# GENERIC SYLLABUS FOR Math Essentials

**PREREQUISITES:**

**I. COURSE DESCRIPTION:**

This course provides a basic introduction to algebra. Topics covered in this course include: real numbers and their properties, algebraic expressions and exponents, solving 1st degree equations in 1 variable, solving and graphing inequalities, graphing linear equations, using slope and y-intercept in graphing, polynomials and polynomial operations, solving quadratic equations, and solving two linear equations in 2 unknowns. Applications of algebra and the use of formulas will be covered. Please note that a minimum grade of “C” is required in this course in order for a student to take higher level math courses for which this course is a prerequisite.

The assignment for the first class is given below.

**II. RATIONALE:**

This course gives the student a foundation in basic algebra, which is needed to succeed in higher level math courses. It is appropriate for students who have never had an algebra course or who need a refresher course.

**III. COURSE OBJECTIVES:**

Upon completion of this course the student will

1. Demonstrate an understanding of real numbers and their properties.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of introductory concepts and techniques of
algebra including polynomial operations and the use of formulas.

3. Solve linear and quadratic equations and linear inequalities.

4. Solve systems of linear equations in two variables.

5. Graph linear equations.

6. Use algebra for applications and problem solving.

**IV. ATTENDANCE POLICY:**

Regular and prompt attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Wilmington University expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance. Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that work does not suffer from absence. All students are expected to attend every scheduled meeting of each class on time. Exceptions may be made for Wilmington University-sponsored or work-related activities, illness, or valid emergency situations.

**V. STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:**

Wilmington University actively supports the rights of students with disabilities to have equal access to education. Students with special needs must contact the Office of Student Affairs and furnish documentation verifying the need for special services and/or accommodations.

**VI. MY MATH LAB:**

Texts purchased through the Wilmington University bookstore include access to MyMathLab, an online tutorial program from the publishers of the text for this course. MyMathLab includes interactive homework exercises, video lectures, and animations which are keyed to the text. Students are strongly encouraged to use MyMathLab to improve their understanding of the topics in this course.

**VII. ASSIGNMENT FOR FIRST CLASS:**

**VIII. STRUCTURED EXTERNAL ASSIGNMENT:**

**IX. COURSE OUTLINE:**

**ADDITIONAL SECTIONS MAY BE ADDED AT DISCRETION OF
INSTRUCTOR.**