Syllabus for College Algebra
Course Information  
Prerequisite (s): 
Grade of C or better in Mathematics 99 or
Mathematics 112, or placement test, or consent of Department Chairperson 
Credit Hours:  Four (4) 
Truman College General Education Goals  
Truman College General Education Goals for this course: 
• Goal 2 –The student performs effectively in the
workplace and has the ability to work and make effective use of a wide variety of current technologies. • Goal 4 – The student demonstrates the ability to think critically, abstractly, and logically. • Goal 6 – The student demonstrates the ability to work independently. 
Course Description  
College Algebra:  Math 140 emphasizes the notion of a
function as a unifying concept. The following families of functions and their characteristics are examined within this course: polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Additional topics will include solving inequalities and systems of non linear equations. Technology and writing assignments will be used throughout the course as appropriate. Applications involving problemsolving skills will be emphasized throughout the course. 
Course Objectives  
This course will provide you to: 
1. Analyze the graphs of various families of
functions. 2. Apply the models and characteristics of various families of functions to scenarios in order to solve realworld (contextual) problems. 
Student Learning Outcomes  
Students will be able to: 
Polynomial Functions and Models
1. Identify the characteristics of a quadratic function (i.e., vertex,
axis of
Rational Functions and Models 
Class Schedule – Math140 Truman College – Fall 2009 

Week  Date  Topic 
1 
Monday August 24 
Information and Policies Introduction to MML Using the TI83/84 Graphical Calculator (See Appendix B page AP4 – AP10) Review ~ Factoring 1.1 Numbers, Data, and Problem Solving 
Wednesday August 26 
1.2 Data Trends: Visualization of Data 1.3 Functions and Their Representations 1.4 Types of Functions and Their Rates of Change Chapter Review 

2  Monday August 31 
2.1 Linear Functions and Models 2.2 Equations of Lines 
Wednesday Sept. 2 
2.3 Linear Equations  
3  Monday Sept. 7 
NO SCHOOL – Labor Day Holiday 
Wednesday Sept. 9 
2.4 Linear Inequalities 2.5 PiecewiseDefined Functions Chapter Review 

4  Monday Sept. 14 
Exam #1 (will cover Chapters 1 and 2) 
Wednesday Sept 16. 
3.1 Quadratic Concepts: Functions and Models 3.2 Quadratic Equations and Problem Solving 

5  Monday Sept. 21 
3.3 Quadratic Inequalities 3.4 Transformation of Functions Chapter Review 
Wednesday Sept. 23 
4.1 Nonlinear Functions and Their Graphs 4.2 Polynomial Functions and Models 

6  Monday Sept. 28 
Exam #2 (will cover Chapter 3) 
Wednesday Sept. 30 
4.3 Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions 

7  Monday October 5 
4.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra: NonReal
Roots of a Polynomial Equation 
Wednesday October 7 
4.5 Rational functions and models 

8  Monday October 12 
4.6 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities 
Wednesday October 14 
4.7 Power Functions and Radical Equations Chapter Review 

9  Monday October 19 
5.1 Combining Function 
Wednesday October 21 
5.2 Inverse Functions 

10  Monday October 26 
Exam #3 (will cover Chapter 4) 
Wednesday October 28 
5.3 Exponential Functions 

11  Monday November 2 
5.4 Logarithmic Functions 5.5 Properties of Logarithms 
Wednesday November 4 
5.6 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations 

12  Monday November 9 
5.7 Constructing Nonlinear Models Chapter Review 
Wednesday November 11 
6.1 Functions and Equations in Two Variables 6.2 Systems of Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables 

13  Monday November 16 
Exam #4 (will cover Chapter 5) 
Wednesday November 18 
6.3 System of Linear Equations in Three Variables 

14  Monday November 23 
6.4 Solutions to Linear Systems Using Matrices 6.5 Properties and Applications of Matrices 
Wednesday November 25 
6.6 Inverse of Matrices 

15  Monday November 30 
6.7 Determinants Chapter Review 
Wednesday December 2 
Optional: CHAPTER R.2 ~ The Equations and
Graphs of the Circles 

16  Monday December 7 
Final Exam Review 
Wednesday December 9 
FINAL EXAM (Part 1 & Part 2) Part 1: Departmental Exam of 10 Multiple Choice Questions (comprehensive) Part 2: InstructorCreated Exam (comprehensive) 
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