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

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
Solving Quadratic Equations

Completing the Square, Factoring ,
Using the Quadratic Formula ,

Quiz on Review Chapter




2 7/13 – 7/19 Operations with Complex Numbers

Equations involving Radicals,
Pseudo-Quadratics, Absolute Value



3 7/20 – 7/26 Setting up Equations, Application

Solving Inequalities



4 7/27 – 8/2 Symmetry

Slope , Parallels, Perpendiculars,
Standard Equations of a Line



5 8/3 – 8/9 Functions, Function Notation,
Domain and Range, Operations on

The Graph of a Function



6 8/10 – 8/16 Properties of Functions

Piecewise-defined functions



7 8/17 – 8/23 Graphing Techniques

Mathematical Modeling



8 8/24 – 8/29 Linear Functions

Quadratic Functions

Final Exam




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

• 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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