Course Coordinator
Nancy McGill (npmcgill@iastate.edu)
Catalog Description
MATH 010. High School Algebra.
(40) Cr. arr. F.S.
For students who do not have adequate facility with topics from high school algebra or do not meet the algebra admission requirement. The course is divided into tracks of one and twosemester lengths. For most students a diagnostic exam will determine which track must be taken. Students will receive a grade in MATH 25 or MATH 30 respectively depending on the level of material covered. Satisfactory completion of MATH 30 is recommended for students planning to take MATH 140, MATH 142, or MATH 151, while MATH 25 is sufficient for MATH 104, MATH 105, MATH 150, MATH 195, STAT 101 or STAT 105. Students must complete MATH 30 to remove a deficiency in the algebra admission requirement. Topics include signed numbers, polynomials, rational and radical expressions, exponential and logarithmic expressions, and equations. Offered on a satisfactoryfail basis only..
Textbook
Schultz
Introduction to Intermediate Algebra with MyMathLab
ISU Custom Edition
ISBN: 9781269315548
Syllabus
Math 10 places students in one of two tracks, which will address the appropriate prerequisite material needed for specific entry level mathematics courses. Both levels are four hour noncredit courses with a grading system of satisfactory or fail.
All students initially enrolled in Math 10 are in the algebra course. Based on the result of a placement/scanner (NOT the same as the Mathematics placement exam (ALEKS) taken before orientation), Math 10 students will be placed in a track appropriate for their ability and the future math courses they need to take.
Track A is designed to
 Teach the material found in approximately the first year of high school algebra – needed by some students to meet ISU admission requirements.
 Prepare students for Math 104, 105, 195, and Stat 101, and
 Prepare students for Track B.
Track B is designed to
 Teach the material from approximately the second year of high school algebra – needed by some students to meet ISU admission requirements, and
 Prepare students for Math 140, 143X, 145X, 150, and 151.
There are several different syllabi, depending on individual student needs. Students will receive their syllabus during the first week of the semester.
Objectives
Math 10’s primary outcome is to develop students and their Algebra skills so that they can demonstrate what they know and are able to do in a testing situation as well as in their required Iowa State Math class. Many Math 10 students have been away from formal math classes for more than a year and need to now refresh their learning. One of the primary outcomes developed is that of being confident in approaching any math problem and taking an educated risk in its solving. Another outcome to be developed involves attitude: changing the student’s attitude from “I can’t” and “I hate Math” to one of “I can” and “I sort of like Math.” Math 10 involves the teaching of not only Algebra but also the strategies for growing as a learner in Mathematics. The primary objectives from Algebra used to develop these learners are included below for both levels of Math 10.
Objectives for Math 10/25 (Track A)
Variables, Real Numbers & Mathematical Models
Linear Equations & Inequalities in One Variable
Linear Equations in 2 Variables
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Exponents & Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials

Objectives for Math 10/30 (Track B)
Linear Equations in 2 Variables
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Exponents & Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
Rational Expressions
Basics of Functions and Absolute Value
Radicals, Radical Functions & Rational Exponents
Quadratic Equations and Functions
Exponential & Logarithmic Functions

Old Exams
(none provided)
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Students With Disabilities
If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, you should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) from the Disability Resources office (Student Services Building, Room 1076, 2946624 or TDD 2946335, disabilityresources@iastate.edu or accommodations@iastate.edu). Please contact your instructor early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.
More information about disability resources in the Mathematics Department can be found at http://www.math.iastate.edu/Undergrad/AccommodationPol.html.