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Concepts of Numbers for Arithmetic & PreAlgebra, 5th ed.
Author: Barbara Lontz
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MTWTh 1:00 - 2:50 pm
Room: NS 359
Final: Monday, August 1st
1:00 - 2:50 pm
60% tests (3 tests @20% each)
30% Final Exam
A 90% — 100% Excellent
B 80% — 89% Above Average
C 70% — 79% Average
D 60% — 69% Below Average
F 0% — 59% Failing
Course Description: This course covers topics considered essential in preparation for additional coursework in science, business and mathematics, and should prepare the student for a course in beginning algebra. Topics will include history of numbers, the real number system, comparing numbers, whole numbers, signed numbers, fractions, decimals, algebraic expressions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, combinations of operations, ratios, percents, variables, equations and applications. We will cover all of chapters 1 through 8 in the text.
Student Learning Outcomes::
Successful students will be proficient in arithmetic with integers, rational numbers, decimals and percents.
Successful students will be able to perform operations with variable and unknown quantities.
Course Procedures:: The format of the class will be a combination of in-class activities, group work, discussion, procedures and mini-lectures. Homework will be assigned daily. Questions on homework will be discussed at each class meeting. It will be your responsibility to complete and correct homework problems and make sure you understand them.
Tests / Exams:There will be 3 in-class tests and one comprehensive final exam covering chapters 1 through 8. NO CALCULATORS WILL BE ALLOWED ON EXAMS. You will always be required to show your work to receive credit for exam problems. No electronic devices will be allowed during tests.
There will be no makeup exams. If you miss an exam due to unavoidable circumstances, and you have notified me in advance, then your final exam score will be substituted for the missed exam. If you miss more than one exam, the score of those missed exams will be zero. All exams count towards the final grade, no exams will be dropped.
Classroom Conduct: Class time is valuable. You are expected to be courteous to each other
and to the instructor. You will be asked to leave the class for display of behavior the instructor
deems as disruptive to the class environment. This includes the use of your cell phone. If you
are disruptive in class (after being warned), you could be suspended from the course for up to 2
days. Comments about another’s race, ethnicity, accent, appearance, intelligence, or sexual
orientation will not be tolerated on any level. Students should be familiar with the college’s
“Student Discipline Procedures.”
Class Attendance: Class attendance is an integral part of the learning process for this course. Students are expected to attend class regularly, as well as to arrive and depart on time. Students with excessive absences (including tardiness) may be withdrawn from the class. Note that although college policy provides for a certain number of class absences, that number covers all types of absences, including absences such as those due to documented illness or other emergency; absences for illness or emergencies are not accommodated in addition to those allowable under the attendance policy. Students may be withdrawn after more than six hours absence of any kind..
Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones, pagers, and other such electronic devices must be turned o during class and lab time. Communication by electronic devices, including but not limited to instant messaging, text messaging, and telephone, during class is strictly prohibited unless expressly designated as part of the learning activities. Use of electronic communication devices during examinations or other graded activities may constitute grounds for disciplinary action. Where emergency or employment situations require access to electronic communication services, arrangements may be made in advance with the instructor. In certain circumstances, (e.g., exams, presentations, etc.), students may be required to temporarily deposit cell phones or other communications devices with the instructor or lab supervisor for the duration of the specific class or activity.
Academic Integrity: Cheating is considered fraud. If you are caught cheating, you may be given a Integrity: grade of “F” for the assignment or exam. Students should be familiar with the college’s Statement on academic integrity.
Resources: Keeping up is important, as is getting help if you feel lost. Help is available! The following resources are at your disposal: