Elementary Algebra


  2. A. Course Title: Elementary Algebra
    B. Course Number: TS 113F - 30367
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 9:15:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 220
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-11:30:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm. Within 48 hours weekends.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): TS 113E or appropriate placement test score
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH125

    This course develops skills and concepts of algebra for students with little background in algebra. This course includes properties of real numbers, principles of addition and multiplication, solving linear inequalities, problems with two unknowns, graphing linear equations, exponent rules, scientific notation, operations on polynomials, factoring, compound inequalities and solving equalities and inequalities involving absolute value. This course does not fulfill the mathematics requirements for any of the associate degrees. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 113E or an appropriate score on a placement exam.


    This is a course in beginning algebra and is designed to give students the necessary foundation for success in subsequent algebra courses. This course does not fulfill mathematics requirements and is generally not transferable for credit.



    Students are encouraged to attend class on the first day before purchasing to assure understanding of the format. The text and courseware purchased for this class will be used for Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra.

    Textbook with courseware access 13 digit ISBN:
    9781642770315 / Developmental Math 2e software + Developmental Math 2e guided notebook, Hawkes Learning Systems

    Note: Hawkes courseware comes with an automatic free trial period of 21 days. It is safe to wait until you have attended class for the first time before purchasing any materials.

    You may use any calculator you want for lesson assignments, but tests will require a scientific calculator only. NO graphing calculators will be allowed on tests.

    Basic Scientific Calculator, spiral notebook for notes


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    HOMEWORK 10%

    · Attendance will be counted as signing into the attendance book on time. This will be recorded in the Canvas system. This course will be covering a great deal of material at a rather quick pace and your presence is absolutely essential to your success. You will lose points for being late to class, as well as late back from scheduled breaks. You will also lose points for being a disruption to the class. I expect you to conduct yourselves in a manner conducive with being a college level student. Any behavior that is disruptive or disrespectful to your fellow students or instructor may result in loss of attendance points and/or result in you being asked to leave the class for the rest of the day. Partaking in activities not related to the class will result in a zero (for example: texting or doing work unrelated to class).

    HOMEWORK 10%:
    · Due dates for homework are set in the Hawkes courseware system. You may view the deadline by accessing Hawkes from the module in Canvas.
    · You may access assignments after a due date has passed, but your grade will be posted as a zero if it is not complete at the time grades are updated between Hawkes and Canvas.
    · Minimum score of 80% on all HW assignments. Prerequisite settings apply. You cannot skip any assignments because subsequent lessons will not open.

    ·Homework’s related to assessments must be completed before grades will recorded and counted for any of the three assessments. Failure to complete related homework’s will result in a zero on the assessment related to homework’s left uncompleted.
    · NOTE: You must attend class to understand how to navigate Hawkes course ware. Homework assignments and chapter tests are done through the Hawkes Learning System. To access homework students must use the “Hawkes Single Sign On” link in their NMJC Canvas modules. Never access Hawkes outside your NMJC Canvas modules, this would create a new account and assignments in that account would not be graded or recorded. Students will have 21 days from the start of classes to fully activate their course in the Hawkes Learning System by entering the course via the link provided in their NMJC Canvas accounts and then clicking on the activate link from their course homepage and entering the code purchased with the textbook. If a student attempts to access Hawkes outside Canvas their work (grades) will not be linked to the course.

    · When a section is completed in lecture it’s related homework in the Hawkes courseware will be assigned and due the next class meeting. It is absolutely vital to your success in this course that you keep up with all homework due dates. Please do not fall behind as late assignments will be penalized 30%.

    · Chapter tests are required after chapter homework is complete.
    · Minimum score of 80% on all Chapter tests. Prerequisite settings apply.

    · Tests in addition to homework’s related to assessments must be completed before grades will recorded and counted for any of the three assessments. Failure to complete related homework/tests will result in a zero on the assessment related to homeworks/tests left uncompleted.

    ·Late penalties of 10% may apply to chapter tests.

    · Assessments are paper tests taken with the instructor.
    · There are three assessments over the semester set according to progress in course material. Students must progress through course materials in order and complete related homework assignments for assessment to count towards the final grade. If homework’s are not completed related assessments will be recorded as zeros.
    · This class is built on mastery learning, so there is a minimum score attached to the assessments as well. By the end of the course your average for the three assessments must be at least 75%.

    · class.
    • CAUTION: If you cannot earn an average of 75% for assessments by the end of the course you will receive an F for the course. .

    Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any homework, tests, or assessments also additional attempts will not be permitted. No exams will be given after the day and time of your assigned final exam.

    Course completion scores are given at the end of the semester. Failure to complete all homework’s/chapter tests and/or 75% average on the three assessments will result in a zero on the completion score. If you meet both requirements the average for your three assessments will be entered in the column as the course completion score.

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Elementary Algebra (TS113F) is designed to provide students with the basic algebra needed for further college-level mathematics courses.

    The course content of Elementary Algebra (TS113F) supports New Mexico Junior College's mission of promoting success through learning by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    ·         Graph various types of functions.  

