# Elementary Algebra

**Course Objective: **To give the student a pleasant, yet thorough,
introduction to how algebra is

the “generalization of arithmetic.”

**Course Description:** This is the first half of a two-semester algebra
sequence. Both

semesters use the SAME TEXTBOOK. Content of this half includes The Real Number
System,

algebraic expressions, solving linear equations & inequalities, using them to
set up & solve

practical problems, exponents, operations with polynomials, factoring, solving
quadratic equations,

operations with algebraic fractions & graphing linear equations.

Students are evaluated by means of frequent tests on topics and concepts
covered by

homework & class notes. The average of these will give the final grade. Averages
in the 90's merit

A, in the 80's B, while those in the 70's yield C, and those in the 60's earn D.
Below that, F.

Grades of I, Incomplete, are for sudden, unforeseeable circumstances after
Apr.3rd.

Since the taxpayers subsidize this course, **Attendance** is mandated by
the state. Failure to

attend class may result (instructor discretion) in a lowered grade or in the
student being dropped.

Excessive absence is hereby defined as any number of in-class hours exceeding
the number of

units of the course. This 5-unit class meets for 2.5 hours so 2 class periods
total 5 hours, the max!

But missing at all in the logical progression of a math course is extremely
risky. If you anticipate

missing class, please inform me and I will have suggestions, chief of which will
be to contact fellow

student ‘Study Buddies’.

**Course Schedule:** We will cover the text just as written, Chapters 1-7,
but at a pace that

varies according to the instructor's "reading" of the class’ comprehension.

**Tutoring **is available at “The Place” near the Cafeteria. We have a rep
from there, Farhad,

who will be in each class to organize study groups. Computer and video tutorials
are also

available. But perhaps the best way to learn math is by working with your fellow
students. So I

strongly recommend that you get to know your fellow students and that you get
the phone numbers

of at least 2 of them. If you can’t physically meet to study, most math problems
can be done on

the phone, each student doing steps on separate paper.

**Other Info:**

• Students with verified disabilities may be entitled to appropriate academic
accommodation.

See instructor and/or Disabled Student Services Office.

• A calculator is not required for this course, but will be if you need to take
trig or higher. So if

you get one, we recommend TI-82 or higher numbers. NO calculator or other
electronic

device may be used during THIS class. Turn off & store all such devices.

• No bathroom or cell phone break allowed until the mid-class break. Return
within 15 min.

• Any class problems, go 1st to the instructor. If he can’t resolve it, go in
order to dept. head,

dean, VP and finally to the President. Cheating will be handled by the
instructor.

• Withdrawal deadline 4/3; students are responsible to drop classes they are no
longer

attending. Beyond that date, instructor must give an evaluative letter grade.

• Final exam 2:20 pm, Wed.5/20. Bring SASE for quickest return of exam & grade.

**Math Class Intro**

Let us access our creative spirits and use them with wisdom to enlighten
ourselves and

those whose lives we touch. Let us study and commit to memory the truths of our
universe with

which we can contribute to the up-building of the earth. Let the creative
inspiration of all former

generations of our ancestors, guide us to utilize the knowledge which our
predecessors have left

us and humbly incorporate it into our own minds to live our lives in the frenzy
of the 21^{st} century

with the wisdom of Solomon and Socrates, with the knowledge of Pythagoras,
Archimedes, and

Descartes which, together with the creative lessons of Gauss and Euler, have led
to modern

mathematics such as that of Einstein which helps us understand the created world
and which has

led to the search for The Theory of Everything, a grand unifying concept such as
String Theory

(based on one of Euler’s formulas) which may help us to understand the
multi-dimensionality of the

universe, the parallel planes on which the spirits of past humanity continue to
exist and to guide us.

One day with the mathematicians of all history we may imbibe an understanding of
a grand

unifying Theory of Everything and we will then see how the simplest of our
mathematics and other

knowledge have led with increasing rigor and layers of Truth to an appreciation
and utilization of all

goodness and beauty. Perhaps the logic of mathematics (so much more obvious than
it is in much

of the rest of life) will help us (like it has so many of our ancestors) to see
the logic in all of life and

enable us to build thereupon. May we use these insights wisely and well for our
personal

advancement, that of all whose lives we touch, and ultimately for the progress
of all of humanity.