MW 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
COURSE DESCRIPTION (from 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog):
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.)
GRADING POLICY: Grades will be calculated using the following method:
Exams 1, 2,& 3 48% (16% each)
Mini Exams 1 & 2 16% (8% each)
Final Exam 20%
If you have made every effort to succeed in this course (good attendance and an honest effort on homework assignments) and you are still having difficulty, seek help immediately. The first step is to take advantage of the office hours set up by the instructor. If the listed hours are unsuitable, see the instructor outside of class for individual appointments at mutually agreeable times or go to the math help sessions for help in room 101 (M-R 2-5 & F 1-4).
Homework/Quizzes: Homework assignments will be given daily. Completing all assignments with an emphasis towards understanding of concepts and strengthening your problem solving skills in the context of the mathematical concepts presented in class and the text is essential for successful completion of this course. There will be frequent (nearly daily) short quizzes to assess students’ progress towards obtaining mastery of the College Algebra content. No make-up quizzes will be given. Two of your lowest quiz grades will be dropped before computing your daily average to compensate for up to two unavoidable absences.
See course requirements above.
All exams and quizzes will be done in class.
Make-up Exams: Make-up exams are not generally given; however, such exams may be given for an absence that is a result of a documented medical or personal emergency. If a student is going to miss an exam due to an approved university activity, the student should request to take the exam early. For missed exams, timely notification (for emergencies, on or before the scheduled day of the exam, and for approved university activities, a week prior to the scheduled day of the exam) is necessary to receive consideration to make up the missed exam or take the exam early. Once an exam has been returned to the class, it is not possible to take a make-up. No student will be allowed to make up more than one exam.
Make-up Quizzes: No make-up quizzes will be given. Two of your lowest quiz grades will be dropped before computing your daily average to compensate for up to two unavoidable absences.
Attendance: Midwestern State University’s Class Attendance Policy is stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin. You are expected to attend every class meeting. The nature of the study of mathematics is such that absences may cause you to fall behind resulting in poor performance. You are expected to be in your seat when class begins and remain for the entire period. Any student who accumulates more than 2 absences prior to Oct. 17th (last day to withdraw from any class) will be required to withdraw from the class or the instructor will process a withdrawal with an assigned grade of “F” or “WF.” Further, any student with more than 4 absences at the end of the semester is subject to a one letter grade reduction in her/his course average. Exceptions to this attendance policy may be made by the instructor for an extenuating circumstance, but it is the responsibility of the student to request, in writing, the exception. The request should include an explanation of the extenuating circumstance and provide appropriate documentation verifying the extenuating circumstance.
Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for this course. Bring your graphing calculator to each class meeting.
Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn these off and put them away during class. Incompliant students will be dropped from the class.
Adhering to Scheduled Class Time: Students who need to leave class early should have permission from the instructor or be counted absent for the entire class period. Students should make every effort to arrive to class on time and remain for the entire period. Excessively leaving class early or arriving to class late will result in dismissal from the class with a grade of F.
Cheating: Evidence of cheating on any of the assessments from which your course grade will be determined will result in a grade of zero on the evaluated work and possibly a grade of F in the course. No grades of zero that result from cheating will be dropped when course averages are computed.
Student Rights: All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for information related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. Topics such as Student Affairs and Student Life, Academic Issues, Financial Issues, University Policies and Procedures, and Code of Student Conduct are included in this handbook.
Disability Policy: 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.