The first day of class (March 28 Wednesday), I gave a brief introduction to the general idea of algebra. If you missed this day, you shouldn't suffer too much for it. The next day (March 30 Friday), the class began in earnest.

The material for the first week is Chapter 1 of the textbook, which reviews arithmetic that you should already understand. But in case it's been a while since you did mathematics, or you never quite got the hang of fractions or negative numbers, now is the time to get that material down cold!

I'll follow this with material on exponentiation from Section 5.1 of the textbook. As you can see from that example, I don't plan to follow the order of the textbook precisely. Roughly speaking, we will go through Chapters 2 and 5 simultaneously, each chapter in order (but at different rates, and skipping some material in Chapter 5). Then we will go through Chapters 3 and 4 and finish Chapter 5.

On May 2 Wednesday, I will turn in midterm grades to the college; this is why the midterm is one class day earlier, on April 30 Monday. The college should have those grades available for you on May 3 Thursday. Similarly, your final grades should be available on June 13 Wednesday.

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