Department of Mathematics and Physics
Course: MATH 1103 Section: Title: Fundamental Math Semester: Spring 2019
Classroom: Meeting Times:
Oce Hours:
MATH 1103 Fundamental Math Syllabus
Catalog Description
Prerequisite: placement by the Math Department. The course covers a review of the real number system,
fundamental math operations, solving equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations and solving sys-
tems of linear equations and a study of exponents and polynomials. 3 credit hours (Please note that Math
1103 is a non-credit bearing course but will aect your GPA)
Note: This class is taught through the Math Zone in North Hall. For additional information about the Math
Zone, including options for acceleration or challenge exams, please contact Yevgeniya Rivers, Math Zone
Director or Matthew Griffiths, Chair Department of Mathematics and Physics. Additional curriculum infor-
mation and placement information can be found at Math Physics News
Required Materials
There is no requirement to purchase the text. It is included in electronic form as part of the courseware.
The included electronic text is Intermediate Algebra, by Elayn Martin-Gay. Pearson, 6e, ISBN 13:9780321785046
A notebook is required for the homework/lab log. You may use a composition or a spiral bound one-
subject notebook.
Accessing your course
Log into your course on Blackboard, on the left side click the MyLabsPlus Bridge link OR log on to http://
Assessment Requirements for MATH 1103- 01
Each student is assessed based on a computed point score from 0 to 100. The score is based on exams and
mastery points as follows:
1. Examinations: 55% for ve exams (100 pts each) and 20% for the Final Exam (all exams are 100 pts
each) You must take the exam with your class as scheduled (or earlier). We recommend at least one
self-assessment with a score of 50% or higher before taking a chapter exam. You must take the password-
protected self-assessment in the Math Zone.
2. Mastery-Study Plan: 15% for Mastery achieved through study and practice and assessed through short
quizzes called Quiz Mes and through chapter exams. You are not required to complete all practice
problems and it is recommended that you complete about 1 out of every 3 as a starting point unless you
feel you need more practice. While studying and completing practice problems, utilize the instructors
and tutors for assistance. You can complete the Quiz Mes outside of the Math Zone since they are not
proctored. However, when you take a Quiz Me you should do so without assistance. Treat the Quiz Me
as a mini practice test. When you take an exam, you may end up with fewer mastery points based on
exam results.
3. Attendance: Active engagement in classwork and class discussion is an important part of this class. At-
tendance is recorded on Starsh after each class meeting. After 3 absences your MyMathLabs account
will be inactivated. You will have to come speak with either your instructor or the Math Zone director to
have it reactivated. After 4 absences (excused or unexcused) your instructor has the right to drop you
from the course.
4. Homework Lab/Log: 10% The notebook will be graded based on completion. It will be checked biweekly
by your instructor or their class assistant.
5. Bonus Points: Up to 10 extra points will be awarded. See discussion of exam attempts for more details.
Note: Students who have been found to have violated the rules governing academic integrity will, at the very
least receive a 0 grade on the paper or exam which was the source of the violation, and may be subject to
further penalties as allowed by the University. All students who are suspected of having violated academic
integrity requirements will be reported to the Dean of Students.
Discussion of Exam Attempts
During the semester there are 5 chapter exams and a nal; only 2 attempts per chapter are permitted. The
score of the highest attempt will be used in calculating your grade. The rst attempt must be taken with your
class. All attempts must be completed by Friday April 27th no later than 4pm. The nal exam schedule
may be found at online by logging into MyCharger. Please ll in below based on the schedule. The Final Exam
is on
Date: (mm/dd/yy) at Time: (am/pm).
Note: Only 1 attempt is allowed for the nal exam. You have at most 2 hours for the exam.
All quizzes and exams are closed book and notes with only an approved scientic calculator allowed. All chap-
ter exams have a prerequisite set of mastery points. The prerequisite may be waived for the rst attempt,
but not subsequent attempts. The rst attempt for chapter exams must be taken on or before the scheduled
dates or the rst attempt will be recorded as a zero (0). Mastery points will not be deducted as a result of any
Exam Retake Guidelines
1. You must debrief the 1
attempt with a tutor before the 2
2. You must take the self-assessment before taking your 2
3. You must earn all the Mastery Points for the 2
attempt; and,
4. You cannot retake a test the same day as your 1
Bonus Points
Bonus points are awarded only in the case of each chapter test rst attempt as follows:
1. For a point score of 75 87.5 you will earn one bonus point toward your Total Points Score (TPS); and,
2. For a point score of 87.5 100 you will earn two points.
Therefore you may earn up to 8 bonus points toward your nal TPS.
