Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 9:20 am.
From the University Catalog:
Equations, inequalities, rational expressions, exponents, logarithms, radicals, functions, graphs, and systems of equations. This course is designed for students planning to take additional mathematics.
Prerequisite: MATH 1003 with a grade of C or bettor, math THEA score of 270, math Accuplacer score of 90, or satisfactory score on placement exam.
I will use a TI-83 or a TI-86 for classroom demonstrations, but any graphing calculator will be acceptable.
Textbook: The class will be using an online textbook, so students will need access to a computer.
All students are required to purchase the access code to My Math Lab for the class. Many homework and quiz grades will be submitted online by the student (with immediate feedback). The website includes the textbook, A Graphical Approach to College Algebra, by Hornsby, Lial and Rockswold 5th ed., 2011, videos, and several other learning aids that can assist the student. A hardcopy of the text is available for purchase at the bookstore, but is not required for the class.
The course grade will be based on 700 possible points earned in the following categories:
400 points from 4 Hour Exams (100 points each)
150 points from homework/quizzes
150 points from the comprehensive final
The course grade will be determined by the following point totals.
630 - 700 A
560 - 629 B
490 - 559 C
420 - 489 D
The late policy for homework/quizzes is covered on the syllabus.
For exams, the student is expected to contact/leave a message for the instructor on or before the day of the exam whenever possible. Notification later than the next class meeting will require formal documentation. Normally, a student will be allowed one week to take a make-up exam. This may not be done during normal class hours, nor may it cause the student to miss another class.
If a student misses a second exam, I will probably count how you performed on that section of the final as your exam grade.
Attendance at all classes is expected. Excused absences (eg. doctor's appointment, university activity) must be documented on official letterhead. A student with four or more unexcused absences will lose five points from the course total for every absence in excess of four. If a student needs to leave class prior to the dismissal of class, he/she must have the permission of the instructor. If the student has not received permission prior to leaving class early, the student will be counted absent for that class period and any work done during class or handed in will not be graded. If a student leaves class early a second time, he/she will be required to conference with the instructor. A third offence will result in a referral to the dean of students and the student may be dropped from the course.
All cell phones must be turned off or set to silent. If a student is caught text-messaging during class, it will be assumed that he/she is cheating and he/she will receive an “F” on the day’s assignment/quiz/exam.
Excessive cell phone use may result in confiscation of the phone. A student may retrieve the phone after conferencing with the instructor or the department chair.
MP3players may not be used during class.
**All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities.