MTH 070 AND MTH 080
with grades of C or better
placement test equivalence (either ACT or COMPASS)
[Essentials of] College Algebra; Lial/Hornsby/Schneider; Addison Wesley; 10th Edition
Student's Solutions Manual for..., Lial/Hornsby/Schneider
Additional Skill and Drill Manual for..., Lial/Hornsby/Schneider
A Review of Algebra, Howard
To foster the student's mathematical competence, maturity, and knowledge. We will emphasize algebraic and graphical approaches to college algebra topics such as polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; and matrices.
Attendance is an important aspect of classroom learning. It provides access to both the teacher's years of experience and the experience and understanding of other students (during discussions and group work). It is in the classroom that we find a sounding board for our conceptualizations of the ideas read in the book. It is also a place where we can hear explanations of topics from the book in a different light (from a different angle). All classes should be attended by the student.
Cheating is never a good thing. Some people think of cheating as merely copying their friend's (friends') work. Nope. Cheating also includes plagiarism (of your textbook, other books, journals, magazines, Web pages, etc.). Plagiarism is also a federal crime. Cheating earns both parties 0's on the assignment. Continued cheating will result in failure of the course (and may lead to expulsion from the college!).
Please turn in your OWN work. It would be a shame for you to fail simply for lack of thinking on your own.
|In Class Activities||10 %|
Tests consist (most often) of multiple choice, word problems, graphing/interpretation, solving equations, etc. Tests may also contain thought/discussion problems.
Make-up exams (with reasonable excuse — see attendance), will be ALL essays, proofs, and/or word problems.
The final is cumulative. That is, it will contain problems from through-out the entire semester. It is also a common final. So all 103 sections will take it Wednesday morning of finals week.
Homework sets are assigned to help you study for each test. I will not collect these. They do not count directly toward your grade. But if you don't do them, your performance on the exams will be severely hampered.
Each class period either a quiz or a group activity may occur (in addition to the traditional sign-in sheet). All in-class activities can be conducted at any time during the class period.
If you do extra credit, you can hand it in at any time — but you must mark it clearly as extra credit.
Due dates are present for a reason. If you do not turn in an assignment by the due date given, credit will be denied. (Reasonable excuses may be accepted so that credit will merely be reduced.)
|Chapter 2||Graphs and Functions|
|Chapter 3.1-4||Polynomial |
|Chapter 4||Exponential and Logarithmic Functions|
|Chapter 5.1-3,5-8||Systems and Matrices|