Syllabus

Intermediate Algebra with Geometry
Math 99 BC - Spring 2008


Course Title Intermediate Algebra with Geometry
Credit Hours 5
Prerequisites Grade of C or better in Mathematics 110 or Mathematics 98, or placement test, or consent of department chair.
Section 99 BC (section number:50350)
Classes Monday, Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 11:50 AM in Room 3979
Instructor Marta Hidegkuti
e-mail: mhidegkuti@ccc.edu
Office: Room 3812
Mailbox: #143 (in Room 1428)
Office Hours:
Monday 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Advisement Hours: (available by appointment)
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Web Sites http://faculty.ccc.edu/mhidegkuti/Math99/Math99.html   and
www.mathzone.com (section code: E8C-EE-BC6)
Textbook Beginning and Intermediate Algebra; second edition; Julie Miller, Molly OíNeil, and Nancy Hyde; McGraw Hill, 2008;
ISBN Number: 978-0-07-305281-6.
MathZone If you have used MathZone last semester with Math 98, your account is valid for this course. If you buy the textbook at Beckís Bookstore, it will automatically include access to MathZone. Books purchased at a different location may not have MathZone access. MathZone can be purchased separately at www.mathzone.com and it costs approximately $15.
Calculator The use of a scientific calculator is strongly recommended. Students are expected to bring the calculator to class. The optimal calculator is TI-30X 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 are encouraged to seek help and guidance during the course. 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 e-mail account or registration.
Important Dates
First class: January 14, Monday
Holiday, no class: January 21, Monday
Exam 1: February 6, Wednesday
Exam 2 (same as Midterm Exam): March 5, Wednesday
Spring Break: March 17-22
Exam 3: April 9, Wednesday
Last day to withdraw from classes: April 14, Monday
Exam 4 (same as Final Exam): May 7, Wednesday
End of Semester: May 10, Saturday

Attendance Policy
Attendance is an essential part of the course. Regular attendance is expected of all students in the course. Attendance will be taken each class period. 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. If a student misses two of the first three classes, he or she will be dropped. If a student misses two weeks of classes just prior the midterm date, he or she will be dropped.


Grading Policies

Grading Scale
Grading of all assignments, quizzes, and exams will be based on the following scale.
90-100A
80-89B
70-79 C
60-69D
0-59F

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 125%
Exam 2 (Midterm Exam) 35%
Quizzes 30%
Homework 10%
Extra Credit Assignments5%
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 is at least 70%, the midterm grade will be the weighted average of the grades shown below with their weights.
Exam 115%
Exam 2 (Midterm Exam) 15%
Exam 320%
Exam 4 (Final Exam) 20%
Quizzes 20%
Homework 10%
Extra Credit Assignments5%
Before determining the grade given for quizzes, the two lowest quiz scores will be dropped.

Makeup Policy
Without exception, there will be no making up quizzes and exams. If a student missed a quiz or exam, a score of zero will be assigned.

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 re-submit 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.

Withdrawal form the course
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 registrarís office and officially withdraw from the course to protect your average. The last day for student initiated withdrawal is Monday, April 14, 2008. Before withdrawing from the course, students are encouraged to consult the instructor.

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.



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 class-related material (handouts, text book section, and class notes). Have a list of specific questions.

Please retain all class-related 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 e-mailing, please use your CCC student account.