Math 10 – Basic Math Skills               

Course Syllabus – Fall 2004

Course #0828 (3 units)

 

Class Hours:

TTh: 11:15–12:40 pm

Room:  LA-4 (bldg. 30)       

                               

MyMathLab ID: toner63506

 

 


Instructor:  Stephen Toner                                                                     

Web Page:  http://www.stevetoner.com                                   Fall Calendar:

e-mail:  toners@vvc.edu (Include your name in subject line)          Aug. 30         Classes Begin

                                                                                                Sept. 6          Labor Day Holiday

VVC voicemail:  245-4271 ext. 2770                                    Nov. 8          Last day to drop with a “W” grade

Office:  LA, office “U”                                                          Nov. 11        Veteran’s Day Holiday

Office Hours:    M,T,Th:  8:15 - 9:30 am                             Nov. 25        Thanksgiving Holiday

                           Wednesdays:  9:00 - 9:30 am                     Dec. 18         End of Fall semester

 

 

 

Required Textbook:  Basic Mathematics, 9/e, by Bittinger. This textbook can be purchased new bundled with MyMathLab (an online tutorial) at no extra charge.  If you purchase a used textbook, MyMathLab can be purchased online at www.mymathlab.com for approximately $30.  MyMathLab is strongly recommended for supplemental use by my students.

 

Course Description:  This course covers the basic operations applied to whole numbers, fractions (including mixed numbers) and decimals.  Prime factorization, least common multiple, ratio and proportion, similar triangles, averages; graphs and tables, square roots, the Pythagorean theorem, measurement, operations on signed-numbers and solutions of simple linear equations are also covered.

 

Attendance Policy:  Class attendance is not a measure of performance or proficiency.  Whether a student is just physically present in the class is not a valid basis for grading.  Reference Title 5 Section 55002 of the California Code of Regulations: (A) Grading Policy.  The course provides for measurement of student performance in terms of stated course objectives and culminates in a formal, permanently recorded grade based upon uniform standards in accordance with section 55758 of this Division. The grade is based on demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter and the ability to demonstrate that proficiency, at least in part, by means of written expression that may include essays, or, in courses where the curriculum committee deems them to be appropriate, by problem solving exercises or skills demonstrations by students. 

 

 

You are required to attend class every day.  After 3 hours of absence, you may be dropped from this class.  It is your responsibility to keep your enrollment status current.  You risk an “F” if you stop attending without officially withdrawing.  Do not bring friends or children to class.  Please turn off any cell phones or pagers during class time (or switch them to silent mode).  No cell phones will be allowed on your desk during exams.

 

 

Homework Policy:  Practice is essential.  Each student is expected to spend at least 3 hours doing homework for each hour this class meets.  I expect you to practice at least all of the odd exercises in your text unless directed otherwise.  Homework will not be collected, however.  No calculators may be used on any exam.

 

 


 Grading Policies:  Grades will be based on all chapter tests and the final exam. No calculators, notes, or “cheat sheets” will be allowed on any exam.  Any exam not taken will be regarded as a zero.  The lowest chapter exam score (but not the final exam) will be deleted prior to computing the term grade.  The final exam (which counts as two exams) is both required and comprehensive.  Students are expected to complete all exams during class on the dates and times scheduled and no make-up or re-take exams will be given. 

 

Grading Scale:  A=90% or above;     B=80%-89.9%;       C=70%-79.9%;       D=65%-69.9%;        F=below 65%

 

 

Class Schedule

 

 

 

 

Sections to be Covered In Class

 

 

 

Sections to be Covered In Class

T

8/31

 1.1-1.6

 

T

10/26

6.5-6.6

Th

9/2

 1.7-1.9

 

Th

10/28

review

T

9/7

Test Chapter 1

 

T

11/2

Test Chapter 6

Th

9/9

2.1-2.4 

 

Th

11/4

 7.1-7.4

T

9/14

2.5-2.7

 

T

11/9

8.1-8.5

Th

9/16

Test Chapter 2

 

Th

11/11

Veterans Day Holiday

T

9/21

3.1- 3.4

 

T

11/16

8.7-8.7, 9.1-9.2  

Th

9/23

3.5-3.7

 

Th

11/18

9.3-9.6

T

9/28

Test Chapter 3

 

T

11/23

Test Chapters 7, 8, 9

Th

9/30

4.1-4.4

 

Th

11/25

Thanksgiving Holiday

T

10/5

4.5-4.7

 

T

11/30

 10.1-10.5

Th

10/7

Test Chapter 4   

 

Th

12/2

 11.1-11.3

T

10/12

5.1-5.3

 

T

12/7

 review

Th

10/14

5.4-5.5

 

Th

12/9

Test Chapter 10

T

10/19

Test Chapter 5

 

T

12/14

 review

Th

10/21

 6.1-6.4

 

Th

12/16

Final Exam

 

 

 

If there is an electricity emergency, snow day, or some other closure of the VVC campus on a test day, assume that the test will be given at the following class meeting.  If the campus is closed on the day before an exam, the exam date will remain (but certain problems will be omitted from the exam, as appropriate).  In other words, I don’t like to change exam dates since many of you rearrange your work schedules in order to study.