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COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Course Description:

This course provides an integrated technological approach to algebraic topics used in
problem solving. Emphasis is placed on applications involving equations and inequalities; polynomials,
rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; and graphing and data analysis/modeling. Upon
completion, students should be able to choose an appropriate model to fit a data set and use the model for
analysis and prediction. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation
Agreement general education core requirement in natural science/mathematics.

Prerequisite: Mat 080 or Mat 090

Corequisite: Mat 161A

Textbook: Blitzer, College Algebra, Third Edition. ISBN: 0-13-101365-3

Course Goal: Upon completion, students should be able to choose an appropriate model to fit a data set
and use the model for analysis and prediction.

Course Specific Competencies: Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
 •Solve applications involving polynomial equations and inequalities.
 •Solve applications involving rational equations and inequalities.
 •Solve applications involving exponential and logarithmic functions.
 •Solve applications involving graphing and data analysis/modeling techniques.

Reinforcement Experiences for General Education Cross-Curriculum Competencies
The course encapsulates reinforcement experiences for the general education cross-curriculum competencies:
 o Communicate effectively in speaking, writing, reading, and listening.
 o Locate, evaluate, and use information to analyze problems and make logical decisions.
 o Apply math skills and/or natural science knowledge appropriately to organize, analyze and make information useful.
 o Develop the ability to succeed as a self-directed learner.

Grading Policy: You will have 4chapter tests and two cumulative final exams during the semester.
Your chapter test average will account for 75% of your final grade. The Midterm and Final exam is
mandatory and will count 25% of your final grade.
All tests will be closed book. - If for any reason it is necessary for you to withdraw from this class, you must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Records and Registration Office by the deadline. If you quit attending class without completing the appropriate forms your grade will become an “F”. The final grade will be an average of all your test grades, A(90-100), B(80-89),C(70-79),D(60-69), F (below 60)

Inclement Weather Schedule: Refer to page 30 of your student handbook
The College will close when weather conditions are such that driving is hazardous.
The following procedure will be observed for inclement weather conditions:

1. Announcements concerning school operation will be made by 6:30 am on local radio and TV
stations for day classes. A voice mail message will be recorded on the switchboard. If it appears that
ice or snow may be cleared by mid-morning, the schedule below will be followed and all College
personnel and students should report by 10am.

2. Closing or delaying the day programs does not automatically close evening classes.
Announcements will be made on radio stations and the College switchboard no later than 3pm
concerning the evening classes.

3. When weather conditions dictate early dismissal of the day or evening classes, the
announcement will be made by telephone to each building on campus.

4. Commuters should exercise personal judgment concerning highway conditions regardless of
College announcements, particularly those commuting from outlying areas.

5.Adjustments in the College calendar for days missed because of inclement weather will be made at
the end of the semester.

Normal Class Time Delayed Opening
8 am 10-10:40 am
8:30am 10:20-11 am
9 am. 10:45-11:25 am
9:30 am 11:05-11:45 am
10 am 11:30-12:10 pm
10:30 am 11:50am-12:30 pm
11 am 12:15-12:55 pm
11:30 am 12:35-1:15 pm
12 am 1-1:40 pm
12:30 pm 1:20-2 pm
1 pm 1:45-2:25 pm
1:30 pm 2:05-2:45 pm
2 pm 2:30-3:10 pm
2:30 pm 2:50-3:30 pm
3 pm 3:15-3:55 pm
3:30 pm 3:35-4:15 pm
4 pm 4 pm

Final Exam Policy: Will be the last day of scheduled class. See above Inclement Weather Schedule

Attendance Policy: To receive course credit, a student should attend a minimum of 80 percent of the
contact hours of the class. Upon accumulating absences exceeding 20 percent of the course contact hours,
the student may be dropped from the class with a grade of “U” at the discretion of the instructor. A tardy is
defined as arriving late for class, leaving early, or being away from class without permission during class
hours. Three tardies may constitute one absence. (refer to pg. 74 of your student handbook)

Important Dates:

Summer Session—2008

Registration: Current and Continuing Students April 28—May 2
General Registration May 5—16
Last Day to Pay Tuition and Fees May 16
* *Please note: Unpaid registrations will be deleted from the computer registration system at 4:30 p.m.
Late Registration May 19—20
Last Day to Pay Tuition and Fees for Late Registration May 20
New Student Welcome 9:00 a.m. May 20
Classes Begin May 21
Schedule Adjustments May 21-22
Last Day to Apply for Summer Graduation May 16
Last Day to Drop for a Partial Refund May 27
Independence Day College Holiday July 4
Last Day to Withdraw from a full 10-Week Class July 14
Last Day of Class/Examinations July 29
Summer Graduation August 1
Total Class Days 49, plus 1 class meeting make-up for Friday classes
Holiday:
(*Up to 3 days made be made up due to inclement weather closings.)
July 4

Activity Day Schedule
This schedule will be used for most approved and announced student activities.

Normal Class Time Activity Day Schedule
8:00 am 8:00-8:40 am
8:30 am 8:20-9:00 am
9:00 am 8:45-9:25 am
9:30 am 9:05-9:45 am
10:00 am 9:30-10:10 am
10:30 am 9:50-10:30 am
11:00 am 10:15-10:55 am
11:30 am 10:35-11:00 am*
11:00 am-1:00 pm Free for activities!
12:00 noon 1:00-1:40 pm
12:30 pm 1:20-2:00 pm
1:00 pm 1:45-2:25 pm
1:30 pm 2:05-2:45 pm
2:00 pm 2:30-3:10 pm
2:30 pm 2:50-3:30pm
3:00 pm 3:15-3:55 pm
3:30 pm 3:35-4:15pm
4:00 pm 4:00 pm
* 25 minute period

Academic Dishonesty
You may not deceive any official of the college by cheating on any assignment, exam, or paper.
This includes plagiarism, which is the intentional theft or unacknowledged use of another’s
words or ideas. Plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) paraphrasing or summarizing
another’s words or works without proper acknowledgement, using direct quotes of material
without proper acknowledgement, or purchasing or using a paper or presentation written or
produced
by another. The faculty at A-B Tech may also consider presenting as original work
a paper written for one class to satisfy a requirement in another class to be academic
dishonesty.

