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College Algebra

MAC1105 College Algebra Section: 0002
Fall 2008, 3 credit hours

College Algebra: PR: Intermediate algebra or 2 years of high school algebra or
C.I. Inequalities, high degree polynomials, graphs, rational, logarithmic, and
exponential functions will be studied. This course prepares students for higherlevel
mathematics courses. The “NC” grading policy applies to this course.
Course Goals: This course is designed to familiarize the student with such fundamental
mathematical concepts as polynomials, linear and quadratic equations,
exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. Upon successful completion
of the course, the student will be able to apply various problem-solving strategies
to find solutions to a variety of real-life problems. Furthermore, the student will
have acquired the necessary algebraic skills to continue pursuing higher levels of
Class Meetings: There are three lectures each week. The lectures are on Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday from 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Office Hours: Monday 8:00-9:20am
Wednesday 8:00-9:20am
Friday 9:30-11:20am
Or by appointment
Textbook and
Other Required
Required: College Algebra, by Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider Third Custom
Edition with MyMathLab access code, TI-30XA calculator, and blue books for
each test and the final exam.
Calculator: You may use a Texas Instruments TI-30XA calculator on the tests. You may not
use any other type or model calculator in this course. Cell phone calculators
will not be permitted, nor will be sharing calculators. Use of an
unauthorized calculator will result in a grade of zero and possible disciplinary
Please observe common rules of courtesy. Once inside the classroom you should
turn off all cell-phones and pagers and not use them during class. Past experience
indicates that the students who will succeed in the class are the students who
attend. You should plan on staying for the entire 50-minutes. Try to avoid
leaving early, or arriving late, as it is a distraction to your classmates and your
The work submitted in this class is expected to be your own. Forms of
cheating/academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to): communicating
with another student during a test (this includes giving information to another
student as well as receiving that information), using an unauthorized calculator,
bringing in and using unauthorized material of any sort during a test, and
communicating contents of a test to another student. Penalties will range from a
grade of zero on an exam to a grade of F for the course. In addition, further
disciplinary action through the university may be taken. Please be aware that
disciplinary action through the university could result in suspension or
expulsion. For more information on academic honesty, please see the Golden
Rule contents available at
Online Homework
and Quizzes:
There will be graded online homework and quizzes, which utilize the My Math
Lab software packaged with your textbook. As these assignments must be
completed online, students will be expected to have access to a computer. There
are computers with My Math Lab installed in several of the computer labs on the
main campus. All assignments will be due no later than 11:59PM on the due
date. The due dates will not be extended so please plan accordingly. The
online homework questions are algorithmically iterations of the textbook
exercises. Homework assignments can be repeated an infinite number of
times within the time period specified. For each of the online homework
assignments, there is an associated online quiz that needs to be completed. In
order to begin the online quiz, you must score at least 70% on the associated
online homework assignment. (If you do not score a 70% or higher on the
homework by the due date, you will not be able to take the associated quiz which
will result in you earning a 0% on that quiz.) Quizzes can be taken up to
seven times and the highest score of all the attempts will be the recorded
grade for that particular quiz. In the unlikely event that you are unable to
access My Math Lab through the website, please use the following:
http. At the end of the semester, the homework with
the lowest grade will be dropped. At the end of the semester, the quiz
with the lowest grade will be dropped.
Extra Help: In addition to the office hours of the instructor, the Math Lab, located in MAP
113, is available free of charge to all enrolled students on the following days and
times: Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm, Friday from 9am to 3pm, and Sunday
from 2pm to 6pm. The text also has an online assistance program and free
tutoring by phone on Sundays-Thursdays. Information is available on the My
Math Lab website.
Tests and Final
There will be three tests throughout the semester and a comprehensive final
exam. All tests must be scheduled during the allotted time period for that
particular test. (See test scheduling and testing lab policy and procedures section
of this syllabus.) If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, a grade
of zero will be given for the test
. Please note: Personal travel plans will not be a
valid reason for taking any test at a different time.
Students should attend each test with the following items:
• Valid UCF Identification Card
• Knowledge of your MyMathLab login and password
• Bluebook
• Pen or pencil
• TI30-XA Calculator
Test Dates: Test 1: Week of 9/21-9/25
Test 2: Week of 10/26-10/30
Test 3: Week of 11/19-11/20
Final Exam: Week of 12/8-12/13
Make-up Policy: Personal travel plans will not be a valid reason for taking any test or the final
exam at a different time than scheduled. Test, homework, and quiz make-ups
are not given. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the instructor for
University related absences if the request is made one week prior to the
assessment date and valid documentation is provided.
Grading Policy: Your grade will be calculated based on the following options:
Option A:
• Test 1 – 20% of total grade
• Test 2 – 20% of total grade
• Test 3 – 20% of total grade
• My Math Lab Online homework average – 7% of total grade
• My Math Lab Online quiz average – 8% of total grade
• Final exam score– 25% of total grade
Option B:
• Average of the highest two test scores – 40% of total grade
• My Math Lab Online homework average – 7% of total grade
• My Math Lab Online quiz average – 8% of total grade
• Final exam score– 45% of total grade
Option B will be used if a student misses a test. If all three tests are taken, the
option resulting in the highest grade will be used.
Please Note: If a grade of 0% is given on any test due to an academic integrity
violation, Option A will be used to calculate the course grade.
Grading Scale: The +/- system will not be used in this class. Letter grades will be awarded
according to the following grading scale:
Average Grade
90 – 100% A
80 – 89% B
70-79% C
0-69% F
Below 70% and NC criteria below met NC
NC Grade Policy: The intent of the NC grade is to encourage struggling students to remain in class
and work hard, rather than withdrawing midway through the semester. By
completing the course, the student's exposure to all the class material should
allow them to perform better when repeating the class. No course credit is given
for an "NC" grade, nor will it satisfy any requirements or subsequent courses'
prerequisites. However the student's UCF grade point average will not be
penalized for the "NC". To earn the "NC" the instructor must feel the student is
working very hard to succeed in the class. Therefore, the "No- credit" (NC)
grade will be awarded in place of an F when the following criteria are met:
* Student misses no more than two online quizzes
* Student misses no more than two online homework assignments
* Student misses no more than one test
* Student completes the online homework and quiz covering sections 1.1-4.3
* Student takes the final exam as scheduled
Disability Related
The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable
accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is
available in alternate formats upon request. Students who need
accommodations must be registered with Student Disability Services,
Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD
only phone (407) 823-2116, before requesting accommodations from the
professor. No accommodations will be provided until the Student
Disability Services office has notified the professor concerning
appropriate accommodations.

