Meeting Times:

**Section 02:** Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:00 - 12:50

**Section 03:** Monday and Wednesday 5:30 - 6:45

Location: Hirt 209 (both sections)

Office Hours: Mon 4:30-5:15, Tues 1:15-2:30, Wed 10-11, Thurs 2-4, Fri 10-11:45

Prerequisite: Minimum math placement score of 46 (first year students only)

Location: Hirt 209 (both sections)

Office Hours: Mon 4:30-5:15, Tues 1:15-2:30, Wed 10-11, Thurs 2-4, Fri 10-11:45

Prerequisite: Minimum math placement score of 46 (first year students only)

This is a course in algebra, similar to high school courses in algebra except that the pace will be faster. We will begin with some review of real-number concepts, and proceed into linear equations in one variable, mathematical modeling, polynomials, rational expressions, functions, lines, exponents, and radicals, equations, inequalities, and polynomial and rational functions.

By the end of this course, you will have acquired many mathematical tools which include the ability to:

- identify, distinguish, perform algebraic operations and find solutions to equations using the integer, rational, real and complex number systems.
- use common algebraic methods to solve linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and absolute value equations and inequalities.
- translate the written problem and create algebraic models to solve real-life problems.
- use and create algebraic functions.
- demonstrate your understanding of introductory language of mathematics through the use of proper mathematics notation.

You are not required to purchase a calculator for this course, and **you will not be permitted to use a calculator or other electronic device on any quizzes or exams**. You are strongly encouraged to avoid using a calculator while working on homework, with the exception of problems that specifically state a calculator is required. If you'd like to use a calculator to check your work, there are many free (and often better) alternatives to graphing calculators, such as Wolfram Alpha.

You will be given quizzes on the material regularly. Keeping up with the homework will ensure that you are prepared for the quizzes, which will feature problems very similar to those in the homework. Quizzes dates will be announced in class; there will be no unannounced (pop) quizzes given.

Quiz grades will not be based strictly on whether or not you found the correct answer. Your work must also be written clearly, and with proper notation, to receive full credit. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped from your average, including any missed quizzes. Make up quizzes will only be given for excused absences.**All make ups must be completed before the graded quiz is returned to the class; this will typically be the next class meeting.**

Quiz grades will not be based strictly on whether or not you found the correct answer. Your work must also be written clearly, and with proper notation, to receive full credit. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped from your average, including any missed quizzes. Make up quizzes will only be given for excused absences.

There will be four midterm exams given throughout the semester, in addition to the final exam. The material on the exams will be similar to topics covered on quizzes and homework. You will be given review guides for each exam. All exams are cumulative; each exam will include some material from the previous exams. Mathematics is a cumulative effort, and mastering each topic is only possible if you have mastered earlier concepts. **Use of notes, textbooks, calculators, electronic devices, or other materials will not be permitted during an exam.**

If you need to miss class during a scheduled exam for a documented, excused reason (illness, family emergency, athletics), you will be able to make up the exam.**You must schedule a time to retake any exam within one week of the day the exam was given in class**.

Your lowest exam grade (including a missed exam) will be replaced by your final exam grade, if your final exam grade is better. A second missed exam will receive a grade of 0, so please check your schedules carefully and ensure that you can attend all exams.

##### Exam Dates

If you need to miss class during a scheduled exam for a documented, excused reason (illness, family emergency, athletics), you will be able to make up the exam.

Your lowest exam grade (including a missed exam) will be replaced by your final exam grade, if your final exam grade is better. A second missed exam will receive a grade of 0, so please check your schedules carefully and ensure that you can attend all exams.

The four midterm exams are scheduled as shown below.

MWF 12-12:50 | MW 5:30-6:45 | |

Exam I | Wednesday, February 8 | Monday, February 6 |

Exam II | Wednesday, March 1 | Wednesday, March 1 |

Exam III | Wednesday, April 5 | Monday, April 3 |

Exam IV | Wednesday, May 3 | Monday, May 1 |

Final Exam | Thursday, May 11, 10:30-12:30 | Wednesday, May 10, 6-8 |

- 60%: Average of exam grades
- 15%: Average of quiz grades (lowest quiz grade dropped)
- 25%: Final Exam

F | D | D+ | C | C+ | B | B+ | A |

0-59 | 60-64 | 65-69 | 70-77 | 78-83 | 84-89 | 90-93 | 94-100 |

The Department of Mathematics offers free tutoring for Math 111 students in Zurn 213. No appointments are needed, just drop by according to the schedule here.

In keeping with college policy, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations must call Learning Differences Program secretary at 824-3017, to arrange a confidential appointment with the director of the Learning Differences Program during the first week of classes.

This course supports the mission of Mercyhurst University by creating students who are intellectually creative. Students will foster this creativity by: applying critical thinking and qualitative reasoning techniques to new disciplines; developing, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific ideas; and engaging in innovative problem solving strategies.

The exact topic covered on a particular date is subject to change. Exams and quizzes will be given on the day they are scheduled, though the sections appearing on a quiz may differ. Announcements will be made in class regarding any schedule changes.

Choose your section:
MWF 12-12:50
MW 5:30-6:45

Choose your section:

Date | Topic | |

Week 1 | ||

January 18 | 1.1 Algebraic Expressions, Real Numbers, and Interval Notation | |

January 20 | 1.2 Operations with Real Numbers | |

Week 2 | ||

January 23 | 1.3 Graphing Equations | |

January 25 | 1.4 Solving Linear Equations | |

January 27 | 1.5 Problem Solving and Using Formulas | |

Week 3 | ||

January 30 | 1.6 Properties of Integral Exponents | |

February 1 | 2.1 Introduction to Functions 2.2 Graphs of Functions | |

February 3 | 2.3 The Algebra of Functions | |

Week 4 | ||

February 6 | Make Up/Review | |

February 8 | Exam | |

February 10 | 2.4 Linear Functions and Slope 2.5 Point Slope Form of the Equation of a Line | |

Week 5 | ||

February 13 | 3.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables | |

February 15 | 4.1 Solving Linear Inequalities | |

February 17 | 4.2 Compound Inequalities | |

Week 6 | ||

February 20 | 4.3 Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value | |

February 22 | 5.1 Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions | |

February 24 | 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials | |

Week 7 | ||

February 27 | Make Up/Review | |

March 1 | Exam | |

March 3 | 5.3 Greatest Common Factors and Factoring By Grouping | |

Spring Break March 4 - 12 | ||

Week 8 | ||

March 13 | 5.4 Factoring Trinomials | |

March 15 | 5.5 Factoring Special Forms | |

March 17 | 5.6 A General Factoring Strategy | |

Week 9 | ||

March 20 | 5.7 Polynomial Equations and Their Applications | |

March 22 | 6.1 Rational Expressions and Functions | |

March 24 | 6.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions | |

Week 10 | ||

March 27 | 6.3 Complex Rational Expressions | |

March 29 | 6.4 Division of Polynomials | |

March 31 | 6.6 Rational Equations | |

Week 11 | ||

April 3 | Make Up/Review | |

April 5 | Exam | |

April 7 | NO CLASS (MAA Meeting) | |

Week 12 | ||

April 10 | 7.1 Radical Expressions and Functions | |

April 12 | 7.2 Rational Exponents | |

Easter Break April 14 - 17 | ||

Week 13 | ||

April 19 | 7.3 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions | |

April 21 | 7.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions | |

Week 14 | ||

April 24 | 7.5 Multiplying with More than One Term | |

April 26 | 7.6 Radical Equations | |

April 28 | 7.7 Complex Numbers | |

Week 15 | ||

May 1 | Make Up/Review | |

May 3 | Exam | |

May 5 | Review |

Date | Topic | |

Week 1 | ||

January 16 | 1.1 Algebraic Expressions, Real Numbers, and Interval Notation 1.2 Operations with Real Numbers | |

