MATH-1420: Math for Elementary Education 2 ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Khalil Rassy

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

Mw 31, Macon

Office Hours

Office Hours: Office hours are by appointment. Please email me to make an appointment.

Tuesday     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday         9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

My office is located on Macon Campus, Whitehead building, Room W-31


Virtual office hours: Wednesday and Thursday  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4127

Department Phone

(901) 333-4474

Course Information
Course Description

This course is a study of equations, relations and functions, coordinate geometry, probability and statistics. :Two years of high school mathematics (algebra or above) and appropriate score on ACT or the Placement Test or completion of Intermediate Algebra.

Student Learning Objectives

In order to achieve the primary goals of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Evaluate algebraic expressions for given value(s) of the variable(s) and verify whether a given value is the solution to an equation. 2. Solve linear equations in one variable. 3. Find the value of the unknown variable from a formula in which the values of all the other variables are known. 4. Apply knowledge of solving linear equations in one variable to understand, setup, and solve application problems. 5. Solve linear inequalities and graph their solution set on the number line. 6. Graph a linear equation by finding the x- and the y- intercepts of the corresponding line it represents. 7. Find the slope of a line. 8. Solve quadratic equations by factoring and by using the quadratic formula. 9. Understand what a function means and apply the vertical line test to a graph. Find the domain and range of a function whose graph is known. 10. Evaluate a function for a given value of the independent variable and sketch the graphs of quadratic and exponential functions. 11. Find the solution set of a two x two system of linear equations by addition and substitution. 12. Perform basic operations on matrices. 13. Solve a two by two system of linear equations by using matrices. 14. Compute the empirical probability of a simple event. 15. Apply the basic laws of probability. 16. Understand the relationship between odds and probability and compute one when the other is known. 17. Compute the expected value of an event. 18. Find the sample space for a experiment by using the counting principle, construct tree diagrams and use this information to compute simple probabilities. 19. Compute permutations and combinations that arise in application problems. 20. Compute probabilities using combinations. 21. Define the various kinds of sampling and study simple examples to be aware of the misuses of statistics. 22. Construct a frequency distribution and histogram and perform simple calculations with circle graphs. 23. Find the mean, median and mode of a set of data. 24. Find the range and standard deviation of a set of data.  


MATH 1410



Instructional / Learning Methods

This course is taught using a combination of interactive computer learning environments to include online lecture material, video, discussions, and computerized assignments.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

A MyLabsPlus Access Code.

An online version of the textbook accompanies the Stand Alone Access kit for MyLabsPlus.

Additional Text

A hard copy of the textbook may be purchased, but is NOT required.

The textbook is:

A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, 12/e


Rick Billstein , Shlomo Libeskind , Johnny Lott and Barbara Boschmans

Supplementary Materials


Hardware Requirements

1. Calculator – Only a four-function (add, subtract, multiply, and divide) calculator or one approved by the instructor can be used in this course. Recommended calculators are: TI-503SV ($6.50) or Casio® SL-100L ($9.80).

Cell phones may not be used as calculators.

2. This course requires the use of a computer.

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below in the are recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Online homework        10%

Online Quizzes            5%

Practice Exams           5%

Midterm Exam            40%

Final Exam                 40%

Final exam is comprehensive.

The Midterm and final exam are closed book, closed notes and are proctored on campus.

Grading Scale

90-100                   A

80-89                     B

70-79                     C

60-69                     D

0-59                       F

Testing Procedure / Policy

The midterm exam and the comprehensive final exam will be proctored in class. The maximum time allowed for each exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The tentative dates and times for the exams will be posted on the PAWS Calendar within the course. All exams must be taken on the scheduled days.

Major Assignments

Students will be required to submit online homework, quizzes, and practice exams using the online software MyLabsPlus. Online homework can be worked as much as you would like. The Online Homework and quizzes should be done by the due dates listed on the PAWS calendar or in MyLabsPlus. However, you will be able to access and complete homework up until the last week of class. The practice exams must be done by the deadline, you will not be allowed to submit a practice exam after the deadline has passed. If you submit an online homework or quiz more than once, the highest grade is the only one that is recorded. To achieve credit for a homework assignment, you will need to have a passing grade (70%) for that assignment. Your Online assignments (homework, quizzes, and practice exams) grades will be transferred to PAWS at the end of the semester.


Participation / Attendance Policy

Students are allowed to work at their own pace as long as all calendar deadlines are met on time.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to at all times when using the Discussion forum. Reply button ratherstarting a new topic.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Algebra - Equations and Inequalities : 1. Algebraic Expressions and Formulas 2. Solving Linear Equations 3. Applications of Linear Equations 4. Ratio, Proporton, and Variation 5. Solving Linear Inqualities 6. Solving Quadratic Equations Algebra - Graphs, Functons, and Linear Systems: 1. Graphing and Functions 2. Linear Functions and Their Graphs 3. Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs 4. Systems of Linear Equations Counting Methods and Probability Theory : 1. The Fundamental Counting Principle 2. Permutations 3. Combinations 4. Fundamentals of Probability 5. Probability with the Counting Principle 6. Expected Value Statistics: 1. Sampling, Frequency Distributions, and Graphs 2. Measure of Central Tendency 3. Measures of Dispersion

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.