Mt. San Jacinto College – Fall 2013 Name:_________________________
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Mathematics 051 PreAlgebra
Room
351B M/W 8/19/13 thru 12/11/13, except
for Mondays 9/2 and 11/11
The online Syllabus may be revised at any time; changes will be highlighted in Yellow.
Instructor: David Vandewater (MrV)
Office Hours: As an Associate Faculty Instructor, I do not have office
hours.
Get
free walkin help with classwork from tutors in the Learning Resource Center
(LRC) Bldg800:
Student ID
Required! Hours: MonThur 9am2pm,
4pm7pm and Fri 9amNoon.
If
you have an issue other than help with classwork, please contact me to arrange
a meeting.
Phone Number: Please use email for all communication
Email: dvandewater@msjc.edu (Identify
your class Math51 in the Subject Line)
Web site: www1.msjc.edu/instructor/dvandewater for the current copy of this syllabus,
copies of handouts, access
to PowerPoint presentations and your current grading information.
I will not be using
Blackboard during this semester.
Required Text: PreAlgebra by Bittinger/Ellenbogen/Johnson, 6^{th} edition
Bookstore package: ISBN13:
9781256755166 (See syllabus page 5 for
more information)
Note: Only the 6^{th} Edition can be used. All students must be “on the same homework pages.”
Materials: Paper/ pencils/erasers for notetaking
and homework; A blue or black pen for
making corrections/additions on returned tests; Pencil sharpener and
ministapler. No Calculators.
Every Day,
Bring to Class: This Syllabus, all Homework
not yet submitted, your Textbook.
Description: This course is designed to
prepare students for Elementary Algebra.
The course
covers basic arithmetic, working with whole numbers,
integers, fractions, decimals and percentages.
Other topics taught will include conversions within
and between the metric and standard systems.
Topics in geometry and algebra will be introduced.
Learning
Objectives:
To successfully complete
this course, the student (without the aid of a calculator) is expected to:
1.
Estimate the result of an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division
problem.
2. Evaluate the expression containing integers: perform order of operations.
3. Evaluate the expression containing negative and positive fractions or mixed
numbers.
4. Evaluate the expression containing negative and positive decimals.
5. Solve applications utilizing proportions, including those involving percent,
base and amount.
6. Convert measurements in both the U.S. Customary and Metric Systems within
each system
and from one system to the other.
7. Convert between percentages, fractions and decimals and solve related
applications.
8. Evaluate algebraic expressions.
9. Solve algebraic equations that contain one variable and up to two
operations.
10. Choose the appropriate basic geometric formulae and laws, including finding
the area and perimeter
of polygons, the area and circumference of a
circle.
Class Learning Outcomes:
The student should demonstrate the ability to:
#1. Utilise the
order of operation agreement to simplify expressions containing integers and
exponents.
#2. Add,
subtract, and reduce, if necessary, nonmixed number fractions with different
signs.
#3. Solve an
algebraic equation with one variable that requires two operations to solve.
Attendance Policy
Attendance is not optional. Your timely, consistent
attendance is required for effective learning.
The purpose of the attendance policy is to minimize disruptions in our learning
environment.
Roll call is always taken at class start: Arrive before the end of roll call (and stay),
or you are late.
You
are required to sign the Participation Exceptions
List (located near the classroom door):
 When you arrive late to class. (you will be marked absent for ˝ of a class meeting)
 When you have to leave early before
class is dismissed. (you will be marked
absent for ˝ class)
Bathroom break: Leave your books and
phone in class  no signin or signout.
If you leave class for any other reason (café, phone, etc.) take your things
and signout.
Instructor
Drop Policy
I
will drop you if you are late or leave early 4 times in the first 3 weeks.
I will drop you if you are absent 3 times in the first 3 weeks. (2 lates = 1
absence)
Drop Dates
for Students
August 30, 2013  The last day to drop a
fullterm course and get a refund.
September 8, 2013  The last day to drop a
fullterm course without a
"W" grade issued.
November 22, 2013  The last day to drop a
fullterm course with a "W" grade issued.
It is YOUR
responsibility to drop this course if you no longer wish to be enrolled.
You can
use Eagle Advisor (My MSJC) to drop, or get assistance from the Eagle Access
Center.
After three final grades of D, F or W, a student will NOT be allowed to enroll
