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MATH101 - Introduction to College Algebra

Course Details

Course Code: MATH101 Course ID: 3281 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to college algebra and is organized into six distinct parts, beginning with a review of basic mathematics skills. It then addresses the language of algebra, the definition, uses, and methods of solving equations and inequalities, exponents and polynomials, factoring, and rational expressions. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the course. This course does not fulfill the mathematics General Education Requirements, but it can be used as elective credit.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 09/20/20 Spring 2020 Session C 16 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 10/25/20 Summer 2020 Session A 16 Week session
01/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 11/22/20 Summer 2020 Session K 16 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 12/27/20 Summer 2020 Session C 16 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 01/24/21 Fall 2020 Session A 16 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 02/21/21 Fall 2020 Session K 16 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 03/28/21 Fall 2020 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Learning Objectives (LO):

  1. Properly use the order of operations.
  2. Simplify expressions involving real numbers.
  3. Simplify algebraic expressions.
  4. Evaluate algebraic expressions.
  5. Solve algebraic equations.
  6. Translate real life applications into algebraic equations.
  7. Simplify polynomial expressions.
  8. Factor polynomials.
  9. Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
  10. Compute mathematical operations (+, –, x, ÷) involving rational expressions.

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

You will be required to complete the APUS Honor Pledge Assignment before submitting any other work. Please submit this in the Assignments area of the classroom.

Week 1 Introductions: Each student must log into the classroom and post your introduction in the forum. Your response is due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be a minimum of 250 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Homework: Most weeks there will be a ‘Book’ in Limespring for you to complete, which includes a lesson section. Your homework score will come from your grade on the quizzes taken in the lesson section. Please refer to information in the Lessons section under Labs to learn how to access Limespring. Completion of the ‘lessons’ section in LimeSpring will constitute your homework grade. The homework will be worth 130 points. The homework will be worth 13% of your course grade.

Forum Assignments: Under the Forum link you will see forums set up for each week. The first forum will be your introduction to the classroom (this is a course requirement-see above for details). Each forum assignment will require one main post due Thursday of each week and at least two comments to other students due Sunday. Please follow the directions on the forum, as each week will be different. Your comments should be well thought out with a 100-word minimum. Each main post will be worth 6 points and the comments will be worth 2 points each for a total of 10 points for each forum assignment. Your forum participation will be 16% of your course grade.

Weekly Book Exams: There will be a ‘Book Exam’ each week except for Weeks 9 (Midterm Exam), 15 (review) and 16 (Final Exam). The Book Exam will cover the material learned that week and practiced in the Limespring lessons and workbook. You can only take the Book Exam once, but it will be open note and multiple-choice. You cannot take the Book Exam until you have completed the lessons and workbook. The due dates for the Books Exams are in the course outline below and must be followed. All tests will have a 2-hour time limit and will be worth 35 points each for a total of 420 points after the lowest score is dropped. The weekly exams count as 42% of your course grade.

Midterm Exam: The midterm exam will be during week 9 and will be worth 150 pts or 15% of your course grade. It will be a two-hour online, open-note exam. This examination will cover all sections of the textbook covered during the semester. It will be a multiple-choice exam with 35 questions each worth 5 points. The questions will require computations and application of the material covered during the semester. Please coordinate with the professor for any special arrangements.

Unless the professor approves alternate arrangements, students should plan to take the final examination during the last week of the course. You will only be allowed to take this exam once except in unusual circumstances outside of your control.

Final Exam: The final exam will be during week 16 and will be worth 200 pts or 20% of your course grade. It will be a two-hour online, open-note exam. This examination will cover all sections of the textbook covered during the semester. It will be a multiple-choice exam with 40 questions each worth 5 points. The questions will require computations and application of the material covered during the semester. Please coordinate with the professor for any special arrangements. Unless the professor approves alternate arrangements, students should plan to take the final examination during the last week of the course. You will only be allowed to take this exam once except in unusual circumstances outside of your control.

The points earned on the graded course assignments will determine the course grade. The final grade in the course will be based on total points.

Assignment grades will be complete within 5 days of the due-date of the assignment. Students’ final course grades will be posted as soon as the instructor receives and evaluates the Final Exam. Official grades will continue to be issued by the University on the grade report form. Instructors have 7 days from the end of the semester to submit their grades to the University.

NameGrade %
Forum Assignments 10.00 %
Week #1 Forum 0.63 %
Week #2 Forum 0.63 %
Week #3 Forum 0.63 %
Week #4 Forum 0.63 %
Week #5 Forum 0.63 %
Week #6 Forum 0.63 %
Week #7 Forum 0.63 %
Week #8 Forum 0.63 %
Week #9 Forum 0.63 %
Week #10 Forum 0.63 %
Week #11 Forum 0.63 %
Week #12 Forum 0.63 %
Week #13 Forum 0.63 %
Week #14 Forum 0.63 %
Week #15 Forum 0.63 %
Week #16 Forum 0.63 %
Homework 13.00 %
Homework 1 1.00 %
Homework 2 1.00 %
Homework 3 1.00 %
Homework 4 1.00 %
Homework 5 1.00 %
Homework 6 1.00 %
Homework 7 1.00 %
Homework 8 1.00 %
Homework 10 1.00 %
Homework 11 1.00 %
Homework 12 1.00 %
Homework 13 1.00 %
Homework 14 1.00 %
Weekly Quizzes 42.00 %
APUS Honor Code and Pledge 0.09 %
Unit Test 1 3.50 %
Unit Test 2 3.50 %
Unit Test 3 3.50 %
Unit Test 4 3.50 %
Unit Test 5 3.50 %
Unit Test 6 3.50 %
Unit Test 7 3.50 %
Unit Test 8 3.50 %
Unit Test 10 3.50 %
Unit Test 11 3.50 %
Unit Test 12 3.50 %
Unit Test 13 3.50 %
Unit Test 14 3.50 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Midterm Exam 15.00 %
Midterm Exam 15.00 %

Detailed instructions for each week’s work are given in the lessons within the classroom. Course materials are provided through Limespring. Instructions for accessing the site are in the lessons under the Labs tab.

Students will need a calculator to successfully complete this course. The calculator should include a memory and square root function. At the student’s discretion, a scientific calculator capable of performing statistical functions or a computer spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel may be used. Students may make use of the above for all graded assignments during the course.

Required Readings: See the course outline. Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Mathematics Videos

http://www.apus.edu/media/mathWV/index.htm

Cool Math

http://www.coolmath.com

Math

http://www.math.com

Calculator website

http://www.calculator.com

Dr. Math

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

Purple Math

http://www.purplemath.com/

Book Title:LimeSpring - access instructions provided inside the classroom
ISBN:NA
Publication Info:CLASS-LimeSpring
Author:No Author Specified
Electronic Unit Cost:$42.50

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.