Algebra 1A
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Facilitator Information
Jennifer Hutchison jhutch123@email.pheonix.edu (University of Phoenix) jhutch123@q.com (Personal) 5413833818 (PST)
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Grading Formula 
Week One
CheckPoint: Algebraic Expressions 
30 
Discussion Questions 
20 
Participation 
20 
Week Two 

CheckPoint: Linear Equations 
30 
Exercise: Week Two Concept Check 
10 
Assignment: Expressions and Equations (Appendix C) 
30 
50 

Assignment: Expressions and Equations (MyMathLab ^{®} Quiz) Week Three 

CheckPoint: Solving Inequalities 
30 
Discussion Questions 
20 
Participation 
20 
Week Four 

CheckPoint: Graphing Equations 
30 
Exercise: Week Four Concept Check 
10 
Assignment: Solving Inequalities and Graphing Equations (Appendix D) 
30 
Assignment: Solving Inequalities and Graphing Equations (MyMathLab ^{®} Quiz) 
50 
Week Five 

CheckPoint: Introduction to Functions 
30 
Discussion Questions 
20 
Participation 
20 
Week Six 

CheckPoint: Looking at Functions 
30 
Exercise: Week Six Concept Check 
10 
Assignment: Functions and Their Graphs (Appendix E) 
30 
50 

Assignment: Functions and Their Graphs (MyMathLab ^{®} Quiz) Week Seven 

CheckPoint: Solving Systems of Equations 
30 
Discussion Questions 
20 
Participation 
20 
Week Eight 

CheckPoint: Solving Systems of Inequalities 
30 
Exercise: Week Eight Concept Check 
10 
Assignment: Systems of Equations and Inequalities (Appendix F) 
30 
50 

Assignment: Systems of Equations and Inequalities (MyMathLab ^{®} Quiz) Week Nine 

Capstone Discussion Question 
20 
Final Project: Final Exam 
200 
Participation 
20 
Point Total 
1,000 
Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions
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Compare the values of integers. 
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Simplify expressions using the order of operations and properties of real numbers. 
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Translate phrases into mathematical expressions. 
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Use substitution to evaluate algebraic expressions. 
Course Assignments
1. Course Preparation
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Read the course description and objectives. 
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Read the facilitator’s biography and post your own. 


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Read Appendix A. 
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Read Appendix B regarding the use of Equation Editor ^{®} and MyMathLab ^{®} . 
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Read Ch. 1 and sections 2.1–2.6 in Ch. 2 of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra. 
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Review the Equation Editor ^{®} tutorial at http://corptrain.phoenix.edu/EEGT/EEGT01INTRO.asp 
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Review the How to Answer Questions tutorial to learn how to use MyMathLab ^{®} . Enter MyMathLab ^{®} by clicking the link provided under the Week One Materials section of your student Web site. 
3. CheckPoint: Algebraic Expressions ∑
Complete the Week One CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®} . This activity provides the opportunity to practice concepts introduced in Ch. 1.
4. Discussion Questions
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What is the difference between an equation and an expression? Include an example of each. Can you solve for a variable in an expression? Explain your answer. Can you solve for a variable in an equation? Explain your answer. Write a mathematical phrase or sentence for your classmates to translate. Translate your classmates’ phrases or sentences and explain what clues indicate that the problems are either expressions or equations. 
Respond to classmates who have responded to your sentence or phrase and indicate whether or not they correctly translated the problem. Ask clarifying questions if you need more explanation, or help students who seem to struggle with the concept. 

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What are the steps of the order of operations? Why is it important that you follow the steps rather than solve the problem from left to right? 
Write an expression for your classmates to simplify using at least three of the following: (a) Groupings (parenthesis, brackets, or braces), (b) Exponents, (c) Multiplication or division, and (d) Addition or subtraction.
Consider participating in the discussion by simplifying a classmate’s expression, showing how the expression would be incorrectly simplified if computed from left to right, or challenging the
class with a complicated expression. Respond to your initial post and provide your classmates with the answer to your expression.
Weekly Reminders Week 1
Discussion Questions
Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.
Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.
Summary of Week 1 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
DQ 1 
Main 
Tuesday 
DQ 2 
Main 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Participation 
Main 
All week 
Solving Algebraic Equations and Inequalities
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Solve onevariable equations using the addition and multiplication principles. 
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Determine whether a given point is a solution for a linear equation. 
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Solve a formula for a variable. 
Course Assignments
1. CheckPoint: Linear Equations ∑
Complete the Week Two CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®} . This activity provides the opportunity to apply concepts introduced in sections 2.1–2.6 of Ch. 2.
2. Exercise: Week Two Concept Check ∑
Post your 50word (or more) response to the following:
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How do you know when an equation with one variable has infinitely many solutions? 
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How do you know when an equation with one variable has no solution? 
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How do you know when and equation with one variable has one solution? 
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Give an example of each type of equation. 
3. Assignment: Expressions and Equations
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Complete Appendix C to apply the skills learned in Ch. 1 and sections 2.1–2.6 of Ch. 2 to a 
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reallife situation. Use Equation Editor ^{®} to write mathematical equations and expressions in Appendix C. 
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Complete the Week Two Quiz in MyMathLab ^{®} . This assignment assesses content from Ch. 1 & 2 (sections 2.1–2.6). 
Weekly Reminders
Summary of Week 2 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
Concept Check 
Syllabus (Post to Assignment Link) 
Tuesday 
Appendix C 
Materials (Post to Assignment Link) 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Quiz 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Sunday 
More on Solving Equations and Inequalities
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Solve onevariable inequalities using the addition and multiplication principles. 
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Graph onevariable inequalities. 
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Determine whether a given point is a solution for a linear inequality. 
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Translate sentences into inequalities. 
Course Assignments
1. Readings ∑
Read sections 2.7 & 2.8 of Ch. 2 and Ch. 3 of Intermediate Algebra.
2. CheckPoint: Solving Inequalities ∑
Complete the Week Three CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®}^{.} This activity provides the opportunity to practice concepts introduced in sections 2.7 & 2.8 of Ch. 2.
3. Discussion Questions
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Why does the inequality sign change when both sides are multiplied or divided by a negative number? Does this happen with equations? Why or why not? 
Write an inequality for your classmates to solve. In your inequality, use both the multiplication and addition properties of inequalities. 

