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MTH 060 Elementary Algebra I Ron Wallace

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Course Web Site http://cs.bluecc.edu/mth060/wallace Syllabus Assignments Other materials

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Integrity

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Expectations StudentInstructorOthers Attend ALL classes Prepare for class Ask questions Answer questions

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Grading Components “Daily” Homework (10%) Due VS. Submitted HW is due the next class period. HW is submitted the day of the chapter test. Practice makes perfect … … only if you practice correctly! do a problem check your answer if wrong … why? Solutions Manual and/or Tutors?

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Grading Components “Daily” Homework (10%) “Daily” Quizzes (10%) Tests (80%) Exit Exam Due VS. Submitted HW is due the next class period. HW is submitted the day of the chapter test. Must score 80% or above to pass this class (A, B, or C). Can improve your lowest test score.

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Partial Credit Life Doesn’t Give Partial Credit You get charged for a bounced check. You get charged for a bounced check. The bridge collapses. The bridge collapses. The patient dies. The patient dies. The bank forecloses/repossesses. The bank forecloses/repossesses. You get fired. You get fired. But yes … there will be partial credit on tests. (but not the exit exam)

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Take Notes! 95% of what you hear is forgotten within 72 hours. The more you become engaged in the class, the more you will remember and get out of it.

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Understanding vs. Processes Why? vs. How? Definitions Properties (accepted truths) Theorems (proven truths)

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Terminology and Notation Correctly and Accurately Communicate Mathematics

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What is Algebra?

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A generalization of arithmetic. A generalization of arithmetic. Mathematics Dictionary, 4 th Ed. by James/James Therefore, you need to know and understand arithmetic!

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What is Algebra? A generalization of arithmetic in which symbols, usually letters of the alphabet, represent numbers or members of a specified set of numbers and are related by operations that hold for all numbers in the set. A generalization of arithmetic in which symbols, usually letters of the alphabet, represent numbers or members of a specified set of numbers and are related by operations that hold for all numbers in the set. A set together with operations defined in the set that obey specified laws. A set together with operations defined in the set that obey specified laws. The American Heritage Dictionary, 2 nd College Edition

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What is Algebra? A branch of mathematics in which symbols, usually letters of the alphabet, represent numbers or members of a specified set and are used to represent quantities and to express general relationships that hold for all members of the set. A branch of mathematics in which symbols, usually letters of the alphabet, represent numbers or members of a specified set and are used to represent quantities and to express general relationships that hold for all members of the set. A set together with a pair of binary operations defined on the set. Usually, the set and the operations include an identity element, and the operations are commutative or associative. A set together with a pair of binary operations defined on the set. Usually, the set and the operations include an identity element, and the operations are commutative or associative. www.dictionary.com

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