1 First Day Handout for Students MATH 1314 College Algebra Fall 2013 Semester, 16 Weeks Session, Section 028, Synonym Northridge Campus Room 2240, TTh 10:30 a.m. 11:50 a.m. Instructor: John Thomason Voice Mail: (When asked for the mailbox number, enter and press the # button on your phone. When you hear the beep, leave your message.) Website: Office Location: NRG, Room 2147 Office Hours: TTh 9:00-10:00 a.m. Syllabus Warning! Some of the policies in this document apply only to John Thomason's section of College Algebra. Information found in this and the accompanying documents is subject to change. If you are enrolled in this class and want to be sure you have current information about it, attend all classes. Announcements of revised policies and schedules are usually made at the beginning of the class period, so it's advisable to arrive on time. Required Text College Algebra with Modeling and Visualization, Books a la Carte Edition plus NEW MyMathLab with Pearson etext -- Access Card Package, 5/E Rockswold ISBN-13: The textbook is available in several other formats, including hardbound and looseleaf and with or without MyMathLab (which is not required). Because this is a relatively new edition of the book, used versions will be hard to find. Optional Supplemental Materials MyMathLab is an optional interactive online course that accompanies the text. You may purchase access to MyMathLab online from the publisher for about $87.50 at: MyMathLab includes: Online access to all pages of the textbook Multimedia learning aids (videos and animations) for select examples and exercises in the text Practice tests and quizzes linked to sections of the textbook Personalized study guide based on performance on practice tests and quizzes Visit for more information. To use MyMathLab, you'll need: Course ID: professor24704 Student access number: Provided with purchase of MyMathLab access. Student Solutions Manual (step-by-step solutions to odd-numbered exercises and chapter review exercises) Video DVDs There is a set of video DVDs keyed to the text by section in the library of each campus. Students who miss class or who need extra review may find these useful. Course Description MATH 1314 COLLEGE ALGEBRA (3-3-0). A course designed for students majoring in business, mathematics, science, engineering, or certain engineering-related technical fields. Content includes the rational, real, and complex number systems; the study of functions
2 (Thomason MATH 1314 College Algebra, p. 2 of 8) including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and related equations; inequalities; and systems of linear equations and determinants. Prerequisites: MATD 0390 or satisfactory score on the ACC Assessment Test. (MTH 1743) Course Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra (MATD 0390) or current knowledge of high school algebra as measured by the Assessment Test. Students who have a great deal of difficulty with the Pretest and/or review and have not had Intermediate Algebra or its equivalent recently should consider withdrawing and taking Intermediate Algebra. Calculator: Students need either a scientific or business calculator. (Has log or ln key.) If a student cannot purchase one, calculators are available from the LRS. Graphing calculators are not required, but you will use graphing technology in most sections of the book. Graphing calculators are also available in the LRS. Most ACC faculty are familiar with the TI family of graphing calculators. Hence, TI calculators are highly recommended for student use. Other calculator brands can also be used. Your instructor will determine the extent of calculator use in your class section. No calculator more powerful than a TI-84 Plus will be allowed on exams. Instructional Methodology This course is taught in the classroom primarily as a lecture/discussion course. Time Required To be successful in this course, you can expect to spend two or three hours outside of class for every hour you spend in class. The time required can vary widely depending on how strong your current mastery of algebra is. Please be sure you have enough time in your schedule to give this course the time it will require. Course Rationale This course is designed to teach students the functional approach to mathematical relationships that they will need for a business calculus sequence. Other courses, such as MATH 1332, or MATH 1342 are more appropriate to meet a general mathematics requirement. Check with your degree plan as to what math course your college requires. Common Course Objectives for MATH 1314 College Algebra Functions: Use and interpret functional notation. Find the domain of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Find a symbolic representation of the sum, difference, product, quotient, and composition of two functions. Evaluate the sum, difference, product, quotient, and composition of two functions at a given value of the respective domain for functions represented symbolically, graphically, and numerically. Find the inverse of a function represented symbolically, graphically, or numerically. Interpret the graphs of functions. Graphing functions: Sketch the graphs of the following functions: Lines, x 2, x 3, x 1/2, 1/x, 1/x 2, x, factored polynomials of degree 3 or more, a x, log a x, and rigid transformations of these functions. Describe the end behavior of polynomial functions. Approximate the zeros of a function from its graph. Solve an inequality involving a function from its graph. Graph a piece-wise defined function.
3 (Thomason MATH 1314 College Algebra, p. 3 of 8) Symbolic Adeptness: Solve polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic equations symbolically. Solve equations involving radicals symbolically. Solve equations with rational exponents symbolically. Solve equations with negative exponents symbolically. Solve polynomial and rational inequalities symbolically. Use the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra and the Conjugate Zeros Theorem to find zeros of polynomials of degree three or greater. Find the vertex of a parabola and the center and radius of a circle by completing the square. Find the vertex of a parabola written in standard form by using the formula h = b / 2a. Convert an exponential equation to logarithmic form, and a logarithmic equation to exponential form. Evaluate exponential and logarithmic functions using the change of base formula and a calculator. Use the properties of logarithms to expand a logarithmic expression, and to write an expanded logarithmic expression as a single logarithm. Solve a system of linear equations using Gaussian elimination. Solve a system of linear equations using matrix inversion or Cramer s Rule. Applications Recognize and use applications of linear functions. Recognize and use applications of quadratic functions, including falling object problems and extremea problems. Recognize and use applications of exponential and logarithmic functions, including exponential growth and decay, doubling time, and half-life problems. Recognize and use applications of systems of linear equations. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do at least 70% of the following: 1. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of properties of functions, which include domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses. 2. Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and solve related equations. 3. Apply graphical, symbolic and numeric techniques. 4. Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions. 5. Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices. Homework Homework will be assigned at almost every class meeting and is due at the beginning of the next class meeting. Homework may not always be taken up, but it is essential that you do it and do it on time. Exam questions will be similar to exercises assigned for homework and will rely on the same vocabulary and techniques. Therefore it is very important that you do your homework. Do not turn in homework assignments any place other than in the classroom during class time without specific permission to do so. Staple your homework pages together or put your name on every page. On the first page, in addition to your name, include the course number, the date, and the textbook section number(s). Show your work. Box your answers. Do the problems in order and write legibly. You may write on both sides of your paper if you wish. Turn in your pages in the correct sequence.
4 (Thomason MATH 1314 College Algebra, p. 4 of 8) Late Homework Late homework will not be accepted for any reason, but your two lowest homework grades will be dropped. Tests There will be four major "unit" exams and a comprehensive final exam. Exam dates, material to be tested, and review suggestions will be announced in class and on the instructor's website. At least two unit exams and the final exam will be given in the classroom during regular classtime. At least one unit exam will be given in the Northridge Testing Center, Room Any test given in the Testing Center will be available there for several days and must be taken by the deadline specified by your instructor. ACC Testing Center policies can be found at: On some days, a short quiz may be given over the assignment due that day. If you are tardy you must turn in your quiz at the same time as students who arrived on time, which may result in a lower quiz grade. If you are absent on a day a short quiz is given, you will get a 0 for that quiz. Missed Exam Policy If one unit exam is missed for any reason, the Final Exam grade will be used for the missed unit exam's grade (in addition to counting as the Final Exam grade). If no unit exams are missed, the Final Exam grade will replace the lowest unit exam grade (assuming the Final Exam grade is higher.) If more than one unit exam is missed for any reason, the student may be dropped from the course by the instructor. Short quizzes given in class, if any, count as part of the daily grade and, if missed, cannot be made up. Neither unit exams nor short quizzes nor the Final Exam can be retaken. Determination of Course Grade The semester average is calculated as follows: Homework counts 20% Average of four major unit exams counts 60% Final Exam counts 20% With a semester grade of A given for a semester average of 90 or more B given for a semester average of C given for a semester average of D given for a semester average of F given for a semester average of 59 or less. Attendance You are expected to attend class. If you must miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what material was covered and to learn it. In general, a student may be dropped by his or her instructor for excessive unexcused absences or for disciplinary reasons. See "Withdrawal" below. Class Participation Students are expected to participate in class by attending, asking questions, contributing suggestions and ideas, and participating in group work. The quality of a student's class participation may be used in determining part of the student's "daily work" grade. Withdrawal In this class, if you are absent more than four times, no matter what the reason, your instructor may drop you. However, he may not. Therefore, if you stop attending and want to be certain that you don't get a grade of F recorded for the course, you should officially drop the class yourself by completing the necessary form in the Registrar's Office. The withdrawal deadline is Monday, November 21, After the withdrawal deadline, neither the student nor the instructor may initiate a withdrawal.