Consider solving your classmates’ inequalities. Explain how you arrived at your answers. Also, help other students who may be having difficulty solving inequalities. Ask clarifying questions if you need additional assistance. 

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How do you know if a value is a solution for an inequality? How is this different from determining if a value is a solution to an equation? 
If you replace the equal sign of an equation with an inequality sign, is there ever a time when the same value will be a solution to both the equation and the inequality?
Write an inequality and provide a value that may or may not be a solution to the inequality.
Consider responding to a classmate by determining whether or not the solution provided is a solution to the inequality. If the value he or she provides is a solution, provide a value that is not a solution. If the value is not a solution, provide a value that is a solution.
Weekly Reminders Week 3
Discussion Questions
Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.
Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.
Summary of Week 3 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
DQ 1 
Main 
Tuesday 
DQ 2 
Main 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Participation 
Main 
All week 
Graphing Linear Equations
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Graph points from ordered pairs in an (x,y) coordinate system. 
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Determine whether a given point is a solution for a linear equation. 
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Graph a linear equation using tables and intercepts. 
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Find the slope of a line given two points or the equation of a line. 
Course Assignments
1. CheckPoint: Graphing Equations ∑
Complete the Week Four CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®} . This activity provides the opportunity to practice concepts introduced in Ch. 3.
2. Exercise: Week Four Concept Check ∑
Post your 50word response to the following:
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Explain in your own words why the line x = 4 is a vertical line. 
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Explain in your own words why the line y = 4 is a horizontal line. 
3. Assignment: Solving Inequalities and Graphing Equations
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Complete Appendix D to apply skills learned in Ch. 2 & 3 to a reallife situation. 
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Use Equation Editor ^{®} to write mathematical equations and expression in Appendix D. 
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Complete the Week Four Assignment in MyMathLab ^{®} . This assignment assesses content learned in Ch. 2 & 3. 
Weekly Reminders Week 4
Summary of Week 4 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
Concept Check 
Syllabus and Main Forum(Post to Assignment Link) 
Tuesday 
Appendix D 
Materials (Post to Assignment Link) 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Quiz 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Sunday 
Functions
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Differentiate between functions and equations. 
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Find function values for specific domain values. 
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Determine the domain and range of a function. 
Course Assignments
1. Readings ∑
Read Ch. 7 of Intermediate Algebra.
2. CheckPoint: Introduction to Functions ∑
Complete the Week Five CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®} . This activity provides the opportunity to practice concepts introduced in sections 7.1 & 7.2 of Ch. 7.
3. Discussion Questions
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Address the following: 
What similarities and differences do you see between functions and linear equations studied in Ch. 3? 

Are all linear equations functions? Is there an instance when a linear equation is not a function? Support your answer. 

Create an equation of a nonlinear function and provide two inputs for your classmates to evaluate. 

Find examples that support or refute your classmates’ answers to the discussion question. Provide additional similarities and differences between functions and linear equations. 

Challenge your classmates by providing more intricate examples of nonlinear functions for them to solve. 

