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  1. COURSE INFORMATION Gary W. Martin Course Math 102 Elementary Algebra

  2. Introduction Degrees: • M.S. - Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis • B.S. - Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine • B.A. - Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

  3. Introduction • Author of the books “TURBO PASCAL: Theory and Practice of Good Programming” and “QBASIC: A Short Course in Structured Programming” • One incredibly nice guy

  4. Address and Phone • Solano Community College, Room 523, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, CA 94534-3197 • Work Phone: (707) 864-7000 Ext. 4370 • FAX: (707) 864-0361 • Email: • Web Site:

  5. Fall 2009 Tentative Office Hours • Room 523 • Monday and Friday • 11:00 11:50 • Tuesday and Thursday • 10:00-11:20

  6. Course Description Introductory examination of the structure of the number system. Covers such topics as an introduction to set operations, the field axioms of the real numbers, and the properties of the whole number exponents. Emphasizes operations with fundamental expressions, solutions of first-degree equations, inequalities and linear systems. Introduces absolute value, radical and quadratic equations, applied problems involving first and second degree equations in one variable, point-slope and slope-intercept equations of lines and their graphs, and the concepts of relations and functions.

  7. Student Performance Objectives As a result of successful completion of this course, a student will be able to: a. Recognize the applications of the field axioms of the real number system.b. Define, understand, and apply essential elementary concepts of algebra as specified in the course content outline.c. Demonstrate proficiency in the manipulation of algebraic expressions.d. Define polynomials, rational algebraic expressions and radicals, and perform operations on same.e. Recognize, classify, define, and solve equations, inequalities, systems of equations, and systems of inequalities as specified in the course outline.f. Analyze given information, develop a strategy, and formulate a mathematical model for solving applied problems; obtain and interpret solution(s).g. Develop and apply concepts associated with relations and functions.

  8. Course Prereqisite and Course Advisory • A grade of "C" or better in MATH 320. • SCC minimum English and Math Standards.

  9. Class Presentations • 1. Discussion of material. I will be assuming that you have already read the material in advance. I will discuss in class the basic theory of each chapter using PowerPoint slides. • 2. Demonstration problems (mostly from the even numbered exercises) • 3. In-class activities and exercises (Bring some blank paper to write on) • 4. This is a hands-on class. I am more of a facilitator and a problem solver than a lecturer.

  10. First Assignment • Read the “Preface” pages xii-xvii and read Chapter 1 Sections 1.1 through 1.3.

  11. Class Textbook • Bring your textbook with you to each class. All class Exercises, In-class Activities, and Test Reviews will be taken directly from the class textbook.

  12. Educational Philosophy I am here to empower you to succeed, not to enable you to fail Gary W. Martin

  13. THE END

  14. Introduction Former Certifications: • Certified Novell Instructor (CNI) • Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) • Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) • Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP+I) • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

  15. Educational Philosophy I am here to empower you to succeed, not to enable you to fail Gary W. Martin

  16. Audience This course is intended to be an introduction to computer programming and problem solving. It is directed toward those students who wish to pursue a career in the fields of information technology and for those who want programming and application development skills. It is also useful for those students that are interested in pursuing further studies leading to a degree in one of Solano Community College’s Computer and Information Science degree programs.

  17. Student Introductions Please state: • Your name • Why you are taking this class and what you hope to get out of it • The level of experience have you have had with computer programming.