Calculators: A graphing calculator is required . If you
have not purchased one, the TI-83 Plus is
recommended, but a calculator such as the TI-85 or TI-86 will suffice. NOTE: The
calculator is not allowed in any math course . It is your responsibility to know
how to use your
calculator. You will not be allowed to use a calculator on many of the tests
The primary objective of the course is solving algebraicequations and graphing algebraic functions. In the process, you should develop critical thinking skills and problem
solving techniques that will be
valuable in future courses and in life in general.
Mathematical objectives of the course include developing a
working understanding of functions, the graphs of functions , and the application of functions to problems you will see
again in your field of
study. In addition ,
• Students should be able to perform algebraic
manipulations and should know the shapes of basic graphs;
• Students should be able to translate word problems into mathematical
• Students should be familiar with inequalities, compositions of
functions, inverse functions, exponential functions and logarithmic functions;
• Students should be able to identify and work with conic sections;
• Students should be able to solve systems of linear and nonlinear
More specific content objectives are listed in your text
at the beginning of each assigned section.
This class is conducted using both lecture and class
participation. Regular attendance and
participation are essential for you to get the maximum benefit from class. You
should expect to spend at least
6 hours per week outside of class reading the textbook, doing homework, and
studying for quizzes & exams.
An atmosphere conducive to learning will be maintained.
You are expected to exhibit maturity, responsibility,
and integrity. Students failing to conduct themselves appropriately will be
asked to leave the class and will be
disciplined as outlined in the University’s Code of Student Conduct.
•Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices
should be turned off and invisible during class.
• Remove all ear buds
If school or class is canceled for any reason,
assignments, quizzes, or tests that were scheduled for the canceled
day will be due or taken on the next day that the class meets.
Assignments will be given in class and are due at the
beginning of the specified class period.
They will be worth 10-20 points. Selected problems will be graded to determine
your homework score.
Papers with just answers will receive no credit. See “Homework Guidelines”
handout for details on
grading & format.
Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Instead of
collecting homework, an in-class quiz
consisting of several problems from the homework may be given. So, if you have
questions on the
homework or material covered in class, please get your questions answered before
the next class period
by visiting with me during my office hours or by visiting the Math Lab.
In-class Activities will be conducted to help you
master material we discuss. Some activities will be
group activities designed to help you learn the material using your peers as
resources. Some activities
will be collected and graded.
Late homework will not be accepted, nor will late
quizzes be given. You may not make up any class
activities that you miss. I will drop your two lowest homework/quiz/activity
grades. If you know in
advance that you will be absent, you may make arrangements to hand in work early
or take an early quiz.
Collectively, your homework/quiz/activity grade will be equivalent to three
exams, so this is an excellent
opportunity to improve your course grade.
Exams: There will be four exams each worth 100 points and
a final worth 200 points. I will drop one of the four
exam scores (but not the final). If you miss an examination for any reason, that
will be your dropped exam. If
a second examination is missed, it will be recorded as a 0. No make-up exams
will be given. Cheating on an
exam will result in a failing grade for the course
Course Grade will be college standard: you can
calculate your grade at any point in the course by dividing the
total points possible to that point by your total points.
0% ≤ F < 60% ≤ D < 70% ≤ C < 80% ≤ B < 90% ≤ A ≤ 100%
(I reserve the right to lower this scale, but will not
DO NOT ASK ME WHAT YOUR GRADE IS: I expect you to
keep track of your own work and be able to
calculate it yourself. I will confirm your calculations if you request.
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: YOU ARE THE KEY TO
Step 1: Don’t miss class or get behind. Algebra is
not the type of class that you can cram in the day (or
week!) before the exam.
Step 2: Get a “Study Buddy”-> Cooperative learning
works! This is supported by educational
research which confirms that students who study with other students usually
perform better on
exams. This is particularly true in math courses where drill and repetition are
Interaction with another student is the best way to review material and catch
Step 3: Practice! Practice! Practice! Doing only
the assigned homework will not be enough to enable
you to pass exams. I recommend that you schedule algebra study time at least
3 days a week,
rather than trying to do all the work in one long session.
Math anxiety? Defeat this by (1) being prepared and
(2) using your resources, such as the Math Lab or
me. For severe cases, use Cameron’s Counseling Center.
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