Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Course Syllabus. Title: Intermediate Algebra with Applications. Building & Room:


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1 Big Sandy Community and Technical College Course Syllabus PS Number: Semester: Fall Year: 2015 Faculty Name: Randy Mills Title: Associate Professor Course Prefix and Number: MAT 085 Sec.B005 TR 12:25 a.m. 1:40 p.m. Course Credit Hours: 3 Room: Pike 114 Course Prerequisites: Course Title: MAT 065 or MAT 075 or equivalent as determined by KCTCS placement examination Intermediate Algebra with Applications Catalog Course Description: Includes rational expressions, radical expressions, rational exponents, graphing parabolas, inequalities, equations of lines, functions and applications, with emphasis on solving quadratic, rational, and radical equations. Instructor Contact Information: Campus Location: Prestonsburg Campus Building & Room: Campbell Building Room 120N Office Hours: Tentatively, MW 1:00 p.m. 1:50 p.m., MW 3:05 p.m. 4:30 p.m., MW 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m., Tues. 1:50 p.m. 4:30 p.m., Thurs. 1:50 p.m. 3:30 p.m., and by appointment. Office Phone Number: (606) Alternate Number: , Ext Best Times to Call: During Office Hours KCTCS Special Instructions: Please include your name, the class that you are in, a brief message, and a phone number where I can contact you. It is usually easier to get in touch with me via than by phone. Supervisor Contact Information: Name: Dr. Patsy Jackson Campus Location: Prestonsburg Building & Room: Campbell (C120H) Office Phone Number: KCTCS
2 Text and Supplies: Intermediate Algebra for College Students, 6 TH edition by Robert Blitzer, 2013, MyMathLab access code, and a scientific or (approved) graphing calculator KCTCS General Education Competencies Students should prepare for twentyfirst century challenges by gaining: A. Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural worlds through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts. Method to Achieve Competency: B. Intellectual and practical skills, including inquiry and analysis critical and creative thinking written and oral communication quantitative literacy information literacy teamwork and problem solving Method to Achieve Competency: C. Personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement (local and global) intercultural knowledge and competence ethical reasoning and action foundations and skills for lifelong learning Method to Achieve Competency: D. Integrative and applied learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized skills. Method to Achieve Competency:
3 Course Specific Competencies (Student Outcomes): Upon completion of this course, the student will: 1. Write equations of lines from given data, verbal descriptions, and graphs. 2. Write the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line. 3. Solve absolute value equations. 4. Solve compound inequalities. 5. Solve and graph absolute value inequalities. 6. Graph linear inequalities in two variables. 7. Simplify rational expressions. 8. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions. 9. Solve equations involving rational expressions. 10. Convert between radical and rational exponent form. 11. Simplify radicals. 12. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide radicals. 13. Solve equations involving radicals. 14. Solve quadratic equations with complex solutions using completing the square and the quadratic formula. 15. Graph parabolas by finding the vertex, finding the axis of symmetry, and plotting points. 16. Evaluate a function using function notation. 17. Determine whether a given correspondence or graph represents a function. 18. Determine the domain of a function. 19. Identify the range of a function. 20. Model and solve applications based on linear, quadratic, and exponential functions. Lab Competencies (Student Outcomes): (Enter if this does not apply.)
4 Course Outline: Section 1.4: Solving Linear Equations Chapter 4: Inequalities and Problem Solving 4.1 Solving Linear Inequalities 4.2 Compound Inequalities 4.3 Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value Chapter 2: Functions and Linear Functions 2.1 Introduction to Functions 2.2 Graphs of Functions 2.3 The Algebra of Functions 2.4 Linear functions and Slope 2.5 The PointSlope Form of the Equation of a Line Section 3.1: Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables Section 4.4: Linear Inequalities in Two Variables Section 1.6: Properties of Integral Exponents Chapter 5: Polynomials, Polynomial Functions, and Factoring 5.1 Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials Section 6.4: Division of Polynomials 5.3 Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping 5.4 Factoring Trinomials 5.5 Factoring Special Forms 5.7 Polynomial Equations and Their Applications Chapter 6: Rational Expressions, Functions, and Equations 6.1 Rational Expressions and Functions: Multiplying and Dividing 6.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions 6.3 Complex Rational Expressions 6.6 Rational Equations Chapter 7: Radicals, Radical Functions, and Rational Exponents 7.1 Radical Expressions and Functions 7.2 Rational Exponents 7.3 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions 7.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions 7.5 Multiplying with More Than One Term and Rationalizing Denominators 7.6 Radical Equations 7.7 Complex Numbers Chapter 8: Quadratic Equations and Functions 8.1 The Square Root Property and Completing the Square 8.2 The Quadratic Formula 8.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs Section 9.1: Exponential Functions At the discretion of the instructor, some topics may be skipped or additional topics may be included if time permits.