in this course again.
(One
additional enrollment may be permitted by petition with documented extenuating
circumstances.)
Mt.
San Jacinto College abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section
504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or
programs from discriminating
against qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that
limits major
life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for
which you may require
accommodations, please notify the Disabled Students Program and Services. DSPS
is located in
room 1019B. You may call 6395305 to arrange
for verification of your disability and for
reasonable accommodations. Contact DSPS for scheduling tests in the
DSPS Testing Room.
Classroom
Behavior
Turn off your phone, ipod or pager before class
begins. Put it away, not on your
desk or lap.
If your phone rings or noticeably vibrates, quickly silence it and see me at
the end of class.
Texting (sending or receiving) is disruptive, and
not allowed. You cannot use your phone
in class,
or leave class to use it, unless you leave for the day.
If you are an emergency professional, please
see me to get an exception.
IPads, Tablets and Notebook PCs can ONLY be used
for note taking or eText access, but sounds
and communications applications must be disabled. NO EMAIL, SURFING or MESSAGING, etc!
Talking
to other students during lecture is rude and disruptive. So is interrupting the
instructor or
other students while they are talking. Please
raise your hand to ask questions or
volunteer answers.
If
your behavior disrupts the class, you will be given only one warning. If you disrupt the class
again, you will be excused from class for the rest of the day, marked absent
for that meeting and
possibly referred to the Dean of Instruction.
Sleepy
or Uncomfortable? Feel free to go to the
back of the classroom to stand or flex silently.
Class Structure
 Roll
call starts promptly at 3:30; arrive (and stay) by end of roll call, or be
marked late.
 Be ready for new material:
Before class meets, use the LRC to clarify any
previous topics you still don’t understand.
If class time remains after the new
material is presented, I will be available for questions.
 My presentations are interactive; you are expected to follow the flow of
discussion;
You will be asked many questions. If you say
“I don’t know,” I may ask you why.
Your Course
Grade
The
scores you earn on twelve (12) homework submissions, five (5) quizzes/projects,
five
(5) tests, any extra credit and the final exam will determine your grade. The points
possible are:
Item Points
Possible
5 Tests
(140 points each) 700 All Tests Count
Final Examination 200
Quizzes/Projects (10 points each)
40 Best 4 of 5
quizzes/projects
12 Homework Packs (5 points each) 60
Total Points possible 1000
Points Earned Percent(s) Final Grade
1000  900 90%
– 100% A
899
 800 80% – 89%
B
799
 700 70% – 79%
C If Final Exam is
not taken: D
699
 600 60% – 69%
D
599  0 0%
– 59% F
You can access your current scores from a link in this
class syllabus on my instructor website.
Extra credit will be limited to 30 points. It may occur toward the end of
classtime; don’t leave early.
Tests,
Quizzes and the Final Exam
There
will be five 60 minute tests and a 110
minute final examination. Use
pencil.
Test questions are similar to exercises assigned as homework.
You must show all your work to a solution to receive full credit for
that exercise.
Partial credit may be given for some questions. The final exam will be
comprehensive.
All Test grades count, so make sure that
you take them all.
Guessing or using trial and error
receives no points, even for correct answers; you are required to
solve questions using the written notations, techniques and computations taught
in class.
Allowed: One 3”x5” note card per test (two
for the final), as well as a 4”x6” MrV’s
Tables card.
Not Allowed: Books, detailed notes,
calculators or any other reference materials.
I
will show you complete solutions to test questions in class when graded tests
are returned.
It is important to compare your answers and work with those solutions immediately.
During the test review, only use a blue/black pen to make
notes/corrections on your returned test.
If you have questions about your grade or the way a particular solution was
graded, you must ask
me before leaving the classroom. Once you have left the classroom, your
test score is permanent.
Each 10 to 15
minute Quiz has four or five exercises
based on the last 2 days of assignments.
You can use your own homework and a
MrV’s Tables card for reference, but nothing else.
It’s a good habit to always bring your unsubmitted homework with you to class.
Quizzes may be given at start of class (be
