MATH 111 College Algebra

Section 02  -  Fall 2016-2017 -     Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00AM - 11:50AM - Zurn 207

Instructor: Dr.Platte
Text: Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 7th Edition, by Robert F. Blitzer ,  ISBN-13: 978-0-13-417894-3
Office: 215 Zurn, also check Old Main Computer Labs
Office hrs: MWF 11:00-11:50, Tues. 9:30-10:30 307 Old Main and MW 1:00-1:50 Old Main computer labs. Also by appointment.
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This is a course in algebra fundamentals, similar to high school courses in algebra, except that the pace will be faster.  Topics include sets, relations, functions, exponents and radicals, equations, inequalities, and polynomial and rational functions. Prerequisite: MATH Placement score of at least 46.


At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
  1. Identify, distinguish, perform algebraic operations and find solutions to equations using the integer, rational, real and complex number systems.
  2. Use common algebraic methods to solve linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and absolute value equations and inequalities.
  3. Translate the written problem and create algebraic models to solve real-life problems.
  4. Use and create algebraic functions.


The main technique used will be lecture. At the beginning of each class I will ask if there are questions from the previous lecture. I encourage you to ask relevant questions as they arise during the class. If you are unable to have your questions answered in class, then see me outside of class. When not in my office I may be found in the Old Main Computer Labs. You are welcome to drop in anytime I am in the office or the labs.
The course will cover topics found in chapters 1 through 8. Seldom will complete chapters be covered. Topics from other chapters and other sources may also be covered. Tests and homework will only be from material covered in class.


Although I will not formally check attendance, I do expect you to attend class. 


Homework will be assigned daily. The homework will be scaled at the end of the term so that perfect homework total is worth 100 points. All homework is due at the beginning of the next class after it was assigned. No homework will be accepted at times other than the due time except with a prior valid excuse or under extremely extenuating circumstances. All homework must be done on 8.5 by 11 inches paper only with no ragged edges. Do not turn in homework torn from a spiral notebook without trimming the ragged edges! Problems must be numbered. Try to be organized and neat as possible. No red ink or red pencil may be used on your work. Some in class activities may count towards the homework points. You must show your work on the homework in order to earn points. Any homework turned in that does not comply with these conditions will be ignored.
Do your OWN work. Do not loan homework to a fellow student. It is OK for students to help each other and to share ideas and knowledge. Students who copy homework will receive an F for the assignment.


Any topics covered in class is material for examination.  There will be four in class exams (tentative dates are Sept 14, Oct 7,  Nov 2, Dec 5) and a comprehensive final exam (Dec 16, 10:30-12:30 pm). Each exam is worth 100 points and the final is worth 130 points. Each in class exam is exactly one period long! Since I do not ordinarily give make-up exams, only the most serious reason constitutes an excuse for missing an exam. Any student who is caught cheating during an exam, as a first offense, will receive 0 points on that exam. Students with a second offense of cheating will receive the grade of "F" in the course. 

Final Grade:

Your final grade will be assigned by taking your total accumulated points, dividing by total number of possible points (630) and multiplying by 100%, wherever this resultant fits in the table that is your final letter grade. 

Percent 100-94 93-90 89-84 83-78 77-70 69-65 64-60 Below 60
Grade A B+ B C+ C D+ D F


The schedule is tentative and can be modified at any time if needed. While every effort will be made to adhere to the syllabus, I reserve the right to amend the syllabus when deemed necessary. The student is responsible for noting of any changes, which will be announced during class periods. There is no extra credit possibility for this course on an individual basis. If I decide to use the extra credit option it will be available for the entire class.


The following class room behaviors are not acceptable at the University, and will not be tolerated.
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