Anne Arundel Community College

Beginning Algebra – Spring 2016

MAT011, Sections 400



Class: MW@17:00-19:00 in Schz-204

Professor: James Freeman

Office: Mathematics 231-I 

Office Hours: MW@16:00-17:00; TTh@16:00-19:00

Phone: (410) 777-2557




 Course Description: This course covers a variety of topics appropriate for a beginning algebra student, including:

a) arithmetic of signed whole numbers and fractions;

b) properties of real numbers;

c) solving and graphing linear equations and systems of linear equations;

d) solving and graphing algebraic equations and inequalities;

e) simplifying/factoring polynomial and rational expressions;

f) applications of algebraic equations and inequalities.

Content will include problem solving techniques with and without calculators.  The student must earn a "C" or better to be eligible to take MAT-012.


Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

(i) solve linear equations and systems of linear equations;

(ii) determine the slope and graph of linear equations;

(iii) apply properties of exponents to evaluate and simplify expressions;

(iv) perform basic operations upon polynomial and rational expressions;

(v) translate literal descriptions into algebraic expressions;

(vi) apply algebraic techniques to various applications.


Text: "Beginning and Intermediate Algebra" (Customized 5th edition) by Elayn Martin-Gay, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2013.


Computer/Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for the course - a TI-83-Plus or TI-84 is recommended.


Attendance Policy: Regular class attendance is expected and will be recorded.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what occurred with respect to both announcements and course work.  If you email me, I will respond with that information.  I will maintain the online version of this syllabus with any changes in dates or homework assignments.  But you should attend every class because even one absence means a lost opportunity to learn.


Class Activity: Prepare for class by reading the text (either before or after we cover the material).  If you do not understand something, ask questions in class.  Ask questions even if it concerns material from a prior class or chapter.  Asking and answering questions is the main purpose of class.  During class we will review the major points in each chapter and solve sample problems.


Homework:   Homework will consist of selected problems from the end of each chapter section in the text.  The homework will be collected and graded.  Late homework loses 10% credit.  Your homework problem solutions should be neatly prepared (they need not be typed), with multiple pages either stapled or otherwise bound together. Answers to the homework are in the back of the book, so there is no reason for a wrong answer.  There is also the Student’s Solution Manual, with explanations of the answers.  The homework will not be graded in detail, but will be reviewed for completeness.  You must show your work and not just give the answer.  Homework that consists of answers only will not receive full credit. If you cannot do or do not understand a homework problem, ask about it in class.   Do the relevant homework as soon as possible after the material is covered i class to allow time for questions.

Attendance will comprise 1% of your grade.

Homework assignments will comprise 12% of your grade.   Notice:  You cannot receive an "A" if you do not do any homework. 

Examinations: There will be three chapter specific tests and a cumulative final exam. 

The three tests will comprise 57% of your grade - 19% each.  The final will comprise 30% of your grade.

The tests may not be made up (without prior approval).  If you miss a test, the total possible points that the test was worth will be added to the total possible points that the final is worth.  Thus, if you miss a test, your final exam will be worth a larger proportion of your course grade.  I give generous partial credit when I grade, but you must show your work neatly to earn it.  It is your responsibility to show me what you know in a neat and orderly fashion.


Grading Scale: 90 - 100% A; 80-89% B; 70 - 79% C; 60 - 69% D; below 60% F.


Additional Help: Do not hesitate to visit me during my office hours.  If my hours conflict with your free time, I will gladly arrange additional times to meet with you.  I am in my office other times during the week so you can always stop by to see if I am in.  Additionally, free tutoring is available in the Math-Lab, located in the basement of the Library, room 107.


Academic Integrity: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states, "All students are required to exhibit academic honesty in all academic exercises and assignments." This includes cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism.  The instructor has the right and obligation to impose a reasonable academic sanction including, but not limited to, the following:

            A) Assign a failing grade for the assignment;

B) Assign a grade reduction for the course;

            C) Assign a failing grade for the course;

D) Assign an alternative learning experience.

I will choose A for most situations involving academic dishonesty. Do not leave the classroom without permission during a test.  If you do, I will collect your test and grade it based upon what you have already finished. 


Student Conduct: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states; "All students while engaged in college activities shall comply with all college policies and procedures. Students shall conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of behavior, respect the rights of others, refrain from conduct or activity which obstructs the work of the college and is damaging to the welfare of the college community or the college." It continues to describe Acts of Misconduct. Please read the Catalog.


Cell Phones: Please put cell phones on vibrator mode during class as a courtesy to others.  If you receive a call, I trust that you will leave the room to talk.   Do not use your cell phone during a test - such use may be construed as a form of academic dishonesty. 


Students in Need of Special Services:  AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance or e-mail to request special accommodations. For information regarding Anne Arundel Community College's compliance and complaints concerning discrimination or harassment, call Karen Cook, Esq., AACC's federal compliance manager at 410-777-7370 or Maryland Relay 711.


Schedule (All dates are tentative)


Date                            Assignments


Feb 01                       Chapter 1 Homework Due

Feb 22                       Chapter 2 Homework Due

Feb 24                       Examination on Chapters 1 & 2


Mar 09                      Chapter 3 Homework Due

Apr 04                      Chapter 4 Homework Due

Apr 06                      Examination on Chapters 3 & 4


Apr 18                       Chapter 5 Homework Due

Apr 27                       Chapter 6 Homework Due

May 02                      Chapter 7 Homework Due

May 04                      Examination on Chapters 5 & 6 & 7


                                    Review as time allows


May 16 (Mon)            Final Examination : 17:00-19:00


Jan 25                         Last day to drop with full refund

Apr 20                         Last day to withdraw


Homework Assignments  (Do Odd Numbers Only)

In the following, the abbreviation “eoo” means “every other odd”.  So, “1-21 eoo” means do problems: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21.

In the following, the abbreviation “eto” means “every third odd”.  So, “1-31 eto” means do problems: 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 31.


Chapter 1: Variables and Real Numbers

            1.1: Read the chapter                                    1.2: 1-79 eoo

            1.3: 1-99 eoo                                                  1.4: 1-115 eto

            1.5: 1-101 eto                                                 1.6: 1-45 eoo

            1.7: 1-121 eto                                                 1.8: 1-101 eto


Chapter 2: Linear Equations and Inequalities

            2.1: 1-85 eoo                                                  2.2: 1-93 eoo

2.3: 1-97 eoo                                                  2.4: 1-77 eto

            2.5: 1-61 eto                                                   2.6:  1-55 eto

            2.7: 1-49 eto                                                   2.8:  1-73 eto   


Chapter 3: Graphing

            3.1: 1-102 eto                                                3.2: 1-57 eoo

            3.3: 1-67 eto                                                  3.4: 1-81 eoo

            3.5: 1-87 eto                                                  3.6: 1-88 eto   


Chapter 4: Systems of Linear Equations

            4.1: 1-73 eto                                                   4.2: 1-57 eoo

            4.3: 1-73 eoo                                                  4.4: 1-29 eoo

            4.5: 1-65 eto   


Chapter 5: Exponents and Polynomials

            5.1: 1-127 eto                                                 5.2: 1-127 eto

            5.3: 1-97 eto                                                   5.4: 1-105 eto            

            5.5: 1-115 eto                                                 5.6: 1-73 eto

            5.7: 1-49 eoo


Chapter 6: Factoring Polynomials

            6.1: 1-115 eto                                                 6.2: 1-97 eto

            6.3: 1-121 eto                                                 6.4: 1-67 eto

            6.5: 1-90 eto                                                   6.6: 1-91 eto

            6.7: 1-49 eoo

 Chapter 7: Rational Expressions                             7.1: 1-85 eto