on time). Quizzes are not announced ahead of time.
If you miss a quiz due to tardiness or absence, your score will be 0.
If you miss more than one quiz, one
Makeup Quiz may be given the last week of class.
Save your tests with corrected solutions
(use blue/black ink) so that you can use them to study for the final.
If you are ABSENT
on a test day …
You have until
the start of the next class to take the test in the LRC (800 Bldg), 8am8pm MF
Missed a Monday test? Take it anytime between Monday 5:00pm and
Wednesday at 2:30pm.
Missed a Wednesday test? Take it anytime
between Weds. 5:00pm and 2:30pm the next Monday.
This is necessary because completed tests are returned promptly and followed by
a class review.
You
can use the LRC only once to take a test with no penalty. Otherwise, 10% penalties will apply.
If you don’t
take a test at all, your score for that test will be 0. Tests cannot be taken early.
If you are ABSENT
for the final examination …
Your
final exam grade is 0 and you won't earn a grade better than "D" for
the course.
If you miss the final examination for unforeseen justifiable reasons, send me
an email immediately.
Requests for Incomplete grades are not always approved. A makeup date is not
usually possible.
Work, travel or vacation plans are not
valid excuses for missing the final.
If you are ABSENT for a
Surprise Quiz …
Your
quiz grade is 0; at class end, one makeup quiz may be given if you missed 2 or
more quizzes.
Keep in mind that only the best 4 grades out of 5 quizzes are used.
If you are ABSENT
for any other class day …
Read
the assigned chapter sections you missed, and do the homework before the next class.
Possibly the tutors in the LRC can help you, but review the assigned section before you go there.
Cheating
If
you cheat on a test or the final, you will receive a score of 0 for the whole
test.
Cheating on homework is assumed when you give yourself a score that is 5 or
more above
the real number of correct answers; this
can happen when you:
 are very sloppy in counting correct exercises,
or
 you don’t check your answers with the
book and have incorrect work and answers, or
 you have incorrect or missing work
but you claim the book answer without correcting your work.
You will get 0 points for the entire homework if you have serious scoring
errors.
Working with someone else on your homework is not cheating. Do your share of
the thinking.
Copying homework is senseless because you learn so very little to prepare you
for the tests.
Instructor
Website:
To access the latest updated class syllabus,
interactive PowerPoints, your latest grades and
the homework schedule, go to your class web pages within my instructor website:
http://www1.msjc.edu/instructor/dvandewater
Blackboard is not planned for this
class, but some features may be added during the term.
MSJC Student
email: Check it Daily!
If
I have to unexpectedly cancel a class meeting, I will send a note to your
student email.
Use your student email to contact me for questions, appointment requests or to
let me know when
you are absent for more than 2 class days in a row; put Math51 in the subject
line.
I will usually respond within 2 days. Directions on how to
activate and login to your student email
can be found at http://www.msjc.edu/golive or seek help at the Eagle Access Center.
Emergency
Contact Numbers:
MSJC Menifee Campus Police
951 6395180, and Instruction Office (951) 6395400.
Friends and family need to realize that they can leave a message about an
emergency, but these
offices cannot give out any information about any student and cannot promise
how quickly a
student can be tracked down. Use only for serious emergencies.
SI (Supplemental Instruction)
An SI Leader is currently NOT AVAILABLE for this
class. Perhaps next time.
Student participation in SI Sessions would be voluntary.
An SI Leader acts as a model student and hosts outofclass review sessions that incorporate
what to learn (course content) with how to learn it (study
skills).
Math Savings Account:
Do you plan to take Math 90
Introduction to Algebra? Save all
materials from this course
(text, class notes, homework, tests, and test solutions) for review before the
next course.
Homework
You are required to accurately
selfscore each Section in each Homework Pack:
 Before scoring, check your answers with the answers in the back of your
textbook.
 Mark any uncorrected exercises. Then count the correct ones and write Score = #
The
homework assignment list is attached. Two
homework Sections are assigned after most
class meetings, but Packages of 2 to 6 Sections are collected for grading about
once a week.
Each
of the twelve Homework Packages has 2 to 6 section assignments, and is worth 5 grade
points.
Incomplete Packages will receive fewer points.
