College Algebra

Course Details

Course Number: MATH1233  Section Number: 208

Spring 2011

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 101

Days & Times:

TR 8:00-9:20am

Course Attachments


College Algebra (3rd edition)
by Beecher, Penna, and Bittinger
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Michelle Knox   
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Course Objectives

Equations, inequalities, rational expressions, exponents, logarithms, radicals, functions, graphs, and systems of equations. Each student must have a graphing calculator. (This course is designed for students planning to take additional mathematics.)

Course Expectations


Prerequisite: MATH 1003 with a grade of C or better, math THEA (formerly TASP) score of 270, or satisfactory score on placement exam.


Textbook: College Algebra (3rd edition) by Beecher, Penna, and Bittinger

            You are also required to have a graphing calculator and bring it every day to class.             


Grading Standards


Grading: The student’s final grade will be calculated out of a total of 570 points.  The breakdown of points is as follows:

            attendance                                                20 points

            quizzes            (10 pts each)                 100 points           

            exams            (100 pts each)                 300 points

            final exam                                                150 points

            total                                                            570 points


The grading scale is A            90%-100%            513-570 points

                                    B            80%-90%            456-512 points

                                    C            70%-80%            399-455 points

                                    D            60%-70%            342-398 points

                                    F            less than 60%            341 points or less

Final Exam5/9/2011  1:00-3:00pm

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.  Any student who is late or who leaves early may be counted as absent. This will result in a zero on any quiz or other assignment for the day. Any student who misses 7 or more classes may be dropped from the course.

Other Policies


Quizzes: There will be twelve quizzes given throughout the semester, each worth 10 points.  Only ten of the quizzes will count toward your final grade—the lowest two quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the semester.  For this reason, make-up quizzes will not be given for any reason.



Make-up exams are given at the discretion of the professor.  If an exam is missed, every effort must be made by the student to notify the professor as soon as possible.  It is best to call your professor rather than email when you miss an exam. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.