University of West Georgia

 

Course Syllabus

Algebra for P-8 Teachers I (MATH 3803)

Fall 2006

 

Instructor: M. Yazdani, Ph.D.

E-mail: myazdani@westga.edu

Phone: 678-839-4132 

Office: 322 Boyd Building

Conference Hours: 12:00 4:00 M, 11:00 12:00 TR, 3:30 5:30 TR.  I am available at any other time by appointment.

Class Time and Location: 2:00 3:15 TR, Boyd 307


Text: Becker, J., (2004), Flash Review for Algebra, Pearson Addison-Wesley, Boston, MA. ISBN: 0-321-14309-4.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completion of the course, the student will --

 

Sequences & mathematical reasoning

 

Number systems

 

Prime & composite numbers

 

Integers

 

Rational numbers

      Model fractions using Pattern blocks, Fraction bars and Fraction grids (area models)

      Model binary operations on fractions using Pattern blocks, Fraction bars and Fraction grids (area models)

      Explain and justify traditional algorithms for binary operations on fractions

      Create equivalent fractions using paper and manipulatives

      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

      Put a set of fractions in order from smallest to greatest

      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

Pre-assessment, 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; 2-color 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 well-being 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.