
Math 154 **ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA** Section 98908
Class Meets: T & Th: 11:10am1:35pm; Rm 825 Units: 5.0 units
Prerequisite: Math 254CM/254SI/254B with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent
Text: Elementary Algebra: Early Graphing. 3rd Edition; Allen R. Angel 2008 Student Solution Manual. (Optional)
Office Hours: MTWTh: 1:35pm2:20pm; and by appointment
Office: Room 710 Phone/ Text: (831)4192204 Email: mabuchan@cabrillo.edu
Course Description: Presents a systematic development of numbers, polynomials and polynomial fractions, along with applications to the solution of linear equations, graphing of and solutions for systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, and an introduction to exponents and radicals. Contains topics typical of firstyear high school algebra, but taught at a college level. May not be taken Pass/No Pass. May be offered in a DistanceLearning Format.
Student Learning Outcomes:
 Apply general mathematical concepts and principles to perform arithmetic computations on algebraic expressions.
 Choose appropriate methods and then solve equations, inequalities and systems of equations.
 Create, use, and analyze analytical and graphical representations of mathematical models.
Student Learning Objectives:
 Manipulate algebraic expressions into equivalent forms using algebraic operations and rules.
 Solve linear, quadratic, square root and rational equations, systems of linear equations, and linear inequalities.
 Solve applications involving linear equations, systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, square root equations and equations with rational expressions.
 Recognize, interpret, and readily go between a linear equation in two variables, its slope and intercepts, and its graph.
Supplies:
Some of the supplies you will need include a pencil, scientific calculator (phones, laptops, tablets, ipads, graphing calculators, etc… are NOT permitted on exams), notebook paper, access to the Internet, and printing capabilities. Color pencils and graph paper can be very helpful, but they are not required.
Attendance:
Attending all lectures and completing all assignments is essential for success in this course. Students are expected to attend all classes and labs. Late work will not be accepted and there will be no makeups exams. Illnessrelated and other absences do not relieve students from the responsibility of obtaining material from missed lessons or turning in assignments. Students are encouraged to exchange phone numbers and form work groups with classmates or attend office hours to catch up.
Excessive absence from class, meaning more than 2 class meetings, can result in a student being dropped from the course. Students should not, however, assume that they will be dropped. It is the student's responsibility to officially drop a course using WebAdvisor online registration. If the instructor does drop the student from the class, there is no automatic refund or reversal of charges. Students who drop after “NRS” (No Record Shown) deadline will have a W recorded on his or her transcripts. Students may not drop after the “W” deadline.
"Refund" Deadline – Sat, Sept. 9th; "NRS" Deadline – Mon, Sept. 11th; "W" Deadline – Sat, Nov. 18th.
Homework:
Homework will be collected every Tuesday and graded for completeness, presentation, and correctness. You are assigned 15 sets of odd numbered problems (worth 3 points for each assignment), consisting of 45 chapter sections. You must show all of your work, and you are expected to check your answers in the back of book. Although assignments are collected weekly, you must resist the temptation to do all your week’s HW over the weekend. It is difficult to learn new material without a working knowledge of previous material, so always at least take a look at a day’s homework before the next class. Missing or putting off homework puts a hurdle between you and your success in the class. Late homework assignments will not be accepted. 4.5% of Final Grade
Take Home Quizzes: Take Home Quizzes will be collected every Tuesday and graded for completeness, presentation, and correctness. Take Home Quizzes are 4 random problems from each section that are to be printed from this website (worth ½ point each problem). You must show all your work to receive full credit. Solutions to the Take Home Quizzes will be posted after they are collected and graded. You may work together on Take Home Quizzes, and you may get help from the MLC, ILC, office hours, etc. You must start early to take advantage of the resources available to you. I have assigned 232 Take Home Quiz problems; however, only 210 problems will count. Late Take Home Quizzes will not be accepted. 10.5% of Final Grade
Exams:
There will be 4 Chapter Exams worth 150 points each. If you are unable to take an exam on the scheduled date, you may make arrangements to take it early, but you may NOT take an exam late. If you are forced to miss an exam you must call or email before the exam starts. If you miss an exam for a valid, verifiable reason, your final exam will be counted as 400 points instead of 250 points. A second missed exam will be counted as a zero. NO makeup exams will be given. 60% of Final Grade.
Final Exam:
A comprehensive 3hour final exam contributing to 25% of Final Grade given on:
Tuesday, December 12th; 10:00am12:50pm
Grades: 