Scoring and Course Grades
The letter grade is based on the students total point score (TPS) for the semester. The class letter grade is
assigned based on
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TPS Grade
97.5 > 100.0 A +
92.5 97.5 A
90.0 92.5 A
87.5 90.0 B +
82.5 87.5 B
80.0 82.5 B
TPS Grade
77.5 80.0 C +
72.5 77.5 C
70.0 72.5 C
67.5 70.0 D +
60.0 67.5 D
0 60 F
An INC or a W grade is assigned based on Department, College and University expectations and policies as outline
starting on page 5. Please read through these guidelines carefully.
Course Goals and Learning Outcomes
The purpose of Fundamental Math is to provide students a solid foundation in elementary mathematics
leading in to a study of algebra. Prociency in algebra is a pre-requisite to success in further mathematics
courses. This course will prepare you for College Math and College Algebra. Math 1103 is designed to teach
students to:
Learning Outcomes:
1. Explore numbers and math operations
(a) Understand the classications and categories of the real number system
2. Functions, Linear equations
(a) Solve equations, inequalities and relevant application problems
(b) Graph linear equations using slope and understanding rate of change
(c) Understand and use functions
(d) Solve systems of linear equations
3. Develop a working knowledge of exponents
(a) Employ knowledge of exponents in working with polynomials
(b) Use scientic notation
Required curriculum content
All sections of MATH 1103 Fundamental Math will cover, as a minimum, the material from Intermediate Algebra,
by Elayn Martin-Gay. Pearson, 6e, ISBN 13:9780321785046 (2012).
Sec Textbook Topic Week of Minimum Actual
Chapter 0 Orientation Questions for Students
0.1 Answering Exercises Orientation 5/15 1
Chapter 1 Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions
1.2 Algebraic Expressions and Sets of Numbers 5/15 7
1.3 Operations on Real Numbers and Order of Operations 5/15 14
1.4 Properties of Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions 5/15 20
Chapter 2 Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
2.1 Linear Equations in One Variable 5/15 24
2.2 An Introduction To Problem Solving 5/15 27
2.3 Formulas and Problem Solving 5/15 30
2.4 Linear Inequalities and Problem Solving 5/15 35
2.5 Compound Inequalities 5/15 40
Chapter 3 Graphs and Functions
3.1 Graphing Equations 5/15 44
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Sec Textbook Topic Week of Minimum Actual
3.2 Introduction to Functions 5/15 50
3.3 Graphing Linear Functions 5/15 54
3.4 The Slope of a Line 5/15 60
3.5 Equations of Lines 5/15 66
Chapter 4 Systems of Equations
4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables 5/15 71
4.3 Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving 5/15 73
Chapter 5 Exponents, Polynomials and Polynomial Func-
5.1 Exponents and Scientic Notation 5/15 80
5.2 More Work with Exponents and Scientic Notation 5/15 85
5.3 Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 5/15 92
5.4 Multiplying Polynomials 5/15 100
5.5 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping 5/15 105
5.6 Factoring Trinomials 5/15 110
5.7 Factoring by Special Products 5/15 115
5.8 Solving Equations by Factoring and Problem Solving 5/15 120
Academic Calendar for Spring 2019
Spring 2019 classes start on Monday, August 27 and end on Wednesday, December 19. The last day to drop
classes without any nancial penalty is Tuesday, December 4, and the last day to withdraw from the class,
i.e., to request a W grade is Tuesday, October 30. Semester holidays are on: Labor Day: Sept 3; Fall Break:
Sunday-Tuesday, Oct 21 - 23; Thanksgiving: Wednesday-Sunday, Nov 21-25 .
The Academic Calendar provides a complete list of important dates, and the dates for the Final Exam
schedules are also available online. Be sure you are logged into MyCharger to view this link.
