Math 205A - First Half of Elementary Algebra - Course Information Sheet - Spring 2004

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PH 107 408-848-4881
Office Hours: Daily: 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.; and by appointment.
Meets: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:10 - 9:00 a.m. Room PH 102.
Textbook: Beginning Algebra, 9th Edition, 2004. Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis, authors.
Advisory: Math 402 with a grade of "C" or better or assessment test recommendation.
Attendance: Regular attendance is highly recommended. It is the responsibility of the student to drop the course by obtaining a drop card from the registrar.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations will result in disciplinary action that may include recommendation for dismissal.
Special Needs: Students requiring special arrangements because of a disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.
Course Objectives
and Goals:
Obtain a working knowledge and understanding of operations with real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, solving linear functions and inequalities, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents, and critical thinking and applications.

We will cover most of Chapters 1 through 5 at approximately two days per section.
Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Homework/Quizzes. 30% of grade.
  2. Five Exams, see schedule on back. 50% of grade.
  3. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 20% of grade.
90% of the total possible points will be required for an A, 80% of the total possible points for a B, 70% for a C, and 60% for a D.
Homework/ Quizzes: Homework is the most important part of the class. Success in this class requires doing daily homework and asking informed questions about it. Homework problems will be assigned daily and will occasionally be collected for grading. Short quizzes based upon the homework will be given approximately weekly.
Late homework/quizzes will not be accepted..
Exams: Five exams will be given during the regularly scheduled class period. The date of each exam is on the schedule on the back of this page. Please put these on your calendar and plan to take the exam that day. The best preparation for the exams is to do the homework. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework problems. Exam problems will likely require synthesis of more than one concept. All exams are closed book, closed notes, NO calculators unless specified.
Make-up exams will not be given.
Final Exam: Tuesday, May 25, 2004. 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Room PH 102. Without exception!