MAT091: Syllabus for Spring 2018

What, Where and When

This syllabus is for sections 16430 and 15610 of MAT091 (Introductory Algebra) at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). Section 16430 meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 10:40am in room CM-461. Section 15610 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 10:40am in room CM-461. The MathAS course id and enrollment key is 6433.

Office Times for Instructor Gerald Thurman

Office Phone: 480.423.6110 ... Office Location: CM-426

Mon/Wed:  8:25am- 8:55am  [CM-426 (my office)]
Mon/Wed: 10:45am-11:45am  [CM-426 (my office)]
Mon/Wed:  1:30pm- 3:20pm  [CM-426 (my office)]

Tue/Thu:  8:25am- 8:55am  [CM-426 (my office)]
Tue/Thu: 10:45am-11:15am  [CM-426 (my office)]

Fri/Sat/Sun:  by appointment and email

Email address:

Grading Scale

A total of 100 points can be earned during the span of the semester.

    4 points... Syllabus Confirmation

   60 points... Four 15-Point Assessments 
      In the Monday/Wednesday class these assessments will be 
      given on the following Wednesdays: 1/31, 2/28, 4/4, 4/25.

      In the Tuesday/Thursday class these assessments will be 
      given on the following Thursdays: 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 4/26.
   36 points... Three 12-point Departmental Exams

      In the Monday/Wednesday class these assessments will be 
      given on the following Wednesdays: 2/14, 3/28, 5/9.

      In the Tuesday/Thursday class these assessments will be 
      given on the following Thursdays: 2/15, 3/29, 5/10.

The following scale will be used to map points into final letter grade. Note: Plus/minus letter grades are not used.

   90 or above ............................. A 
   80-89.99 ................................ B
   70-79.99 ................................ C
   60-69.99................................. D
   less than 60 ............................ F

About the Course

The MCCCD Official Course Description for MAT091 is as follows.

   Description:  Emphasis on meanings related to variable, equality, 
   inequality, equivalence. The use of additive and multiplicative 
   reasoning in solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable. 
   Validation of solution(s) through a reasonable mathematical defense. 
   Transfer and apply knowledge through a process of sense making and 
   reasonableness in mathematical problems and practical application 
   situations. Recognize patterns and organize data to represent situations 
   where output is related to input. Understand the concept of function and 
   be able to represent functions in multiple ways, including tables, 
   algebraic rules, graphs and contextual situations, and make connections 
   among these representations. Read, represent, and interpret linear 
   function relationships numerically, analytically, graphically and 
   verbally and connect the different representations. Model and solve 
   real world problems involving constant rate of change.

   Requisites: Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better or satisfactory 
   Math Diagnostic Assessment score for (MAT051, MAT052, MAT053, and MAT054), 
   or MAT081, or MAT082.

The MCCCD Official Course Competencies for MAT091 are as follows.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies

1. Build a case for algebra based on prior knowledge of number sense. 
2. Define Algebra, Variable, Expression, Equality, Inequality, Equivalence.
3. Interpret the structure of and evaluate expressions. 
4. Assign a variable based on reasonableness. 
5. Apply properties to manipulate expressions.
6. Create equations or inequalities that describe numbers or relationships. 
7. Use additive and multiplicative identities and properties to solve 
   linear equations and linear inequalities in one variable. 
8. Demonstrate solving is a process of reasoning through the 
   explanation of steps. 
9. Validate solution(s) through a reasonable mathematical defense. 
10. Transfer and apply knowledge through a process of sense making 
    and reasonableness in mathematical problems and practical 
    application situations. 
11. Read, construct and interpret quantitative information 
    when presented numerically, analytically, graphically 
    or verbally, while looking for patterns. 
12. Recognize and describe the meaning of each entry in an ordered pair. 
13. Recognize that on a graph an ordered pair represents a horizontal 
    and vertical distance from the origin. 
14. Describe the distinction between continuous and discrete data. 
15. Demonstrate how each point or collection of points on a graph 
    represents the solution to a relation. 
16. Identify and interpret horizontal and vertical intercepts when 
    presented numerically, analytically, graphically or verbally. 
17. Describe how the change in one quantity (input) affects the 
    other quantity (output). 
18. Model, solve and interpret solutions to contextual problems. 
19. Construct logical arguments about mathematical relationships and 
    critique the reasoning of others in written and verbal form.
20. Describe a mathematical relationship as a correspondence between 
    two quantities and determine when a relationship is a function. 
21. Represent functions in multiple ways, including tables, algebraic 
    rules, graphs and contextual situations, and make connections among 
    these representations. 
22. Use and interpret function notation in terms of input and output, 
    graphically and in contextual situations. 
23. Determine the rate of change between two data points and interpret 
    the meaning in terms of change of output compared to change of input 
    (co-variational reasoning). 
24. Analyze and build tables and graphs using rate of change and a data point.
25. Describe how the rate of change of a linear function relates to the 
    behavior of the graph. 
26. Interpret the rate of change (slope) and the constant term (vertical 
    intercept) of a linear model contextually. 
27. Construct logical arguments about linear behavior and critique 
    the reasoning of others in written and verbal form. 
28. Model data that exhibit a constant rate of change with linear 
    functions, equations and graphs. 
29. Utilize and justify the use of equivalent forms of linear equations, 
    such as slope-intercept, point-slope, and other standard forms, for 
    solving a given problem. 
30. Describe the relationship between vertical and horizontal lines 
    and the concept of slope. 
31. Construct an equation of a line when given the slope and vertical 
    intercept or given the slope and a point or given two points, and 
    express the equation in the various forms. 
32. Model contextual problems with systems of two linear equations, solve 
    using graphing and algebraic techniques and interpret the solutions. 

Text & Materials

Introductory Algebra textbook (dot-pdf) and SCC IMathAS usage are recommended.

SCC IMathAS information:
course id 6433; enrollment key 6433

This class uses the TI-83/84 calculator. "The Information Technology Services Department Media Center has Calculator Rentals for Math Students. Rental is first come first served. Calculator Check Out is ongoing: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday. Cost is $10 cash/check only and students need to bring a printout of their schedule and Photo ID."

Class Rules and Operations

Class begins promptly at its scheduled start time.

Attendance is not required; however, it is strongly recommended that every class be attended.

This course is supported by a website containing lecture notes, handouts, and math resources. This course can be successfully completed without using the website; the website is an extra tool provided to help with learning about introductory algebra.

SCC Class Rules and Operations

Withdrawal Policy

Additional information on Withdrawals can be found in the 2016-2017 College Catalog page 252.

Academic and Student Support Services

A variety of student services can be accessed online. Services are free of charge to all registered SCC students. Refer to the SCC College Resources Student Home Page.


Scottsdale Community College provides equal opportunity to qualified students. If you have a documented disability (medical, physical, learning, psychological, etc.) and wish to request disability-related accommodations to complete course requirements, contact Disability Resources and Services (located in SC building; 480-423-6517). Course requirements cannot be waived, but reasonable accommodations may be provided based on disability documentation and course objectives.

Pregnant and Parenting Students

Students who are pregnant may receive accommodations similar to those given to students with a temporary illness when deemed medically necessary. Students may be eligible to receive attendance leniency, extended deadlines, alternative test dates, or in cases of severe temporary illness, an "incomplete" from a course.

Students who are pregnant should contact Disability Resources and Services for consultation. If a student needs an academic or athletic accommodation due to pregnancy they will need to provide documentation, from their doctor, regarding their condition. Medical documentation regarding absences must also be provided. Disability Resources and Services is located in the SC Building; 480-423-6517.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it alters working conditions and creates a hostile environment or reasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives a student of the ability to participate in or benefit from any educational program or activity.

Sexual harassment and discrimination in any college education program or activity, is prohibited. Students should report any discrimination and/or harassment they experience and/or observe to the Vice President of Student Affairs (SCC's Title IX Coordinator); located in the Administration Building (AD), phone 480-423-6300.

To view the full Sexual Harassment Policy, refer to the Student Handbook -- page 254.

SCC General Education Statement

General Education enhances students' abilities in critically analyzing and effectively communicating in Written, Oral, Visual, and Numerical form. General Education is WOVeN through the curriculum and co-curricular experiences at Scottsdale Community College.

