Introductory Algebra
DATE &
TEXT
SECTION(S) 
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
(Specific Learning Outcomes)

HW
EXERCISES
Due before
the next
class! 
Wed 10/28 
WORKSHOP 10
REVIEW FOR TEST 

Class 19
Wed 10/28 
Test 3: Test covers targets from Chapter 3
TEST 3 

Class 20
Mon 11/2
3.6

[1] Say whether an ordered pair solves a system
of equations.
[2] Solve a system of linear equations by
graphing .
[3] Given a problem situation, write a system of
linear equations to describe the situation, and
solve the problem by solving the system. 
Page 347:
9, 11, 19, 21,
23, 29a – 29f

Wed 11/4 
WORKSHOP 11 

Class 21
Wed 11/43.7 
[4] Use the substitution or elimination method to
solve a system of linear equations. 
Page 362:
1, 3, 5, 13, 15,
17, 19, 21, 25

Class 22
Mon 11/9 
Test 4: Mini  Test covers targets from 3.6 & 3.7
TEST 4 (50 pt) 

Wed 11/11 
WORKSHOP 12 

Class 23
Wed 11/11
5.1

[1] Determine whether an expression is a
polynomial.
[2] Name the degree of each polynomial.
[3] Write a given polynomial in descending
order.
[4] Given the value of a variable (s), evaluate a
polynomial.
[5] Simplify a polynomial expression by
combining like terms .
[6] Add or subtract two given polynomials.) 
Page 560:
11, 13, 15, 17,
19, 21, 23, 25,
31, 33, 35, 43,
45, 53, 55

Class 24
Mon 11/16
4.5 & 5.2

[7] Multiply two polynomials using, as
appropriate, the laws of exponents , the
associative property , and the distributive
property.
[8] Multiply binomials using the FOIL rule. 
Page 475:
31 – 41 odd, 53,
57, 59, 73, 75
Page 571:
1, 3, 5, 13, 15,
31, 33, 35, 41,
43, 45, 55 
Wed 11/18 
WORKSHOP 13 

Class 25
Wed 11/18
4.8, 5.3 & 5.4
QUIZ # 5

[9] Determine the quotient of two monomials .
[10] Find and factor out the greatest common
factor in a polynomial.
[11] Factor polynomials completely.
[12] Determine the square of a polynomial.

Page 519:
7 – 19 odd,
31, 33
Page 582:
1, 3, 5, 13, 17,
19, 21, 23, 25
Page 589:
1, 3, 7, 9, 13,
15, 19, 21, 25,
37, 39 
Class 26
Mon 11/23
5.6

[13] Evaluate an algebraic fraction for a given
value(s) of its variable(s).
[14] Find the values for which a fraction is
undefined.
[15] Reduce an algebraic fraction to lowest
terms. 
Page 613:
1, 3, 5, 19, 21,
23, 25, 27, 29,
31, 35, 37 
Wed 11/25 
No Class 

Class 27
Mon 11/30
5.7

[16] Multiply or divide two algebraic fractions .
[17] Add or subtract two algebraic fractions with
like denominators . 
Page 626:
1, 3, 5, 9, 11,
23, 25, 27, 29,
31, 33, 37, 39,
41, 43, 45 
Wed 12/2 
WORKSHOP 14
REVIEW FOR TEST 

Class 28
Wed 12/2
5.9
QUIZ # 6 
[18] Solve equations containing algebraic
fractions. 
Page 654:
1, 3, 5, 9 
Class 29
Mon 12/7 
Test 5 : Final Exam covers all MA 81 targets and
emphasizes Chapter 5
TEST 5 

Wed 12/9 
WORKSHOP 15
Come to class for
a conference to
find out your
grade in the
course! 

Class 30
Wed 12/9 
RETAKES of final
(If necessary)
TEST 5 Retakes 
HAVE A
GREAT
BREAK! 
Test Dates and Scores
MA 81 Introductory Algebra
Fall 2008
Grades 
Date 
Possible Score 
Student Score 
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Workshop Activity # 15 



(Top 12 scores counted!) 



Quiz # 1 

20 

Quiz # 2 

20 

Quiz # 3 

20 

Quiz # 4 

20 

Quiz # 5 

20 

Quiz # 6 

20 

(Top 5 scores counted!) 



Test # 1 

100 

Test # 1 (Retake) 



Test # 2 

100 

Test # 2 (Retake) 



Test # 3 

100 

Test # 3 (Retake) 



Test # 4 

50 

Test # 4 (Retake) 



Test # 5 (Final) 

100 

Test # 5 (Final  Retake) 



TOTAL 
750 

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