available in the Instructional Resource
Center (IRC).

These should be used as additional resource material. They can be a great aid to
your success.

You are highly encouraged to take advantage of these aids. In fact, the
instructor may inform

you that tutoring should be started. If this happens – start tutoring, you need
help at that point

rather than later, if you realize it or not. Check in the IRC for times and
availability . It’s free!

**Method of Evaluation:**

Allen County Community College has implemented a student academic gains
assessment

program. The purpose of this program is to ensure instructional excellence and
to maintain

regional accreditation. As a part of this program all students are expected to
take an Entrance

exam upon enrolling and an Exit exam upon graduating. Students will also be
asked by their

instructors to participate in some form of pre/post evaluation in each class.

Class grades are determined by: Homework quizzes- 20%;
Chapter or unit - 80%; with the

following grade scale:

A 90% or above

B 80 to 89%

C 70 to 79%

D 60 to 69%

F below 60%.

The class is not graded on the curve, nor or any tests
graded on the curve.

Testing policy: Chapter or unit tests will be announced in
advance. Therefore, the student is

expected to be in class to take the test on that day. Only through prior
arrangements will you be

excused from taking the test at the announced time. Otherwise, you are not
excused, and your

grade for the test is a zero . Do not expect a make-up test! Since this is a
developmental course

with the primary objective of preparing the student for Intermediate Algebra,
students may retake

an exam, and receive the better of the two scores. A student with a test score
less than 80% is

expected to retake. Those with higher grades may request to take the retake.
Retakes must be

taken during the announced retake window, generally 4-5 school days after the
initial test is

returned to the students in class. If you miss this window of opportunity, you
miss the chance for

the retake. Retakes are a special opportunity, not a guarantee. Plan your life
accordingly.

Once a test is started, there is no stopping. It must be completed prior to
leaving the room. This

includes testing in the IRC. The final exam will be taken in the announced
timeframe and cannot

be retaken. Pencils will be used in this class for exams and homework quizzes.
If you don’t

have a pencil, get one. Partial credit cannot be given if work is not shown on
exams.

**Academic Integrity:**

Dishonesty will result in failure for the course and or academic dismissal from
class. Do your

own work when taking quizzes and tests. Teamwork is encouraged during other
times, both

inside and outside of class.