College Algebra (MATH 1130) Syllabus - Fall 2015

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Lou Baker                        EMAIL: (preferred)
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MATH 1130 – College Algebra – 3 credit hours

A college algebra course containing a study of expressions, equations, and functions of linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic types.   Applications of algebraic concepts will be emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisite: 19 Math ACT or satisfactory placement test scores OR completion of at least 3 of 5 Competencies in Learning Support Math.

(1) MyLabsPlus access (Internet application) (required)
(2) Algebra for College Students (7th ed.) Lial, Hornsby & McGinnis
978-0-321-71540-1 0-321-71540-3 (not required)
(3) a scientific non-graphing calculator (2-line display calculator is recommended)

After completion of this course, students should be able to:

     1.  Solve quadratic equations by factoring and applying the quadratic formula
2.  Factor polynomials completely and solve polynomial equations
3.  Simplify/perform operations on rational expressions and solve rational equations
4.  Simplify radical expressions and solve radical equations
5.  Determine if a given relation is a function
6.  Evaluate a given function using function notation
7.  Determine the domain and range of a given function
8.  Graph and analyze basic functions, including but not limited to linear, quadratic, polynomial, absolute value, square root, and rational
9.  Show that a function is one to one
10. Find the inverse of a one-to-one function

Convert a logarithmic equation to exponential form and vice-versa
12. Simplify and evaluate logarithmic expressions
Solve exponential and logarithmic equations
14. Construct models using direct, inverse, and joint variation
Solve real-world applications that are integrated throughout the course content
Algebraically solve systems of linear equations in two variables (as time allows)

1. Attendance:  Regular class attendance is required and is necessary for success in any mathematics course.  Students are expected to attend class and to be on time for each class meeting.  Entering or leaving a class during class time is inconsiderate to the instructor and other class members; please avoid any unnecessary disturbances.  After 5 tardies or absences, the student’s final grade may be lowered a full letter grade.  NOTE: Absences in excess of 6 may result in a grade of “F” which means the student must repeat the course for credit.  Please take the attendance policy seriously.  A student not completing the course will receive a grade of "F" unless official withdrawal procedures are followed prior to the date posted for withdrawal (Wednesday, November 4, 2015.)
2. Inclement Weather:  In case of inclement weather, please check the Chargernet webpage or call the Columbia State closing line at (931) 540-2515. Follow instructions given for late openings and how this may affect class times. Students are individually responsible for decisions regarding travel safety.
3. Cell phones and all electronic equipment (computer, notepads will be turned off and stored during class time.  Texting will not be tolerated.  If the instructor finds that a student is texting during class time, then the student will be directed to leave the class and that student will be counted as absent for the entire day.  It is important to remain focused and work on mathematics while in the classroom.
4. Homework is an important commitment in a mathematics classroom. Homework is assigned daily following each instructional session.  Students are responsible for completing all homework assignments prior to the test date.  Homework is to be completed on-line utilizing the MyLabsPlus website.  Additional “pencil-to-paper” homework may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor.
Testing:  A scientific calculator will be allowed as directed by the instructor. A graphing calculator is NOT allowed in this course. Cell phones may not be used as calculators, no exceptions.  Scratch paper will not be allowed during tests unless given by instructor.
6. Make-up tests will not be allowed.  If a student is absent on the day of any scheduled test, she/he will be given a zero (0) on that test and their final exam grade will replace the missed test.  If a student misses a second test, she/he will receive a zero (0) with no replacement of score.  Note: A grade no greater than 75 will be given for a missed test regardless of the final exam grade.
7. Student Identification:  Columbia State students are expected to be able to produce a valid student ID upon request by faculty/staff/employees.
Student Conduct:  A student may be directed to leave the classroom if their conduct is not conducive to the overall progress of the class.  Cheating and other forms of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, are prohibited.  The instructor has the authority to assign a zero for the exercise or examination or to assign an F in the course in the case of academic misconduct.  Please refer to the Columbia State student handbook.
9. Instructional Recording:  Recording of learning activities is allowed only with faculty permission and is to be used for educational purposes by individual students. When recording is permitted, all students should be aware that voices/images may be captured during the process. No portion of instructional recordings may be reproduced or published by students.
10. Internet/Social Media Use:  Program/institutional expectations for professionalism, confidentiality, and mutual respect extend to Internet and social networking settings. Discipline and grade consequences may be applicable to inappropriate “virtual” behavior.
11. We Care About Your Success! Your instructor will be using C-STAR to help you succeed in this course. The instructor may set alerts, flags, referrals, or kudos to let you know about your course grades or academic performance. You will need to go to ChargerNet and select the C-Star icon to access your C-Star account. Also, you may receive emails from C-Star regarding your course grades or academic performance. Please pay attention to these emails, flags, and alerts and consider taking the recommended actions. They are sent to help you be successful! In addition, your instructor may: (1) request that you schedule an appointment by going to C-Star, or (2) recommend that you contact a specific campus resource, such as tutoring or counseling. You may also be contacted directly by one of these services.
12. Students with Disabilities:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to register with the counseling/disability services office (931-540-2572) or email for possible assistance with accommodations.  It is the student’s responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability.  Students requesting special accommodations are (strongly) encouraged to contact the counseling/disability services office at the beginning of the semester.
13. Columbia State Emergency Procedures are posted in each classroom.  In emergency situations follow instructions provided by faculty.  Do not stop to collect belongings if told to evacuate the building or classroom.  Should the building be evacuated, proceed immediately to the designated area. Faculty are responsible for checking attendance following an evacuation to determine that all students are accounted for.
14. TBR GUIDELINE P-080 – Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigation ProcedureThis Tennessee Board of Regents guideline provides for investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a covered veteran, genetic information and any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law.  Any student or employee who believes s/he has been subjected to, or is aware of, discrimination or harassment, should use the procedure for reporting and resolution of discrimination or harassment complaints. Students and employees are required to be knowledgeable of policies and guidelines, report suspected violations to the Director of Human Resources, and cooperate with investigations.  Employees or students found to have violated this Guideline are subject to disciplinary action including dismissal, termination, or other appropriate sanction.  A link to this guideline and a complaint form is on Charger Net(myCN).
Visitors are not permitted to attend any class meeting:  This includes children, spouses, friends, students or any other person not registered for this course.
16. Final Exam:  Date: Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 8:00am.

The taking of three tests and a comprehensive final examination is required.  If a student has 3 or fewer absences during the class term, then she/he may replace their lowest test score with their final exam score assuming that the final exam score is greater than their lowest test score.

A final grade will be issued as follows:
Three Tests (3@100 points each)      = 300
Homework                                       = 100
Final Examination                            = 200
Total Points Possible                            600

Grading Scale
540 – 600 points = A
480 – 539 points = B
420 – 479 points = C
360 – 419 points = D
    0 – 359 points = F

A grade of FA will be used to designate an unofficial withdrawal for those students who stopped attending and did not complete the course.

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This page was edited on 24-Aug-2015