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  • College Algebra - Math 1314.08 Course Syllabus: Fall 2014

    Northeast Texas Community College exists to provide responsible, exemplary learning opportunities.

    Kelly Lewis Office: Adjunct, n/a

    Office: 903-434-8292

    Cell/Text: 225-772-2444 Email:

    Office Hours Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Courses

    9 -9:25 am 9 -9:25 am 9-9:25 am 9 -9:25 am M/W Math 0305 9:30-10:50 (BT 115) T/TH Math 1314 9:30-10:50 (MS118)

    T/TH Math 1314 11:00-12:20 (UHS 155)

    The information contained in this syllabus is subject to change without notice. Students are expected to

    be aware of any additional course policies presented by the instructor during the course.

    Catalog Course Description (include prerequisites): This course covers the development of

    the complex number system, solutions of quadratic equations and systems involving

    quadratics, relations, functions, inverses, ratio, proportion, and variation, theory of

    equations, progressions, matrices, exponential and logarithmic functions, permutations,

    combinations, and probability as time permits. Prerequisite: MATH 0305 (or its

    equivalent) or an appropriate placement score.

    Required Textbook(s): Blitzer, College Algebra, 6

    th Edition (You are not required to have a hardcopy of the text, but you must

    have the MyMathLab Access Code and the ebook)

    Publisher: Pearson, Boston, MA

    ISBN Number: # 0-321-90050-2 (Includes both textbook and MyMathLab access code)

    Note: The NTCC Bookstore link is at

    Recommended Reading(s): None

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will

    1314.1 Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of properties of functions, which include

    domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses.

    1314.2 Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic

    functions and solve related equations.

    1314.3 Apply graphing techniques of transformations and combinations to common algebraic


    1314.4 Use linear mathematical models to problem-solve.

    1314.5 Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial functions.

    1314.6 Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices.

  • Core Curriculum Purpose and Objectives:

    Through the core curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the

    physical and natural world; develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a

    diverse world; and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

    Courses in the foundation area of mathematics focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and

    relationships. In addition, these courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the

    application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.

    College Student Learning Outcomes:

    Critical Thinking Skills

    CT.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to 1) analyze complex issues, 2) synthesize information,

    and 3) evaluate the logic, validity, and relevance of data.

    Communication Skills

    CS.1 Students will effectively develop, interpret and express ideas through written communication.

    Empirical and Quantitative Skills

    EQS.1 Students will manipulate numerical data or observable facts by organizing and converting

    relevant information into mathematical or empirical form

    EQS.2 Students will analyze numerical data or observable facts by processing information with correct

    calculations, explicit notations, and appropriate technology.

    EQS.3 Students will draw informed conclusions from numerical data or observable facts that are

    accurate, complete, and relevant to the investigation.

    SCANS Skills: N/A

    Course Outline:

    I. Equations and Inequalities A. Linear Equations and Rational Equations B. Quadratic Equations C. Models and Applications

    II. Functions and Graphs A. Linear Functions and Slope B. Transformations of Functions C. Combinations of Functions D. Inverse Functions E. Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles *Exam 1*

  • III. Polynomial and Rational Functions A. Quadratic Functions B. Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs C. Zeros of Polynomial Functions D. Modeling Using Variation

    IV. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions A. Exponential Functions B. Logarithmic Functions C. Properties of Logarithms D. Exponential and Logarithmic Equations E. Exponential Growth and Decay *Exam 2*

    V. Systems of Equations and Inequalities A. Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables B. Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables

    VI. Matrices and Determinants A. Matrix Solutions to Linear Systems B. Inconsistent and Dependent Systems and Their Applications C. Matrix Operations and Their Applications *Exam 3*

    *Final Exam*

    Evaluation/Grading Policy: The face-to-face class time will be in a traditional setting; however, the homework component will take

    place on MyMathLab. It is possible that there will be at least two homework assignments each week.