January 18 | 1.2 Operations with Real Numbers 1.3 Graphing Equations | |

Week 2 | ||

January 23 | 1.4 Solving Linear Equations 1.5 Problem Solving and Using Formulas | |

January 25 | 1.5 Problem Solving and Using Formulas 1.6 Properties of Integral Exponents | |

Week 3 | ||

January 30 | 2.1 Introduction to Functions 2.2 Graphs of Functions | |

February 1 | 2.3 The Algebra of Functions Review | |

Week 4 | ||

February 6 | Exam | |

February 8 | 2.4 Linear Functions and Slope 2.5 Point Slope Form of the Equation of a Line | |

Week 5 | ||

February 13 | 2.5 Point Slope Form of a the Equation of a Line 3.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables | |

February 15 | 4.1 Solving Linear Inequalities 4.2 Compound Inequalities | |

Week 6 | ||

February 20 | 4.2 Compound Inequalities 4.3 Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value | |

February 22 | 5.1 Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials | |

Week 7 | ||

February 27 | 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials Review | |

March 1 | Exam | |

Spring Break March 4 - 12 | ||

Week 8 | ||

March 13 | 5.3 Greatest Common Factors and Factoring By Grouping 5.4 Factoring Trinomials | |

March 15 | 5.4 Factoring Trinomials 5.5 Factoring Special Forms | |

Week 9 | ||

March 20 | 5.6 A General Factoring Strategy 5.7 Polynomial Equations and Their Applications | |

March 22 | 5.7 Polynomial Equations and Their Applications 6.1 Rational Expressions and Functions | |

Week 10 | ||

March 27 | 6.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions 6.3 Complex Rational Expressions | |

March 29 | 6.3 Complex Rational Expressions 6.4 Division of Polynomials | |

Week 11 | ||

April 3 | 6.6 Rational Equations Review | |

April 5 | Exam | |

Week 12 | ||

April 10 | 7.1 Radical Expressions and Functions 7.2 Rational Exponents< | |

Easter Break April 14 - 17 | ||

Week 13 | ||

April 19 | 7.2 Rational Exponents 7.3 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions | |

Week 14 | ||

April 24 | 7.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions 7.5 Multiplying with More than One Term | |

April 26 | 7.5 Multiplying with More than One Term 7.6 Radical Equations | |

Week 15 | ||

May 1 | Exam | |

May 3 | 7.7 Complex Numbers Review |

When we finish a section in the book, you should immediately begin working on the homework problems below.

Your work will not be collected. However, actually working through these problems is the key to your success in this class. Attending every class is not enough; mathematics can only be learned through practice. You should plan to spend a significant amount of time on the homework. It is expected that you spend at least**9 hours per week** studying the material outside our class meetings, according to the common 3-4 hour per credit rule of thumb.

Stay up to date with homework, and get help if you cannot understand a problem after trying it on your own.**Do not ignore a problem that you are struggling with**. Our class is focused on the foundations of mathematics that you will need in this course and in Calculus. A weak spot in this foundation will lead to a bigger problem in the future.

If you are having trouble with a topic, please come talk to me during office hours, ask questions in class, seek help from a classmate, or go to the department tutors for assistance. You are expected to try to work on all problems on your own first; when coming to my office, be prepared to show me what youâ€™ve already tried.

Your work will not be collected. However, actually working through these problems is the key to your success in this class. Attending every class is not enough; mathematics can only be learned through practice. You should plan to spend a significant amount of time on the homework. It is expected that you spend at least

Stay up to date with homework, and get help if you cannot understand a problem after trying it on your own.

If you are having trouble with a topic, please come talk to me during office hours, ask questions in class, seek help from a classmate, or go to the department tutors for assistance. You are expected to try to work on all problems on your own first; when coming to my office, be prepared to show me what youâ€™ve already tried.

Section | Problems |