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Course Syllabus for College Algebra

INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTY BABU
DEPARTMENT: MATH
PHONE NUMBER/EXTENSION: 721-5440
OFFICE HOURS: See the first day handout
COURSE TITLE: College Algebra
COURSE NUMBER: Math 1314
COURSE LEVEL: College
LAB: None
TEXTBOOKS: College Algebra, 5th ed. by Auffman/Barker/Nation
CORE OBJECTIVES: Exemplary Educational Objectives

1. To apply arithmetic , algebraic, geometric, higher-order
thinking, and statistical methods to modeling and
solving real -world situations.

2. To represent and evaluate basic mathematical
information verbally, numerically , graphically, and
symbolically.

3. To expand mathematical reasoning skills and formal
logic to develop convincing mathematical arguments.

4. To use appropriate technology to enhance
mathematical thinking and understanding and to solve
mathematical problems and judge the reasonableness
of the results.

5. To interpret mathematical models such as formulas ,
graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inferences
from them.

6. To recognize the limitations of mathematical and
statistical models.

7. To develop the view that mathematics is an evolving
discipline, interrelated with human culture, and
understand its connections to other disciplines.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Topics includes quadratics; polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and
exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and
series; and matrices and determinants. Prerequisite : MATH 0376.
 
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. solve word problems involving quadratic equations.
2. solve non-linear and rational inequalities.
3. define a relation and a function.
4. determine whether a relation is a function.
5. find the domain and range of a function or relation algebraically,
or by examining its graph.
6. evaluate a function using function notation.
7. add , subtract , multiply , and divide functions.
8. find the composite of two functions .
9. find the inverse of a function if it exists.
10. determine whether two functions are inverses of one another.
11. find the zeroes of a polynomial or rational function.
12. graph special functions, including piecewise, absolute value ,
greatest integer, and square root functions , etc (cover the library of
functions).
13. graph functions using transformations.
14. graph quadratic functions, including the intercepts, vertex, and
axis of symmetry.
15. graph polynomial functions of degree greater than 2, using
intercepts, symmetry, and the leading coefficient test.
16. graph rational functions, using intercepts, asymptotes, and symmetry.
17. solve systems of non-linear equations.
18. graph exponential and logarithmic functions.
19. convert from exponential to logarithmic form and vice versa.
20. solve word problems involving transcendental functions.
21. find a designates term(s) of a sequence or series, given the general
term.
22. evaluate series
23. define and use matrices to solve systems of linear equations by
Gaussian elimination method
24. graph the parabola, ellipse , hyperbola, and circle (optional).
expand (optional)
 
TEACHING STRATEGIES METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: Online Discussion, Group Activities
 
OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT:
 
Four Tests, Assignments, Project,
Final Examination
METHODS AND CRITERIA FOR
EVALUATION:

 
45% Tests
30% Final Exam
15% Assignments.
10% Project.
GRADING SCALE: A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
D = 69-60%

The instructor will notify you when the
grade will be available and for how long.

Students must access the Semester Progress Report and Final
grades through OLE web .
 
DISCLAIMER: Every attempt has been made to make the contents of this syllabus
informative and accurate. Content of the syllabus is subject to
revision and change in the event of extenuating circumstances.
Changes will be distributed to you in writing.
 
GENERAL SYLLABUS COMPENENTS The following syllabus components are found online.

a. SCANS Competencies
b. SCANS Assessment
c. Attendance Regualations
d. Disability Resource Center
e. Grade Appeal
f. Classroom Etiquette
g. Emergency Procedures
h. Course Study Guide
 

The updated official version of the LCC Catalog will be the on-line catalogue.

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