Student Misconduct Policy

The classroom is an educational learning environment where students are expected to engage in behaviors which are conducive to their own learning and the learning of their peers. To facilitate this, respect for self and others is mandatory and necessary. Should a student exhibit disruptive behavior and/or use profane language to the extent that it interferes with the learning environment, an academic consequence may be imposed. Any student found by a faculty member to have committed academic misconduct may be subject to the following academic consequences:


Technology and skills needed: You should have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. Additionally, you should be comfortable using the Internet and word processing tools. You should run the course materials on either FireFox or Chrome browsers.

Computer Equipment / Access Needed: For this course, you will need a working e-mail address, and access to the Internet. Internet access can be from school, home, or work.

Maricopa Community Colleges provides all students with an email address. It is now the official way to receive communication from the college and district. Look up your email account at the Maricopa Student Email Site.

Code of Civility

Instructors are expected to be professional, courteous, respectful and empathic to students. They will:

Students are expected to be reflective, courteous, respectful and empathic to classmates, instructor and other college staff assisting in their learning. Students are expected to arrive on time for class and remain until class has ended. The instructor should be notified in advance if there is a need to leave early. Students will be expected to:

Diversity and a Safe Learning Environment

This classroom will be a safe learning environment for every individual as far as I am able to ensure that outcome. This means I will treat each student with respect, and in turn I expect respect to be given to the instructor and every individual in this course. Disagreement does not equal disrespect. We all bring different points of view, different personal values, different life experiences, and different personal preferences with us into the classroom. This diversity makes for great discussion, adds interesting dimensions to our interpersonal relationships, and is welcome in the academic arena. Though we celebrate our differences, I expect each student to respect the rights and needs of fellow classmates. Students cannot feel safe to express themselves without the assurance that their ideas, attitudes and beliefs will be treated with respect.

Academic Honesty

Campus Security Services

The main security services that are provided on campus are provided to faculty, staff and students on a regular basis. Most importantly if you see something "out of place" or suspicious please contact the safety Department.

SCC Emergency Numbers: Call 4-0-911 or 480-784-0911.

All Maricopa County Community College Public Safety offices have a fully monitored, centralized dispatch center. This center is actively staffed 24 hours a day and these numbers directly access the dispatch center, where dispatchers will then send officers to the location of the emergency activity. Non-emergency situations should be reported directly to the SCC campus safety office by calling 480-423- 6175 or x36175.

Patrol: We have a 24/7-patrol service by police officers and police service aides. Both are marked with uniforms and patrol on foot, bike, cart or patrol car. Police officers are AZPOST certified and the police aides are civilian, some with prior law enforcement or military experience.

Cameras: there are several security camera on campus they are operational 24/7. The cameras are digital recording devices and are subject to computer errors.

Blue outdoor call boxes/inside classroom "Talk Master" systems: These devices activate at the press of a button and are answered by our on-campus Dispatch 24/7. The activation of these systems should only be for Emergencies: crime in progress, medical emergencies, and suspicious person/vehicle calls. Should you accidently activate one in the classroom a police officer will be dispatched regardless of your response and comments (i.e. It's OK). Officers may or may not enter the classroom to assess the situation when they arrive.

Safety Escort / Disability Shuttle Service: Safety can be called for a safe escort to your car or class, also in the case of disability assistance. Security staff may arrive by electric cart, on foot or on a bike depending on the request. The shuttle may take a few minutes but will arrive as soon as resources allow.

Building Lockdown: In the unlikely event of a violent incident involving an immediate threat, Public Safety or other college officials may order a lockdown of the campus. Notification of the lockdown may come from several sources including telephones, ALERTUS beacons or pages to student and employee cellular phones. If a lockdown is ordered:

During a lockdown, the Public Safety office should only be contacted in an emergency, such as a serious injury or if you have additional information on a suspect's location.

Active Shooter Response: Three aspects to remember are run, hide, and fight.

If you can escape, do so -- run.

If you are unable to run -- hide.

If you cannot run and you have been discovered -- be prepared to fight.

Other important things to know:

YouTube has several good videos produced by police departments that can be accessed by searching "run hide fight" in the YouTube search bar.

Last Note

Students are responsible for the information contained in this syllabus. The information in this syllabus is subject to change based on the discretion of the instructor.

Syllabus last modified 6 January 2018