You must show all work steps, complete all
sections, have accurate work and checked answers, use correct format with
scoring for at least 90%
of all exercises to receive full credit.
Late Packages will be
accepted with a 1point per class day
penalty, but must be turned in
withinthree class days of the original due date. If you are absent on the
day a Package is due,
turn it in at the start of the next class that you attend (no late penalty
unless more than 3 days late).
Retention
of new skills and concepts normally decreases with time … unless it is
reinforced with
homework exercise and study. Suggestion:
break your homework into two parts. Do
the first part
as soon after the class as possible; do the second part a day or two
later. I know it is tempting to do
homework in class during lecture, but your retention will suffer and you may
miss important points.
If you just can’t work an exercise, go to
the LRC for help.
Tips for Success:
Prepare for
each class meeting:
Finish the homework from the last
class; visit the LRC if necessary.
Preview the textbook sections to be
covered in this class.
Prepare for
tests/exams:
Review your homework for areas that
were difficult.
Try the practice tests in the textbook;
visit the LRC if necessary.
During each
class:
Bring your textbook and take notes on the
board examples.
Ask questions as soon as you get lost.
Outside of
class:
Form a homework/study group with other
students and attend regularly.
Check your student email often; Class
cancellations and schedule changes may be sent to you.
Check my online syllabus for your current grades and assignments, and to run
PowerPoints.
Alternate Textbook
Options: (Search for ISBN13:
9780321731548)
Used
copies of this 6th edition are ok,
but be sure the vendor can deliver it before the 3rd class day.
 If you have a PC, Laptop or Tablet, you can rent an EText for 180 days for
less than the printed
book price. WiFi access in class in not guaranteed. You can try to use your
Laptop or Tablet..
EText Free trial: http://www.coursesmart.com/IR/3704213/9780321737854?__hdv=6.8
How to Format and Score Your
Homework:
 Start
each Section on a new page:
On the first page, put your name,
section number, assigned exercises in the upper right corner.
Within each section you can use both sides of
sheets, but leave a little space between exercises.
Include the Exercise Group Directions at the start of each new group.
 For each exercise:
Write down original exercise
Show all
work steps
Check
each answer in the back of the text.
Unchecked work will not get full credit.
If your answer is correct, circle it.
If your answer is wrong:
Either: Correct your work and circle your correct answer.
Or: (If the answer or work is left wrong) Mark a
big X over the exercise number.
 After working all exercises in a section, Score it:
Only count the exercises that are completely right and checked in the back of the text.
To the left of your name, write that number: Score = #
If you didn’t check all answers in
the textbook, write Unchecked Score=.
By marking Unchecked, your work still gets 80% credit, but it’s a dangerous
habit.
If I find errors that show you didn’t mark unchecked work, you will get
no credit)
 For each Homework Package: Staple
all sections together, in order.
 Do not add up your section scores;
I’ll do that while grading your package with 0 to 5 points.
Homework Package Format
Example:
PowerPoints (.pptx)
Day1
Review Math50 Skills
Day2
MrV’s Sums and Times Tables
Day3
MrV’s Way to do Word Probs
Day6
Translate Equations
Day9
Prime Numbers and Factors
Day9
Shorthand Division
Day11
Reducing Numeric Fractions
Day12
Translate For Success
Handouts (.pdf)
Day0
Welcome Email
Day0 Printable Syllabus PDF
Day1 Homework Assignment 1A
Day2 Arithmetic Notes
Day2 Homework Assignment 1B
Day2 Homework Format Procedure
Day3 How to do Word Problems
Day3 Good Negative Attitude
Day9 Prime Factorization
Day14 The MF Column in Primes Tab
Day14 Using MF Column  Examples
Math 51 Presentation and Homework Schedule (Tentative, changes will be marked in yellow)
129odd means do 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29 Never
use a calculator,
129eoo means do 1,5, 9, 13, 17, 21,
25, 29 (every other odd) even if the
text says to use one.
When only part of a Section is covered, like Section 3.4ab, the covered subsection letters are
bolded.
DSPS Students only: Make your
DSPS Testing Room appointments at least a week before the test.
Date 
C#: Topics Covered 
Topic 
Sect# {# of exercises} Homework Exercises 
Aug 19 
1: Introduction 
Enrollment,
Syllabus, Homework 1A 
1A: {13} 1.2:
Pg1213(21, 25, 29), 
Aug 21 
2: Chapter 1 
Math50
Review, 1.51.7,1.9 
1B: {17}
1.5: Pg33(33,
47, 55), 
Aug 26 
H/W Package #1 
Due: 1A and 1B 

