 # 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

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