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Math 112 Pre - Algebra

Books & Supplies
Text : PreAlgebra – 3rd Edition – Alan S.
Tussy and R. David Gustafson.

Bring pencil and paper to class every day. Graphing
paper and colored pens or pencils will be helpful.

A scientific calculator is sufficient for this course. If
you already own a graphing calculator, you may use
this. If you need to purchase a scientific calculator,
the Casio fx300W and the TI-30 are inexpensive

Do not rely on your calculator for the practice
exercises. Calculator is not allowing on tests, and

Daily attendance is expected. Many students find
math difficult. It will become more difficult when you
do not understand what I am talking about because
you missed the previous lecture.

Missing 3 or more classes may cause you to be
dropped; however, it is your responsibility to officially
drop the course. Should class be cancelled due to a
power outage or other reason, please read the
material scheduled for that session.

Dates :
Course start 10/13/08 , end 12/20/08
Nov. 3– Drop Without W
Nov. 10– Veterans day (College Closed)
Nov. 21 – Drop With W
Nov 27-30 Thanksgiving (College Closed),
Final Exam, December18 Thursday(8:10-

Classroom Policies & Participation
Cell phones should be turned off.
Do not talk in class while lecture is in progress.

No food or beverages are allowed in class with the
exception of bottled water.
Individuals will be called upon in class to provide
suggestions on how to proceed with a problem.

Course Description

Pre-requisite: Completion of Math 105 with at least a “C”
or placement by assessment process.
This course will cover chapters 1-9.

Content to be Covered:
Ch.1 Order of Operations, Solving
, Exponents
Ch.2 Integers
Ch.3 Variables, Simplifying Algebraic
Equations, Combining Like Terms, Problem
Ch.4 Operations on Fractions, Complex
Solving Equations
Ch.5 Operations on Decimals, Estimation,
Square Roots
Ch.6 Graphing Linear Equations, Parabolas,
Operations with Polynomials

Ch.7 Percent and Applications of Percents
Ch.8 Ratios and Proportions
Ch.9 Geometry, Perimeters, Areas of Polygons

• Select colored pens or pencils to sketch a box around
definitions and formulas
• Write a reminder note about a key-step within a
problem (works well on homework too)
• You might want to keep a 2-inch margin on the righthand
side of your paper to make notes.
• See if you prefer writing on and studying from blank
paper rather than lined paper Homework,

Quizzes, and Attendance 5 %
• No make-up quizzes,HW will be provided.
Missed quizzes will be scored as zero. You will
not turn in homework for sections that you are
quizzed on.
• Plan on studying and/or completing homework a
minimum of ten hours outside of class each

Exams 75 %
• Exams will be returned within one week.
No make-up exams will be allowed and missed
exams will be scored as zero. (See final exam
info below.)
• If you are going to be absent on the day an exam
is scheduled, discuss arrangements with me for
taking the exam before the absence.
• Keep your eyes on your own papers. Do not talk
during an exam. It is best not to sit near
someone you studied with.

Final Exam 20%
• Throughout the semester review your returned
exams to prepare for the final. The final will
cover the entire semester!

Final Exam, December18 Thursday(8:10-
Study Tips

• Start homework as soon as possible. Rewrite
the problem being asked. Place a star (*) next to
problems you need help with.
• Read the book.
• Study every night for 1 – 2 hours in a quiet room
at home or in the library.
• Review problems that were the most difficult and
practice weak areas. (includes returned exams)
• Create flash cards.
Sample grade calculation:

  Grade   Weight   Total
HW &
    03.05 =  
Exam 1     0.15 =  
Exam 2     0.15 =  
Exam 3     0.15 =  
Exam 4     0.15 =  
Exam 5     0.15 =  
Final     0.20 =  
Grand total (Overall grade percentage in

Student Learning Outcome (SLO);

1. Utilize the real numbers and arithmetical
operations efficiently and adaptively.
2. Use algebraic symbols and variable to
express stated relationships between
different qualities.
3. Write and solve simple linear algebraic
equations and application problems.
4. Describe and analyze mathematically the
spatial features of objects.

Letter grades will be determined by your overall
percentage in the course:
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 – 89.9
C = 70 – 79.9
D = 60 – 69.9
F = 0 – 59.9
The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to
the syllabus, lecture schedule, and

Learning Outcomes

1. Find the prime factorization of a given
2. Evaluate expressions using order of
3. Simplify expressions with exponents.
4. Solve equations with whole numbers and
5. Combine like terms.
6. Analyze word problems, translate into linear
equations and solve.
7. Evaluate expressions with fractions and
mixed numbers, including complex fractions
and order of operations.
8. Evaluate expressions with decimals and
square roots.
9. Analyze and graph linear equations.
10. Convert numbers to percents and evaluate
applications such as discounts, interest,
commissions, etc.
11. Solve ratios and proportions, translate and
solve word problems.
12. Calculate perimeters and areas of polygons.
13. Distinguish between complementary and
supplementary angles as well as acute, right,
Obtuse and straight angles.

Learning Disabilities: L.A. Mission College, in
compliance with state and federal laws and
regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of
disability. If you are a student with a documented
disability, please call 818-364-7732, Director of
Learning Assistance Programs, to make arrangements
for classroom accommodations. His office is located
in room 1018 Instructional Building. Additional
disability related information and policies can be found
in the Student Handbook.