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Course Syllabus for College Algebra

Course Description:

Linear and quadratic equations, radicals, exponents and logarithms, rational expressions, systems of
linear equations, functional notation, graphing sequences, and series.

Course Objectives:

The student will be introduced to the topics above which require certain techniques for solutions. We
will develop ideas and methods for applying these techniques leading to a solution or resolution of the
question. During the course the student will be exposed to the use and application of the graphics
calculator in the appropriate areas.


Scott Johnson


Nelson Science Center 110

Office Hours:

TR 1:00-3:00




MTWF 11:00-11:50
Nelson Science Center 104


College Algebra by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, Saleem Watson, Brooks/Cole, 2004.
TI-83 or TI-84 Series

Course Requirements:

The sequential nature of mathematics deems it necessary for students to attend class on a regular basis,
therefore one of the course requirements is regular attendance. Grades will be based on five exams
using the following scale.

A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%

Tentative Course Outline:

Real Numbers, operations and properties
Linear Equations and Inequalities
Polynomials: 1. Operations 2. Factoring
Rational expressions and Polynomial Division
Rational Exponents and Radicals
Quadratics and the Quadratic Formula
Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities
Functions; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic
Linear systems and matrices
Sequences and Series

General Education Goals/Objectives:

Goal 2: Demonstrates knowledge and application of technology
Objective 2: Uses electronic resources for course related assignments and information
Skill 1: Selects appropriate program on the graphing calculator to solve problems

Goal 3: Demonstrates the ability to convert, calculate, and analyze a variety of mathematical problems
Objective 1: Utilizes mathematical equations to solve problems
Skill1: Solves equations and problems using the appropriate method
Objective 2: Applies practical application of mathematics to everyday life
Skill3: Solves word problems

Relationship to Campus Theme:

Mathematics 103 emphasizes technology through the use of graphic calculators and nature through
wildlife population modeling.

Classroom Policies:

Please refrain from any behavior that would disrupt the class. Cell phones can only be used in
emergency situations and they must be turned to vibrate. The academic environment is an open and
harassment free environment. Participation is encouraged.

Academic Integrity:

If there is evidence of cheating on an exam the student will receive an F on the respective exam.

Disabilities and Special Needs:

Please inform instructor of any special needs during the first week of class