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MATH 114 College Algebra
VII. Means of Evaluation
Here is the grading scale and basis of overall course
grade:
Grading Scale:
Homework 10% of total grade.
Chapter tests 70% of total grade.
Final exam 20% of total grade
VIII. Topical Course Outline
Specific sections of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 will be covered in this course. See the detailed list attached to this syllabus explaining the sections and the topics/concepts that are in each section.
IX. American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Springfield College – Benedictine University provides
individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in
educational programs, activities and services. Students with disabilities
requiring accommodations to participate in collegesponsored programs,
activities and services or to meet course requirements should contact the
Director of the Resource Center as early as possible.
If documentation of the disability (either learning or physical) is not already
on file, it may be requested. Once on file, an individual student’s disability
documentation is shared only at that individual’s request and solely with the
parties whom the student wishes it shared.
X. Assessment: Classroom Assessment Techniques
Goals, objectives, and learning outcomes that will be assessed in this class are stated in this syllabus. The instructor will use pre/post tests, minute papers, three question surveys, assignment assessments and/or other Classroom Assessment Techniques as deemed necessary in order to provide continuous improvement of instruction. Students are required to take part in all assessment measures.
XI. Miscellaneous
Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is expected in this class. Appropriate action will be taken for
any acts of dishonesty. Cheating undermines everything that is best in the
College, in the class and in you. (SR3)
Classroom Behavior
Students should arrive to the classroom before class begins and leave the
classroom only upon the completion of class. If an emergency causes you to enter
the classroom after class has begun, please be respectful of the instructor and
your classmates. During class, inappropriate talking, notepassing, or other
distracting or disrupting behavior will not be tolerated. Cellular
phones/electronic devices will be turned off during class. (SR3, SD1)
Recommended Study Methods
This is a challenging class. You should plan to devote a lot of time to it
beginning on the first day. The lectures and the text will complement
each other. In class, the essential points will be stressed, the common
difficulties exposed, and examples presented. You should not only attend class,
but read the relevant sections in the text on the same day that they are
covered in class. As you study the text, make a habit of working out the
examples. Do the assigned problems. Many of the problems are
straightforward, but even the best students should expect to find that
attempting some of the problems will be a frustrating experience. If you
are having trouble with a problem, put it aside for a while (several hours or a
day), and then attempt it again. Most real understanding comes from
struggling with the problems. It is part of “doing math.” If you are still
stuck, ask a classmate or schedule a tutor in the Resource Center or come to
office hours and ask me!
Detailed List of Sections Covered
Chapter R1  Fundamental Concepts of Algebra 
Section R1.1:  Real Numbers: Order and Absolute Value 
Section R1.4:  Radicals and Rational Exponents 
Chapter R2  Equations and Inequalities 
Section R2.3:  Quadratic Equations 
Section R2.4:  The Quadratic Formula 
Chapter 1  Functions and Graphs 
Section 1.1:  Graphs of Equations 
Section 1.2:  Lines in the Plane 
Section 1.3:  Linear Modeling and Direct Variation 
Section 1.4:  Functions 
Section 1.5:  Graphs of Functions 
Section 1.6:  Transformations of Functions 
Section 1.7:  The Algebra of Functions 
Section 1.8:  Inverse Functions 
Chapter 2  Polynomial and Rational Functions 
Chapter 2.1:  Quadratic Functions and Models 
Chapter 2.2:  Polynomial Functions and Higher Degree 
Chapter 2.3:  Polynomial Division 
Chapter 2.4:  Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions 
Chapter 2.5:  Complex Numbers 
Chapter 2.6:  The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra 
Chapter 2.7:  Rational Functions 
Chapter 3  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 
Chapter 3.1  Exponential Functions 
Chapter 3.2  Logarithmic Functions 
Chapter 3.3  Properties of Logarithms 
Chapter 3.4  Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations 
Chapter 4  Systems of Equations and Inequalities 
Chapter 4.1  Solving Systems Using Substitution 
Chapter 4.2  Solving Systems Using Elimination 
Chapter 6  Sequences, Series, and Probability (if time permits) 
Chapter 6.1:  Sequences and Summation Notation 
Chapter 6.2:  Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums 
Chapter 6.3:  Geometric Sequences and Series 
Preparation for first session:  
Read pages Ch. R1 and study examples. 
This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor to accommodate instructional and/or student needs. Such changes will be announced to the class at the appropriate time.
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