Mathematics Department Testing and Assistance Lab Policies and Procedures
The following describes the policies and operating procedures for the Mathematics
Department Testing and Assistance Lab located in CC2-113. (Please note: The same
policies apply to the secondary labs located in CC2-225 and MAP110.) It is intended to
provide important information and instructions for all users of the lab. Students should
review the following information and procedures.

1. Check-in and out for an exam. You may check-in for an exam during the Testing and
Assistance Lab open hours in which your instructor has made the exam available and you
have scheduled an appointment. A valid UCF Student ID Card and a bluebook is
required to gain entrance to the Lab
. Your UCF ID will be electronically scanned to
authenticate your access to the exam by the Lab Manager, other Lab staff, or one of the
proctors. You will be assigned to sit at a particular computer workstation and your UCF
ID will be scanned again when you check-out of the Lab.

2. Reporting problems. If you encounter difficulty with any equipment or software in the
Testing and Assistance Lab, you must report the problem to a proctor or staff member for
assistance before proceeding/attempting to fix the problem on your own. Report as much
information about the problem and your location as you can. Because many exams are
timed, reporting a technical problem as quickly as possible will minimize the time
required to get back online and complete the exam.

3. Electronic Monitoring. The Testing and Assistance Lab environment and its
computers are electronically monitored/recorded to include real-time video. Any and all
perceived incidents of student misconduct will be reported to the instructor who may
report it to the Student Conduct Board for appropriate action.

4. Acceptable use. Students in the Testing and Assistance Lab are expected to use the
resources responsibly and in accordance with the Campus Use of Information
Technology and Resources Policy, which may be found at http.
Computer workstations must not be turned off, moved, or unplugged. When departing the
testing area, each student should return his or her keyboard, mouse, and chair to their
normal positions, and remove all paper trash from the area.

5. No unauthorized materials. It is preferred that no cell phones, PDAs, backpacks,
books, or notebooks be brought to the Testing and Assistance Lab. However, if a student
must bring one or more of the aforementioned items, they will be stored at the student’s
feet under the desk. Cell phones are to be turned off, not set on vibrate or to an audible
ringer, and at no time is a student to access a cell phone while in the Testing and
Assistance Lab. Failure to follow this rule may result in a grade of 0% on the test and
possible disciplinary actions. If skateboards are brought to the Lab, they must be left in a
designated area, and the Testing and Assistance Lab is not responsible for lost or stolen

6. Unauthorized Individuals. No unauthorized individuals are permitted in the Testing
and Assistance Lab.

7. Food and Drink. No food or drinks may be brought into the Lab.

8. Leaving the testing area. Once a student is seated for an exam, he or she is not
permitted to move from that location for the duration of the exam. Should an emergency
occur in which a student must leave the exam, he or she will be accompanied by a proctor
if he or she wishes to return to the exam. Otherwise, the student’s computer will be reset
and reassigned to the next student checking in.

9. Scheduling a Test. There will be an announced time period for which the test will
open and close for scheduling. Students will schedule their tests by clicking on the
“Schedule Test” menu button in MyMathLab. Once the scheduling time period has
ended, there will not be any changes or additions to the test schedules. Please make sure
that you have scheduled your test prior to the schedule closing date as you will receive a
grade of 0% if you do not schedule your test

10. Policy for General Power Failures. In extreme situations in the Lab, such as a
general power failure, a server failure, or forced evacuation of the building, alternate
testing formats and/or date(s) will be announced.

11. Hours of Operation. The Testing and Assistance Lab will be available for testing on
Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

Please Note: This schedule may be modified at the discretion of the instructor. Any change notification
will be made via e-community or the announcement page of My Math Lab.

Week 1:
Monday 8/25 R.1-R.2 Syllabus and Review key concepts
Wednesday 8/27 R.2-R.4 Review key concepts
Friday 8/29 R.5-R.7 Review key concepts, My Math Lab Presentation
Week 2:      
Monday 9/1 H   Holiday No Class
Wednesday 9/3 1.1 Linear Equations , My Math Lab
Friday 9/5 1.2 Applications of Linear Equations
Week 3:      
Monday 9/8 1.3 Complex Numbers
Wednesday 9/10 1.4 Quadratic Equations
Friday 9/12 1.5 Applications of Quadratic Equations
Week 4:      
Monday 9/15 1.6 Other Types of Equations
Wednesday 9/17 1.7 Inequalities
Friday 9/19 1.8 Absolute Value Equations/Inequalities
Week 5:      
Monday 9/22 Review  
Wednesday 9/24 Test 9/23 (Tuesday), 9/24 (Wednesday) , and 9/25 (Thursday)
Friday 9/26 2.1 Rectangular Coordinates and graphs
Week 6:      
Monday 9/29 2.2 Circles
Wednesday 10/1 2.3 Functions
Friday 10/3 2.4 Linear Functions
Week 7:      
Monday 10/6 2.5 Equations of Lines
Wednesday 10/8 2.6 Graphs of Basic Functions
Friday 10/10 2.7 Graphing Techniques
Week 8:      
Monday 10/13 2.8 Function Operations and Compositions
Wednesday 10/15 3.1 Quadratic Functions
Friday 10/17
3.2 Synthetic Division
Week 9:      
Monday 10/20 3.3 Zeros of Polynomials
Wednesday 10/22 3.3 cont. Zeros of Polynomials
Friday 10/24 Review  
Week 10:      
Monday 10/27 Test 10/26 (Sunday), 10/27 (Monday), and 10/28 (Tuesday)
Wednesday 10/29 3.4 Polynomial Functions
Friday 10/31 3.4 cont. Polynomial Functions
Week 11:      
Monday 11/3 3.5 Rational Functions
Wednesday 11/5 3.5 cont. Rational Functions
Friday 11/7 3.6 Variation
Week 12:      
Monday 11/10 4.1 Inverse Functions
Wednesday 11/12 4.2 Exponential Functions
Friday 11/14 4.3 Logarithmic Functions
Week 13:      
Monday 11/17 Review  
Wednesday 11/19 Test 11/19 (Wednesday) and 11/20 (Thursday)
Friday 11/21 4.4 Evaluating Logarithms
Week 14:      
Monday 11/24 4.5 Exponential/Logarithmic Equations
Wednesday 11/26   Applications
Friday 11/28H   Holiday: No Class
Week 15:      
Monday 12/1 4.6 Exponential Growth and Decay
Wednesday 12/3 Review  
Friday 12/5 Review