# 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
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 Martin-Gay; 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 F-Inserting “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 ax2 + 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 Slope-Intercept 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.3-R.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 Trial-and- 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 & 2.5-Geometry Applications, Test Unit III, 3.1, 3.2 3.3-3.7, Test Unit IV, 4.1 4.2 – 4.4 4.5, Test UnitV, 5.1, 5.2 5.3-5.7 Test Unit VI, 6.1-6 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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