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**Elements of Algebra and Its Application**

003:102:02 MWTh1, Conklin Hall 237

Education and Academic Foundations Department

Spring Semester 2004

Instructors: Dr. Arthur B. Powell abpowell@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Office: 156 Bradley Hall Phone:
973/353-3530 or 3527

Office hours: M:
1:00 - 2:00, T: 11:30-12:50, W: 1:00 – 2:20, & Th: 10 – 11:10

**Course
Description...And So On**

Text: *Beginning Algebra with Applications,* 6^{th} Edition, by
Aufmann, Barker, and Lockwood (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).

This course will assist you in preparing for entry and
successful completion of College Algebra (640:111, 112, or 113). To pass this course, you must pass the
final examination. Furthermore,
you must earn a final grade of "C" or better in this course to place into
College Algebra.

To do well in this course, as in any other college
course, you must *take direct and full responsibility for you learning*:* *participate
in class, do daily and long-term assignments on time, use out-of-class
resources for assistance, obtain assignments when absent, and so on. I will assign readings and practice
material from the text as well as supplement these with additional materials.

Often during class, you will engage in mathematical
problem-solving activities both individually and collaboratively, in small
groups of two to four students. To
facilitate your work on problem and projects beyond class time, I will provide
with a schedule of problem-solving workshops. I encourage you to attend these workshops, where you may
work on problem sets with the assistance of a workshop leader. I will determine your course grade by
assessing your ability to solve problems working alone as well as in groups.

I have
listed my office hours above.
During those times, I am available to discuss mathematical questions and
problems as well as study skills and strategies. In addition, the Learning Resource Center offers free
tutorial help. Naturally during
class, I will provide you with opportunities to present discoveries and
inventions and to express your questions and concerns. I will structure lessons to explore
discoveries and inventions presented, to answer questions raised, and to
respond to other expressed needs.

In
disciplines such as political science, communications, philosophy, and so on,
many fundamental ways of working are similar. We will draw explicit attention to these:

1) changing frames of reference
(points of view),

2) generalizing,

3) specializing,

4) conjecturing

5) justifying

6) "imaging," and

7) reflecting upon internal mental
processes.

*Expectations,
attendance, lateness, assignments, and make-ups*

Your
classmates and I expect you to arrive before class begins, to attend regularly,
and to complete all assignments on time.
When you acquire four or more unexcused absences, I will advise you to
drop the course. Expect in *extraordinary* cases, I *neither* accept late assignments *nor* give make-up quizzes, tests, or
examinations

*Criteria
for Final Evaluation*** (not in order of importance)**

1. In-class work and participation
(questions, board work, group work,ˆâ)

2. Research problems

3. Quizzes, tests and midterm
examination (middle of March) and final examination (Friday, 7 May 2004, from
11:45 to 2:45, Conklin Hall, Room-237)

4. Completion of assignments

5. Discoveries, mathematical writing,
and progress as a mathematician

6.
Self-evaluation