COLLEGE ALGEBRA
Course Description:
This course provides an integrated technological approach to algebraic topics
used in
problem solving. Emphasis is placed on applications involving equations and
inequalities ; polynomials,
rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; and graphing and data
analysis/modeling. Upon
completion, students should be able to choose an appropriate model to fit a data
set and use the model for
analysis and prediction. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation
Agreement general education core requirement in natural science/mathematics.
Prerequisite: Mat 080 or Mat 090
Corequisite: Mat 161A
Textbook: Blitzer, College Algebra, Third Edition. ISBN: 0131013653
Course Goal: Upon completion, students should be able to choose an
appropriate model to fit a data set
and use the model for analysis and prediction.
Course Specific Competencies: Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able
to:
• Solve applications involving polynomial equations and inequalities .
•Solve applications involving rational equations and inequalities.
•Solve applications involving exponential and logarithmic functions .
•Solve applications involving graphing and data analysis/modeling techniques.
Reinforcement Experiences for General Education
CrossCurriculum Competencies
The course encapsulates reinforcement experiences for the general education
crosscurriculum competencies:
o Communicate effectively in speaking, writing, reading, and listening.
o Locate, evaluate, and use information to analyze problems and make
logical decisions.
o Apply math skills and/or natural science knowledge appropriately to
organize, analyze and make information useful.
o Develop the ability to succeed as a selfdirected learner.
Grading Policy: You will have 4chapter tests and
two cumulative final exams during the semester.
Your chapter test average will account for 75% of your final grade. The
Midterm and Final exam is
mandatory and will count 25% of your final grade. All tests will be closed
book.  If for any reason it is necessary for you to withdraw from this
class, you must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Records and
Registration Office by the deadline. If you quit attending class without
completing the appropriate forms your grade will become an “F”. The final grade
will be an average of all your test grades, A(90100),
B(8089),C(7079),D(6069), F (below 60)
Inclement Weather Schedule: Refer to page 30 of
your student handbook
The College will close when weather conditions are such that driving is
hazardous.
The following procedure will be observed for inclement weather conditions:
1. Announcements concerning school operation will be made
by 6:30 am on local radio and TV
stations for day classes. A voice mail message will be recorded on the
switchboard. If it appears that
ice or snow may be cleared by midmorning, the schedule below will be followed
and all College
personnel and students should report by 10am.
2. Closing or delaying the day programs does not
automatically close evening classes.
Announcements will be made on radio stations and the College switchboard no
later than 3pm
concerning the evening classes.
3. When weather conditions dictate early dismissal of the
day or evening classes, the
announcement will be made by telephone to each building on campus.
4. Commuters should exercise personal judgment concerning
highway conditions regardless of
College announcements, particularly those commuting from outlying areas.
5.Adjustments in the College calendar for days missed
because of inclement weather will be made at
the end of the semester.
Normal Class Time  Delayed Opening 
8 am  1010:40 am 
8:30am  10:2011 am 
9 am.  10:4511:25 am 
9:30 am  11:0511:45 am 
10 am  11:3012:10 pm 
10:30 am  11:50am12:30 pm 
11 am  12:1512:55 pm 
11:30 am  12:351:15 pm 
12 am  11:40 pm 
12:30 pm  1:202 pm 
1 pm  1:452:25 pm 
1:30 pm  2:052:45 pm 
2 pm  2:303:10 pm 
2:30 pm  2:503:30 pm 
3 pm  3:153:55 pm 
3:30 pm  3:354:15 pm 
4 pm  4 pm 
Final Exam Policy: Will be the last day of scheduled class. See above Inclement Weather Schedule
Attendance Policy: To receive course credit, a
student should attend a minimum of 80 percent of the
contact hours of the class. Upon accumulating absences exceeding 20 percent of
the course contact hours,
the student may be dropped from the class with a grade of “U” at the discretion
of the instructor. A tardy is
defined as arriving late for class, leaving early, or being away from class
without permission during class
hours. Three tardies may constitute one absence. (refer to pg. 74 of your
student handbook)
Important Dates:
Summer Session—2008 