Aug 28 
4: Section 2.3 p99 
Subtracting
Integers 
2.3 {39}
167odd, 6985eoo (some eoo) 
Sep 2 
No Class 
Holiday 

Sep 4 
H/W
Package #2 
Due:
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 

Sep 9 
6: Section 2.6 p120 
Intro to
Algebraic Expressions 
2.6 {42}
183odd 
Sep 11 

Also: Basic
Skills Initiative 
Deadline: DSPS
Test1 Appointments 
Sep 16 
H/W
Package #3 
Due:
2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 

Sep 18 
Review Test 1 


Sep 23 
10: Section 3.3 p167 
Fractions
and Notation 
3.3 {33} 165odd 
Sep 25 
H/W
Package #4 
Due:
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 
Deadline: DSPS
Test 2 Appointments 
Sep 30 
12: Section 3.7 p201 
Reciprocals
and Division 
3.7 {28}
155odd 
Oct 2 
H/W
Package #5 
Due:
3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 

Oct 7 
Review Test 2 


Oct 9 
15: Section 4.2abc p232 
Adding
Fractions, Order 
4.2 {33}
165odd 
Oct 14 
H/W
Package #6 
Due:
4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Add/Subtract
Mixed Numerals 
Deadline: DSPS
Test 3 Appointments 
Oct 16 
17: Section 4.7abc
p275 
Multiply/Divide
Mixed Numerals 
4.7 {18}
135odd 
Oct 21 
H/W
Package #7 
Due:
4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8 

Oct 23 
Review Test 3 


Oct 28 
20:
Section 5.3 p324 
Multiplying Decimals 
5.3
{33} 165odd 
Oct 30 


Deadline: DSPS Test 4 Appointments 
Nov4 
H/W Package #8 
Due: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 

Nov 6 
H/W Package #9 
Due: 5.5. 5.6, 5.7 

Nov 11 
No Class 
Holiday 

Nov 13 
Review Test 4 


Nov 18 
25: Section 7.3 p474 
Proportions 
7.3 {29}
157odd 
Nov 20 
H/W
Package #10 
Due:
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.5 
Deadline: DSPS
Test 5 Appointments 
Nov 25 
27: Section 8.3 p531 
Use
Proportions to Solve % Probs 
8.3 {18}
135odd 
Nov
27 
H/W Package #11 
Due: 8.1, 8.2, 8.3,
8.4 

Dec 2 
29:
Section 9.1 p582 
Systems,
Convert Units of Length 
9.1 {43}
185odd 
Dec 4 
Review Test 5 


Dec 9 


Deadline: DSPS
Final Exam Appointments 
Dec 11 
H/W Package #12 
9.1,
9.2, 9.3, 9.5, 10.1, 10.4 
These
sections are tested with 
Dec ? 
Final Exam 
Wednesday 12/18
2:004:00 
