MATH 111 College Algebra
Section 02 - Fall 2016-2017 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00AM
- 11:50AM - Zurn 207
Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 7th
Edition, by Robert F. Blitzer , ISBN-13:
||215 Zurn, also check Old Main Computer Labs
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.
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.
OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able 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
- 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.
COURSE EVALUATION: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
(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
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
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
for this course on an individual basis. If I decide to use the extra credit option it will be available for the entire class.
- Attend class prepared, ready to hand in homework and ready to work.
- If you miss a class you are responsible for the material covered. I will
not re-teach the material during office hours or another class.
- You may use a calculator, unless I explicitly say you can not.
- If appropriate, a laptop, mobile device or computer may be used for note taking or for use of an e-book,
however I may ask you to move to a less disruptive location. Other uses of such devices is prohibited.
The following class room behaviors are not acceptable at the University, and will not be tolerated.
- Attending class late or leaving class and returning. If you leave do not return!
- Cell phone usage / texting / usage of a recreational electronic device / internet usage.Turn them off!
- Reading outside material (Merciad, magazines, etc.)
- Sleeping or disruptive behavior
- General disrespect to students or faculty