Course Name: Algebra for Teachers I 
Office Number: 322 Boyd Bldg. 
Instructor: Dr. Angela Barlow 
Office Hours: T R 9:30  11:00 or by appointment 
Email: abarlow@westga.edu 
Telephone: O: 7708364352 H: 7708365202 
Webpage: www.westga.edu/~abarlow/ 
Course Objectives: After completion of the course, the student
will demonstrate:
1. an understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols associated with
algebra; (G3)
2. a better understanding of fundamental concepts of algebra, including
linear and quadratic equations in one and two variables, linear inequalities,
functions, polynomials, exponents, and radicals; (G3)
3. the ability to recognize and correct "common errors" made by
algebra students; (G3)
4. a better understanding of appropriate strategies for teaching algebra;
(G3)
5. a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives,
technology, and other materials for teaching algebra in grades P8; and (G3)
6. an ability to relate algebra topics studied in this course to the
mathematics taught in grades P8. (G3)
Text: Algebra for College Students., AddisonWesley
Longman, 2001. Authors: Lial and Hornsby.
Evaluation: 

Grading Policy: A (585  650 pts), B (520  584 pts), C (455  519 pts), D (390  454 pts), F (0  389 pts)
Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. This term a student may withdraw with a grade of W through February 27th, regardless of grades, absences, etc. This deadline has been established by the University. After this deadline, if a student has accumulated more than four absences throughout the semester, he/she will normally receive a grade of WF. (A grade of WF counts as an F.) The four absences should be saved for sickness and other emergencies. Late arrivals and early exits count onehalf of an absence. If a student is absent for a test and has an excuse from someone in authority, then the final exam grade will be used for the missed test in the calculation of the final course grade. No makeups will be given. Students who maintain a perfect attendance record (i.e. no excused or unexcused absences) will have 6 points added to their Total Points at the end of the semester
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. Grades will be based on coursework, not on Hope Grant needs, GPA, or any other factors outside the realm of coursework.