# COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR BUSINESS CALCULUS

**Textbook:** Harshbarger, Yocco, College Algebra in
Context with Applications for the Managerial

Life, and Social Sciences, 2^{nd} edition. There is an optional Student
Solution Manual available.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Math 40 or equivalent with grade of “C”
or better or

math skills clearance

**Course Description:** 4 hours of lecture per week. This course includes a
review of basic topics

from intermediate algebra , equations and inequalities , functions and graphing
including

exponential and logarithmic functions, building mathematical models in business
and

economics, systems of equations and matrices, financial applications of
sequences and series,

and an introduction to graphing calculators . A TI-83+ or TI-84+ will be used in
this class.

**Student Learning Outcomes:**

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

• determine the domain, asymptotes and intercepts of a rational function , and

simplify the function by factoring

• construct a business or economics model that includes a quadratic function,
illustrate

the model with an appropriate graph, and analyze the model using algebraic

techniques.

**GRADING:**

**Classwork** includes attendance, participation, and any other work (Exit
problems, etc.)

completed during class. Be sure to come to class on time since quizzes will be
given at the

beginning of class! Excessive tardies/absences will result in being dropped from
the class.

**Quizzes** will be given at the beginning of each class, except on exam
days. You will be

quizzed on material from the previous lecture and homework assignment. You may
not be

allowed to use a calculator on some quizzes. No make-up quizzes will be given.
Your lowest

2 quiz scores will be dropped.

**Mastery Quizzes** will be given for selected topics. You must pass the
quizzes with 100%. You

will be given multiple opportunities to re-take the quizzes until you score
100%.

**Exams** will be given throughout the semester. There are 4 exams and 1
(comprehensive) final.

There will be NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. Your lowest exam score will be dropped, but not
the

final. If you miss an exam regardless of reason, you will get a score of 0.
Exams will be based

on the lectures, text and homework. Calculators are optional, and cellular
phones, MP3

players, and PDAs will NOT be allowed on quizzes or exams.

**Note: **Homework will be assigned each lecture day but will not be
collected. It is your

responsibility to keep up with the homework.

Grading breakdown is as follows:

Classwork | 5% | |

Quizzes | 20% | |

Mastery Quizzes | 10% | |

Exams | 40% | |

Final Exam | 25% | Final exam will be Thursday May 21, 9 – 11 am |

Final course grades will be based on 90% A, 80% B, 70% C,
60% D and below 60% F.

*grading is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor

**Academic Honesty: **Cheating is illegal and will not be tolerated. This
includes copying

another’s work, plagiarizing, and aiding another student in cheating. Cheating
will result in a

score of 0 for the assignment in question. Violators will be dealt with
according to the policy

in the FC catalog.

**Attendance:** You may be dropped from this course if you miss more than 4
classes. This could

result in a “W” or even an “F.” Make sure to drop by the deadline if you do not
want an “F.”

By college policy, if the instructor is more than 15 minutes late, students may
leave without

penalty unless instructed to wait by the Math Division .

**Student Responsibilities:**

• **NO CELL PHONES DURING CLASS!!** Turn them off and put them away during

class.

• Always come to class (on time!), take notes, read the textbook, and do the
homework

• Bring all materials/supplies (text, paper, pencils, erasers, calculator,
homework, etc.) to

class

• A graphing calculator (TI-83+ or TI-84+) will be used in this class (cost:
about $100)

• Have extra batteries (AAA) on hand for when your batteries die

• Use a pencil for all work turned in

• Do NOT hesitate to ask questions in class or come by during office hours!

• Exchange phone numbers with classmates in case you miss class or want to form
a

study group

• If you need additional help , try the Tutoring Center in the Library Learning
Resource

Center

• There are graphing calculators as well as textbooks available for loan from
the Library

• Children are not allowed on campus unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.
They

may not attend classes and should never be left unsupervised on campus.

• Grievances, grade appeals and disruptive conduct will be dealt with according
to the

policy in the FC catalog. Please familiarize yourself with all college policies.

• As cited in BP5500, “A student who violates the standards of student conduct
shall be

subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, the removal ,
suspension or

expulsion of the student.”

Please take note of the safety features in and close to your classroom, as well
as study the posted

evacuation route. The most direct route of egress may not be the safest because
of the existence of roofing

tiles or other potentially hazardous conditions. Similarly, running out of the
building can also be

dangerous during severe earthquakes. During strong quakes the recommended
response is to duck,

cover, and hold until the shaking stops. Follow the guidance of your instructor.
You are asked to go to

the designated assembly area. Your cooperation during emergencies can minimize
the possibility of

injury to yourself and others.

Fullerton College is committed to providing educational accommodations for
students with disabilities

upon timely request by the student to the instructor. Verification of the
disability must also be

provided. Disability Support Services functions as a resource for students and
faculty in the

determination and provision of educational accommodations.

**Tentative Schedule for Math 129, Spring 2009**

Date | Sections | Homework |

Tues 1/13 | AT 1, 1.1 | |

Thurs 1/15 | 1.2, 1.3 | |

Tues 1/20 | 1.4, 1.5 | |

Thurs 1/22 | 1.6, 1.8 | |

Tues 1/27 | 1.7 | |

Thurs 1/29 | AT 2 | |

Tues 2/3 | Exam 1 | |

Thurs 2/5 | 2.1, 2.2 | |

Tues 2/10 | 2.3 | |

Thurs 2/12 | 2.4 | |

Tues 2/17 | 2.5, 2.6 | |

Thurs 2/19 | 2.7 | |

Tues 2/24 | 2.8 | |

Thurs 2/26 | AT 3, 3.1 | |

Tues 3/3 | Exam 2 | |

Thurs 3/5 | 3.2, 3.3 | |

Tues 3/10 | 3.4, 3.5 | |

Thurs 3/12 | 3.6, 3.7 | |

Tues 3/17 | AT 4 | |

Thurs 3/19 | 4.1, 4.2 | |

Tues 3/24 | 4.3 | |

Thurs 3/26 | Exam 3 | |

Tues 3/31 | 4.4 | |

Thurs 4/2 | 4.5, 4.6 | |

Tu/Th 4/7 | -9 spring break | |

Tues 4/14 | 5.1 | |

Thurs 4/16 | 5.3 | |

Tues 4/21 | Cramer’ s Rule | |

Thurs 4/23 | 5.5 | |

Tues 4/28 | Exam 4 | |

Thurs 4/30 | Binomial Thm | |

Tues 5/5 | Solving eqns | |

Thurs 5/7 | Functions | |

Tues 5/12 | 6.5, Review | |

Thurs 5/21 | Final | 9 – 11 am |

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