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MATH 114 College Algebra

VII. Means of Evaluation

Here is the grading scale and basis of overall course grade:
Grading Scale:

Homework 10% of total grade.
Chapter tests 70% of total grade.
Final exam 20% of total grade

VIII. Topical Course Outline

Specific sections of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 will be covered in this course. See the detailed list attached to this syllabus explaining the sections and the topics/concepts that are in each section.

IX. American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Springfield College – Benedictine University provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in educational programs, activities and services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations to participate in college-sponsored programs, activities and services or to meet course requirements should contact the Director of the Resource Center as early as possible.

If documentation of the disability (either learning or physical) is not already on file, it may be requested. Once on file, an individual student’s disability documentation is shared only at that individual’s request and solely with the parties whom the student wishes it shared.

X. Assessment: Classroom Assessment Techniques

Goals, objectives, and learning outcomes that will be assessed in this class are stated in this syllabus. The instructor will use pre/post tests, minute papers, three question surveys, assignment assessments and/or other Classroom Assessment Techniques as deemed necessary in order to provide continuous improvement of instruction. Students are required to take part in all assessment measures.

XI. Miscellaneous

Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is expected in this class. Appropriate action will be taken for any acts of dishonesty. Cheating undermines everything that is best in the College, in the class and in you. (SR-3)

Classroom Behavior
Students should arrive to the classroom before class begins and leave the classroom only upon the completion of class. If an emergency causes you to enter the classroom after class has begun, please be respectful of the instructor and your classmates. During class, inappropriate talking, note-passing, or other distracting or disrupting behavior will not be tolerated. Cellular phones/electronic devices will be turned off during class. (SR-3, SD-1)

Recommended Study Methods
This is a challenging class. You should plan to devote a lot of time to it beginning on the first day. The lectures and the text will complement each other. In class, the essential points will be stressed, the common difficulties exposed, and examples presented. You should not only attend class, but read the relevant sections in the text on the same day that they are covered in class. As you study the text, make a habit of working out the examples. Do the assigned problems. Many of the problems are straightforward, but even the best students should expect to find that attempting some of the problems will be a frustrating experience. If you are having trouble with a problem, put it aside for a while (several hours or a day), and then attempt it again. Most real understanding comes from struggling with the problems. It is part of “doing math.” If you are still stuck, ask a classmate or schedule a tutor in the Resource Center or come to office hours and ask me!

Detailed List of Sections Covered

Chapter R1 Fundamental Concepts of Algebra
Section R1.1: Real Numbers: Order and Absolute Value
Section R1.4: Radicals and Rational Exponents
   
Chapter R2 Equations and Inequalities
Section R2.3: Quadratic Equations
Section R2.4: The Quadratic Formula
   
Chapter 1 Functions and Graphs
Section 1.1: Graphs of Equations
Section 1.2: Lines in the Plane
Section 1.3: Linear Modeling and Direct Variation
Section 1.4: Functions
Section 1.5: Graphs of Functions
Section 1.6: Transformations of Functions
Section 1.7: The Algebra of Functions
Section 1.8: Inverse Functions
   
Chapter 2 Polynomial and Rational Functions
Chapter 2.1: Quadratic Functions and Models
Chapter 2.2: Polynomial Functions and Higher Degree
Chapter 2.3: Polynomial Division
Chapter 2.4: Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions
Chapter 2.5: Complex Numbers
Chapter 2.6: The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Chapter 2.7: Rational Functions
   
Chapter 3 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Chapter 3.1 Exponential Functions
Chapter 3.2 Logarithmic Functions
Chapter 3.3 Properties of Logarithms
Chapter 3.4 Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
   
Chapter 4 Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 4.1 Solving Systems Using Substitution
Chapter 4.2 Solving Systems Using Elimination
   
Chapter 6 Sequences, Series, and Probability (if time permits)
Chapter 6.1: Sequences and Summation Notation
Chapter 6.2: Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums
Chapter 6.3: Geometric Sequences and Series
   
  Preparation for first session:
  Read pages Ch. R1 and study examples.

This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor to accommodate instructional and/or student needs. Such changes will be announced to the class at the appropriate time.

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