Code of Classroom Conduct: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is an institution for
adult learning. It is a partnership between instructors with the desire to teach and students with the desire to
learn. In order to create an appropriate environment for teaching and learning to flourish, there must be
respect for the instructor and fellow students. Listed below are guidelines for classroom behavior which the
College has established to ensure that the learning environment is not compromised.

1. Attendance: You are expected to be in class the entire class time. Do not enter late or leave early. Rare
exceptions may be excused, particularly under emergency circumstances, but you should be prepared to explain your
tardiness to the instructor after class. Likewise, the need to leave early should be explained to the instructor before class.

2. Absences: Inform the instructor in advance, if you know you are going to miss a class. Also, take responsibility
for getting missed assignments from other students. Do not expect that you will be allowed to make up work, such as
unannounced quizzes or tests, after an absence. Instructors are not responsible for re-teaching the material you missed

3. Conversation: Do not carry on side conversations in class.

4. Other Activities: You may not work on other activities while in class. This includes homework for other courses
or other personal activities.

5. Internet: In classes where Internet access is provided, you may use the Internet for valid, academic purposes
only. You may not use it for open access to other non-academic sites which are unrelated to the course.

6. Sleep: Do not sleep in class.

7. Attitude: You are expected to maintain a civil attitude in class. You may not use inappropriate or offensive
commentary or body language to show your attitude regarding the course, the instructor, assignments, or fellow students.

8. Profanity and Offensive Language: You may not use profanity or offensive language in class.

9. Cell phones and beepers: You may not receive or send telephone calls or pages during class. You are
responsible for turning off cell phones and beepers upon entering class.

10. Guests: You may not bring unregistered friends or children to class.

11. Food, Drink, Tobacco Products : You may not have food or drink in class. You may not use tobacco products in
the buildings of A-B Tech.

12. Personal Business: You may need to transact personal business with the instructor, asking him or her to sign
forms. Plan to do this before instruction begins or after class.

Typically, violations of the Code of Classroom Conduct will be dealt with as minor infractions. However,
repetition of minor infractions or other more serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct may lead to
removal from the classroom while the matter is resolved and referral to the Vice President for Student
Services for disciplinary action.

Other Information: Additional help in math and related courses is available in Developmental Studies,
Laurel Building, Room 107. The hours are from 9am-6:30pm M-Th, and 9am-1:00pm on Friday.

Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for this course. The TI-83 or TI-86 will be the calculator
used by the instructor. I will not permit the TI-89 or the TI-92 to be used on tests. Your calculators may be
cleared before examinations.

Statement of Right to Make Changes : I reserve the right to make changes in the syllabus. Any changes
will be announced in class.

Content Outline

Sections   Page Assignment
P.1 Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions 11-12 1-81 every other odd -eoo
P.2 Exponents and Scientific Notation 22-23 1-97 eoo
P.3 Radicals and Rational Exponents 34-36 1-113 eoo
P.4 Polynomials 46-47 1-79 eoo, 89
P.5 Factoring Polynomials 57-58 1-97 eoo
P.6 Rational Expressions 68-70 1-63 odd
       
1.1 Graphs and Graphing Utilities 81-83 1-47 odd
1.2 Linear Equations 92-94 1-69 odd
1.3 Formulas and Applications 103-107 1-75 odd
1.4 Complex Numbers 113 1-43 odd
1.5 Quadratic Equations 128-131 1-93 eoo
  TEST 1    
1.6 Other Types of Equations 141-144 1-89 odd
1.7 Linear Inequalities 153-156 1-83 odd
1.8 Quadratic and Rational Inequalities 165-167 1-47 odd
2.1 Lines and Slope 188-192 1-67 odd
2.2 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles 199-201 1-59 odd
  TEST 2    
 

MIDTERM

   
2.3 Basics of Functions 211-212 1-73 odd
2.4 Graphs of Functions 228-232 1-81 odd
2.5 Transformations of Functions 244-245 1-55odd (skip # 9,19,33,41,51)
2.6 Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions 257-258 1-57 odd
2.7 Inverse Functions 267-268 1-39 odd
  TEST 3    
3.1 Quadratic Functions 288-291 1-49 odd
3.2 Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs 300-302 1-53 odd
3.3 Dividing Polynomials : Remainder and Factor Theorems 313-314 1-43 odd
3.4 Zeros of Polynomial Functions 322-323 1-41 odd
3.5 More on Zeros of Polynomial Functions 332-333 1-43 odd
3.6 Rational Functions and Their Graphs 349-353 1-7, 21-31 ,35-51, 55-57 odd
3.7 Modeling Using Variation 363-365 1-49 odd (skip # 43)
  TEST 4    
4.1 Exponential Functions 382-383 1-45 odd
4.2 Logarithmic Functions 395-396 1-79 odd
4.3 Properties of Logarithms 405-406 1-81 odd (skip # 37, 39)
4.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations 415-416 1-65 odd (skip # 21-25)
4.5 Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 428-429 1-21 odd
  TEST 5    
 

FINAL

   
** This schedule is tentative and is subject to change
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