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MTH098 Syllabus

MTH098 Algebra for Poets Winter 2016

Gary G. Parker
Department of Mathematics
Blue Mountain Community College

Office: Emigrant 109
Office hours: 9AM daily and by appointment
Telephone: 541-278-5772
Contact me to schedule alternate office hours.

Course Description: Students will study arithmetic and algebra in different contexts. This course provides the algebra, quantitative reasoning, and problem solving skills necessary for success in Math 105. Students will solve a variety of contextual and open-ended mathematical problems. The course is alternate pathway to Math 105 for students not intending to take calculus. Technology such as calculators and spreadsheets will be explored. (Credits: 5)

Recommended Prerequisites: Successful completion of MTH 025 or appropriate placement or equivalent as determined by the Mathematics Department.

Required Materials:

  • Quantway 1.1.2015
  • Calculator, Spreadsheet, Graph Paper, Ruler
  • access

Student Outcomes: After completion of this course the student will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
⇒ Students will discuss and solve contextual and open-ended mathematical problems.
Students will apply number sense to a variety of quantitative scenarios.
⇒ Students will create, analyze, and discuss simple algebraic models.
⇒ Students will read, create, and interpret graphs.
⇒ Students will measure and interpret quantities.
⇒ Students will demonstrate basic statistical reasoning.

Method of Instruction: There will be group and project work on a daily basis. Attendance is expected, along with your commitment to do math everyday.


  • Your attendance is expected along with your most sincere effort. You are paying to be here; you ought to show up for class, ON TIME. You can show up late once, quietly.
  • Don’t cheat or you’ll be sorry. Although the instructor assumes that no cheating will take place, any evidence of cheating will be reported to the VP of Instruction, pursued thoroughly and dealt with strictly. A negative grade will be assigned on the first instance of cheating; An F in the course will be assigned on the second.
  • Each section covered should be read before the scheduled lecture and worked through immediately after the lecture.
  • You are also expected to be considerate in class, upholding the utmost respect for the educational environment. If you are inconsiderate, then you will be asked to leave.

Homework: Homework is required and should be worked on daily. There
are online exercises available though Online homework is due soon after it is assigned and before the unit test date. Keep your homework in a loose-leaf notebook for easy reference when you have questions and in preparing for tests. Make sure that you show all of your work. Communicating a process is as valuable as showing an answer, especially when you are looking back at it later. When you are done with college nobody will care whether you can find an oblique asymptote of an improper rational function, but you will be expected to clearly communicate complex ideas.
It is required that you take a practice unit test. These practice tests are extremely important to your success.
It is also required that you submit corrections to any exam questions that you get wrong.
You may be given other assignments throughout the quarter.

Testing Procedures: There will be three mid-term exams, plus a comprehensive final exam.
Quizzes may be distributed throughout the quarter.
No make-up exams or quizzes will be given. 
The final exam must be taken during finals week.

Method of Evaluation:
Your final grade will be a weighted average of all of your homework, quiz and exam grades.

Homework & Preparations 25%   A is ≥ 90%
In Class Work 25%   B is ≥ 80%
Quizzes & Exams 50%   C is ≥ 70%
      D is ≥ 60%
      F is < 60%

Special Services and Student Accommodations: Students requiring assistance beyond the services provided in the regular classroom activities must seek out the instructor after class.
Additional assistance is available at the Special Programs Tutoring Center.
Persons having questions about or requests for special needs and accommodation should contact
the Assistant Director, Admissions and Advising at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W.
Carden, Pendleton OR 97801, Phone 541-278-5931 or TDD 541-278-2174. Contact should be made
72 hours in advance of the event.

Disclaimer: The syllabus may change depending upon the needs of a particular class. Please
verify topics, tests and other due dates with your instructor.

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