Course Syllabus


This course will cover the fundamental operations of algebra, properties of exponents, solving linear, fractional, radical and quadratic equations, graphing linear, and quadratic functions. Math 101 may not be taken for credit if MATH 110X (FDMAT 110) has been completed with a grade of "B" or higher. This course is worth 4 credits.



To take this class you must meet one of these requirements:

  • ACT Math score of at least 18
  • SAT math score of at least 430/Post 2016, 470
  • ALEKS test score of at least 38
  • MATH 100B with a grade of C or higher
  • MATH 100G, MATH 100L with a C- or higher

Required Resources

  • Access to a computer or laptop
  • Reliable, consistent access to the internet
  • Microphone and webcam
  • Scientific calculator (we recommend TI-30 or an online calculator) without graphing capabilities
  • Notebook with paper
  • Reliable internet connection
  • You will also be required to create a free VoiceThread account in order to participate in the VoiceThread assignments with your group

Optional Resources

  • Camera or scanner
  • USB graphics tablet
  • This course uses a free electronic textbook.* You may access and download the textbook though the Textbook module

*Please note that the textbook is not required, but strongly recommended as a summary of the video instruction, the source of exercises in online assignments, and as a link to the video solutions to exercises.


Course Outcomes (CO)

  1. Develop a firm understanding of the sets of Real Numbers and polish the skills of applying their properties to evaluate formulas and simplify expressions, including those involving integer exponents.
  2. Develop skills used to solve linear equations and inequalities and apply those skills to problems involving absolute values and application, as well as being able to give inequality solutions in graph format, set notation, or interval notation.
  3. Develop a solid understanding of lines, slope, writing equations of lines, and graphing two-variable linear equations, as well as a beginning understanding of functions, including graphs, domain, and range.
  4. Solve systems of equations with two and three variables and apply those skills to solving application problems and finding vertices of systems of two-variable inequalities.
  5. Develop skills to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and factor polynomials, and use factoring to solve application problems involving polynomial equations.
  6. Apply the skills of factoring, fraction arithmetic, and solving linear equations to simplify complex rational expressions, solve equations that include them, and graph basic rational functions.
  7. Develop the skills to simplify and perform arithmetic with rational exponents, radicals, and complex numbers, as well as graph translations of the square root function.
  8. Develop the skill of completing the square and applying the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations and graph all quadratic functions.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignment CO#
Chapter 1 Test 1
Chapter 2 Test 2
Chapter 3 Test 3
Chapter 4 Test 4
Chapter 5 Test 5
Chapter 6 Test 6
Chapter 7 Test 7
Chapter 8 Test 8
Final Exam 1-8

Weekly Patterns

Video Lessons

Each week, students will watch 2–3 video lessons. These videos can last 15 minutes to 40 minutes. During the video, students will learn key math concepts. Students will also be asked to participate during the video sessions by pausing the video and working through examples in their own notebook (called the Video Notebook), and then unpausing to check for their understanding.

Video Notebook

Students should keep a notebook dedicated for this class and use this notebook weekly as they go through the video lessons. When asked in the video, students should pause and work on the problems given in this notebook. Students will account for their notes in this notebook in a one-on-one meeting with the instructor twice in the semester.


After each video lesson, students should complete the assignment. These assignments are open-note, open-tutor, and open-book and are not meant to be a test. They can be taken multiple times. Students should work hard to understand each of these questions so that they will be prepared for the VoiceThread assignments and the exam.  Answers to the exercises in the assignments are available in the online textbook and video solutions can be accessed through the Student Resources Module.


Each week, students will work in groups of up to five people in a VoiceThread. VoiceThread is a collaboration tool where students can post voice and video comments for everyone in the group to see. Students are not required to meet at the same time and may post their comments at different times of the week. During the VoiceThread, students will pick two questions from each slide to prepare and teach one another. Students teaching concepts to other students will help them all master the concepts. Initial posts are due by midweek, with replies due end of week. This is also where you will receive weekly feedback from your instructor.


Students will visit the online online Math Study Center five times during the semester to complete an assignment while working with a tutor. The purpose of this is to give students a chance to learn about the resources available and how to work with a tutor.

Visual Chart

At the end of each chapter, students will create a visual chart that organizes their thoughts before the test. These charts will include formulas, steps, and examples to help students remember the key concepts. Charts can be created digitally or on paper and submitted by taking a picture or using a scanner to submit. The visual charts they create will not be allowed on the test; however, at the end of the course, all visual charts will be allowed on the final exam.


Tests will be given at the end of each chapter. Students who wish to improve their exam scores can meet with a tutor or their teacher after the exam to review what they missed. After this review, a student can complete the retake. You are required to retake the test if you received a 77% or below on your first attempt. The retake should be done within a week of the due date of the exam.

Weekly Report

At the end of each week, students will describe how they did that week by filling out a short report that will be sent to their teacher. This should be the last thing done each week.

Due Dates

There are two due dates each week for the assignments in this class. Check the calendar each week to see what is due on each day.

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model

This course utilizes the Learning Model by teaching both gospel and math concepts. Students prepare by watching videos, teach one another through asynchronous VoiceThread assignments, and prove through assignments, tests and weekly reports.



Students are expected to spend approximately 12-16 hours a week on each week's assignments. (3-4 hours per credit per week.)

Group Work

Students will be auto-enrolled into VoiceThread groups within the first two weeks, after which they can find their group assignment in the People tab.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. However, your instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates as appropriate.


Section Assignments will be available for resubmission until the end of the Chapter Test. For example, assignments 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, and 3-4 can be resubmitted until the Chapter 3 test closes.

Tests may be retaken after meeting with a tutor or your instructor. You are required to retake the test if you received a 77% or below on your first attempt. The retake should be done within a week of the first take.

Extra Credit

Extra credit is offered for completing the two evaluation surveys in W05 and W13 as well as some enrichment assignments in Chapter 8. Each is worth 0.2% of the final grade.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100% - 93%
A- 92% - 90%
B+ 89% - 87%
B 86% - 83%
B- 82% - 80%
C+ 79% - 77%
C 76% - 73%
C- 72% - 70%
D+ 69% - 67%
D 66% - 63%
D- 62% - 60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course includes required synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Click on Modules in the left menu and go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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