Syllabus for College Algebra

Prerequisite Courses : Two years of high school algebra or equivalent.

Textbook: Algebra and Trigonometry (7th edition) by Michael Sullivan

Calculator: A TI-83 or TI-83 plus calculator is required for the course. Sharing of calculators on
quizzes or exams will not be permitted.

Course Description: Covers the fundamental elements of College Algebra including the solving
of equations and inequalities, the study of study of linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational,
polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions . Mathematical modeling of real data, business
applications and use of appropriate technology will be incorporated throughout the course.

Course Objectives:
The student will:
1. learn basic mathematical functions, their graphs and properties.
2. be able to perform basic algebraic techniques in solving equations and inequalities.
3. use appropriate technology in problem solving and graphing.
4. be able to use real data in a mathematical model.

Assessment of Course Objectives: Student achievement will be measured through homework
assignments and quizzes (30%), three tests (45%), and a comprehensive final exam (25%).

Grading Policy: Grades will be assigned based on the percentage of points earned from some
measurement of student achievement of course objectives. The course grading scale will be

Make-up Policy: No make-up exams will be given. When a student misses an exam the score
from the final exam will be substituted for the missing exam score. No late homework will be

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend each class meeting, but attendance will not
be taken. A student who misses class is responsible to find out what was discussed and learn the
material that was covered on the missed day. The instructor is not responsible for re-teaching
material missed by a student who did not attend class.

Academic Dishonesty Policy: Academic dishonesty is a very serious offense and will not be
tolerated. Cheating in this class includes the use of notes, books, or other students on quizzes or
exams, or the improper use or sharing of a calculator on an exam . Any student caught cheating is
subject to a grade of “F” for the course and will be reported to the University Judicial Officer.

Civility Statement: Each student is expected to follow the Student Conduct Code, with regards
to appropriate behavior in the classroom. Inappropriate behavior includes any activity that may
detract from your fellow classmate’s learning experience or in the instructor’s ability to conduct
class. Electronic devices such as cellular phones, pagers, and media players must be off while
the student is in the classroom. Please respect your peers by not being disruptive in class.

Disability Policy: If you have a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability which may
affect your performance in this class, please contact the Student Disability Resource Center as
soon as possible. The Center will determine appropriate accommodations based on testing and
medical documentation.

Additional Help : The Academic Success Center offers free peer tutoring during the week.
Contact the tutorial centers for exact hours at (912) 681-0321

Important Dates:

October 9: Last day to drop without academic penalty
November 22–24: Thanksgiving Holiday
November 30: Last day of classes
December 5: Final Exam (section BC) 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  Final Exam (section AG) 3:00 – 5:00 pm
December 7: Final Exam (section K) 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Tentative Schedule for Math 1111 – College Algebra

Week 1 Section 3.1 Functions
(8/14) Section 3.2 The Graph of a Function
  Section 3.4 Library of Functions; Piecewise Defined
Week 2 Section 1.1 Linear Equations
(8/21) Section 1.2 Quadratic equations
  Section 1.4 Radical , Quadratic Form, and Factorable
Week 3 Section 1.5 Solving Inequalities
(8/28) Section 1.6 Equations/Inequalities Involving Absolute
  Section 1.7 Applications: Interest, Mixture, Uniform Motion
Week 4 Review  
(9/4) Test #1  
Week 5 Section 2.4 Lines
(9/11) Section 2.5 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  Section 2.6 Scatter Diagrams; Linear Curve Fitting
Week 6 Section 4.1 Quadratic Functions and Models
(9/18) Section 3.3 Properties of Functions
  Section 3.5 Graphing Techniques: Transformations
Week 7 Section 4.2 Polynomial Functions
(9/25) Review  
Week 8 Test #2  
(10/2) Section 4.3 Rational Functions I
Week 9 Section 4.4 Rational Functions II
(10/9) Section 4.5 Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
Week 10 Section 4.6 The Real Zeros of a Polynomial
(10/16) Section 1.3 Quadratic Equations in the Complex Number
  Section 4.7 Complex Zeros; Fundamental Theorem of
Week 11 Review  
(10/23) Test #3  
Week 12 Section 5.1 Composite Functions
(10/30) Section 5.2 Inverse Functions
  Section 5.3 Exponential Functions
Week 13 Section 5.4 Logarithmic Functions
(11/6) Section 5.5 Properties of Logarithms
Week 14 Section 5.6 Logarithmic and Exponential Equations
(11/13) Section 5.7 Compound Interest
Week 15 Section 5.8 Exp Growth/Decay; Newton’ s Law , Logistic
(11/20)   Models
(11/22 – 24) Thanksgiving Holiday  
Week 16 Review  
Week 17 Final Exam (section BC) (Tuesday 12/5, 12:30 – 2:30 pm)
(12/4) Final Exam (section AG) (Tuesday 12/5, 3:00 – 5:00 pm)
  Final Exam (section K) (Thursday 12/7, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon)

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• View a video for further understanding
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