Registration: Current and Continuing Students  April 28—May 2 
General Registration  May 5—16 
Last Day to Pay Tuition and Fees  May 16 
* *Please note: Unpaid registrations will be deleted from the computer registration system at 4:30 p.m.  
Late Registration  May 19—20 
Last Day to Pay Tuition and Fees for Late Registration  May 20 
New Student Welcome 9:00 a.m.  May 20 
Classes Begin  May 21 
Schedule Adjustments  May 2122 
Last Day to Apply for Summer Graduation  May 16 
Last Day to Drop for a Partial Refund  May 27 
Independence Day College Holiday  July 4 
Last Day to Withdraw from a full 10Week Class  July 14 
Last Day of Class/Examinations  July 29 
Summer Graduation  August 1 
Total Class Days 49, plus 1 class meeting makeup for Friday classes  
Holiday: (*Up to 3 days made be made up due to inclement weather closings.) 
July 4 
Activity Day Schedule
This schedule will be used for most approved and announced student activities.
Normal Class Time  Activity Day Schedule 
8:00 am  8:008:40 am 
8:30 am  8:209:00 am 
9:00 am  8:459:25 am 
9:30 am  9:059:45 am 
10:00 am  9:3010:10 am 
10:30 am  9:5010:30 am 
11:00 am  10:1510:55 am 
11:30 am  10:3511:00 am* 
11:00 am1:00 pm Free for activities!  
12:00 noon  1:001:40 pm 
12:30 pm  1:202:00 pm 
1:00 pm  1:452:25 pm 
1:30 pm  2:052:45 pm 
2:00 pm  2:303:10 pm 
2:30 pm  2:503:30pm 
3:00 pm  3:153:55 pm 
3:30 pm  3:354:15pm 
4:00 pm  4:00 pm 
* 25 minute period 
Academic Dishonesty
You may not deceive any official of the college by cheating on any assignment,
exam, or paper.
This includes plagiarism, which is the intentional theft or unacknowledged use
of another’s
words or ideas. Plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) paraphrasing or
summarizing
another’s words or works without proper acknowledgement, using direct
quotes of material
without proper acknowledgement, or purchasing or using a paper or
presentation written or
produced by another. The faculty at AB Tech may also consider
presenting as original work
a paper written for one class to satisfy a requirement in another class to be
academic
dishonesty.
Code of Classroom Conduct: AshevilleBuncombe
Technical Community College is an institution for
adult learning. It is a partnership between instructors with the desire to teach
and students with the desire to
learn. In order to create an appropriate environment for teaching and learning
to flourish, there must be
respect for the instructor and fellow students. Listed below are guidelines for
classroom behavior which the
College has established to ensure that the learning environment is not
compromised.
1. Attendance: You are expected to be in class the
entire class time. Do not enter late or leave early. Rare
exceptions may be excused, particularly under emergency circumstances, but you
should be prepared to explain your
tardiness to the instructor after class. Likewise , the need to leave early
should be explained to the instructor before class.
2. Absences: Inform the instructor in advance, if
you know you are going to miss a class. Also, take responsibility
for getting missed assignments from other students. Do not expect that you will
be allowed to make up work, such as
unannounced quizzes or tests, after an absence. Instructors are not responsible
for reteaching the material you missed
3. Conversation: Do not carry on side conversations in class.
4. Other Activities: You may not work on other
activities while in class. This includes homework for other courses
or other personal activities.
5. Internet: In classes where Internet access is
provided, you may use the Internet for valid, academic purposes
only. You may not use it for open access to other nonacademic sites which are
unrelated to the course.
6. Sleep: Do not sleep in class.
7. Attitude: You are expected to maintain a civil
attitude in class. You may not use inappropriate or offensive
commentary or body language to show your attitude regarding the course, the
instructor, assignments, or fellow students.
8. Profanity and Offensive Language: You may not use profanity or offensive language in class.
9. Cell phones and beepers: You may not receive or
send telephone calls or pages during class. You are
responsible for turning off cell phones and beepers upon entering class.
10. Guests: You may not bring unregistered friends or children to class.
11. Food, Drink, Tobacco Products: You may not have
food or drink in class. You may not use tobacco products in
the buildings of AB Tech.
12. Personal Business: You may need to transact
personal business with the instructor, asking him or her to sign
forms. Plan to do this before instruction begins or after class.
Typically, violations of the Code of Classroom Conduct
will be dealt with as minor infractions. However,
repetition of minor infractions or other more serious violations of the Code of
Student Conduct may lead to
removal from the classroom while the matter is resolved and referral to the Vice
President for Student
Services for disciplinary action.
Other Information: Additional help in math and
related courses is available in Developmental Studies,
Laurel Building, Room 107. The hours are from 9am6:30pm MTh, and 9am1:00pm on
Friday.
Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for
this course. The TI83 or TI86 will be the calculator
used by the instructor. I will not permit the TI89 or the TI92 to be used on
tests. Your calculators may be
cleared before examinations.
Statement of Right to Make Changes : I reserve the
right to make changes in the syllabus. Any changes
will be announced in class.
Content Outline
Sections  Page  Assignment  
P.1  Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions  1112  181 every other odd eoo 
P.2  Exponents and Scientific Notation  2223  197 eoo 
P.3  Radicals and Rational Exponents  3436  1113 eoo 
P.4  Polynomials  4647  179 eoo, 89 
P.5  Factoring Polynomials  5758  197 eoo 
P.6  Rational Expressions  6870  163 odd 
1.1  Graphs and Graphing Utilities  8183  147 odd 
1.2  Linear Equations  9294  169 odd 
1.3  Formulas and Applications  103107  175 odd 
1.4  Complex Numbers  113  143 odd 
1.5  Quadratic Equations  128131  193 eoo 
TEST 1  
1.6  Other Types of Equations  141144  189 odd 
1.7  Linear Inequalities  153156  183 odd 
1.8  Quadratic and Rational Inequalities  165167  147 odd 
2.1  Lines and Slope  188192  167 odd 
2.2  Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles  199201  159 odd 
TEST 2  
MIDTERM 

2.3  Basics of Functions  211212  173 odd 
2.4  Graphs of Functions  228232  181 odd 
2.5  Transformations of Functions  244245  155odd (skip # 9,19,33,41,51) 
2.6  Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions  257258  157 odd 
2.7  Inverse Functions  267268  139 odd 
TEST 3  
3.1  Quadratic Functions  288291  149 odd 
3.2  Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs  300302  153 odd 
3.3  Dividing Polynomials : Remainder and Factor Theorems  313314  143 odd 
3.4  Zeros of Polynomial Functions  322323  141 odd 
3.5  More on Zeros of Polynomial Functions  332333  143 odd 
3.6  Rational Functions and Their Graphs  349353  17, 2131 ,3551, 5557 odd 
3.7  Modeling Using Variation  363365  149 odd (skip # 43) 
TEST 4  
4.1  Exponential Functions  382383  145 odd 
4.2  Logarithmic Functions  395396  179 odd 
4.3  Properties of Logarithms  405406  181 odd (skip # 37, 39) 
4.4  Exponential and Logarithmic Equations  415416  165 odd (skip # 2125) 
4.5  Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions  428429  121 odd 
TEST 5  
FINAL 

** This schedule is tentative and is subject to change 
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