Welcome to Developmental Math II. This web page will be a resource for
you as you complete your developmental mathematics requirement. MyMathLab
course ID bryant50527.
Challenge Test: If you have never been enrolled
in/received grade for this course, you are eligible to take the challenge test.
The test will be given on the first day of class. All students will also
take a pretest. The challenge test is similar to a
final for the course, so you should study. Challenge
Test Information.
Practice Tests 
You may get 2 practice tests on the MyMathLab Website, in addition to the practice test in your book. Your course id number is bryant50527. Remember, practice tests are just thatno indication that the same problems will be on the real test. 
Some handouts students have found useful in past semesters.
Professor: Dr. Debra Bryant  Office: Foster Hall 404 
Office Phone: 3723668  Office Hours: See below 
email: ddbryant@tntech.edu 
Office and Class SCHEDULE
TIME 
Tues/Thur 

TIME 
Mon/Wed 
Fri 
8:009:20am 
DSPM0800003 FH406 

8:00am11:30am 
office by appointment 
office by appointment 
9:3010:50AM 
DSPM0800004
FH406 

1:00pm2:20pm 
Office 

11:0011:50AM 
help sessions 


1:002:45PM 
Office 




3:004:20PM 
MATH1830001
BR119 

2:30pm3:50pm 
DSPM0850011 FH406 

4:304:50PM 
Office(Bruner or Foster), until
6:30PM on Thursdays 

4:00pm4:50pm 
Office 

**MANY HOURS
AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT!!!!!
NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to modify the course requirements, assignments, grading procedures and other related policies as circumstances may dictate.
DSPM 0850 Intermediate
Algebra: a 3 semester hour credit course at the prefreshman level.
It is similar to a high school Algebra II course.
The student who successfully completes this course will be prepared
to enroll in the required math course for his/her major.
Course Objectives/Topics Covered: These objectives should be mastered as you review: concepts from elementary algebra; absolute value equations/inequalities; writing equations of linear functions; rational exponents and radicals; polynomial and exponential functions; systems of equations; and matrix algebra.
Prerequisites:
Students are placed in this course according to satisfactory ACT or COMPASS
test scores, a grade of “C” or above in DSPM 0800, or a successful
challenge of the DSPM 0800 course. These
prerequisites are required by TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents).
About the Instructor: I have been with this
program since 1990. I have taught DSPM 0700, DSPM 0800, and DSPM
0850; also, Math 1010, Math 1630 and Math 1830 in the Math Department.
I came to TTU
from Cookeville High School where I taught mathematics, chemistry and
physics. I earned my doctorate in mathematics education from The University of Tennessee at
Knoxville in 1998. I entered
the teaching field in the footsteps of my grandmother, mother, and aunt all
of whom taught in the Jackson County school system.
My family has a close history with TTU.
My two sisters, myself, and my sisters' husbands all obtained one (or more)
degrees here. Our daughters,
Heather (English ‘93) and Rachel (Accounting ‘04) are TTU alumni.
Office Hours:
Former students will tell you that I will try to be available to help
you as necessary. Additionally
you may contact me in these ways:
Office: Foster Hall 404 by appointment or walkin (open
hours)
Telephone: (931)3723668, will return messages within
48 hours MF, unless a voice response advises delays.
Fax: (931)3726275, MF
Email: ddbryant@tntech.edu,
will return Email by identifiable students within 48 hours, unless a
posting advises you of any delays.
Textbook: Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition (bundle packcontains the book, MyMathLab access code, and video lectures on CD with solution clips), by Lial, Hornsby, and McGinnis. The ISBN is 0321527690.
Other Material Required: Graph paper, ruler, 1.5" to 2.5" 3ring
binder, notebook paper,
dividers, pencils. Calculators
are optional, if you buy one you should get a scientific calculator. You
will not be allowed to use (or bring into the room) a graphing calculator
for quizzes/tests.
Content Related Objectives:
To develop problemsolving skills. 
To learn to manage resources (time). 
To assist in success in nonmathematical courses that require a grasp of algebraic fundamentals. 
To view mathematics as a language of patterns. 
To develop the ability to translate data into mathematical language and to interpret that language. 
Major teaching methods Various learning activities will be used to accomplish the course goals.
Chapters Covered Review of elementary algebra along with Chapters 611, Appendix G, part of 12 (time permitting).
Grading and Evaluation Procedures Students will be held to standards similar to those found in the workplace. Students are to complete their assignments on time with an open willingness to learn. To measure the extent to which students attain the objectives of the course the following will be graded:
Tests: The tests will be open response (problem solving), but may also include any or all of the following types of questions: objective (true/false, multiple choice, matching) and fillintheblank.
Assignments: Complete assignments as given. In class grades may not be made up, several grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.
Quizzes: A quiz may be given at any time to check for understanding.
Your grade for the course will be given at the end of the term and will be counted in the combined GPA calculations. (The combined GPA is used in determining suspension and probation, financial aid eligibility, and athletic eligibility, but not in determining required GPA for graduation or for graduation or term honors). This grade will remain a permanent part of your academic record. Cheating, in any form, will not be permitted. Evidence of cheating will result in the student's receiving an "F" for the semester. Also, passing off as one's own the ideas or words of another without crediting the source is called plagiarism. To be liable for plagiarism it is not necessary to exactly duplicate another's work, it being sufficient if unfair use of such work is made by lifting a substantial portion thereof:
4 tests  10% each on final grade 
In class work + Notebook  18% of final grade 
online quizzes and homework  22% of final grade 
final  20% of final grade 
The term grade for this class will be based on the following:
A =
90% and above
B =
80% to less than 90%
C =
70% to less than 80% F =
below 70%
There will be no "D"
given in the course. You must
have at least a "C" in order to pass.
Attendance policy
Attendance is required by the instructor, by the State Board of Regents
and by TTU (See TTU catalog):
"Unsatisfactory class attendance may result in the student's being
dropped from a course with a grade of F.
Tardiness is recorded as an absence." No absence will be excused. The TTU Academic Development Program Faculty recognizes the
necessity of regular classroom attendance as a basic cornerstone of the
learning process.
The learning process will be enhanced by your preparation for and
attendance/participation in class. Inclement weather policy:
"General
Statement: Tennessee Technological University offices will remain open during
periods of inclement weather even though classes may be canceled.
Sources for Assistance Independent study groups (which may meet in the ADP learning center, library study rooms, etc.) seem to offer the best support for problemsolving. Individual help is available in the learning center, Foster Hall 411; from me during office hours; and the Math Dept. tutoring lab in Bruner Hall 104. Additionally you may access your CDs and MyMathLab.
Withdrawals (drops) Students will not be permitted to drop an DSPM course unless withdrawing officially from TTU. The withdrawal process paperwork is handled in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 231 in the Roaden University Center, phone number (931)3723411.
Lottery Scholarship Questions about the lottery scholarship should be directed to Financial Aid, University Center, Room 214, phone 3723075.
Disabilities Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course. The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 3726119.
I UNDERSTAND THE POLICIES DESCRIBED ABOVE. (This is your contract for your grade in DSPM 0850).
NAME: DATE:
This is the homework policy effective from class #1!!
IF BOOK HOMEWORK IS ASSIGNED: Homework assignments are important to your success and should be done with the following goals:
1. Homework is assigned in order for you to master the concepts being taught. It is not sufficient to “do” the problem, but to “do” the problem correctly and understand why your answer is correct. Do not skip problemsget whatever help is necessary to complete every problem. If you do not “BUY INTO” this goalyou will be very unhappy!
2. Do your classroom homework neatly, on notebook paper using a pencil, with the sections CLEARLY marked and the problems worked in order. Circle or box your answers so that they are easy to find. Staple your pages together if the section of homework uses more than one sheet of paper. Start new sections on a clean sheet of notebook paper. As you get your graded homework back, place your homework in a notebook that has dividers for each chapter. You may also have a divider for quizzes and/or tests, or you may place the quizzes and tests in the appropriate chapter section.
3. Put a question mark "?" beside problem numbers that you want to ask about in class (no more than two or you should be in lab and/or my office!), lab, or office. Place your homework on my desk as you enter class. It will be graded for completion and accuracy and returned next class period. Do not fold your papers as it makes them more difficult to grade. Note: Sloppy homework and/or homework not clearly marked with your name, section number, problems written out, and chapter and section number will be returned with a grade of "0".
4. Homework is assigned in order for the instructor to check for mastery learning. Thus, you MUST write the problem and show all the steps leading to you answers. HOMEWORK SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE NEXT CLASS BECAUSE THE PACE OF THE COURSE IS SWIFT!
5. Homework is assigned in order for you to use the results to study for each chapter test and the final. You MUST keep a notebook of homework assignments for use in studying for each test. Homework will be collected and graded for accuracy, not just for completion.
*Meetings take precedence over office hours.
CLASS NUMBER: 
In Class Work 
CLASS NUMBER: 
IN CLASS WORK 
1, 1/15 
Review, 6.1 
16, 3/18 
10.2 
2, 1/21 
6.2 
17, 3/23 
10.310.4 
3, 1/26 
6.4 
18, 3/25 
10.5 
4, 1/28 
6.56.6 
19, 3/30 
10.6 
5, 2/2 
6.7 
20, 4/1*  Test #3 
6, 2/4  7.1 
21, 4/6 
11.111.2 
7, 2/9* 
Test #1 
22, 4/8 
11.311.4 
8, 2/11 
7.2 
23, 4/13 
11.5 
9, 2/16 
7.37.4 
24, 4/15 
11.611.7 
10, 2/18 
7.5 
25, 4/20 
11.8, Appendix G 
11, 2/23 
8.18.2 
26, 4/22*  Test #4 
12, 2/25 
8.38.4 
27, 4/27 
Review for Final 
13, 3/2 
8.58.6 
28, 4/29 
Review for Final 
14, 3/4* 
Test #2 
29 
Final Thursday 05/07/09 1pm3pm FH414 
15, 3/16  10.1 
This page is maintained by Debra D. Bryant
Last updated on Monday, January 26, 2009