    ·         Solve various types of equations. 

    ·         Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.  

    ·         Set up and solve various types of application problems. 

    ·         Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.



    A student who successfully completes Elementary Algebra should be able to:
    • Add, subtract, multiply and divide real numbers.
    • Simplify numerical expressions using the properties of real numbers combined with the order of operations.
    • Determine the difference between an expression and an equation.
    • Solve linear equations.
    • Graph linear equations.
    • Find the equations of lines given necessary details.
    • Solve application problems involving linear equations.
    • Solve application problems involving ratios, proportions, and percents.
    • Solve absolute value equations and inequalities.
    • Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials.
    • Simplify algebraic expressions using the rules of exponents.
    • Factor polynomials.
    • Solve quadratic equations using the zero product property.
    • Solve application problems involving quadratic equations.

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    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Please use appropriate, professional language, grammar and structure in your emails.  I will do the same.  Do not send an email that looks and reads as though it were composed as a text message.


    NMJC Communication Standard:

      No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK�)

      Correct spelling and proper capitalization

      Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)

      Logical organization


    This class is designed to give students the opportunity to make the most of class time. As your instructor I am committed to helping you LEARN! To help get you started all the course work is ready immediately you never have to wait for assignments and you know exactly what you have to do. I will not add to what you see in the course outline. Beyond this, I will be available during class and in my office to assist you. However, learning can only happen if you invest the necessary time and effort. You are expected to be motivated, responsible for doing the work and willing to spend the time it takes to be successful. You must be in class/lab for quality work time, seek help when needed and work independently at home. I am ready to do my part, please do your part. This will take consistent effort ALL semester! Here are some helpful things to know: Resources for Assistance (tutoring): 1. Attend extra lab time to work with an instructor. 2. Use Brainfuse or request a personal tutor. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service, click here to check out Brainfuse. Personal tutors are available by contacting the coordinator of NMJC Academic Success Center. The Academic Success Center is located in room 121 Mansur Hall. 3. DO NOT DROP! Get help and keep working no matter how far behind you might feel. Slow progress is better than no progress. (IF you really think you need to drop please visit with me to discuss your options.) Conduct: 1. Computer lab and class time are for MATH only! Do not log into any other site but Course Compass. If you are seen on any other site you will be marked on the sign-in sheet so no lab time is credited for that day. 2. Do not use cell phones or music in the computer lab. Texting or answering calls will result in loss of lab credit for the day. If you cannot focus on MATH during lab time, don’t come! 3. Cheating will not be tolerated. In this class cheating is defined as not doing work yourself online or otherwise. Having too much “help” on course work will not benefit you because you must score at least 75% on the written assessments in the testing center to pass. If you are caught cheating in any way in the testing center you will be given a zero on the assessment with no opportunity to retake it. This will cause you to fail the course and your work for the semester will not count next semester. You will start from the beginning, not from where you left off. Overall Approach to Class: Work on assignments DAILY! If you only work on math during class time, you will not complete the work by the end of the semester. Try to finish a chapter every two weeks

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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Elementary Algebra

    Course Outline (Subject to change), Fall 2019



    Objective / Title

    Week 1 and 2


    Statistics:  Mean, Median, Mode, and Range



    Reading Graphs



    Constructing Graphs from Databases






    Chapter 7 Test






    The Real Number Line and Absolute Value



    Addition with Real Numbers



    Subtraction with Real Numbers



    Multiplication and Division with Real Numbers



    Order of Operations with Real Numbers



    Properties of Real Numbers



    Simplifying and Evaluating Algebraic Expression



    Translating English Phrases and Algebraic Expressions



    Chapter 8 Test



    Assessment 1






    Solving Linear Equations x+b=c and ax=c



    Solving Linear Equations ax+b=c



    Solving Linear Equations ax+b=cx+d



    Working with Formulas



    Applications:  Number Problems and Consecutive Integers



    Applications:  Distance-Rate-Time, Interest, Average



    Solving Linear Inequalities in One Variable



    Compound Inequalities



    Absolute Value Equations



    Absolute Value Inequalities



    Chapter 9 Test




    Week 8 and 9


    The Cartesian Coordinate System



    Graphing Linear Equations In Two Variables



    Slope-Intercept Form



    Point-Slope Form



    Chapter 10 Test



    Assessment 2




    Week11 and 12


    Rules of Exponents



    Power Rules for Exponents



    Applications:  Scientific Notation



    Introduction to Polynomials



    Addition and Subtraction with Polynomials



    Multiplication with Polynomials



    Special Products of Binomials



    Division with Polynomials



    Chapter 12 Test




    Week13 and 14


    Greatest common Factor (GCF) and Factoring by Grouping



    Factoring Trinomials x2+bx+c



    Factoring Trinomials ax2+bx+c



    Special Factoring Techniques



    Review of Factoring Techniques



    Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring



    Applications:  Quadratic Equations



    Chapter 13 Test

    Week 15


    Assessment 3 (Assessment 3 is the final assessment and will be given Dec. 9th in class from 8-9:45 AM.