# Introduction to Math Modeling

**Textbook:** College Algebra in Context with
Applications for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences, 3^{rd}

Edition, Harshbarger/Yocco or you can buy just MyMathLab code.

Practice Questions: **Test One**

Sections to be covered:

1.1: Functions and Models

1.2 Graphs of Functions

1.3 Linear Functions

1.4 Equations of Lines

2.1
Algebraic and Graphical Solution of Equations

2.2 Fitting Lines to Data Points: Modeling Linear Functions

2.3 System of Linear
Equations in Two Variables

Test One on chapter 1-2

3.1 Quadratic Functions ; Parabolas.

3.2 Solving
Quadratic Equations

3.3 Piecewise – Defined Functions and Power Functions

3.4
Quadratic and Power Models

**Test Two on Chapter 3
**

3 5.1 Exponential Functions

5.2
Logarithmic Functions ; Properties of Logarithms

5.3 Exponential and Logarithmic
Equations

5.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Models

5.5 Exponential Functions and
Investing

5.7 Logistic and Gompertz Functions

**Test Three on Chapter 5**

5 6.1
Higher-Degree Polynomial Functions

6.2 Modeling with Cubic and Quadratic Functions

**Final (is cumulative!)**

**Prerequisites:** Two years of High School Algebra or equivalent.

**Note: **Students who do not satisfy the prerequisites should see me as soon as
possible.

**Office Hours:** MWF 12:50 pm- 1:50 pm, TR 11:30 am – 01:00pm or by appointment all
in my

office MP 3036.

**Calculator: **A TI-83 or TI-83 plus or TI-84 plus calculator is **required** for the
course. Sharing

of calculators on tests or final will not be permitted.

**
Course Description: **The course introduces mathematical modeling using graphical,

numerical , symbolic, and verbal techniques to describe and explore real-world data and

phenomena. One studies the investigation and analysis of applied problems and questions, and

effective communication of quantitative concepts and results. Topics include linear, quadratic,

polynomial, exponential and logarithmic models of real-world phenomena. This course is

suggested as an alternative to College Algebra to satisfy area A core curriculum requirements

designed for students who do not need a calculus preparatory mathematics course.

**Course Objective**s:

The student will:

1. be able to use mathematical models to quantify real life situations.

2. understand mathematics as an art of exploring, seeking patterns, making guesses,

checking, revising, and generalizing.

3. improve algebraic skills by using algebra to describe and analyze situations.

4. understand effective uses of technology in problems-solving.

**Assignments:**

You MUST have an access

code and course ID (will be provided in class) to be able to do homework and quizzes. The

code is packaged free with a new textbook, or it can be purchased separately at the bookstore

**TEST/Final:**We will have three in-class one hour exams, and a two hours final exam. Test

dates will be announced in class ahead of time. Final exam will be cumulative.

**Attendance Policy:**You are expected to attend every class. Attendance will be taken and

recorded. Your instructor will add 2% to your final average if you DO NOT miss more than 3

meetings in the semester. If you attend every class, 3% will be added to your final average.

However, instructor reserves the right to deny any credit for the course if you miss more than 6

meetings.

**Extra points:**You will earn extra points for good questions/comments. Please, be participative.

**Grades:**Grade will be determined as following:

Assignments: 10%,

Quizzes: 10%,

Tests: 60%,

Final Exam:
20%.

Total Possible: 100%

Grading System:

89.5% -100% = A,

79.5% -89.4% =B,

69.5%-79.4% =C,

59.5%-69.4% =
D,

and Less than 59.5% = F.

**Make-up Policy:** No make-up tests/quizzes will be given. If you are absent on the
test day,

**and** you have a valid reason for being absent (very sick, family
emergency, etc.), **and **you have

documentation for being absent (doctor’s note,
legal documents, etc.), then your grade on the

final exam will replace the
missed test grade. Only one missed test will be replaced by the final

exam.

**Academic Dishonesty: **Any student who exhibits academic dishonesty in any form
will receive

a failing grade (F) for the entire course and will be reported to
the University Judicial Officer.

Storing
unauthorized programs or information in your calculator is considered cheating.

**Civility Statement:** Each student is expected to follow the Student’s Code of
Conduct, with

regarding appropriate behavior in the classroom. Inappropriate
behavior includes any activity

that may detract from your fellow classmates’
learning experience or in the instructor’s ability

to conduct class. Electronic
devices such as cellular phones, pagers, and media players must be

off while the
student is in the classroom.

**Disability Policy:** If you have a physical, psychological, and/or learning
disability, which may

affect your performance in this class, please contact the
Student Disability Resource Center as

soon as possible. The Center will
determine appropriate accommodations based on testing and

medical documentation.

**Additional Help:** The Academic Success Center offers free peer tutoring during
the week.

Contact the tutorial centers for exact hours at (912) 478-5371 .

Important Dates:

September 7 Labor Day Holiday ( No classes)

Oct 12, Last day to withdraw
without academic penalty

Nov 23-27, Thanks Giving Holiday

December 4 Last day of
classes

December 7 Final Exam, Section A (8:00 am Class), 7:30am- 9:30am

December 9 Final Exam, Section B (9:00 am class), 7:30am-
9:30am

December 7 Final Exam, Section Z ( 12:00 pm class), 12:30pm- 2:30pm

**Final Note: **The contents of this syllabus are as complete and accurate as
possible. The

instructor reserves the right to make any changes necessary to the
syllabus and course material.

The instructor will make every effort to inform
the students of changes as they occur. It is the

responsibility of the student
to know what changes have been made in order to successfully

complete the
requirements of the course.

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