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MATH 0850 Math DSP Lab

I. Course Description

A computer lab class to be taken in conjunction with MATH 1130 Expanded College Algebra. Two
hours of computer labs will cover required DSPM 0850 supplemental material in algebra topics, such
as fundamental operations of factoring, solving linear and quadratic equations, rational expressions
and equations, exponents and radicals, linear inequalities, linear systems, and graphing linear and
quadratic equations.

Credit Hours: 1 credit hour 2 lab hours
Corequisite: MATH 1130 Expanded College Algebra
Students who want to drop back to regular DSPM 0850 must make the request for
consideration within one month after the course starts. Students will be allowed into
DSPM 0850 sections with open seats. Approvals by the instructor and the mathematics’
coordinator are required.
Prerequisite: DSPM0800 with a grade of "C" or equivalent skills and by instructor permission.

II. Course Outcomes and Topics

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Simplify rational, exponential, and radical expressions.
2. Solve rational, quadratic, and radical equations and systems of equations.
3. Solve application/word problems using linear, rational, and systems of equations with the
purpose of understanding the use of algebra to solve real world problems.
4. Graph linear equations using intercepts and slope. Learn the concept of slope and use to
write equations of the line. Graph quadratic functions.
5. Identify functions using ordered pairs, equations, and graphs. Recognize and use functional
6. Apply the calculator to graph linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and solve
systems of equations.


• Summary Exercises on the Rules for Exponents
• Summary Exercises on
• Factoring
• The Fundamental Property of Rational Expressions
• Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
• Least Common Denominator
• Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
• Solving Equations with Rational Expressions
• Summary Exercises on Operations and Equations with Rational Expressions (Optional)
• Applications of Rational Expressions
• Review of Graphs and Slopes of Lines
• Review of Equations of Lines
• Functions
• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination
• Applications of Systems of Linear Equations
• Set Operations and Compound Inequalities
• Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
• Radical Expressions
• Rational Exponents
• Simplifying Radical Expressions
• Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions
• Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions
• Summary Exercises on Operations with Radicals (Optional)
• Solving Equations with Radicals
• Complex Numbers
• Solving Quadratic Equations by the Square Root Property
• Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula
• Summary Exercises on Solving Quadratic Equations (Optional)
• Graphs and Quadratic Functions
• Parabolas

III. Text and Calculator Requirements for classroom:

Students must check with the instructor before purchasing any materials

Textbook: Stand alone MyMathLab access: ISBN 032119991X
OR Customized Package: College Algebra (customized text required for the MATH1130 Expanded
College Algebra corequisite, MyMathLab Access Kit, student solution manual);
MATH 1130 NSCC ISBN 0558175422
(This is a custom version for NSCC from Publisher: Pearson)
Calculator: Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus. TI-89 or comparable calculators are not allowed.

IV. Course Policies

Each Instructor will provide information regarding his/her attendance policy. Failure to attend class
will result in a final course grade of “FA” or “FN” (see explanation below) depending on the individual
instructor’s course policy.

FA= failure, attendance-related (unofficial withdrawal) Last recorded date of attendance required
FN= failure, never attended class (unofficial withdrawal)

Method of Evaluation:


P 70-100
F 0-69

The instructor will clarify specific examination, homework, and other methods of evaluation.

V. ADA Statement

Nashville State Technical Community College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If
you wish to request any special accommodations for any courses in which you are enrolled, contact
the Disability Coordinator at 353-3721. Such services must have proof of documentation that is not
over three years old.

VI. Classroom Behavior

Nashville State Community College has a zero tolerance policy for disruptive conduct in the
classroom. Students whose behavior disrupts the classroom will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
The instructor has primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of
academic integrity. He/she can order temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any
student engaged in disruptive conduct or in conduct which violates the general rules and regulations
of the College.

Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but is not limited to, behavior that obstructs
or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and
professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent
concentration on the subject taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), the
continued use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs others (e.g.,
disturbing noises from beepers, cell phones, palm pilots, lap-top computers, games, etc.).
Please be aware that children are not allowed in class or unattended on campus.

Academic Dishonesty (Honor Code)

Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarizing, or other academic misconduct is prohibited.
“Plagiarism may result from: (1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas, (2) failing to enclose
borrowed language in quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own
words” (A Writer’s Reference 331). Academic dishonesty may be defined as, but is not limited to,
intentionally trying to deceive by claiming credit for the work of another person, using information from
a web page or source without citing the reference, fraudulently using someone else’s work on an
exam, paper, or assignment, recycling your own work from another course, purchasing papers or
materials from another source and presenting them as your own, attempting to obtain
exams/materials/assignments in advance of the date of administration by the instructor,

impersonating someone else in a testing situation, providing confidential test information to someone
else, submitting the same assignment in two different classes without requesting both instructor’s
permission, allowing someone else to copy or use your work, using someone else’s work to complete
your own, altering documents, transcripts or grades, and forging a faculty/staff member’s signature.
In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through regular college
procedures as a result of academic dishonesty the instructor has the authority to assign an “F” or a
“Zero” for the exercise, paper, or examination or to assign an “F” for the course.

NOTE: This syllabus is meant simply as a guide and overview of the course, the topics, the
objectives, the general assessments, and some standard college policies. Some items are subject to
change or revision at the instructor’s discretion. Each instructor will further clarify their criteria for
grading, classroom procedures, attendance, exams and dates, etc.