Further Considerations and Rules
Electronic devices: The use of phones and electronic devices, except in an emergency or unless
otherwise approved by the instructor, is disallowed in class (including all lab classes). The use of
any electronic device, except those explicitly approved for use during any exam, will result in grade of 0
on that exam. If in doubt, please inquire prior to using any electronic device.
Scheduling conicts: It is the students responsibility to contact the instructor concerning any scheduling
conicts which may result in late papers, or other scheduling conicts, e.g., an absence for an exam.
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Department, College and University Expectations and Policies
It is important that students familiarize themselves with a range of policies and guidelines that have been es-
tablished by the Department of Mathematics and Physics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University
of New Haven. These are an integral part of the syllabus for this course.
Adding/Dropping a Class
The nal day to drop this course without it appearing on your transcript is discussed on the
Academic Schedules and Registration web page. After the rst week of class, self-service registration will
not be enabled for students to directly add or drop classes. Students should contact the Registrars oce
directly or the Academic Success Center for assistance with adding and dropping courses during this time.
Attendance Regulations
University attendance policy guidelines require that:
Students are expected to attend regularly and promptly all their classes, appointments, and exercises. While the
university recognizes that some absences may occasionally be necessary, these should be held to a minimum.
A maximum of two weeks of absences will be permitted for illness and emergencies. The instructor has the
right to dismiss from class any student who has been absent more than the maximum allowed. A dismissed
student will receive a withdrawal (W) from the course if they are still eligible for a withdrawal per the university
Withdrawal from a Course policy, or a failure (F), if not. A student who is not ocially registered in the course
is not permitted to attend classes or take part in any other course activities. Students absent from any class
meeting are responsible for making up missed assignments and examinations at the discretion of the instructor.
Students are to adhere to the policy attendance policy guidelines outlined in the University Catalog under the
heading, Attendance Regulations, found online in the Undergradaduate Catalog or alternatively found in the
Student Handbook on pp.4849.
Religious Observance Policy for Students
The University of New Haven respects the right of its students to observe religious holidays that may neces-
sitate their absence from class or from other required university-sponsored activities. Students who wish
to observe such holidays should not be penalized for their absence, although in academic courses they are
responsible for making up missed work. The College provides that,
Instructors should try to avoid scheduling exams or quizzes on religious holidays, but where such conicts occur
should provide reasonable accommodations for missed assignment deadlines or exams. If a class, an assign-
ment due date, or exam interferes with the observance of such a religious holiday, it is the students responsibil-
ity to notify their instructor, preferably at the beginning of the term, but otherwise at least two weeks before the
More information about religious observance policies can be found in the Student Handbook on pp.4849
under the heading, Attendance Policies: Religious Observance Policy for Students.
Withdrawal from a Course
Students wishing to withdraw must submit a request for an ocial course withdrawal in writing using the on-
line Course Withdrawal Form, or alternatively complete and hand in the pdf based Course Withdrawal Form.
The nal date to request a withdrawal is listed in the Academic Calendar. This request must be submitted to
the Registrars Oce and signed by the International Oce if you are an international student. The grade of
W will be recorded, but the course will not aect the GPA.
Incomplete Grade Policy
A grade of Incomplete (INC) is given only in special circumstances and indicates that the student has been
given permission by the instructor to complete required course work (with the same instructor) after the end
Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to assure that the required paperwork and documentation is completed by the deadline.
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of the term. In the absence of the instructor a student should contact the Department Chair. Students need
to examine carefully the changed guidelines pertaining to INC grades, specically:
To remove the INC grade, the student must complete all required course work in timely fashion as stipulated by
the instructor but no later than the end of the following term. Fall and intersession course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the spring term. Spring and summer course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the fall term.
If the course work is not submitted within the allotted time, the INC grade will be changed to an F shortly after
the deadline by the Oce of the University Registrar. Students will be notied via campus email at least two
weeks prior to the change of grade process.
The University policy on incomplete grades is discussed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Incom-
plete (INC) Grade Policy.
Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures
The University of New Haven expects its students to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct.
Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at the University. To know what it is expected, students are responsible
for reading and understanding the statement regarding academic honesty in the Student Handbook. Specif-
ically, students are required to adhere to the Academic Integrity Policies specied in the Student Handbook,
i.e., on pp.6673.
Please ask your instructor about their expectations regarding permissible or encouraged forms of student
collaboration if there is any confusion about this topic. The Department of Mathematics and Physics fully
adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy:
Academic integrity is a core university value that ensures respect for the academic reputation of the University,
its students, faculty and sta, and the degrees it confers. The University expects that students will conduct
themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Please be familiar with
the Universitys policy on Academic Integrity. Please ask about expectations regarding permissible or encouraged
forms of student collaboration if they are unclear.
Coursework Expectations
This course will require signicant in-class and out-of-class commitment from each student. The University
estimates that a student should expect to spend two hours outside of class for each hour they are in a
class. For example, a three credit course would average six [6] hours of additional work outside of class.
Coursework expectations are detailed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Course Work Expectations.
Please note, that MATH 1103 is a 3-credit course, and as such requires a total of 9 hours per week invested
in study and homework for the average student.
Commitment to Positive Learning Environment
The University adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free of
any form of harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, or intimate partner violence. If you have been
the victim of sexual misconduct we encourage you to report this. If you report this to a faculty/sta member,
they must notify our colleges Title IX coordinator about the basic facts of the incident (you may choose to
request condentiality from the University). If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual
assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, or disability please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Caroline Koziatek at (203)-932-7479 or Further online information about is available at Title IX.
Reporting Bias Incidents
At the University of New Haven, there is an expectation that all community members are committed to cre-
ating and supporting a climate which promotes civility, mutual respect, and open-mindedness. There also
exists an understanding that with the freedom of expression comes the responsibility to support community
Please note that study guidelines are important, i.e., there is substantial evidence that shows that the pass rates for students in math courses decrease
dramatically as the time spent on outside study falls below 2 hours of homework per credit per week.
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members right to live and work in an environment free from harassment and fear. It is expected that all mem-
bers of the University community will engage in anti-bias behavior and refrain from actions that intimidate,
humiliate, or demean persons or groups or that undermine their security or self-esteem.
If you have witnessed or are the target of a bias-motivated incident, please contact the Oce of the Dean
of Students at 203-932-7432 or Campus Police at 203-932-7014. Further information about this and other
reporting options may be found at Report It.
University Support Services
The University recognizes students often can use some help outside of class and oers academic assistance
through several oces. In addition to discussing any academic issues you may have with your instructor,
advisor, or with the the courses or department coordinator or chair, the University provides these additional
resources for students:
The Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA)
The Academic Success Center is located in Maxcy 208 for help with your academic studies, or call 203-932-
7234 to set up an appointment.
University Writing Center
The mission of the Writing Center (an expansion of the Writer to Writer peer-tutoring program) is to provide
high-quality tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students as they write for a wide range of purposes and
audiences. Tutors are undergraduate and graduate students and they work with students at any stage in the
writing process; Bring in your assignment, your ideas, and any writing done so far. To make an appointment,
register for an account at
The Math Zone
Please contact the Math Zone if you wish to challenge your Math Placement by taking a Math Challenge Exam
or by taking a Math Post Placement Exam. These are discussed more extensively at http://math.newhaven.
edu/mathphysics/placement_html. The Math Zone also provides a range of tutoring and classroom support
service for students taking development math classes.
The Center for Learning Resources (CLR)
The Center for Learning Resources located in Peterson Library, provides academic content support to the
students of the University of New Haven using metacognitive strategies that help students become aware
of and learn to apply optimal learning processes in the pursuit of creating independent learners CLR tutors
focus sessions on discussions of concepts and processes and typically use external examples to help students
grasp and apply the material.
Accessibility Resources Center
Students with disabilities are encouraged to share, in condence, information about needed specic course
accommodations. The Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) provides comprehensive services and sup-
port that serve to promote educational equity and ensure that students are able to participate in the oppor-
tunities available at the University of New Haven. Accommodations cannot be made without written docu-
mentation from the ARC. The ARC is located on the ground oor in the rear of Sheeld Hall. Sheeld Hall
is located in the Residential Quad area, and can be contacted at 203-932-7332. The ADA/Section 504 Com-
pliance Ocer is Rebecca Johnson,, and can be reached by phone at 203-932-7238.
Information on the ARC can be found at
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Counseling and Psychological Services
The Counseling Center oers a variety of services aimed at helping students resolve personal diculties and
acquire the balance, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their experience at
the University of New Haven. Information about the, Counseling and Psychological Services, is available
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