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# BASIC MATHEMATICS

**I. Course Description
**An introduction to the basic mathematics principles. Topics include whole
numbers, fractions,

decimals, ratio and proportion, percents, and topics in algebra that include signed numbers,

exponents, algebraic expressions with sums and differences, and solving simple algebraic

equations.

**II. Course Outcomes**

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Perform all arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) dealing with

whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, and only addition/subtraction of polynomials.

2. Evaluate and/or simplify simple algebraic expressions involving combining like terms,

distributive, addition and multiplication properties. Also, translate word phrases into algebraic

expressions.

3. Solve algebraic equations and one variable linear equations involving whole numbers,

fractions, decimals, and integers using the addition property and/or the multiplication property.

4. Plot and complete ordered pairs for two variable linear equations.

5. Solve and/or simplify problems using ratios and proportions.

6. Apply the use of the calculator in arithmetic computations.

**Topics**

· Order of Operations

· Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

· Solving Equations: The Addition Property

· Solving Equations: The Multiplication Property

· Solving Linear Equations in One Variable

· Linear Equations in One Variable and Problem Solving

· Introduction to Fractions and Equivalent Fractions

· Factors and Simplest Form

· Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

· Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Least Common Denominator

· Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

· Complex Fractions and Review of Order of Operations

Solving Equations Containing Fractions

· Operations on Mixed Numbers

· Introduction to Decimals/ Adding and Subtracting Decimals

· Multiplying Decimals and Circumference of a Circle

· Dividing Decimals

· Estimating and Order of Operations

· Fractions and Decimals

· Equations Containing Decimals

· Square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

· Ratios/Rates

· Proportions

· Proportions and Problem Solving

· Percents, Decimals, and Fractions

· Solving Percent Problems with Equations

· Percent and Problem Solving: Sales Tax, Commissions, and Discounts

· The Rectangular Coordinate System

· Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

· Multiplication Properties of Exponents

**III. Required Materials**

**Students must check with the instructor before
purchasing any materials.**

Required for classroom: textbook* PreAlgebra,*
5

^{th}ed. by Martin-Gay, with MyMathLab

Publisher: Pearson,

**is available in the NSCC bookstore.**

*ISBN 0-13-241631-X,*Calculator: Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus. TI-89 or comparable calculators are

__not__allowed.

**The DSPM 0700 course packet is also required for the course**and is available in the

NSCC Bookstore or by downloading from

**ww2.nscc.edu/dspm**.

**Recommended for all classes:** CD Lecture Series,
ISBN 0-13-157634-8

**- OR-**

Optional: *PreAlgebra* textbook package with CD,
Study Guide, Solutions Manual,ISBN 0-13-234353-3

Optional: * PreAlgebra* (text and CD) ISBN 0132319519, CD Lecture
series alone, 0-13-157634-8

Optional: required text separately: * PreAlgebra,*
5

^{th}ed. by Martin-Gayer: Publisher: Pearson,

ISBN 0-13-231951-9.

Optional: MyMathLab access separately, ISBN 032119991X

**Required for New Web Class: MyMathLab ISBN 032119991X
Strongly Recommended for Web Class: PreAlgebra,** 5

^{th}ed. by Martin-Gay,with

MyMathLab, Publisher: Pearson,

**ISBN 013241631X.**

**IV. Requirements
**In order to receive credit for this course, the student must:

A. Attend class regularly.

B. Complete the homework assignments.

C. Have a final average of 75 or more.

D. Complete three (3) unit tests and a comprehensive final exam.

**V. Grading
On-campus courses:
**Grades for this course will be based on unit tests, homework, and a final
exam as follows:

Unit tests | 60% |

Homework | 15% (procedure to be announced by instructor) |

Final Exam (comprehensive) | 25% |

**Note: **Points may be deducted from the __final
average __for more than three absences

(__3__ classroom hours).

**Web courses:
**Grades for this course will be based on unit tests, discussions, homework,
and the final exam as

follows:

Tests--50%

Discussions (Introduce Yourself, Summary and Reflections)--10%

Homework--15%

Final Exam (comprehensive)--25%

**Grading scale:
**A 93 -100

B 84 - 92

C 75 - 83

F 0 - 74

X Continuation Grade - See below for criteria.

1. Must be first attempt (no W, F, X, or WF grades on record)

2. Must have completed all requirements (homework, all three unit tests, and

final exam)

3. Attendance record must not be in violation of stated attendance policy

4. Overall average must in the "D" range (59.5-69.5)

WF It is mandatory that an instructor issue a student a withdraw/failing grade

if the student misses class for two (2) consecutive weeks without contacting

the instructor.

**VI. Policies
Attendance:**

A. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.

B. A maximum of three absences (3 classroom hours) is allowed with no

__direct__effect

on the final grade. Each hour of absence over this number will lower the student's

final average by one point for each hour of absence.

**Students will be dismissed**

from class with a WF grade after missing the sixth classroom hour.from class with a WF grade after missing the sixth classroom hour.

C. Tardies will be recorded and will lower the course grade. Guidelines will be

announced by the instructor.

**Makeup Tests: **Students who miss a scheduled unit
test must make up the test in the

Testing Center within two days of returning to class. Ten points __ will be__
deducted from the

score of any makeup test taken

__the assigned test day. Makeup tests are to be taken in__

**after**the Testing Center in the Library, K-158 (353-3564).

**Other: **Any changes in course sections must be made
on or before the second class

meeting. Students will only be allowed into sections with open seats and with
the

instructor/ mathematics’ coordinator approval.

**VII. Instructor Information
**Record the following information concerning the course instructor.

Name: _______________________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________

Office Number: ____________________

Office Phone: _____________________

Office Hours: ____________________________________ (or by appointment)

Messages may be left on the instructor’s voice mail, with the department secretary in

K-240 (353-3369) during daytime hours or with the division evening secretary in

**Nashville State complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you wish to request any**

accommodation(s) for this class, please notify the Student Disability Services’ Coordinator

and the instructor as soon as possible. The phone number is 353-3721.

Nashville State Community College has a zero tolerance policy for disruptive conduct

in the classroom. Students whose behavior disrupts the classroom will be subject to

disciplinary sanctions.

The instructor has primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance

accommodation(s) for this class, please notify the Student Disability Services’ Coordinator

and the instructor as soon as possible. The phone number is 353-3721.

Nashville State Community College has a zero tolerance policy for disruptive conduct

in the classroom. Students whose behavior disrupts the classroom will be subject to

disciplinary sanctions.

of academic integrity. He/she can order temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of

any student engaged in disruptive conduct or in conduct which violates the general rules and

regulations of the College. Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, bur is not

limited to, behavior the obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive

language, harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student which

disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on the subject taught, failure to

cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), the continued use of any electronic or other

noise or light emitting device which disturbs others (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers, cell

phones, palm pilots, lap-top computers, games, etc.)

**Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarizing, or other academic misconduct is**

__Academic Dishonesty__(Honor Code)**prohibited. "Plagiarism may result from: (1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas, (2)**

failing to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and

paraphrases in your own words" (A Writer's Reference 331). Academic dishonesty may be

defined as, but is not limited to, intentionally trying to deceive by claiming credit for the work of

another person, using information from a web page or source without citing the reference,

**fraudulently using someone else's work on an exam, paper, or assignment, recycling your own**

work from another course, purchasing papers or materials from another source and presenting

**them as your own, attempting to obtain exams/materials/assignments in advance of the date of**

**administration by the instructor, impersonating someone else in a testing situation, providing**

confidential test information to someone else, submitting the same assignment in two different

**classes without requesting both instructor's permission, allowing someone else to copy or use**

your work, using someone else's work to complete your own, altering documents, transcripts or

**grades, and forging a faculty/staff member's signature.**

**NOTE: This syllabus is meant simply as a guide and overview of the course, the topics, the**

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through

regular college procedures as a result of academic dishonesty the instructor has the

authority to assign an "F" or a "Zero" for the exercise, paper, or examination or to

assign an "F" for the course.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through

regular college procedures as a result of academic dishonesty the instructor has the

authority to assign an "F" or a "Zero" for the exercise, paper, or examination or to

assign an "F" for the course.

objectives, the general assessments, and some standard college policies. Some items are

subject to change or revision at the instructor’s discretion. Each instructor will further clarify their

criteria for grading, classroom procedures, attendance, exams and dates, etc.