Grading Scale: 
Homework 
4.5% 
(15 assignments @ 3 points each = 45 points) 

A: 100%  90% 
Take Home Quiz 
10.5% 
(210 problems @ ½ point each = 105 points) 

B: 89%  80% 
Exams 
60% 
(4 exams @ 150 points each = 600 points) 

C: 79%  70% 
Final Exam 
25% 
250 points 

D: 69%  60% 
Total 
100% 
1000 points 

F: Below 60% 
Tutoring:
As a student in this Section of Math 154, it is recommended that you spend minimum of 2 hours actively engaged in assigned activities, for every hour spent in class. Tutoring is available in the MLC, in Aptos (Room 1074) (831) 4775696, and the ILC, in Watsonville (Room A210) (831) 7864755.
Student Honesty Policy:
Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.
Accommodations:
Students needing accommodations should contact me as soon as possible. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to insure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities. If you need assistance with an accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Support Center (ASC), formerly Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), 4796379, or Learning Skills Program, Room 1073, 4796220.
MATH 154 SCHEDULE FALL 2017
Wk 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
1 
Aug28 
Aug29
1.3: Fractions
1.4: The Real Number System 
Aug30 
Aug31
1.5: Inequalities
1.6: Adding Real Numbers 
Sept1 
2 
Sept4
No Class Labor Day

Sept5
1.7: Subtracting Real Numbers
1.8: Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers 
Sept6 
Sept7
1.9: Order of Operations
2.1: Combining Like Terms 
Sept8
Refund & NRS Deadline 
3 
Sept11

Sept12
2.2: Addition Property of Equality
2.3: Multiplication Property of Equality
2.4: Solving Equations with Variables on One Side 
Sept13 
Sept14
2.5: Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides
2.6: Use Formulas to Solve Applications and Solve Formulas for Variables 
Sept15 
4 
Sept18 
Sept19
2.7: Ratios and Proportions
2.8: Solving and Graphing Inequalities in One Variable 
Sept20 
Sept21
3.1: Changing Application Problems into Equations
3.2: Solve Application Problems 
Sept22 
5 
Sept25

Sept26
3.3: Solve Geometric Application Problems
3.4: Solve Motion Application Problems 
Sept27 
Sept28
Exam 1 (chap 12)
3.4: Solve Money and Mixture Application Problems 
Sept29

6 
Oct2 
Oct3
4.1: The Cartesian Coordinate System and Linear Equations in Two Variables
4.2: Graphing Linear Equations 
Oct4 
Oct5
4.3: Slope of a Line
4.4: SlopeIntercept and PointSlope Forms of Linear Equations 
Oct6 
7 
Oct9

Oct10
4.5: Graphing Linear Inequalities
5.1: Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing 
Oct11

Oct12
5.2: Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution Method
5.3: Solving Systems of Equations by Addition Method 
Oct13 
8 
Oct16 
Oct17
5.4: Applications of Systems of Linear Equations
5.5: Solving and Graphing Systems of Linear Inequalities 
Oct18

Oct19
Exam 2 (chap 34)
6.1: Exponents
6.2: Negative Exponents 
Oct20

9 
Oct23

Oct24
6.3: Scientific Notation
6.4: Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials
6.5: Multiplication of Polynomials 
Oct25

Oct26
6.6: Division of Polynomials
7.1: Factoring a Monomial from a Polynomial 
Oct27

10 
Oct30

Oct31
7.2: Factoring by Grouping
7.3: Factoring Trinomials with a=1
7.4: Factoring Trinomials with a=/=1 
Nov1

Nov2
Exam 3 (chap 56)
7.5: Special Factoring Formulas 
Nov3 
11 
Nov6 
Nov7
7.6: Solving Quadratics using Factoring
7.7: Applications of Quadratics 
Nov8 
Nov9
8.1: Simplifying Rational Expressions
8.2: Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions 
Nov10
No Class Veterans Day

12 
Nov13 
Nov14
8.3: Add/Subtract Rationals with Common Denominators
8.4: Add/Subtract Rationals without Common Denominators 
Nov15

Nov16
8.5: Simplify Complex Fractions
8.6: Solving Rational Equations 
Nov17
W Deadline 
13 
Nov20 
Nov21
8.7: Applications of Rational Equations
9.1: Evaluating Square Roots 
Nov22 
Nov23
No Class Thanksgiving

Nov24
No Class Thanksgiving 
14 
Nov27 
Nov28
9.2: Simplifying Square Roots
9.3: Add/Subtract and Multiply Square Roots
9.4: Dividing Square Roots 
Nov29 
Nov30
9.5: Solving Radical Equations
9.6: Applications of Radical Equations 
Dec1 
15 
Dec4 
Dec5
Exam 4 (chap 78)
10.1: The Square Root Property 
Dec6 
Dec7
10.2: Completing the Square
10.3: The Quadratic Formula 
Dec8 
16 
Dec11 
Dec12
Final Exam
10:00am12:50pm 
Dec13 
Dec14

Dec15 
MATH 154 HOMEWORK SCHEDULE
Hmk# 
Sect 
Page 
Problems 
Due Date 
1 
1.3 
27 
2363 every other odd, 6785 odd 
Sept 5th 
1.4 
33 
1163 every other odd 
1.5 
38 
1119 odd, 2367 every other odd, 6977 odd 
1.6 
47 
2589 every other odd, 109121 odd, 125131 odd 
2 
1.7 
57 
1385 every other odd, 107127 every other odd 
Sept 12th 
1.8 
66 
1789 every other odd, 9399 odd, 129, 131 
1.9 
76 
1741 every other odd, 57129 every other odd 
2.1 
103 
9121 every other odd 
3 
2.2 
111 
1365 every other odd 
Sept 19th 
2.3 
118 
957 every other odd, 59 
2.4 
127 
15103 every other odd, 107, 109 
2.5 
138 
1163 every other odd, 6577 odd, 89 
2.6 
147 
11,15, 3139 odd, 4581 every other odd, 89101 odd, 109 
4 
2.7 
160 
3747 odd, 5571 every other odd, 85 
Sept 26th 
2.8 
169 
1155 every other odd, 57 
3.1 
190 
45129 every other odd 
3.2 
201 
329 odd, 3159 every other odd, 
5 
3.3 
209 
1129 odd, 33, 35, 37 
Oct 3rd 
3.4 
220 
121 odd (not 11), 25, 27, 29, 3957 odd 
6 
4.1 
239 
2731 odd, 37, 41, 4349 odd 
Oct 10th 
4.2 
248 
21, 2363 every other odd, 65, 67 
4.3 
259 
1123 every other odd, 2567 odd 
4.4 
272 
1365 odd (not 23, not 27), 71 
7 
4.5 
278 
523 odd 
Oct 17th 
5.1 
305 
1333 odd, 3757 every other odd 
5.2 
312 
529 odd 
5.3 
321 
537 every other odd, 27 
8 
5.4 
330 
919 odd, 2331 odd, 35, 41 
Oct 24th 
5.5 
336 
523 odd 
6.1 
350 
13131 every other odd, 151, 152 (A: ) 
6.2 
359 
13129 every other odd, 133143 odd, 128 (A: ) 
9 
6.3 
368 
1341 every other odd, 5371 odd 
Oct 31st 
6.4 
376 
1741 odd, 5777 odd, 89109 odd 
6.5 
386 
1525 odd, 2973 e.o.o., 42 (A: ), 7599 odd, 107, 121 
6.6 
393 
1771 odd 
7.1 
408 
4999 odd, 105 
10 
7.2 
413 
765 odd 
Nov 7th 
7.3 
422 
1587 every other odd 
7.4 
434 
565 every other odd 
7.5 
442 
1599 every other odd, 12 (A: prime), 53 
11 
7.6 
449 
755 every other odd, 63, 65 
Nov 14th 
7.7 
455 
515 odd, 1925 odd, 3139 odd, 41, 47 
8.1 
471 
1327 odd, 2965 every other odd 
8.2 
479 
715 odd, 1951 every other odd, 5373 every other odd, 87, 89 
12 
8.3 
486 
1347 odd 
Nov 21st 
8.4 
494 
763 every other odd 
8.5 
500 
535 odd 
8.6 
508 
1571 every other odd 
13 
8.7 
518 
1537 odd 
Nov 30th 
9.1 
542 
1349 every other odd, 5363 odd 
9.2 
548 
1575 every other odd 
9.3 
554 
577 every other odd 
9.4 
562 
1373 every other odd, 83101 odd 
14 
9.5 
569 
1351 odd 
Dec 7th 
9.6 
574 
927 odd, 3139 odd, 51, 55 
10.1 
596 
745 odd, 53, 55, 61, 63, 65 
15 
10.2 
603 
743 odd, 4755 odd, 52 (A: 16ft) 
Dec 12th 
10.3 
612 
2757 odd, 61, 63, 67, 69, 70 (A: about 1.52 sec and about 4.1 sec) 
