North Seattle 

Community College

Basic Mathematics Math 081

Fall 2005

 

5 credits

Tuesday & Thursday, CC 3457

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Text:

Basic College Mathematics   by  K. Elayn Martin-Gay (2nd edition)

Instructor:    

Ralph Minor

Office hours:                        

By appointment

 

E-mail:

rminor@sccd.ctc.edu

Please use e-mail if possible.  Thank you!

Website:

http://faculty.northseattle.edu/rminor/

 

This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.  If you miss a class for any reason, please visit our website and click on UPDATES in case there are any changes or announcements.

 

Course Content: Concepts to be covered this quarter include:  whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportion, geometry, and an introduction to algebra.  The course will include chapters 1 – 8, chapter 10, and selected sections of chapters 9 and 11. The amount of material that is to be covered during the quarter necessitates studying two or more sections each class day.

 

There are three primary goals for this course: first is a study of the course content and how it can relate to your everyday living; second to lay the foundation for you to be able to continue in the study of algebra; third, and perhaps most important, is for those who suffer from math anxiety, help in gaining confidence in your ability to do and understand math.  Math 081 is a prerequisite for Math 084, Math 097 and Math 100.  For details please see:  http://www.northseattle.edu/math/prec.htm            

 

Daily Schedule:  Each class will begin with questions from the assigned homework. Check your homework sheet for specific problems. To succeed at the study of Mathematics, you will need to attend class regularly and come prepared with homework completed.   

 

Homework:  Daily homework as well as problems from each chapter test in the text will be assigned. Assigned homework is a beginning point only; do more problems if needed to fully understand the concepts. To be successful in this class, you will need to do the homework and review daily.  Homework problems for each section are to be submitted for credit. The problem noted in bold type should be the first problem worked on your paper.  Due dates will be announced in class.

 

Supplies:  All work must be done in pencil and on 8.5” X 11” lined paper; no spiral bound paper, please.  A good eraser is a necessity for this class.  The TI-30X IIB is a good investment if you need to purchase a calculator.  It costs $16 or less on sale.

See:  http://education.ti.com/us/product/tech/30xiib/features/features.html

You can find other calculators that are less expensive and work just fine.  If in doubt, keep your receipt, don’t open the package and show me what you found.  I’ll let you know if it will do the job or not.  You won’t need a calculator till week 5.

Cell phones and pagers:  In consideration of others, please turn ringers off and use cell phones outside of the classroom.  All cell phones must be turned off during the test times and may not be answered during a test.

Tests:  Students should be present the day a test is given in class.  If you must be absent due to emergency or illness, please make prior arrangements via e-mail if possible or contact me as soon as possible via e-mail after class.  Tests will cover one or more chapters and be given after a class review.   Dates for tests will be announced in class at least two days before given.  All work must be shown for full credit.  A student must receive an average of 70% or greater to pass this course. Calculators can be used beginning with the chapter 5 and 6 test.  No calculators will be allowed for the tests on chapters 1 – 4. 

 

If you miss a test, you must find a time that works for both of us to do a make-up test.  This will usually be at 5:15 the next time our class meets.

 

The final exam will be given Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

 

Grading:  Math 081 is a “satisfactory” / ”no credit” course.  To receive an ‘S’ grade a student must have an average score of 70% or more on tests.  Daily homework and class participation will also count towards receiving credit for Math 081.

 

Tutoring: Tutoring for all math students is available in the Math Learning Center, ED1845B.  Information about the Math Learning Center will be available in class.  I urge you to form study groups to help each other.  Helping each other is not cheating!  Being able to explain concepts to your classmates will help your own understanding tremendously! 

 

Classroom Etiquette:  Math 081 is taught in a college environment.  Class attendance and punctuality are necessary to be successful in this class.  Please respect other students by allowing a learning environment that is both pleasant yet mindful of the quiet necessary for others to focus on what the instructor is teaching. 

NSCC is a non-smoking campus except for designated areas. There is also a request that the campus community refrain from the use of scented products.

 

 

Math Anxiety Bill of Rights


I have the right to: 

 

v       Learn at my own pace and not feel put down or stupid if I’m slower than some one else.

v       View myself as capable of learning math.

v       Ask whatever questions I have.

v       Ask the instructor or tutor for help.

v       Say, “I don’t understand.”

v       Feel good about myself regardless of my abilities in the study of math.

v       Be treated as a competent adult.

v       Define success in terms of my own goals.

 



Homework Assignments:  Unless otherwise stated, the assigned problems are the odd numbers only.  When every other odd problem is assigned, e.o.o. is used, meaning work problems 1, 5, 9, 13 . . . . .  In addition to the following from the text, handouts and special assignments may be assigned.  The odd numbered answers are in the back of the textbook.  Do more problems then assigned if you need more work on the concept being studied. 

 

Section

Topic

Pages

Problems

1.1

Tips For Success In Mathematics

 

3 - 6

Read

1.2

Place Values and Names For Numbers

 

13 - 16

1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 17, 21, 23, 33, 43, 51, 57   14

1.3

Adding Whole Numbers

23 - 26

25, 31, 37, 43, 55, 59, 61                           54

1.4

Subtracting Whole Numbers

33 - 38

11, 19, 25, 29, 33, 45, 53, 55, 63, 67, 71, 75

                               38

1.5

Rounding and Estimating

 

43 - 46

e.o.o., 1 - 65           24

1.6

Multiplying Whole Numbers

 

53 - 56

e.o.o., 1 - 77           22

1.7

Dividing Whole Numbers

65 - 68

5, 9, 13, 19, 21, 29, 31, 39, 43, 45, 47, 51, 55                           44

 

1.8

An Introduction to Problem Solving

 

71 - 74

read section

1.9

Exponents and Order of Operations

 

85 - 87

e.o.o., 1 - 89           74

 

Chapter 1 Test

 

99 - 100

all problems, 1 - 25

2.1

Introductions to Fractions and Mixed Numbers

 

109 - 113

e.o.o.,1- 89             42

2.2

Factors and Prime Factorization

 

119 - 120

e.o.o.,1 - 65            58

2.3

Simplest Form of a Fraction

 

125 - 127

e.o.o., 1 - 65           72

3.1

Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions

 

167 - 170

e.o.o.,1 - 53            40

 

3.2

Least Common Multiple

 

175 - 176

e.o.o.,1 - 57            42

3.3

Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

 

181 - 183

e.o.o.,1 - 57            44

REMINDER:  e.o.o. means work problems 1, 5, 9, 13, …

3.4

Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers

 

191 - 194

e.o.o.,1 - 65            60

2.4

Multiplying Fractions

 

135 - 138

e.o.o.,1 - 93            92                                

2.5

Dividing Fractions

 

145 - 147

e.o.o.,1 - 81            78

3.5

Order, Exponents and Order of Operations

 

201 - 202

1 - 71                      62

(Remember, just the odds, unless stated otherwise!)

3.6

Fractions and Problem Solving

 

207 - 210

1 - 27

 

Chapter 2 Test

 

157 – 158

all problems, 1 - 24

 

Chapter 3 Test

 

221 - 222

all problems, 1 - 29

4.1

Introduction to Decimals

 

231 - 232

e.o.o.,1 - 65            46

4.2

Order and Rounding

 

237 - 238

e.o.o.,1 - 53            48

4.3

Adding and Subtracting Decimals

 

245 - 248

e.o.o.,1 - 69            72

4.4

Multiplying Decimals

 

253 - 255

e.o.o.,1 - 53            38

4.5

Dividing Decimals

 

261 - 264

e.o.o.1 - 65             42

4.6

Estimating and Order of Operations

 

271 - 274

e.o.o.,1 - 57            24

 

4.7

Fractions and Decimals

 

279 - 281

e.o.o.,1 - 81            34

 

Chapter 4 Test

 

291- 292

all problems, 1 - 24

5.1

Ratios

 

299 - 301

1 - 51                      42

5.2

Rates

 

305 - 308

1 – 39, 43 – 57       44

5.3

Proportion

 

315 - 316

1 - 61                      40

5.4

Proportions and Problem Solving

 

321 - 323

1 - 43                      44

 

Chapter 5 Test

331 - 332

all problems, 1 – 20

 

6.1

Introduction to Percents

 

341 - 344

e.o.o.,1 - 65            56

REMINDER:  e.o.o. means work problems 1, 5, 9, 13, …

6.2

Percents and Fractions

 

349 - 352

e.o.o., 1 - 73           62

6.4

Solving Percent Problems with Proportions

 

363 - 364

1 - 47                      36

6.5

Applications of Percents

 

371 - 373

e.o.o., 1 - 41           18

6.6

Percent and problem Solving:  Sales Tax, Commissions, and Discount

379 - 382

1 - 41                      42

6.7

Percent and problem Solving:  Interest

 

387 – 388

1 – 31                     20

 

Chapter 6 Test

 

399 - 400

all problems, 1 - 25

7.1

Length: U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement

 

413 - 417

e.o.o.,1 - 45            18       

e.o.o., 49 – 97        86

7.2

Weight and Mass:  U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement 

 

427 - 430

e.o.o.,1 – 37           26

e.o.o., 41 – 85        74

7.3

Capacity:  U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement

 

437 - 440

e.o.o.,1 - 41            36       

e.o.o., 45 – 81        76

7.4

Temperature:  U.S. and Metric Systems of Measurement

 

447 - 448

1 - 35                      20

8.1

Lines and Angles

 

475 - 478

e.o.o.,1 - 61            42

8.2

Plane Figures and Solids

 

483 - 486

e.o.o.,1 - 57            28

8.3

Perimeter

 

493 - 496

1 - 63                      28

8.4

Area

 

501 - 504

1 - 47                      46

8.5

Volume

 

511 - 514

1 - 39                      36

8.6

Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

 

521 - 523

1 - 63                      54

8.7

Congruent and Similar Triangles

529 – 531

1 – 35                     20

 

Chapter 8 Test

 

545 - 546

all problems, 1 - 23

10.1

Signed Numbers

615 - 616

e.o.o.,1 - 81            74

REMINDER:  e.o.o. means work problems 1, 5, 9, 13, …

10.2

Adding Signed Numbers

 

621 - 624

e.o.o.,1 - 73            64

10.3

Subtracting Signed Numbers

 

629 - 632

1 - 67                      52

10.4

Multiplying and Dividing Signed Numbers

 

639 - 642

e.o.o.,1 - 81            62

10.5

Order Of Operations

 

647 - 648

e.o.o., 1 - 73           56

 

Chapter 10 Test

 

657 - 658

all problems, 1 - 25

11.1

Introduction to Variables

 

669 - 671

e.o.o.,1 - 73            48

11.2

Solving Equations: The Addition Property

 

677 - 678

e.o.o.,1 - 49            36

11.3

Solving Equations: The Multiplication Property

 

683 - 684

e.o.o.,1 - 45            38

11.4

Solving Equations Using Addition and Multiplication Properties

 

691 – 693

e.o.o., 1 – 61          62

 

Chapter 11 Test

 

711 – 712

all problems, 1 - 19

9.4

Mean, Median And Mode

 

583

1 - 7 odds               12

 

Dates to Note

                                                                                                                                                                                               

Sept. 26

FALL QUARTER BEGINS.

Sept. 30

Last day to withdraw with 100% refund (less $5).

Oct. 7

Last day to add/register — instructor permission required. Last day to change audit/credit status without instructor permission. Last day to withdraw without a "W" appearing on transcript and without instructor permission.

Oct. 14

Last day to withdraw with 50% refund — instructor permission required (except at North).

Nov. 18

Last day to change audit/credit status — instructor permission required.
Last day to withdraw (no refund) — instructor permission required (except at North).

Dec 15

Final exam @  6 p.m.