Math 1100 Algebra I

Purpose of Math 1100

The purpose of all of the developmental mathematics courses is to support student success academically and beyond by advancing critical thinking and reasoning skills.  Specifically in pre-algebra, as a team, we will create and critique explanations and justifications.  We will also determine which tools/strategies are needed to complete an argument.  Many times we will examine given statements and hypothesize if the statement is always, sometime or never true. Then we will justify our claim.

The Developmental Math Program in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University offers Math 1100, a mastery-based algebra course covering the arithmetic foundations of algebra, properties of real numbers, linear equations and inequalities and systems of linear equations.

COURSE INFORMATION

EXAM DATES FOR spring 2019 BY NUMBER

  1. Friday, Jan. 25 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Thursday, Jan. 24 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 25 minutes
  2. Monday, Feb. 18 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Tuesday, Feb. 19 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 50 minutes
  3. Monday, March 18 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Tuesday, March 19 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 25 minutes
  4. Wednesday, April 10 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Tuesday, April 9 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 50 minutes

If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify Dr. Eisenhart (269) 387-4117 or (269) 873-8194 before the exam or a make-up may be denied.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE BY WEEK

    1. Course Information, Rates, Ratios and Units
    2. Rates, Ratios, and Units, Always vs Sometimes, Fraction Comparison
    3. Fraction Comparison and Justifications, Exam 1 (25 minutes)
    4. Fraction Comparison and Justifications, Growth/decay factors and Algebraic properties, Order of Operations
    5. Order of Operations, Solving Symbolically Related to Undoing Order of Operations
    6. Percent Up/Down
    7. Exam 2 (50 minutes), Equivalent Expressions
    8. Equivalent Expressions, Functions and spirit day
    9. Spring Break
    10. Functions, Linear and Exponential Functions
    11. Exam 3 (25 minutes), Linear and Exponential Functions
    12. Linear and Exponential Functions
    13. Solving Graphically and Solving Symbolically
    14. Solving Symbolically, Exam 4 (50 minutes)
    15. Linear Regression
    16.  Final Exam

    Monday, March 18 is the last day a student can process an officially withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade.

    ALGEBRA VIDEOS

    There are many online videos on Algebra I topics. As with anything viewed on the Web, one should first sift through and determine which information is of value and actually correct. The director of the Developmental Mathematics Program recommends Algebra I students view the Khan Academy videos for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I.