5 Course Structure: This course will consist of a lecture on each new topic, discussion of material including questions from students and explanation from the instructor, homework assignments in MyMathLab, quizzes and/or worksheets, three regular hour exams, and a comprehensive final exam. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, answer leading questions by the instructor and students may present math problems to the class on the board. Students are encouraged to seek additional tutoring at the Center for Enrichment Resources (CER). Technology/Media Component: I will utilize a graphing calculator for teaching certain concepts. Unless otherwise indicated, scientific calculators will be permitted on the quizzes, hour exams, and the final exam. Students will complete their homework assignments in MyMathLab. This course is also webenhanced with a Blackboard course shell. Most of the lecture notes and handouts from class will usually be posted in Blackboard. Announcements and other outsideofclass communications will also be found. It is recommended that students regularly check Blackboard for material and announcements concerning inclass course work. This will be extremely important if we miss class due to snow/weather or any other unforeseen issues. ServiceLearning: Course Requirements and Evaluation: Calculator: A scientific calculator is recommended for this course. Most of the time, however, the students will be asked to show their work. In this case, a student who does not show his or her work will only receive approximately one point at the discretion of the instructor if a correct answer is given for a graded problem, including quizzes and exams. Calculators on mobile phones will NOT be permitted on quizzes and exams. Quiz and Homework Policy: Homework will be assigned each class meeting. Problems from the book will usually be referenced in the notes that are posted in Blackboard, but hard copies of the homework will not be collected because the homework will be completed in MyMathLab. Quizzes will usually be announced and will cover material from the assigned homework. So doing the homework will greatly increase your chance of success on the quizzes. Homework Clarification: As a rule of thumb, at the conclusion of a specific section of material, you should have the homework for that section completed by the next class meeting. Please feel free to ask questions about homework problems at the beginning of class even if the instructor doesn t ask if you have questions. Important Dates: Monday September 7 TBA Friday October 9 October TBA TBA Nov Thurs. December 3 Friday December 4 Labor Day (No Classes) Exam 1 (tentative) Midterm Day (no exam) Last Day to withdraw with a W at students discretion Fall Break (No Classes) Exam 2 (tentative) Exam 3 (tentative) the week of Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes after 5:00 p.m. Nov. 25) Our last day of class Last Day to Withdraw with a W at instructor s discretion Comprehensive Final Exam: TBA during Finals Week (December 7 12)
6 Attention: 1. If class is cancelled for any reason the day of a quiz or an exam, even if the announcement of cancellation is not made prior to class time, the exam will be given during the next regularly scheduled class meeting. 2. Mobile Phones: Students should neither make nor receive calls during class. Please set all cell phones and pagers to silent mode before class begins. Note: It is not acceptable to leave class multiple times a day to receive calls unless there is an emergency. In this case, the instructor should be notified. Further note that it is not acceptable to send or receive text messages during class. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a penalty of losing points from your grade. 3. Laptop Computers/Tablets: Students will not be permitted to have open laptop computers/tablets in class unless they can prove that they are using the computer to take notes. Need Help? Albert Einstein said Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. In order to be successful in this course, it will be necessary to dedicate time OUTSIDE of class. If you are having trouble with this course, please do not hesitate to come to me (the instructor) for help. I will be more than happy to help you during my office hours or to set up an appointment at a mutually convenient time if you need extra help. Tutoring is also available at the Center for Enrichment Resources (CER). There will be more information about the CER later in the syllabus. Grading Policy: Attendance Grade: After the first week, one point will be assigned for everyday that attendance is taken. The attendance grade will be computed by adding together these points and then scaling the result to 50 points. Each student will be granted two free absences after the first week of class. A student will not receive an attendance