Math 402 - Pre-Algebra - Course Information Sheet - Fall 2014

Instructor: Russell Lee Office: PS 103 408-848-4881
Office Hours: Monday & Friday: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.; and by appointment.
Textbook: Prealgebra, 6th Edition, 2011. K. Elayn Martin-Gay, author. Prentice Hall, publisher. Any recent edition of the book will work just fine. The important thing is to have a book, read it, and do homework problems!
Prerequisite: Math 400 with a grade of "C" or better, or Math 400 with a grade of "Pass", 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. When in attendance, turn off your phone and put it away out of sight.
Honor Code: Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity by always turning in work that is entirely their own. 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 integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, exponents, scientific notation, order of operations, variables, expressions, polynomials, equations, critical thinking and applications.

We will cover most of Chapters 1 through 7 at approximately two sections per class meeting.
Evaluation: Students will earn a grade of Pass or No-Pass grade based upon the following:
  1. Quizzes. 20% of grade.
  2. Four exams. 60% of grade.
  3. Comprehensive two-hour final exam. 20% of grade.
This is a Pass/No-Pass course where a grade of grade of "Pass" is only earned when mastery of the course material is achieved. Mastery is demonstrated by earning a combined (weighted) score of 88% according to the relative contributions of the Quizzes, Exams, and Final Exam as detailed above.
Homework/ Quizzes: Homework is the most important part of the class and will be assigned daily. Success in this class requires doing homework and asking informed questions about it. There will be quizzes, announced and unannounced (pop), based upon the homework. Quiz grades will be based upon your problem solving methodology, completeness, and neatness. All Quizzes are closed book, closed notes, and calculators are NOT allowed. Make-up quizzes will not be given.
Exams: The four midterm exams will be given during the second half of the class period on the following Wednesdays:
September 17 October 1 October 29 November 19
The best preparation for the exams is to do your homework and ask questions about the problems you can't do. Be honest with yourself about when you're looking up answers instead of learning how to solve problems. The exams will be straightforward for those who complete and understand the homework problems. All exams are closed book, closed notes, and calculators are NOT allowed. Make-up exams will not be given.
Final Exam: Monday, December 8, 2014. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Room SS 206. Without exception!
Last update on August 31, 2014.