GRAYS HARBOR COLLEGE
SYLLABUS
MATH 098
Elementary Algebra
Summer 2015
Summer 2015 MyMathLab
Course Name: M098GHCSu2015_5thEd
Course ID: dressler82103
Intstructor: James
Dressler
Email: james.dressler@seattlecolleges.edu
Contact Information: Students should email instructor or post questions to Canvas Discussion Board and expect responses the same day as posted (or the next morning, if posted late in the day). Students should contact the instructor via email at: James.Dressler@SeattleColleges.edu. Email response time on "nontest" days will generally be less than 3 hours. If an email or posting response is not received by the next morning, please do email or post your question again (on rare occassion an email or posting is missed). During exam days exam proctors can contact instructor via telephone, if an issues arise during an examination.
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION, PREREQUISITES
, and CREDITS
Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 095 or appropriate placement test score.
Description: This is a five credit course. MATH 098 elaborates on the foundation of basic algebra built in MATH 095. A variety of concepts and skills will be introduced to prepare students for work in college level math and math related subjects. Skills include: factoring; simplifying and solving rational expressions and equations; simplifying and solving exponential and radical expressions and equations; solving linear and quadratic equations; using function notation; graphing lines and parabolas; writing equations of lines; and setting up and solving applications involving basic science and business mathematical models. MATH 098 serves as a prerequisite to MATH&107, MATH&111, MATH&131, MATH&132, MATH&141 and MATH&146. 5 lecture hours. No recommended preparation and no corequisites.
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II. Course Learning Outcomes/Integritry
Students completing the course will have been instructed in how to do the following, and earn a course grade based on the evaluation of their ability to do the following:
1. Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials (in review)
2. Factor out the greatest common factor in an algebraic expression
3. Factor by grouping
4. Factor ax2 + bx + c when a = 1 and when a ≠ 1
5. Factor the difference of two squares
6. Recognize perfect square trinomials and factor them by an appropriate method
7. Solve equations by factoring
7. Solve application problems by setting up a quadratic equation and factoring
8. Simplify rational expressions by factoring and cancelling
8. Determine restrictions on the real numbers that are allowed to evaluate a rational expression
9. Multiply and divide rational expressions
9. Add and subtract rational expressions
10. Solve rational equations
11. Evaluate functions using function notation
12. Find the slope of a line
13. Find an equation of a line using the slope and a point or two points
14. Graph a linear function
15. Create a linear function given a rate and yintercept
16. Create a linear function given two points
17. Find odd and even nth roots
18. Simplify odd and even nth roots
19. Change rational exponents to radical form and vice versa
20. Use laws of exponents to simplify expressions with rational exponents
21. Multiply radical expressions with the same indices
22. Simplify radical expressions by factoring
23. Solve radical equations with one radical
24. Solve rational equations with one rational expression
25. Solve application problems using the Pythagorean Theorem
26. Add, subtract and multiply complex numbers
27. Use the principle of square roots to solve quadratic equations of the form ax2 + b = 0
28. Solve quadratic equations by completing the square
29. Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula
30. Use the discriminant to identify the types and numbers of solutions to a quadratic equation
31. Write quadratic equations given solutions
32. Graph a quadratic equation using the vertex and the intercepts
33. Solve formulas and applications using factoring, the principal of square roots and the quadratic formula
Academic Integrity: All forms of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism are against the rules of this course and of Grays Harbor College. Students who are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty are responsible for asking the instructor for clarification. Instances of intentional academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely.
III. REQUIRED
MATERIALS
IV.TECHNIQUE OF INSTRUCTION
Online delivery of content will be structured around a combination of some or
all of the following activities: PowerPoint
lectures, MyMathLab lectures, student posted questions
(to the website discussion board) answered by the instructor or other students,
online quizzes and online exams. Midterm and Final
Exam must be done on campus.
V. ORGANIZATION OF COURSE
CONTENT*
The chapters covered and their titles will be:
Introduction to Graphing and Functions

R.
4

Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation 
Sections
5.1  5.4
, 5.7, & 5.8

Polynomial Factorizations & Equations 
Sections
6.1 – 6.4, & 6.6

Rational Expressions, Equations, and Functions 
Sections
7.1, R3, & 7.3

Exponents & Radical Functions 
Sections
10.1 10.3, 10.6  10.8

Quadratic Functions & Equations 
Section 11.1  11.4, 11.7, & 11.8 
*The
order or content of this list might change with an announcement made in class.
VI. METHODS OF EVALUATION
Students’ grades will be based on the percentage of possible points they earn
on graded activities during the course.
Those activities will include quizzes, a midterm examination, and a
final examination. The quizzes will be
completed online from any location. The
exams must be online but from a college campus testing office, distance
learning office, or library. See course
assignment schedule for quiz and exam dates.
The final exam must be taken during the scheduled time. (See Assignment Schedule in Angel for Course Schedule.)
4 Quizzes x 55 pts ea.  = 220  = 042% 
1 Midterm x 125 pts  = 125  = 024% 
1 Final x 150 pts  = 150  = 029% 
1 Participation x 25 pts  = 025  = 005% 
Total  = 520  = 100% 
Approximate grading scale (subject to change):
A: 90  100% 
A: 88  89.9% 
B+: 85  87.9% 
B: 80  84.9% 
B: 78  79.9% 
C+: 75  77.9% 
C: 70  74.9% 
C: 68  69.9%

D+: 63  67.9% 
D: 58 59.5% 
F: Below 58% 

VII. WHERE TO FIND HELP
Help with understanding the material, completing assignments, and preparing for
exams can be gotten from: the online version of the Textbook, the online MyMathLab Animations, the online Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs folder), the online Discussion Board, the telephone CoursCompass
Tutors, the on campus Grays Harbor College Learning Center in room 1519 of the
Library building.
VII. DISABILITIES STATEMENT
Students who have documented disabilities that require accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Disability Support Services coordinator as well as the instructor of the course in order to ensure that together we create an optimal environment for educational achievement.
Disability Support Services
Phone: 3605384068 or Toll Free @ 18005624830 Ext: 4068
TDD/TTY: 3605384223
Fax: 3605384293
Email: jrajcich@ghc.edu