Math 205 - Elementary Algebra - Course Information Sheet - Spring 2013

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; and by appointment.
Meets: M, Tu, W, Th: 11:20 - 12:30 p.m. M & W in SS 206, Tu & Th in LS 101.
Textbook: Introductory Algebra for College Students, sixth edition. Robert Blitzer, author.
Prerequisite: Math 402 with a grade of "Pass" or with a "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 of operations with signed numbers, fractions, evaluation and simplification of algebraic expressions and equations, word problems, graphing, systems of equations, and radicals.

We will cover chapters 1 through 8 at approximately one section per day.
Evaluation: Please understand that your grade in this class will depend entirely upon how well you can do the problems that are in the book. Each night when you do your homework be honest with yourself about whether or not you can do the work. Students will receive a letter grade based upon the following:
  1. Tutoring. 5% of grade.
  2. Homework/Quizzes. 20% of grade.
  3. Exams, one each chapter. 60% of grade.
  4. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 15% 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: Late homework will not be accepted. Doing homework daily is the most important part of the class. Homework problems will be assigned daily and reviewed briefly at the beginning of each class. It is expected that you will spend at least two hours outside of class for each scheduled class hour. Occasionally, homework will be collected and graded for completeness and correctness and counted as a quiz score.
Quizzes: Make-up quizzes will not be given. There will be random “pop” quizzes given approximately weekly. Partial credit will be minimal.
Exams: Make-up exams will not be given. Exams will be given on Mondays during the regularly scheduled class period. The date of each exam will be announced in class. Roughly speaking, exams will be given on the Monday following the completion of a chapter. 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.
Final Exam: Tuesday, May 21, 2013. 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. Room LS 101. Without exception!
Last update on December 15, 2012