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Address the following: 
What is the difference between domain and range? Describe a reallife situation that could be modeled by a function.
Provide feedback about your classmates’ answers.
Describe the values for x that may not be appropriate values even when they are defined by your classmates’ function. A function could, for example, indicate the amount of bone strength (y) in a living human body over time in years (x). It would not make sense to look at negative years, because the person would not yet be born. Likewise, looking beyond 100 years might not make sense, as many people do not live to be 100.
Weekly Reminders Week 5
Discussion Questions
Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.
Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.
Summary of Week 5 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
DQ 1 
Main 
Tuesday 
DQ 2 
Main 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Participation 
Main 
All week 
Graphs of Functions
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Graph linear equations using slope and yintercepts or x and yintercepts. 
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Determine whether lines are perpendicular, parallel, or intersecting. 
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Write linear equations using pointslope and yintercept forms. 
Course Assignments
1. CheckPoint: Looking at Functions ∑
Complete the Week Six CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®} . This activity provides the opportunity to practice concepts introduced in sections 7.3–7.5 of Ch. 7.
2. Exercise: Week Six Concept Check ∑
Post your 50word (or more) response to the following:
o
How can you determine if two lines are perpendicular?
Your response should include the following:
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How the slopes of two perpendicular lines relate. 
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How you recognize two lines are perpendicular on a graph. 
o 
How you recognize two lines are perpendicular simply from their equations. 
3. Assignment: Functions and Their Graphs
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Complete Appendix E to apply the skills learned in Ch. 7 to a reallife situation. 
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Use Equation Editor ^{®} to write mathematical expressions and equations in Appendix E. 
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Complete the Week Six Assignment: Ch. 7 Quiz in MyMathLab ^{®} . This assignment assesses content learned in Ch. 7. 
Weekly Reminders Week 6
Summary of Week 6 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
Concept Check 
Syllabus and Main Forum(Post to Assignment Link) 
Tuesday 
Appendix E 
Materials (Post to Assignment Link) 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Quiz 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Sunday 
Systems of Equations
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Solve systems of linear equations using graphing and methods of substitution and elimination. 
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Determine whether a system is consistent or inconsistent. 
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Determine whether equations of a system are dependent or independent. 
Course Assignments
1. Readings ∑
Read sections 8.1–8.4 of Ch. 8 and sections 9.1–9.3 of Ch. 9 of Intermediate Algebra.
2. CheckPoint: Solving Systems of Equations ∑
Complete the Week Seven CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®} . This activity provides the opportunity to practice concepts introduced in sections 8.1–8.4 of Ch. 8.
3. Discussion Questions
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Address the following: 
Systems of equations can be solved by graphing or by using substitution or elimination. What are the pros and cons of each method? Which method do you like best? Why? 

What circumstances would cause you to use a different method? 

Consider responding to your classmates by indicating pros and cons they may not have considered or persuading them to see the value of the method you like best (if you chose different methods). Describe situations in which you might use their methods of solving. 

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Address the following: 
Review examples 2, 3, and 4 in section 8.4 of the text. How does the author determine what the first equation should be? What about the second equation? How are these examples similar? How are they different?
Find a problem in the text that is similar to examples 2, 3, and 4. Post the problem for your classmates to solve.
Consider responding to your classmates by asking clarifying questions or by expanding a classmate’s response. Also, help students solve the problem you posted by providing feedback or hints if necessary. You may also want to provide an explanation for your solution after a sufficient number of students have replied.
Weekly Reminders Week 7
Discussion Questions
Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.
Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.
Summary of Week 7 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
DQ 1 
Main 
Tuesday 
DQ 2 
Main 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Participation 
Main 
All week 
Systems of Inequalities
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Solve and graph systems of inequalities in one and two variables.
Course Assignments
1. CheckPoint: Solving Systems of Inequalities ∑
Complete the Week Eight CheckPoint in MyMathLab ^{®} . This activity provides the opportunity to practice concepts introduced in sections 9.1, 9.2, & 9.4 of Ch. 9.
2. Exercise: Week Eight Concept Check ∑
Post your 50word (or more) response to the following: Describe what the graph of interval [ 4,10] looks like.
3. Assignment: Systems of Equations and Inequalities
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Complete Appendix F to apply the skills learned in Ch. 8 (8.1–8.4) & 9 (9.1, 9.2, & 9.4). 
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Use Equation Editor ^{®} to write mathematical equations and expressions in Appendix F. 
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Complete the Week Eight Assignment: Ch. 8 & 9 Quiz in MyMathLab ^{®} . This assignment assesses content learned in section 8.1–8.4 of Ch. 8 and sections 9.1, 9.2, & 9.4 of Ch. 9. 
Weekly Reminders Week 8
Summary of Week 8 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
Concept Check 
Syllabus and Main Forum(Post to Assignment Link) 
Tuesday 
Appendix F 
Materials (Post to Assignment Link) 
Thursday 
CheckPoint 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Friday 
Quiz 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Sunday 
Apply Algebraic Concepts
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Apply algebraic concepts to solve mathematical problems.
Course Assignments
1. Capstone Discussion Question ∑
Post your response to the following: Has the content in this course allowed you to think of math as a useful tool? If so, how? What concepts investigated in this course can apply to your personal and professional life? In what ways did you use MyMathLab ^{®} for extra support?
2. Final Project: Final Exam
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Resources: Appendix A, MyMathLab ^{®} 
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Complete the Week Nine Final Test in MyMathLab ^{®}^{.} This test assesses content learned throughout the course. 
Weekly Reminders Week 9
Discussion Questions
Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.
Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.
Summary of Week 9 Deliverables
Assignment 
Location 
Due 
Capstone DQ 
Main 
Tuesday 
Final Exam 
Math Lab (Post screen shot to Assignment Link) 
Sunday 
Participation 
Main 
All week 