Room SE8241, Sat. 8:30 A.M. 11:20 A.M. Larry Landis

Room SE8241, Sat. 8:30 A.M. 11:20 A.M. Larry Landis


Spring 2008

MTH0013 Beginning Algebra Call # 32341

Room SE8241, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m. —Larry Landis

(Campus & Academic Services Office, Room SE2202 Phone 595-7673)

Science & Mathematics

Associate Dean: Dr. Joe Parli Office: SE8125 Phone: 595-7742

Course Prerequisite: A good working knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division will be useful in all areas covered by the course.

Next Course In Sequence:MTH 0105 Beginning & Intermediate Algebra

Or:MTH 0123 Intermediate Algebra

Textbook & Other Materials: Introductory Algebra (3rd Ed.), by K. Elayn Martin-Gay. Notebook paper, pencil, and a mixture of faith and elbow grease will also be needed.

Computer-Assisted Instruction: Students in need of tutorial or supplemental assistance should contact the Math Lab in SE8114. In addition to individual assistance, the Math Lab offers a variety of microcomputer-assisted instruction, audio-visual materials, supplemental textbooks, and related materials. The Lab is also available as a quiet place to study for math courses. Current hours are posted on the Math Lab door.

Evaluation Techniques: Homework will be checked periodically and the results recorded. The record of this homework will be used to make a decision in borderline grade cases.

In-class exams, each approx. 1 hr. in length, will be given as per the attached schedule. Each will be worth 100 pts, and there will also be 100 pt. comprehensive final. Excepting the final, lowest score on the in-class exams will be dropped before a course grade is determined. Grades will be determined by:

90–100%= A

80–89 = B

70–79 = C

60–69 = D

Below 60 = F

Students are encouraged to attend all class meetings; a very strong correlation exists between class attendance and success in this course.

Exams may be made up by prior arrangement with the instructor.

Short quizzes may be given throughout the course as time permits at the instructor's discretion.

General Education Goal: The General Education Goals are designed to ensure that graduates of TCC have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to carry them through their work and their personal lives. General Education Goals relevant to this course include critical thinking and problem solving.

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, the student will have an understanding of and be able to apply the mathematical concepts related to the following topic areas:

  1. The real number system and the fundamental operations on it.
  2. Solving linear equations.
  3. Order of operations.
  4. Formulas and applications of algebra.
  5. Exponents and polynomials.
  6. Factoring algebraic expressions.
  7. Algebraic manipulations of rational expressions & equations.
  8. Graphing linear equations.
  9. Systems of linear equations.
  10. Roots and radicals.
  11. Fundamental quadratic equations.

Teaching Method: The basic method used in this class will be lecture and demonstration, accompanied by student practice of the various concepts studied.

Students are encouraged to ask questions on areas found to be difficult.
The only "dumb" question is the one you don't ask!

Students will be presented with a tentative course schedule. It is strongly recommended that you look over the sections to be covered prior to coming to class.

Much of a student's success in any mathematics course is dependent upon the student's own attempts at working the problems. Therefore, it is imperative that you try working problems on your own, and that you not depend on the instructor's examples or a classmate's notes as your primary means of studying the material.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL: The deadline to withdraw from a course shall not exceed 3/4 the duration of any class. Contact the Counseling Office at any TCC campus to initiate withdrawal from a course ('W' grade) or to change from Credit to Audit. Check the TCC Academic Calendar for deadlines. Students who stop participating in the course and fail to withdraw may receive a course grade of “F,” which may have financial aid consequences for the student.


Email: All TCC students receive a designated “MyTCC” email address (example: ). All communications to you about TCC and course assignments will be sent to your MyTCC email address; and you must use MyTCC email to send email to, and receive email from, the instructor regarding this course.

Inclement Weather: TCC rarely closes. If extreme weather conditions or emergency situations arise, TCC always gives cancellation notices to radio and television stations. This information is also posted on the TCC website (

GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS: General Education courses at TCC ensure that our graduates gain skills, knowledge, and abilities that comprise a common foundation for their higher education and a backdrop for their work and personal lives. TCC’s General Education goals are: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Engaged Learning, and Technological Proficiency.

CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE: Open and mutually respectful communication of varied opinions, beliefs, and perspectives during classroom or online discussion encourages the free exchange of ideas that is essential to higher learning and to the ability to learn from each other. Use of any electronic device is at the discretion of the instructor.

SYLLABUS CHANGES: Occasionally, changes to the syllabus may be necessary. Students will be notified of any changes to the syllabus in writing.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: TCC provides accommodations for qualifying students in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For information, students may contact the disabled Student Resource Center, 918-595-7115, or the Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 918-595-7428V, 918-595-7434TTY.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Academic dishonesty (cheating) is defined as the deception of others about one’s own work or about the work of another. Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned or tolerated at campuses within the Tulsa Community College system. Tulsa Community College adopts a policy delegating certain forms of authority for disciplinary action to the faculty. Such disciplinary actions delegated to the faculty include, but are not limited to, the dismissal of disrespectful or disorderly students from classes. In the case of academic dishonesty a faculty member may:

  • Require the student to redo an assignment or test, or require the student to complete a substitute assignment or test;
  • Record a "zero" for the assignment or test in question;
  • Recommend to the student that the student withdraw from the class, or administratively withdraw the student from the class;
  • Record a grade of "F" for the student at the end of the semester. Faculty may request that disciplinary action be taken against a student at the administrative level by submitting such a request to the Dean of Student Services.

INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT: Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the TCC Catalog, TCC Student Handbook, Student Code of Conduct Policy Handbook, and semester information listed in the class schedule. All information may be viewed on the TCC website: