Course Plan for Beginning Algebra I
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION
A developmental course covering first year algebra.
II. PREQUSITES
Successful completion of MTH 2 or appropriate score on the placement test.
Students will not
be allowed in the course without the required prequisites.
III. INTRODUCTION
This course is designed to introduce and develop basic algebraic concepts and
skills listed
in the outline below. A student must have an 80% average to complete the course
successfully
and receive a grade of "S" – satisfactory. Otherwise the student will receive a
grade of "R" 
reenroll, or "U"  unsatisfactory and have to repeat the course.
IV. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Textbook: ALGEBRA, A COMBINED APPROACH, Custom Edition for Tidewater Community
College by MartinGay; Pearson, 2009
ISBN: 0558205771 REQUIRED
With the purchase of a new book, students receive the
following Resources
Chapter Test Prep DVD ROM
Lecture Videos DVD ROM
My Math Lab student access code
See Section IX for material available in the Math Lab and
LRC.
V. MATERIAL TO BE COVERED
Unit I 
Section R.1, R.2, Chapter 1 
1.5 weeks 
Unit II 
Chapter 2 
2 weeks 
Unit III 
R. 3 R. 5, Geometry Applications in 2.4, 2.5 
1.5 weeks 
Unit IV 
Chapter 3 
2 weeks 
Unit V 
Chapter 4 
3 weeks 
Unit VI 
Chapter 5 ( section 5.7  cover
Proportions only) 
3 weeks 
Unit VII 
Chapter 6 
2 weeks 
VI. BASIC CONCEPTS
Unit 1 
Real Numbers and Introduction to
Algebra 

1.1
R.1
R.2
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8 
Tips for Success in Mathematics
Factors and the Least Common Multiple
Fractions
Symbols and Sets of Real Numbers (cover lightly)
Exponents, Order of Operations, and Variable Expressions
Adding Real Numbers
Subtracting Real Numbers
Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
Properties of Real Numbers (cover lightly but emphasize the Distributive
Property)
Simplifying Expressions 
Unit II 
Equations, Inequalities, and
Problem Solving 

2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7 
The Addition Property of Equality
The Multiplication Property of Equality
Further Solving Linear Equations
An Introduction to Problem Solving
Formulas and Problem Solving
Mixture and Uniform Motion Problem Solving (mixture problems
optional)
Solving Linear Inequalities 
Unit III 
Geometry 

R.3
R.4
R.5
2.4
2.5 
Lines and Angles
Perimeter
Area, Volume, and Surface Area (surface area is optional)
Selected Geometry Applications
Selected Geometry Applications 
Unit IV 
Exponents and Polynomials 

3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7 
Exponents
Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
Introduction to Polynomials (Objective FInserting “Missing Terms is
optional)
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
Multiplying Polynomials
Special Products (cover lightly)
Dividing Polynomials 
Unit V 
Factoring Polynomials 

4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5 
The Greatest Common Factor
Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax^{2} + bx + c by the Grouping Method
Note: Factoring by Trial and Error is covered in appendices A.1 & A.2
Factoring By Special Products (perfect square trinomials is optional)
Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
Quadratic Equations and Problem Solving 
Unit VI 
Rational Expressions 

5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
5.6
5.7

Simplifying Rational Expressions
Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
Adding and Subtractiong Rational Expressions with the Same
Denominator and the Least Common Denominators
Adding and Subtractiong Rational Expressions with Different
Denominators
Simplifying Complex Fractions
Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions
Proportions and Problem Solving with Rational Equations
Note: Must cover Proportions 
Unit VII 
Graphing Equations 

6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6 
Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate
System
(stress the Rectangular Coordinate System)
Graphing Linear Equations
Intercepts
Slope and Rate of Change
The SlopeIntercept Form
More Equations of Lines 
VII 
Suggested Weekly Schedule  15
Week Semester 

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
ONLY
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15 
1.1, R.1, R.2, 1.2  1.5, Integrated Review, 1.6
1.7(stress the Distributive Property), 1.8, Test Unit I (NO
CALCULATORS),
2.1
2.2, 2.3, Integrated Review, 2.4
2.5 2.7, Test Unit II
R.3R.5, Geoemtry Applications in 2.4 & 2.5
Test Unit III, 3.1 – 3.3
3.4 – 3.6 (cover 3.6 lightly), Integrated Review, 3.7
Test Unit IV, 4.1, 4.2 or Appendices A.1 & A.2(for Quadratic Trinomials
use Grouping or Trialand Error methods NO OTHER METHODS)
4.2. 4.3, Integrated Review
4.4, 4.5, Test UnitV, 5.1
5.2 – 5.4
5.6, 5.5, Integrated Review
5.7(must cover proportions), Test Unit VI, 6.1(stress Rectangular
Coordinate
System), 6.2
6.3, 6.4, Integrated Review, 6.5
6.6, Test Unit VII, Review for Exam 
Final Exam to be given during scheduled exam period. 
VIII 
Suggested Weekly Schedule  10
Week Semester 

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10 
1.1,R.1, R.2, 1.2  1.8
Test Unit I(NO CALCULATORS), 2.1 – 2.4
2.5 2.7, Test Unit II, R.3, R.4
R.5, 2.4 & 2.5Geometry Applications, Test Unit III, 3.1, 3.2
3.33.7, Test Unit IV, 4.1
4.2 – 4.4
4.5, Test UnitV, 5.1, 5.2
5.35.7
Test Unit VI, 6.16 3.
6.4, 6.5, Test Unit VII, Final Exam 
IX 
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE TO
STUDENTS 

TCC Student ID Required to Use the
Following Resources
1. Complete Solutions Guide, available in the Math Lab
2. Videos available on DVD in LRC, Media Resources 
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