point if he or she arrives after attendance has been taken OR if he or she leaves class excessively early. Homework Grade: Homework will be completed in MyMathLab. At the end of the semester I will take your homework grade as calculated in MyMathLab and enter that number into my grade book in Excel. This number will be worth 100 points. Daily Grade: The daily grade will be computed by adding together the scores you receive for quizzes and any other worksheet or group work and then scaling the result to 100 points. Cheating: Academic honesty is paramount in this class. Confirmed cheating will result in a grade of ZERO for that assignment, including homework, quizzes, and exams. The instructor reserves the right to move students during an exam to maintain the integrity of the exam. Your Grade: 3 exams (100 pts each) 300 pts Homework 100 pts Attendance Grade 50 pts Daily Grade 100 pts Final Exam 150 pts TOTAL 700 pts Grading Scale: I will be using the departmental grading scale. 90%  100%  A 80%  89%  B 70%  79%  C 60%  69%  MP 0%  59%  F
7 Attendance Policy: Ultimately students are responsible for all content covered during class as well as any assignments completed in class even if they are absent. Students are expected to attend and participate in each class. Attendance is for a grade and will be taken daily. (See grading policy on previous page.) Excused Absences: Excused absences fall into four categories 1. School sponsored activities 2. Illness (must provide a doctor s excuse) 3. Death in the family 4. All other instances will be dealt with on a casebycase basis. Inclement Weather Policy: We will NOT be cutting material from the course content due to inclement weather. Once we miss more than three days of class (including holidays), we will makeup missed class time by having extra class meetings. Additional information will be given about this procedure if needed. Missed Exam Policy: Again, each student is responsible for all assignments completed in class even if he or she is absent. If a student has an absence the day a quiz is announced, then the student must take the quiz the same day as everyone else. If a student misses a quiz or an exam, or if a student knows ahead of time that he or she will miss a quiz or an exam, the student must notify the instructor immediately by voice mail, , or in person. Makeup exams will only be given to students who can show their absence was completely beyond their control. A student who can provide written documentation will be granted an excused absence and allowed to make up quizzes and exams. All makeups must be completed within ONE WEEK of the missing work. There will be no makeups for students with unexcused absences, and a grade of ZERO will be assigned. Note: A student will only be allowed ONE makeup exam during the semester and only then with written documentation or prior notification. Late Assignment Policy: Late assignments, including quizzes and exams will not receive full credit. Credit for late assignments will be based on the discretion of the instructor. Withdrawal Policy: Prior to October 9 (Midterm Day), students may officially withdraw from the course at their discretion and receive a grade of W. The instructor will allow a student to withdraw with a grade of W after October 9 (Midterm Day) if the student has continued to attend and participate in class, and in the opinion of the instructor, made a reasonable effort to perform course requirements and to pass the course. After October 9, a student will NOT be allowed to withdraw if he or she has taken fewer than two out of the three major exams. At this time, the student must contact the instructor and receive the instructor s signature on the required form in order for the W to be allowed. DO NOT COME TO ME AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER AND ASK TO WITHDRAW IF I HAVEN T SEEN YOU IN CLASS OR IF YOU HAVE NOT CONTACTED ME FOR MORE THAN THREE WEEKS.
8 CENTER FOR ENRICHMENT RESOURCES The BSCTC Center for Enrichment Resources (CER) offers students academic assistance in all subject areas. Campus Locations: Prestonsburg Campus the CER is located in the Magoffin Building, room 219. The Testing Center is located in the Magoffin Building, room 218. Pikeville Campus the CER is located in room N202. The Testing Center is located in room N216. Mayo Campus the CER is located in Building C, room 124. The Testing Center is located in Building C, room 112. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Statement Students with disabilities: If you are in need of an accommodation because of a documented disability, you are required to register with Disability Support Services each semester. Contact: Janie Beverley, Coordinator for Disability Support Services; Student Center Room 103; Ph: (606) ; Tollfree , ext ; Additional information can be found at the following site: