Billy Duke

Office Location:
West Charleston Building I
Room 309P


Office Phone:
(702) 651-7678

Office Fax:
(702) 651-7609

Office Hours:
also by appointment

MATH 116

Elementary Algebra

Fall 2012

Section: 1001 - 1002 - 1003

Call Number: 86517 - 86518 - 86629

Days & Times:
Online Course

Important Dates:
Final Date to drop a course without a "W" - Sun., Sept. 2
Final Date to officially drop with a "W"- Fri., Nov. 29
Final Exam must be taken by Fri., Dec. 13, 2012

Text and materials:

Introduction to Technical Mathematics, Washington, Triola, and Reda, 5th Edition, ISBN 978-0-321-37417-2. MyLabsPlus is required for this course.


Course Description:
Concepts that will allow student to become proficient in the mathematics used in technical fields are the focal point of this course. Topics include manipulations of whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals; measurement systems; an introduction to simple geometric figures; algebraic expressions; linear and quadratic equations; and fundamentals of trigonometry.

Course Objectives:

A scientific calculator is helpful but not required for this course. A graphing calculator is not required. I recommend the TI-30XIIS, it costs less than $20. Calculators are valuable tools that you can use to make doing math less tedious. However, their usage in this course should not replace an understanding of the basic mathematical principles taught.

This is an internet course. Students are required to have internet access. To enter the course go to and log into the Course Compass by following the instructions available on that page.

CSN Computer Labs:
Most of you will probably do your assignments/quizzes/tests at home or at work. Technical problems on your behalf will NOT serve as a valid excuse for missing due dates. If you are having problems with your computer or do not have the required software, feel free to use any of the on-campus computer labs. The locations, contact numbers, and the hours of operations for the CSN Computer Labs can be found online at

Missed Quizzes or Exams:
There are NO acceptable excuses for missing (or failing to complete) a Quiz or Exam. This includes technical difficulties (or other computer problems), children, illness, deaths in the family, traffic court, vacations, or any other legitimate (or imaginary) problems. Quizzes are available for an extended period of time so that students can make appropriate arrangements to complete the required work. Any missed Quiz or Exam will be scored as a zero, and no make-up work of any kind will be offered.

If you stop logging into the course or completing the required quizzes you will NOT be assigned an automatic "W" or "Withdrawal" grade. You will receive the grade based upon the points you have earned. If you wish to be withdrawn from this course it is your responsibility to officially drop the courseby the date listed in the college catalog.



For every Quiz and Exam there is a corresponding homework assignment. In order to even attempt a Quiz this homework assigned must be completed with a score of 70% or better. You can attempt homework assignments as many times as necessary until you fulfill the minimum score.

Graded Quizzes:
There will be twelve 10-point Quizzes. Quiz completion deadlines are listed in the course schedule. Any Quiz not taken by the specified deadline will be scored as a zero. Absolutely no make-up Quiz will be offered for any reason. Each Quiz must be completed within the posted time limit. Unless approved by the instructor answers saved after time has expired will not be accepted. At the end of the semester the 2 lowest Quiz scores will be dropped and the remaining Quiz scores will be added to compute the Quiz total, which will be used in your course grade computation.

There will be 4 regular Exams, each of which will be worth 100 points. The Exams must be completed within the posted time limit.

Computer Grading:
The method used when formatting answers on Quizzes and Exams is very important. If you have an answer you believe was incorrectly marked wrong it is your responsibility to contact the instructor for a possible adjustment to your score. If you wait until the very end of the semester and go back looking for points they will not be awarded.

Grade Calculation:
The 4 Exams and the best 10 out of 12 Quizzes combine for 400 maximum total points. No +/- grades will be issued.

Total Points
448 -
89.5% -
398 -
79.5% -
348 -
69.5% -
298 -
59.5% -
Below 298
Below 59.5%

Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. Any incident of academic dishonesty will be reported to the College's Administration, and the most serious course of action will be recommended as per CSN's Academic Integrity Policy.

Each student is entitled to free, individual academic tutoring through Tutorial Services in D-203. You are allowed 4 free hours of one-on-one tutoring per credit hour. Go to for more information. An appointment is required. Drop-in tutoring is available on a first come, first served basis in The Math and Science Resource Center, located in H-203. For more information go to Both of the above mentioned resources are also available on the Cheyenne and Henderson campuses.

ADA Notice:
Any student who qualifies for "reasonable accomodations" in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act must notify the instructor in writing of such by the end of the first week of class. If you have a documented disability that may require assistance you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center located on each campus. Please visit for more information.