# MATH 114 College Algebra

## VII. Means of Evaluation

Here is the grading scale and basis of overall course
grade:

**Grading Scale:**

Homework 10% of total grade.

Chapter tests 70% of total grade.

Final exam 20% of total grade

## VIII. Topical Course Outline

Specific sections of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 will be covered in this course. See the detailed list attached to this syllabus explaining the sections and the topics/concepts that are in each section.

## IX. American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Springfield College – Benedictine University provides
individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in
educational programs, activities and services. Students with disabilities
requiring accommodations to participate in college-sponsored programs,
activities and services or to meet course requirements should contact the
Director of the Resource Center as early as possible.

If documentation of the disability (either learning or physical) is not already
on file, it may be requested. Once on file, an individual student’s disability
documentation is shared only at that individual’s request and solely with the
parties whom the student wishes it shared.

## X. Assessment: Classroom Assessment Techniques

Goals, objectives, and learning outcomes that will be assessed in this class are stated in this syllabus. The instructor will use pre/post tests, minute papers, three question surveys, assignment assessments and/or other Classroom Assessment Techniques as deemed necessary in order to provide continuous improvement of instruction. Students are required to take part in all assessment measures.

## XI. Miscellaneous

**Academic Honesty**

Academic honesty is expected in this class. Appropriate action will be taken for
any acts of dishonesty. Cheating undermines everything that is best in the
College, in the class and in you. (SR-3)

**Classroom Behavior**

Students should arrive to the classroom before class begins and leave the
classroom only upon the completion of class. If an emergency causes you to enter
the classroom after class has begun, please be respectful of the instructor and
your classmates. During class, inappropriate talking, note-passing, or other
distracting or disrupting behavior will not be tolerated. Cellular
phones/electronic devices will be turned off during class. (SR-3, SD-1)

**Recommended Study Methods**

This is a challenging class. You should plan to devote a lot of time to it
beginning on the **first **day. The lectures and the text will complement
each other. In class, the essential points will be stressed, the common
difficulties exposed, and examples presented. You should not only attend class,
but read the relevant sections in the text on the **same** day that they are
covered in class. As you study the text, make a habit of **working out** the
examples. **Do** the assigned problems. Many of the problems are
straightforward, but even the best students should expect to find that
attempting some of the problems will be a **frustrating** experience. If you
are having trouble with a problem, put it aside for a while (several hours or a
day), and then attempt it again. Most ** real understanding **comes from
struggling with the problems. It is part of “doing math.” If you are still
stuck, ask a classmate or schedule a tutor in the Resource Center or come to
office hours and ask me!

## Detailed List of Sections Covered

Chapter R1 |
Fundamental Concepts of Algebra |

Section R1.1: | Real Numbers: Order and Absolute Value |

Section R1.4: | Radicals and Rational Exponents |

Chapter R2 |
Equations and Inequalities |

Section R2.3: | Quadratic Equations |

Section R2.4: | The Quadratic Formula |

Chapter 1 |
Functions and Graphs |

Section 1.1: | Graphs of Equations |

Section 1.2: | Lines in the Plane |

Section 1.3: | Linear Modeling and Direct Variation |

Section 1.4: | Functions |

Section 1.5: | Graphs of Functions |

Section 1.6: | Transformations of Functions |

Section 1.7: | The Algebra of Functions |

Section 1.8: | Inverse Functions |

Chapter 2 |
Polynomial and Rational Functions |

Chapter 2.1: | Quadratic Functions and Models |

Chapter 2.2: | Polynomial Functions and Higher Degree |

Chapter 2.3: | Polynomial Division |

Chapter 2.4: | Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions |

Chapter 2.5: | Complex Numbers |

Chapter 2.6: | The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra |

Chapter 2.7: | Rational Functions |

Chapter 3 |
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions |

Chapter 3.1 | Exponential Functions |

Chapter 3.2 | Logarithmic Functions |

Chapter 3.3 | Properties of Logarithms |

Chapter 3.4 | Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations |

Chapter 4 | Systems of Equations and Inequalities |

Chapter 4.1 | Solving Systems Using Substitution |

Chapter 4.2 | Solving Systems Using Elimination |

Chapter 6 |
Sequences, Series, and Probability (if time
permits) |

Chapter 6.1: | Sequences and Summation Notation |

Chapter 6.2: | Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums |

Chapter 6.3: | Geometric Sequences and Series |

Preparation for first session: | |

Read pages Ch. R1 and study examples. |

This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor to accommodate instructional and/or student needs. Such changes will be announced to the class at the appropriate time.

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