    Students are expected to complete the homework assignments by the next class period; therefore, having

    access to a computer outside of class is essential. While homework assignments are taken in

    MyMathLab, Exams (including the Midterm and Final Exam) and Quizzes are taken in class. Choosing

    not the do the homework assignments is not an option! At the end of the semester, zeroes will replace

    any assignment that is not completed. This could seriously affect ones semester grade and could cause

    a student to fail a course. Extra time will not be given to students who do not finish a quiz or exam

    (unless there is a documented Accommodations Form on file). While attendance is not mandatory,

    students who do not show up to take a quiz or an exam, will earn a zero; no exceptions.

    The grading policy will be as follows:

    Homework 30% Quizzes 20%

    Exam 1 10% Exam 2 10% Exam 3 10% Final Exam 20%

    Assignments and Exams:

    See Appendix/Course calendar. This is your playbook.

    Other Course Requirements

    Having access to a computer outside of class is critical. Homework is only submitted online

    (MyMathLab and BlackBoard). On campus there are computers available for students to use in the

    library, MS 103, and Humanities 109 (the Academic Skills Center tutors are available). Computers

    are also available at the Hansen-Sewell Center in Pittsburg, the Naples/Omaha Education Center in

  • Naples and at public libraries. Call first to check hours of operations. Students are expected to complete

    homework assignments when in class or not.

    Student Responsibilities/Expectations:

    Students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and respectful manner toward the instructor as

    well as other students. An orderly and cooperative classroom environment is essential for optimum

    learning to take place. In order to maintain an environment in which learning can take place the

    following behaviors are expected to be observed:

    Turn off cell phones or set them on silent. This means no texting during class!

    Laptops are permitted, but will be closely monitored to ensure the student is on task.

    Pay attention during instruction. You should not be working on homework, texting, visiting other website, carrying on side conversations with your neighbor, etc.

    Limit leaving class.

    Use class time wisely.

    Practice the Golden Rule!

    NTCC Academic Honesty Statement:

    "Students are expected to complete course work in an honest manner, using their intellects and resources

    designated as allowable by the course instructor. Students are responsible for addressing questions

    about allowable resources with the course instructor. NTCC upholds the highest standards of academic

    integrity. This course will follow the NTCC Academic Honesty policy stated in the Student Handbook."

    Academic Ethics

    The college expects all students to engage in academic pursuits in a manner that is beyond

    reproach. Students are expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in their academic

    pursuit. Academic dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarism, and collusion is unacceptable and may

    result in disciplinary action. Refer to the student handbook for more information on this subject.

    ADA Statement: It is the policy of NTCC to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are

    students with disabilities. This College will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws,

    regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford

    equal educational opportunity. It is the students responsibility to arrange an appointment with a

    College counselor to obtain a Request for Accommodations form. For more information, please refer to

    the NTCC Catalog or Student Handbook.

    Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (Ferpa):

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of

    student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program

    of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their childrens

    educational records. These rights transfer to the student whenhe or she attends a school beyond the high

    school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are considered eligible students. In essence,

    a parent has no legal right toobtain information concerning the childs college records without the

    written consent of thestudent. In compliance with FERPA, information classified as directory

    information may be released to the general public without the written consent of the student unless the

    student makes a request in writing. Directory information is defined as: the students name, permanent

    address and/or local address, telephone listing, dates of attendance, most recent previous education

  • institution attended, other information including major, field of study, degrees, awards received, and

    participation in officially recognized activities/sports.

    Other Course Policies:

    There will be no cell phone usage in the classroom. Students will be warned if caught using a phone

    during class. A student will be removed from class if the disruption continues.

    The colleges official means of communication is via your campus email address. I will use your campus

    email address, Blackboard, MyMathLab, and Remind101 to communicate with you outside of class.

    Make sure you keep your campus email cleaned out and below the limit so you can receive important



    Homework: 30% Quizzes: 20% *no make ups; must be present

    Exam: 30% (10% each)

    *no make ups; must be present

    Final Exam: 20%

    How often? Assigned for every

    section in the book.

    Assigned for every few

    sections of the book

    Assigned for every

    chapter/unit in the


    Assigned after Unit 6,

    covers Units 1-6

    Can I redo?

