MATH 075: Beginning Algebra




This course gives students a refresher of the algebra used in Math 118, Mathematical Reasoning. To facilitate success in Math 118, a more detailed reminder of algebraic techniques will be given in a student-centered environment.



This course is designed to prepare students for Math 118, Mathematical Reasoning. The topic outline is the same as Math 118, with the exception of Chapter 5, but our focus will be on the algebra used in Math 118.

This course covers the following:

Section Topics
1.2 Estimation, Graphs and Mathematical Models
1.3 Problem Solving
6.1 Algebraic Expressions and Formulas
6.2 Linear Equations in One Variable and Proportions
6.3 Applications of Linear Equations
7.1 Graphing and Functions
7.2 Linear Functions and Their Graphs
7.3 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
8.1 Percent, Sales Tax, and Discounts



As participation in class is critical to success, beginning the second week of class, there will be 6 random attendance checks; one will be dropped.




Comprehensive Diagnostic


Point totals of individual assessments will vary and so all will be scaled to 100 points. All grades will be recorded in BlackBoard.

As seen below, your grade is an weighted average and so disregard the percentage based on your total score in BlackBoard, which gives an equally weighted average.

The course grade will be distributed as follows:

Attendance 10%
Worksheets 30%
Quizzes 35%
Projects 10%
Comprehensive diagnostic 15%

Course grades will be given as follows:

70% - 100% S (Satisfactory)
Below 70% U (Unsatisfactory)



Free walk-in tutoring is available at the Mathematical Sciences Learning Center, MLSC, located in SEO 430.

Tutoring at the Daley Library by the math librarian, David Dror.


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