College Algebra 1
Required Text(s)/Software/Tools:
1. Algebra and Trigonometry Enhanced With Graphing Utilities, 5th Edition,
Michael Sullivan,
Prentice Hall , isbn: 013600492X
2. MyMathLab student access kit isbn: 032119991X
A package containing both the book and MyMathLab is
available at the bookstore. The
isbn for the package is: 0-1381-3397-2
Course Prerequisites
MTH 4090, Pre- Algebra or high school algebra.
Course Description
This is the first course in a two -quarter sequence of
algebra. Topics include
solving and graphing equations and inequalities, exponents, roots, complex
numbers, conic sections, linear functions , and quadratic functions .
Course Outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to:
1. Develop competency in solving linear equations.
2. Develop competency in solving quadratic equations.
3. Develop competency in solving inequalities .
4. Develop competency in graphing functions.
5. Develop competency in working with complex numbers .
6. Develop competency in working with exponents and radicals .
7. Develop an understanding of functional notation.
8. Develop competency in solving polynomial equations.
9. Develop competency in setting up and solving problems from different
disciplines.
Course Methodology
Each week, you will be expected to:
1. Review the week's learning objectives.
2. Complete all assigned readings.
3. Complete all lecture materials for the week.
4. Complete all assigned problem sets.
5. Participate in the Discussion Board.
6. Complete and submit all assignments and tests by the due dates.
Most of your time during the week will be spent reviewing
the lectures and
completing the assigned homework problems.
Participation/Discussion Board
Each week a discussion question must be answered. You will
also respond to a
posting by one of your classmates. The class participation grade is based on
your responses to the discussion questions throughout the course.
The style of your postings should be formal rather than
conversational.
Responses should be approximately one paragraph in length.
The discussion questions will be monitored by the
instructor and will be graded
based on the quality of the content.
Communication/Submission of Work
All questions to the instructor should be emailed using the address:
I check email frequently throughout the day and will usually
respond to questions within 24 hours.
Grading/Evaluation Standards
How learning will be assessed:
Grading will be based on the following weights:
Quizzes 40%
Discussion Board 10%
Final Exam 50%
Incomplete Grades: Incomplete grades (I) will be
given only when the students
fail to complete a single key requirement of the course, such as a test. The
incomplete grade will be changed upon completion of the deficiency. Any student
who wishes to clear an “I” which is outstanding for more than one year must
petition the Academic Standing Committee for permission.
Late Assignment Policy: Assignments must be
submitted by the date they are
due. 10% of the grade will be deducted for each day an assignment is late. This
applies to all assignments, including discussion board postings.
It is expected that all written work will be clear,
comprehensible, and competently
produced. A letter grade will be assigned in accordance with the College’s
Grading System .
Class Schedule / Topical Outline
Week | Dates | Topic | Assignments |
1 | 7/6 – 7/12 | Review of Pre-Algebra
Solving Linear Equations Completing the Square, Factoring , |
Quiz on Review Chapter 1.2
1.3 |
2 | 7/13 – 7/19 | Operations with Complex Numbers
Equations involving Radicals, |
1.4 1.5 |
3 | 7/20 – 7/26 | Setting up Equations, Application Problems Solving Inequalities |
1.6 1.7 |
4 | 7/27 – 8/2 | Symmetry Slope ,
Parallels, Perpendiculars, |
2.1 2.2 |
5 | 8/3 – 8/9 | Functions, Function Notation, Domain and Range, Operations on Functions The Graph of a Function |
3.1 3.2 |
6 | 8/10 – 8/16 | Properties of Functions Piecewise-defined functions |
3.3 3.4 |
7 | 8/17 – 8/23 | Graphing Techniques | 3.5 3.6 |
8 | 8/24 – 8/29 | Linear Functions Quadratic Functions Final Exam |
4.1 4.3 |
Academic Honesty and Integrity Statement
The University views academic dishonesty as one of the
most serious offenses that a student can
commit while in college and imposes appropriate punitive sanctions on violators.
Here are some
examples of academic dishonesty. While this is not an all-inclusive list, we
hope this will help you
to understand some of the things instructors look for. The following is
excerpted from the
University’s policy on academic honesty and integrity;
Cheating – intentionally using or attempting to use
unauthorized materials, information or study
aids in an academic exercise. This may include use of unauthorized aids (notes,
texts) or copying
from another student’s exam, paper, computer disk, etc.
• Fabrication – intentional and unauthorized
falsification, misrepresentation, or invention of any
data, or citation in an academic exercise. Examples may include making up data
for a
research paper, altering the results of a lab experiment or survey, listing a
citation for a
source not used, or stating an opinion as a scientifically proven fact.
• Plagiarism – intentionally representing the words or
ideas of another as one’s own in any
academic exercise without providing proper documentation by source by way of a
footnote,
endnote or intertextual note.
• Unauthorized collaboration – Students, each claiming
sole authorship, submit separate
reports, which are substantially similar to one another. While several students
may have the
same source material, the analysis, interpretation and reporting of the data
must be each
individual’s.
• Participation in academically dishonest activities –
Examples include stealing an exam, using
a pre-written paper through mail order or other services, selling, loaning or
otherwise
distributing materials for the purpose of cheating, plagiarism, or other
academically dishonest
acts; alternation, theft, forgery, or destruction of the academic work of
others.
• Facilitating academic dishonesty – Examples may include
inaccurately listing someone as coauthor
of paper who did not contribute, sharing a take home exam, taking an exam or
writing
a paper for another student.
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