    May be completed over

    and over until you

    understand the


    May only be completed 1

    time (drop lowest, double


    May only be

    completed 1 time

    May only be completed

    1 time

    When is it


    No due dates (to receive partial credit, the

    assignments associated with each test must be complete by

    Test date)

    See course calendar for

    specific quiz dates

    See course calendar

    for specific Unit Exam


    See course calendar for

    specific Final Exam date

    Where is it


    Completed in MML/

    and BB

    Completed in MML and


    Completed in class,

    start to finish

    Completed in class, start

    to finish

    What kind of

    questions? Fill-in-the blank Fill-in-the blank Fill-in-the blank Fill-in-the blank

    How many


    10-50 questions per

    assignment 4-10 questions 20-33 questions 20-50 questions

    Can I earn



    The grade earned in

    MML is the grade


    If you want the opportunity

    for partial credit, you need

    to show your work

    If you want the

    opportunity for partial

    credit, you need to

    show your work.

    If you want the

    opportunity for partial

    credit, you need to show

    your work

    Will there be

    a review? No Yes, in MML (optional)

    Yes, in MML

    (optional) Yes, in MML (optional)

  • College Algebra Course Calendar Quizzes and Exams CANNOT be made up; Must be present the day of the quiz/exam

    Class Date Concept(s) Assignments Day 1 Tues


    Introduction to Course


    Section 1.1 Graphs and Graphing Utilities

    Buy materials

    1.1 HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 2 Thurs


    Section 1.1 Graphs and Graphing Utilities

    Section 1.2 Linear Equations and Rational Equations

    Quiz 1

    1.2 HW in

    MML and BB

    Mon 9/1 Labor Day - Campus Closed

    Day 3 Tues 9/2 Section 1.2 Linear Equations and Rational Equations

    Section 1.3 Models and Applications

    1.3 HW in

    MML and BB

    Day 4 Thurs 9/4 Section 1.4 Complex Numbers

    Quiz 2 over 1.1 to 1.3

    1.4 HW in

    MML and BB

    Day 5 Tues 9/9 Section 1.5 Quadratic Equations

    Section 1.6 Other Types of Equations

    Quiz 3 over 1.4 to 1.6

    1.5 and 1.6

    HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 6 Thurs


    Section 2.1 Basics of Functions and Their Graphs

    Section 2.2 More on Functions and their Graphs

    2.1 and 2.2

    HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 7 Tues


    Section 2.3 Linear Functions and Slope

    Section 2.4 More on Slope

    Quiz 4 over 2.1 and 2.2

    2.3 and 2.4

    HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 8 Thurs 9/18 Section 2.5 Transformations of Functions

    Quiz 5 over 2.3 and 2.4

    2.5 HW in

    MML and BB

    Day 9 Tues


    Section 2.6 Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions

    Section 2.7 Inverse Functions

    2.6 HW in

    MML and BB

    Day 10 Thurs 9/25 Section 2.7 Inverse Functions

    Section 2.8 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles

    Quiz 6 over 2.5 to 2.6

    2.7 HW in

    MML and BB

    Day 11 Tues 9/30 Section 2.8 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles

    Quiz 7 over 2.7 and 2.8 Review for Test 1

    2.8 HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 12 Thurs 10/2 Test 1 All HW assignments for Ch 1 and Ch 2 are due by this day

    Day 13 Tues 10/7 Section 3.1 Quadratic Functions 3.1 HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 14 Thurs 10/9 Section 3.2 Polynomials Functions and Their Graphs 3.2 HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 15 Tues 10/14 Section 3.3 Dividing Polynomials; Remainder and Factor Theorems

    Quiz 8 over 3.1 and 3.2

    3.3 HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 16 Thurs


    Section 3.3 Dividing Polynomials; Remainder and Factor Theorems Section 3.4 Zeros of Polynomial Functions

    3.4 HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 17 Tues 10/21 Section 3.5 Rational Functions and Their Graphs

    3.5 HW in MML

    and BB

    Day 18 Thurs Section 4.1 Exponential Functions 4.1 HW in MML

  • How to Be Successful In This Course:

    Bring materials to class something to write with, something to write on, a positive attitude

    Come to class - on time

    Print notes from Blackboard before class

    Work through notes as I teach

    Ask questions as I teach or ask questions after class/during office hours (or ask through e...


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