MATH 0302
Beginning Algebra

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: Designed for students requiring remediation in beginning algebra skills.  Topics for this course include variables and exponents, linear equations and inequalities, linear equations in two variables and solving systems of equations by graphing. This course will not apply toward graduation requirement and will not transfer as a credit math course.
    2. Any required prerequisites: Students must make a C or better in Math 0301 or have the appropriate placement test scores.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will be able to organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication. Success will be measured using a variety of formative assessment strategies in a collaborative learning environment.
    2. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others. Success will be measured using a variety of formative assessment strategies in a collaborative learning environment.
    3. Students will apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems.  Success will be measured using a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.
    4. Students will monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving.  Success will be measured using a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.
  3.   Testing Requirements – Online Students Only
    1. All chapter tests and the comprehensive final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exam.
    3. Students are allowed to use a calculator.  However, the TI-89, TI-Inspire with CAS or any other calculator with CAS capability are not permitted.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirement – Tests (30%), Final Exam (25%)
    2. Major Requirement – Lessons (20%) Quizzes (10%), Attendance (5%), Labs (10%)
      ** Important: (A = 93 – 100, B = 83 – 92, C = 76 – 82, D = 60 – 75, F = 59 and below)
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Book:  Prealgebra and Introductory Algebra by Franklin Wright.  (NOT REQUIRED)
    2. Required Access Code:  Students must have a Hawkes Learning access code.
    3. Calculators:  Calculators are allowed in this course. 
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  7. Course Topics – Below are the main topics covered in this course.   Each topic requires prerequisite knowledge; therefore other topics may also be covered to ensure student success.  Topics are subject to change.

    Topics

    Perimeter, Area, Volume and Similarity
    Simplifying and Evaluating Algebraic Expressions
    Translating English Phrases and Algebraic Expressions
    Solving Linear Equations
    Applications: Number problems and consecutive integers
    Applications: Percent
    Working with Formulas
    Applications: Distance-rate-time, Interest, Mean, Cost
    The Cartesian Coordinate System
    Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables
    The Slope Intercept Form
    The Point Slope Form
    Linear Inequalities in one or two Variables

    Various Lab activities exploring the application of the mathematics learned will included.

 

 

Last Modified: August 19, 2015