5 (Thomason MATH 1314 College Algebra, p. 5 of 8) Reinstatement Once withdrawn from the class, a student can only be reinstated in two situations: (1) At the student's request, if the student had some documented emergency or tragedy that prevented the student's participation in class for a period of time and had not exceded six absences or missed any major tests prior to that period of time. (2) If the withdrawal was made by instructor or college error. In either case the student is responsible for all missed assignments and must complete remaining assignments and tests on schedule. Tardies and Early Departures You are expected to be in class on time and to stay the entire class period. If you come in late or leave early, it distracts and interrupts the class. Perhaps more significantly to you, you may miss important announcements, short quizzes, and course content. However, sometimes being late to class or leaving early may be unavoidable. Your instructor would prefer either of these, when necessary, to your being absent. Please let him know, preferably in advance and definitely not during lecture, if such conditions occur. If you arrive after attendance has been taken, it is your responsibility to stay after class and see to it that the attendance register is changed to indicate that you were tardy, not absent. Incompletes A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given only in rare circumstances. To qualify for an "I", a student must have completed almost all exams and assignments, have a passing grade, and have a serious situation occur that prevents course completion after the withdrawal deadline. Help Available Learning Lab: ACC main campuses have Learning Labs which offer free first-come first-serve tutoring in mathematics courses. The Northridge Learning Lab is located in Room The locations, contact information, and hours of availability of other ACC Learning Labs are posted at: Your Instructor: You can get help by going to see your instructor in his office. Instructor's Website Your instructor maintains an Internet website that contains the information in this document, current test information and other updates, and links to other sites that you may find interesting or helpful. The address of his site is All students have access to the Internet in the ACC libraries. At Northridge the library is located on the second floor of Building If you're new to computers or the Internet, there will be someone at that location who can help you get started. How to Reach the Instructor Office Location: NRG, Room 2147 Office Hours: TTh 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Voice Mail (any time): (When asked for my mailbox number, enter and press the # button on your phone. When you hear the beep, leave your message.) Note: Use only your ACC gmail account to send to your instructor; otherwise, your message is likely to be filtered into his Spam Folder and not be read. Also, in the subject line identify the course (MATH 1314 or College Algebra) that you are in. Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission of the college as an educational institution. Students have the responsibility to submit coursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression. Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations,
6 (Thomason MATH 1314 College Algebra, p. 6 of 8) placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations. Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion, and falsifying documents. Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an F in the course and/or expulsion from the college. See the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process and other policies at Student Rights and Responsibilities Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights to others in the college community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine and question pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence of scholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willing partners in learning, students must comply with college rules and procedures. Statement on Students with Disabilities Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities who need classroom, academic or other accommodations must request them through the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three weeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations may be delayed. Students who have received approval for accommodations from OSD for this course must provide the instructor with the Notice of Approved Accommodations from OSD before accommodations will be provided. Arrangements for academic accommodations can only be made after the instructor receives the Notice of Approved Accommodations from the student. Students with approved accommodations are encouraged to submit the Notice of Approved Accommodations to the instructor at the beginning of the semester because a reasonable amount of time may be needed to prepare and arrange for the accommodations. Additional information about the Office for Students with Disabilities is available at Safety Statement Austin Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for study and work. You are expected to learn and comply with ACC environmental, health and safety procedures and agree to follow ACC safety policies. Additional information on these can be found at Because some health and safety circumstances are beyond our control, we ask that you become familiar with the Emergency Procedures poster and Campus Safety Plan map in each classroom. Additional information about emergency procedures and how to sign up for ACC Emergency Alerts to be notified in the event of a serious emergency can be found at Please note, you are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be dismissed from the day s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities. You are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be immediately dismissed from the day s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.
7 (Thomason MATH 1314 College Algebra, p. 7 of 8) Use of ACC All College communication to students will be sent solely to the student s ACCmail account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion. ACC will send important information and will notify you of any college related emergencies using this account. Students should only expect to receive communication from their instructor using this account. Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff. Instructions for activating an ACCmail account can be found at Testing Center Policy Under certain circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in a testing center. Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselves according to the Student Guide for Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entire guide before going to take the exam. To request an exam, one must have: ACC Photo ID Course Abbreviation (e.g., ENGL) Course Number (e.g.,1301) Course Synonym (e.g., 10123) Course Section (e.g., 005) Instructor's Name Do NOT bring cell phones to the Testing Center. Having your cell phone in the testing room, regardless of whether it is on or off, will revoke your testing privileges for the remainder of the semester. ACC Testing Center policies can be found at Student And Instructional Services ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety of opportunities and services. Information on these services and support systems is available at: Links to many student services and other information can be found at ACC Learning Labs provide free tutoring services to all ACC students currently enrolled in the course to be tutored. The tutor schedule for each Learning Lab may be found at: For help setting up your ACCeID, ACC Gmail, or ACC Blackboard, see a Learning Lab Technician at any ACC Learning Lab: Other ACC Policies No food or drink in the classroom. No children in the classroom. No cell phones, iphones, ear buds, headphones, or other audio devices allowed. Please turn them off and put them out of sight. Student Services: The web address for student services is:
8 (Thomason MATH 1314 College Algebra, p. 8 of 8) Course Calendar Please note that the following calendar is a plan and is not "set in stone." Any changes will be announced in class. Week Section Topics 1 1-2, 1-3, 1-4 Highlights of Syllabus; Visualizing and Graphing Data; Functions and Their Representations; Types of Functions and Their Rates of Change 2 5-1, 5-2 Combining Functions; Inverse Functions and Their Representations 3 2-1, 2-2, 2-3 Equations of Lines; Linear Equations; Linear Inequalities 4 2-4, 2-5 More Modeling with Functions; Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities 5 3-1, 3-2, 3-3 Quadratic Functions and Models; Quadratic Equations and Problem Solving; Complex Numbers 6 3-4, 3-5, 4-1 Quadratic Inequalities; Transformations of Graphs; More Nonlinear Functions and Their Graphs 7 4-2, 4-3, 4-4 Polynomial Functions and Models; Division of Polynomials; Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions 8 4-5, 4-6 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra; Rational Functions and Models 9 4-7, 4-8 More Equations and Inequalities; Radical Equations and Power Functions , 5-4 Exponential Functions and Models; Logarithmic Functions and Models , 5-6 Properties of Logarithms; Exponential and Logarithmic Equations , 6-3 Functions and Systems of Equations in Two Variables; Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables , 6-5 Solutions to Linear Systems Using Matrices; Properties and Applications of Matrices Inverses of Matrices 15 Review Review the Four Unit Exams 16 Final Exam