University of West Georgia
Course Syllabus
Algebra for P8 Teachers I (MATH 3803)
Fall 2006
Class Time and Location: 2:00 Ð 3:15 TR, Boyd 307
Text: Becker, J., (2004), Flash
Review for Algebra, Pearson AddisonWesley, Boston, MA. ISBN: 0321143094.
STUDENT
LEARNING OUTCOMES
After completion of the
course, the student will 
Sequences & mathematical reasoning
Number systems
Prime & composite numbers
Integers
Rational numbers
á Model fractions using Pattern blocks, Fraction bars and Fraction grids (area models)
á Model binary operations on fractions using Pattern blocks, Fraction bars and Fraction grids (area models)
á Explain and justify traditional algorithms for binary operations on fractions
á Create equivalent fractions using paper and manipulatives
á Explain why rational numbers are dense on the real numbers; give an example of a number set that is not dense and explain why not
á Put a set of fractions in order from smallest to greatest
á Find at least two fractions between a given pair of fractions
In the context of the above
expectations, a student will 
Mathematical processes
Mathematical Perspectives
Communication
Technology
Professional Development
COURSE SCHEDULE
1 
Introduction 
Preassessment, NCTM, problem solving 
2 
Patterns 
Mathematical reflection 
3 
Sequences 
Tower of Hanoi, Fibonacci numbers, Figurative numbers 
4 
Real number system 
Subsets of the real number system 
5 
Base ten system 
Regrouping, face/place values, expanded form 
6 
Other number systems 

7 
Operations & properties 

8 
Prime numbers 
Prime/composite numbers; factors; 100 cards POW 
0 
GCF & LCM 
Factorization; Wizard POW 
10 
Integers 
Integer models, integer operations, powers of two, powers of ten; 2color counters 
11 
Rational numbers 
Equivalent fractions, denseness, ordering 
12 
Rational numbers 
Modeling rational numbers, Pattern blocks, Fraction bars & Fraction grids 
13 
Rational numbers 
Operations on rational numbers, Magic square POW 
14 
Functions to fractals 

15 
Linear Equations 

16 
Final exam 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND ACTIVITIES
Class lectures will include the following: presentation of material and concepts, problem solving techniques, and class discussions.
Quizzes will be given periodically through out the semester.
All tests will be comprehensive.
There is no make up for
daily quizzes. There is no make up for the tests unless the student presents a
legitimate excuse.
EVALUATION AND GRADE ASSIGNMENT
Quizzes 20%
Presentation (s)
20%
2 tests 40%
Final Exam 20%
Final grade will be determined by point accumulation as follows:
A
= 90% 100%
B
= 80%  89%
C
= 70%  79%
D
= 60%  69%
F
= Below 60%
SUPPLEMENTARY REFERENCES:
Billstein, R., Libeskind, S., Lott, J., (2004), A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teacher. Addison Wesley, Boston, MA.
Bennett, Jr. A., Nelson, L., (2004). Mathematics, For Elementary Teachers, A Conceptual Approach. McGraw Hill. Boston, MA.
CLASS
POLICIES
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory.
I expect each student to attend all classes and follow university policy. There are only 5 unexcused or excused absences allowed per semester. If you exceed 5 absences you will fail the course. Attendance will be checked each class period and it is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheet.
Conferences: Conferences can be beneficial and are encouraged. All conferences should occur during the instructor's office hours, whenever possible. If these hours conflict with a student's schedule, then appointments should be made. The conference time is not to be used for duplication of lectures that were missed; it is the student's responsibility to obtain and review lecture notes before consulting with the instructor. The instructor is very concerned about the student's achievement and wellbeing and encourages anyone having difficulties with the course to come by the office for extra help.
Note: If you have a documented disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as I have outlined and / or if you need special accommodation or assistance due to disability, please contact me as soon as possible.