Math 1111            College Algebra

Fall  2005              UC 1168

Instructor:  Mrs. Pat Bezona  (pbezona@valdosta.edu)

Office:    UC 1104

Phone:  My office: 333-5437, Department office: 333-5934

Office Hours:  Mon. & Wed.  3 – 3:30 pm and Tues. & Thurs. 11 am – 1 pm or by appt.

 

Text:  Required: College Algebra (6th. edition), Larson & Hostetler, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

           Optional:  Study and Solutions Guide,  CD-ROM with tutorial help, additional examples, additional practice

            problems, solutions to odd problems (if you buy this, you do not need to buy the printed solutions guide),

            practice tests, and TI emulators.

 

Course Description:

This course is designed to review and extend the student’s knowledge of basic algebraic skills and concepts.  General topics addressed include solution of equations and inequalities, problem solving, polynomials rational expressions, graphing, exponents and radical, relations and functions (including exponential & logarithmic functions).

 

Course Requirements:

1         Complete each assignment before the next class meeting.  These assignments are for your benefit and will be collected the day they are due.  Completing these will help you do better on exams, and quizzes.  Due to the time factor, if I do not answer all your questions in class please come during my office hours or make an appointment.  Answers to the odd numbered exercises are in the back of the text.  The math lab (2149 NH) also has free tutoring and software available for additional assistance.  There is also a complete answer key available in the math lab The Complete Solutions  Guide is on reserve in the library.

2    Regular attendance is expected.  You are to attend class on time and stay for the full class session.  Please ask questions when material being discussed in class are not clear to you.  Optional review sessions may be held outside scheduled class times on Sunday nights.  These special sessions will be announced in class.

3         In-class Quizzes:  There will be unannounced quizzes given from recent homework assignments (relating to material already discussed in class).  Quizzes will usually be given at the beginning of class.  No make-ups will be given.  Any quiz missed (because you arrive more than 5 minutes late, or you skip the entire class) results in a zero.

4.     Study Groups:  Join a study group from students in the class and meet at least once a week for a total of

          two hours.  The group at the next scheduled classtime will turn in a study assignment form.  Five

          points extra credit will be added to the test covered by these study groups.  If a students does not attend at

          least one study group session per week, then five points will be taken from the test.

5.            In class exams:  There will be 4 in-class, full period, exams worth 100 points each.  NO MAKE-UP                         EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN.  If you miss one exam, your final exam will also count as the score for the missed exam.  A second in-class exam missed results in a zero for that exam. 

6.            The TI-83 calculator is required for this class, if you already have a different graphing calculator please see me privately. 

7.            Final Exam:  A comprehensive final exam will be given worth 20% of the total grade.

     Final Exam Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 6 – 8 pm.         

 

     Students requiring classroom accommodations because of a documented disability should discuss this need with the professor at the beginning of the semester.  Students not registered with the Special Services Program must contact the Special Services Office in Nevins Hall, Room 1115.  The phone number is 245-2498.

 

Grading                                                 Points                                     Final Grade Determination

4 in-class exams @ 100 points             400 (80%)                               450-500 points         A

Final Exam                                               100 (20%)                               400-449 points         B

Total                                                         600                                          350-399 points         C

                                                                                                                  300-349 points         D

Bonus points available                         50                                            Below 299 points    F

(from quizzes, study groups

 and the math project)