PURPOSE OF COURSE
The accelerated algebra course was specifically designed for motivated students to progress towards their mathematics or statistics course required by their major in one less semester. The purpose of all of the developmental mathematics courses is to support student success academically and beyond by advancing critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students, as a team, will examine final answers in terms of reasonableness to the given problem and to determine if the answer addresses the original problem (Polya step 4). In addition, students will explore the power of estimation as a tool to determine accuracy of solutions to numeric and or real world problems. A theme throughout the semester is to examine statements to determine if each is sometimes true or always true. Students will then justify each claim with examples if sometimes true or give a complete justification if always true.
- Course syllabus
- Multiplication table
- Tips for success
- WMU Writing Center
EXAM DATES FOR Fall 2018 BY EXAM NUMBER
- Thursday, Sept. 12; 25 minutes
- Thursday, Sept. 26; 25 minutes
- Thursday, Oct. 10; 50 minutes
- Thursday, Oct. 31; 25 minutes
- Friday, Nov. 22; 50 minutes
If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify Dr. Eisenhart before the exam or a make-up may be denied.
Do not plan to leave for Thanksgiving break until after class on Wednesday, November 21.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE BY WEEK NUMBER
- Course info and Polya process
- Whole numbers, commutative property, estimation, meaning of operations
- Whole numbers, variable sense, combining like terms, rates, and Exam 1
- Derive area formula of a rectangle and fractions
- Comparing fractions, relative vs exact measure, fraction operations, and Exam 2
- Comparing fractions, fraction operations, and signed numbers
- Signed numbers, operations with signed numbers, and Exam 3
- More signed numbers, division by zero, and fall break
- Order of operations, polynomial multiplication, distributive property, and percent change
- Percent change, equivalent expressions, and Exam 4
- Equivalent expressions, function notation, linear vs exponential functions
- Linear vs exponential
- Linear vs exponential, solving graphically, and Exam 5
- Solving symbolically, Thanksgiving recess
- Solving symbolically and linear regression
- Final Exam
Monday, October 28 is the last day a student can process an official withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade.