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Elementary Algebra

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 070

       Course Name: Elementary Algebra

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MAT 060 or an appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course prepares students for an introductory algebra course by covering the fundamental concepts, operations, and applications of arithmetic in basic algebraic contexts, including linear equations and graphing. Arithmetic topics include integers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurement and signed numbers. This is an introduction to sets, signed numbers, equations, exponents, polynomials, factoring and graphing. Computer software will be utilized to facilitate learning objectives.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Module 6 Objectives:
Solving and graphing first degree equations in one variable.
Successfully solving formulas for specific variables.
Demonstrating the ability to solve applied problems involving first degree equations in one variable.
Successfully solving and graphing first degree inequalities in one variable.

Module 7 Objectives:
Being able to simplify expressions using the laws of exponents.
Demonstrated abilty to calculate using Scientific Notation.
Being able to perform addition and subtraction of polynomials.
Performing multiplication of polynomials including some special products.
Performing division of a polynomial by a monomial.

Module 8 Objectives:
Being able to factor out the greatest common factor from a polynomial.
Factoring trinomials successfully.
Being able to factor polynomials using the difference of squares.
Providing evidence of the ability to solve quadratic equations by factoring.

Module 9 Objectives:
Solve and graph first degree equations in two variables.
Calculate slope and intercepts of linear equations in two variables.
Solve applied problems involving slope.
Solve and graph first degree inequalities in two variables.

Module 10 Objectives:
Recognizing and applying concepts involved pertaining to functions.
Solving problems involving direct and indirect variation sucessfully.
Being able to solve systems of two equations using Graphing, Substitution, and Addition methods.
Recognizing and applying concepts regarding applied problems involving systems of two equations.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Module 6: Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
2.1  The Addition Property of Equality
2.2  The Multiplication Property of Equality
2.3  Further Solving Linear Equations
2.4  Problem Solving
2.5  Formulas and Problem Solving
2.6  Percent and Mixture Problem Solving
2.7  Solving Linear Inequalities

Module 7: Polynomials
3.1    Exponents
3.2    Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
3.3    Introduction to Polynomials
3.4    Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
3.5    Multiplying Polynomials
3.6    Special Products
3.7    Dividing Polynomials with Monomials

Module 8: Factoring Polynomials
4.1 The Greatest Common Factor
4.2,4.3,4.4 Factoring Trinomials
4.5 Factoring Perfect Square Trinomials and the Difference of Two Squares
4.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
Module 9: Graphing Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
6.1  Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System
6.2    Graphing Linear Equations in two variables.
6.3    Intercepts
6.4    Slope and Rate of Change
6.5    Equations of Lines
6.7 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables

Module 10: Functions, Direct and Indirect Variation and Systems of Equations
6.6 Introduction to Functions
6.8  Direct and Indirect Variation
7.1  Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
7.2  Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
7.3  Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
7.4  Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction include one-on-one and/or small group discussion, and required website ancillaries. Calculators/computers will be used.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course will be taught by a classroom instructor with the use of an interactive computer website. Course participants must attend scheduled class hours as well as one computer lab hour per week. Students may be dropped from the course if they miss more than three class sessions or three lab hours. 

The course is divided into five modules. Each module must be completed with a minimal post-test score of 80% to proceed to the next module. All course work must be completed in a notebook.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

 Students may complete a course at any time during the semester. Upon completion of a course, the student can start the next sequential course. A new access code must be purchased at that time.  If all modules of a course are not successfully completed within a semester, the student can re-enroll in the same course the following semester beginning with their first uncompleted module. 

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes. Within the Schedule of Classes, textbooks can be found by clicking on an individual course section and looking for the words "View Book Information".

Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.

A scientific calculator, notebook, and earphones are required.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students must complete the following work with the following minimal scores:
Homework, class work, and study plans (unlimited attempts) = 100%
Quizzes (unlimited attempts) = 90%
Module Posttest = 85%

XI.   Other Course Information

Individual instructors will establish and announce specific policies regarding attendance, due dates and make-up work, incomplete grades, etc.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.