MAT 011-63 Algebra Review part 1, CRN 25537, Spring 2007

Instructor: Serban Raianu

Class Meetings: MW: 8:30-9:45 a.m., F: 2/2/07, 2/9/07 in SCC 120

Office: NSM A-123

Office Hours: Monday 11:30-15:30, Wednesday 13:00-15:00, and by appointment.

Office Phone: (310) 243-3139



Course Description: Units of measurement, arithmetic with signed numbers and fractions, word problems, linear equations, and applications.

Prerequisites: MAT 011 has no prerequisites. MAT 011 is intended for students who scored less than 42 on the ELM exam.

Textbook: Intermediate Algebra (6th ed.) by Johnston, Willis, Lazaris, ISBN #0495287741


After completing MAT 011 the student should be able to

  • Solve problems using units of measurement, and convert from one unit to another (feet to inches, gallons to liters, etc.).
  • Perform arithmetic with signed numbers and fractions.
  • Translate sentences into equations with variables.
  • Use the distributive law to transform expressions.
  • Solve simple linear equations.
  • Model realistic problems with simple linear equations.

Expected outcomes: Students must be able to demonstrate through written assignments, tests, and quizzes that they have achieved the objectives of MAT 011.


Mat 011 is a CR/NC class.


15% of grade – Quiz

10% of grade – Homework (daily quiz)

  5% of grade – Attendance

70% of grade – Final Exam


Homework Policy: Homework will be checked by a daily quiz containing problems identical to the ones in the homework assignment. Homework quizzes will be graded on a 1-10 scale.

Make-up Exams/Quizzes: The math department does not provide makeup tests for students who miss exams. It is the student's responsibility to make whatever arrangements are necessary to ensure that he or she is able to take exams at the regularly scheduled place and time. I will also not give any make up quizzes under any circumstances, so make sure you are present on the day of the quiz.

Academic Integrity: The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic integrity".)

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS) and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: no accommodation may be made until you register with the DSS in WH B250. For information call (310) 243-3660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310) 243-2028.

Schedule and Homework Assignments

Every Exercise refers to Set I of your textbook

Monday 1/22: 2.5 Evaluating and substituting in algebraic expressions: (even) 2-18

                        2.6 Using formulas: (even) 2-14


Wednesday 1/24: 2.8 Removing grouping symbols: (even) 2-18, 34, 40, 46

                              2.9 Combining like terms; simplifying algebraic expressions: 2, 6, 12, 

                              16, 22, 24, 28, 34, 38, 46


Monday 1/29: 3.1 First degree equations, their solutions, and their graphs: 1-10 (all), 12-

                         22 (even)

                         3.2 Simple first-degree inequalities, their solutions, and their graphs: 

                         (even) 2-30


Wednesday 1/31: 3.3 Combined inequalities, their solutions, and their graphs: (even) 2-


                              3.5 Applications: an introduction: (even) 2-26



Friday 2/2: 4.1 Basic Definitions: (even) 2-20

                    4.2 Adding and subtracting polynomials: (even) 2-20




Monday 2/5: Review for Quiz

                      4.3 Multiplying polynomials: (even) 2-30, 34, 36, 40

                      4.4 Special products: 2, 6, 14, 18, 19, 24, 30, 32, 34


Wednesday 2/7: Quiz


Friday 2/9: 4.6 Dividing polynomials: 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 26, 28, 34

                    4.8 Applications: dry mixture problems: (even) 2-16


Monday 2/12: 4.9 Solution mixture problems: (all) 1-10


Wednesday 2/14: Review for Final

Monday 2/19: President’s day, no class! Study Hard!

Wednesday 2/21: Final Exam (Good Luck!!!)