COURSE
OUTLINE
MAT033
BASIC
MATHEMATICS
INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Richard Porter
OFFICE: LA114 or
JKC 327 PHONE:_x3826_EMAIL:_
OFFICE HOURS:
see webpage or come one hour before class to JKC 327_
COURSE COMPONENTS: Your course allows for very creative
combinations of individualized, small group, and full class instruction. Class discussion and demonstration assist you
in learning and applying the concepts under consideration. In the lab, the
software provides pretests which determine which content areas most need your
attention. Your software assignments are then customized to best address your
weak areas without forcing you to do busywork with material that you already
understand. You will work with the
assistance of your instructor to complete the required software activities.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance
is absolutely critical. Any student
missing more than three classes during the semester may be withdrawn. If an absence is unavoidable, you must
contact your instructor during his/her office hours and arrange to have the
missing work made up before returning to the next class. You are expected to be uptodate on all
assignments, regardless of any absence. Missed lab time MUST be made up
outside of class. In the event of an absence, your software is available on the
computers in the Math and
MATERIALS: You will be provided with the Streeter PREALGEBRA textbook, ALEKS
software, and a Pretest Packet. You
will also need to keep a neat notebook, with all work shown for both software
and homework activities. Make sure your
work is labeled and dated.
YOU NEED NOT HAVE ANY COMPUTER SKILLS PRIOR TO ENTERING THIS
COURSE. The software is very easy to use, and the
math itself is done with paper and pencil, with only your answers being typed
into the computer. The computer’s
primary purpose is to better ascertain your individual strengths and weaknesses
and to provide you with ONLY THE MATERIAL THAT YOU NEED.
HOMEWORK: It is assumed that you are completing at least most
of the ODDNUMBERED problems in your textbook for the topics and concepts under
study for homework. The answers are at
the end of the textbook so that way you can check your answers for
accuracy. Obviously, you are expected to
show all of your work on your
homework assignment, not “just the answers”.)
So unless your teacher tells you otherwise, that’s your homework
assignment. Many students underestimate
the amount of time that it takes to keep up with coursework. To estimate how much time you need to spend
on a course each week, multiply the number of credits it represents by
three. MAT033 should demand about twelve
hours of your time each week!
TESTING: There are seven tests in the course. Five of those tests are administered in the
A scientific calculator is only permitted for Test 4 and
afterwards.
Cheating is a very serious offense, and is not tolerated at
TESTING DEADLINES:
The Midterm and Final Exams may only be taken once, but each of the other tests
may be taken twice, with the higher score counting, provided that you meet all
deadlines. Remember, the minimum passing grade on any test is 70%. You should complete all software activities
and textbook homework, as well as the PRETEST
exercises, before you take a test in the
WHAT DOES EACH TEST MEASURE?
1 
Notation, Operations with Whole
Numbers, Order of Operations, Area, Volume, Average of Numbers, Greatest
Common Factor, Least Common Multiple 
2 
Operations with Signed Numbers,
Absolute Value, Linear Equations 
3 
Operations with Fractions, Ordering
Fractions, Signed Fractions, Equations with Fractions 
Midterm 
Cumulative/ All Material on Tests 1 –
3 
4 
Operations with Decimals, Signed
Decimals, Equations with Decimals 
5 
Word Problems with Proportions and
Percents 
Final Exam 
Cumulative/ All Material on Tests 15 
LECTURE SCHEDULE: MAT033
Each student is expected to keep up to date on both textbook
assignments and software assignments.
Refer to this schedule to make sure that you are keeping pace.
CLASS NUMBER 
DATE 
CONTENT 
1 

Introduction, 1.1 Whole Numbers 1.2–1.4 Addition and Subtraction,
Rounding 
2 

1.5–1.7 Multiplication and Division,
Order of Operations 3.2 Factors and Multiples, 9.5
Means/Averages 
3 

Review Test 1: Green Slice 1.8 Equations, 2.1 Signed Numbers and
Absolute Value 
4 

2.22.3 Addition Subtraction w/
Signed Numbers 2.4–2.5 Multiplication and Division
w/ Signed Numbers 
5 

2.62.7 Linear Algebraic Expressions 2.8–2.10 Simple Linear Equations 
6 

Review Test 2:Red Slice 3.1,3.33.6 Fractions and Multiplication, Equations 
7 

4.1 Fraction Addition and Subtraction 4.24.3 Operations on Mixed Numbers 
8 

4.44.6 Fractions in Equations Begin Overall Review 
9 

Review Test 3: Blue Slice
Overall Review for Midterm 
10 

InClass Midterm 5.1 – 5.2 Addition and Subtraction w/
Decimals 
11 

5.35.4 Multiplication and Division
with Decimals 5.55.6 Equations with Decimals 
12 

5.7 Square Roots and Pythagorean
Theorem Review Test 4: Purple Slice 
13 

6.16.4 Ratios and Proportions 6.5 – 6.6 Applications and Equations 
14 

7.17.4 Percents 7.57.6 Applications of Percents 
15 

Review Test 5: Review for Final Exam 
GRADING: Your final
grade will be based upon the total number of points you have earned during the
semester.

Total possible points 
Five unit tests 
125 
Midterm Exam 
30 
Final exam 
40 
Classwork and Labwork 
30 
Total 
225 
203  225 points earns an A
180  202 points earns a B
158  179 points earns a C
Below 158 does not pass the course (grade of NC)
EXTRA
HELP: There are a number of ways that you can
receive extra help.
·
See your
teacher
as soon as you don’t understand something!
Make sure that you know your teacher’s office hours and telephone
extension.
·
Visit the
tutoring center, LB224 on the West Windsor Campus, or KC311 at the James Kerney Campus. Bring
your textbook, your class notes, and your homework with you. The Learning Centers operate on a dropin
basis…just make sure you check out the operating hours.
·
Do you like
the software used during class sessions?
Review the activities outside of class time! The software is most effective if you use it
for at least 3 hours a week.
·
INTERNET CONNECTED?
Visit the OnLine
·
TV IS MORE YOUR STYLE? View
instructional videotapes! Inquire at
the library desk about the videotapes that support MA033! Videotapes never get impatient; you can hit
“rewind” and “pause” to your heart’s content!
Have paper and pencil ready as you view the tapes. You can try the problems that are provided
and take notes as you go. You may not be
able to take the videotapes home with you, however. The librarians will set you up right in the
library.
Have fun and
do well!
The Classroom as a Learning
Community
This
faculty member would like to welcome all students into an environment that
creates a sense of community of pride and respect; we are all here to work
cooperatively and to learn together.
With that as our goal, I would like to reinforce behaviors that are
conducive to that aim, and to discourage behaviors that disrupt and distract
from the process.
In
order to create smooth and harmonious learning community, please make every
attempt to come to all the class sessions, to come to class on time, and to
stay until the end of the meeting unless you have informed the instructor that
you must leave early. There may be a
time that you are unavoidably late for class.
In that case, please come into the room and choose a seat close to the
entrance of the room. Once the class
session has begun, please do not leave the room and then reenter unless it is
an emergency. If you must miss a class
meeting for any reason, you are responsible for all material covered, for
announcements made in your absence, and for acquiring any materials that may
have been distributed in class.
It
is important that we are all able to stay focused on the class
lecture/discussion. For this reason, only
one person at a time in the class should be speaking. Side conversations are distracting for
surrounding students and for the instructor.
Pagers and portable phones should be silence. Likewise, pencil sharpening while someone is
speaking in class is inappropriate. As
you can see, simple norms of courtesy should be sufficient to have our class
run in the best interests of all.