This course provides an integrated technological approach to algebraic topics
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
• 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
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|
|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)
|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|
(*Up to 3 days made be made up due to inclement weather closings.)
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|
|3:00 pm||3:15-3:55 pm|
|4:00 pm||4:00 pm|
|* 25 minute period|
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
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|** This schedule is tentative and is subject to change|