Mathematics 98 Beginning Algebra with Geometry
Fall 2008 Syllabus

Course Title
Credit Hours
Prerequisites


Beginning Algebra with Geometry
4
Placement test or consent of department chair

Section
Classes


98 BCQ
Monday, Wednesday, 9:30 AM  11:15 AM in Room 3979

Instructor


Marta Hidegkuti
email: mhidegkuti@ccc.edu Office: Room 3812
Office Hours: (walkin)
Monday, Wednesday 12:30 PM  1:30 PM
Monday 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Advisement
Hours: (available by appointment)
Wednesday 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Friday 10:30 AM 12:30 PM

Web Site


http://faculty.ccc.edu/mhidegkuti/Math98/Math98.html

Calculator


The use of a scientific calculator is strongly
recommended. Students are expected to bring the calculator to class. The
optimal calculator is TI30X II S. The price of this model is between $15 and
$20. Do NOT purchase a different calculator if it is significantly more
expensive. It is not true that more expensive calculators are easier to use. During quizzes and exams, students are not allowed
to use a graphing calculator. Students are not allowed to use a cell phone as
a calculator any time during class.

Tutoring


The Tutoring Center is
located in room L129. Students have
already paid for this service as part of tuition fees. Please note: in order
to receive tutoring, students need to sign up in advance.
The Student Success and Leadership
Institute (SSLI) is located in room 1435. SSLI offers free
services to students, including tutoring, orientation, help
with email account or registration.

Important Dates


First class: Monday, August 25
Holiday, no
class: Monday, September 1
Exam 1: Wednesday, September 17
Exam 2 (same as Midterm Exam): Wednesday, October 15
Exam 3: Wednesday, November 12
Last day to withdraw from classes: Monday, November 17
Exam 4 (same as Final Exam): Wednesday, December 10
End of Semester: Saturday, December 13

Attendance Policy


Attendance is an essential part of the course. Regular
attendance is expected of all students in the course. Students are expected
to be on time and to attend the entire session. Please make every effort to
arrive to class on time. If you arrive after attendance has been taken, check
at the end of class that your attendance record has been corrected. If you
are absent, you are responsible for all work and assignments covered in
lecture that day.

Administrative Withdrawal


If a student misses two of the first three classes, he or
she will be dropped.
Students
will be administratively withdrawn at midterm (October 15) if at least two of
the following apply:
1. Less than 70% of assignments up to the
midterm have been completed.
2. Less than 70% of quizzes and tests up to
the midterm have been attempted.
3. Less than 50% of class sessions up to the
midterm have been attended.

Student Initiated Withdrawal


Not attending classes does not constitute withdrawal
from the course. After the midterm date, instructors can no longer drop
students from the course based on attendance. If students stop attending
classes after the midterm, the instructor can only assign a grade of
F. If you no longer attend classes, it is essential that you stop by at
the registrars office and officially withdraw from the course
to protect your average. The last day for student initiated withdrawal is
Monday, November 17, 2008. Before withdrawing from the course, students are
encouraged to consult the instructor.

Grading
Policy

Grading Scale Grading of
all assignments, quizzes, and exams will be based on the following scale.
90100  A
8089  B
7079  C
6069  D
059  F


Midterm Grade



If the Midterm Exam (same as Exam 2) is below
70%, a D or F will be given as midterm grade. In
other words, students must earn a passing grade on the exam to receive a
passing grade for the course. If the midterm exam is at least 70%, the
midterm grade will be the weighted average of the grades shown below with
their weights.
Exam 1 25%
Exam 2 ( same as Midterm Exam) 35%
Quizzes 30%
Homework 10%
Extra Credit Assignments 5%
Before determining the
grade given for quizzes, the lowest quiz score will be dropped.


Final Grade



If the Final Exam (same as Exam 4) is below 70%,
a D or F will be given as final grade. In
other words, students must earn a passing grade on the exam to receive a
passing grade for the course. If the final exam is at least 70%, the
midterm grade will be the weighted average of the grades shown below with
their weights.
Exam 1 15%
Exam 2 (same as Midterm Exam) 15%
Exam 3 15%
Exam 4 (same as Final Exam) 20%
Quizzes 20%
Homework 10%
Essay 5%
Extra Credit Assignments 5%
Before determining the
average for quizzes, the two lowest quiz scores will be dropped.


Makeup Policy



Without
exception, there will be no making up quizzes. If a student missed a
quiz, a score of zero will be assigned.
Exams can be made up only if it was missed due to a case of a
documented emergency. If possible,
students should notify the instructor in advance. All makeup will take place on Saturday,
November 22, 10 AM  2PM.


Homework



Homework
is an essential part of the learning process; do not expect to do well in
this course without keeping up with the homework.
Homework is expected to be turned in at the beginning of class, stapled, written neatly and legibly, on graph paper. Please do
not ask the instructor for a stapler. To earn full credit, always show all
work. A solution turned in without work shown will receive a maximum of 20%
credit. Since the instructor is going to be grading more than one hundred
papers a week, write as legibly as possible and circle your final answers.
Homework assignments will consist of problem sets. If the assignment to be
turned in consists of more than one problem set, they should be stapled
separately. Within a problem set please present the problems in the order
they were assigned. After homework assignments have been graded and
returned to students, they may resubmit them with corrections, for full
credit.


Late Homework



Homework assignments
turned in late will receive up to 50% credit. If an assignment is more than
one week late, no credit will be given.


Academic Integrity



Any incident of
academic dishonesty may result in actions from assigning a grade of F given
for the entire course to expulsion from the college. For further
information, please refer to the Student Policy Manual.


Course
Information
Catalogue
Description:
Real numbers and basic properties. Algebraic operations
involving integer exponents, including scientific notation, polynomial
operations, and factoring polynomial. Solution of linear and quadratic
equations, and linear inequalities. Solutions and manipulations of literal
equations. Graphical and algebraic solutions of systems of linear equations
in two variables. Geometry: perimeter, area of geometric figures,
triangles, rectangles, and circles; volume of sphere, cylinder and pyramid.
Applications of problemsolving skills are emphasized throughout the
course. Writing assignments, as
appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Truman College General Education Goal(s): Upon successful completion of this
course, students will demonstrate the ability to think critically,
abstractly, and logically.


General
Information
At all times, please treat the instructor, other
students, and their opinions with respect.
Before arriving to class, please turn off all cell phones, pagers, and
other loud devices. Please make every effort to arrive on time for class.
Please refrain from talking while the instructor is lecturing. If you need
an extensive review (for example, due to absence) of material presented in
class, please see the instructor during office hours. Valuable class time
can not be spent on assisting one or a few students to the detriment of the
entire class. Office hours are designated to address these problems.
Arrive to office hours prepared. If you have missed a class, be sure to
obtain and read all classrelated material (handouts, text book section,
and class notes). Have a list of specific questions.
Please retain all classrelated material until you receive your final grade
for the course.
At all times, email is the fastest and most efficient method to contact the
instructor. If you wish to contact the instructor about grades or
attendance or other administrative issues please use email. When emailing, please use your CCC student
account.


