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 MartinGay (2nd edition) 
Instructor: 
Ralph Minor 
Office hours: 
By appointment

Email: 
Please use email if possible. Thank you! 
Website: 
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 TI30X 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 email if possible or contact me as soon as possible via email 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 makeup 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 nonsmoking campus except for designated areas. There is also a request that the campus community refrain from the use of scented products.
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 
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. 
Dec 15 
Final exam @ 6 p.m. 