Course Description: 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.)
Prerequisite: MATH 1003 with a grade of C or better, math THEA (formerly TASP) score of 270, or satisfactory score on placement exam.
Textbook: A Graphical Approach to College Algebra 5th ed.
by Hornsby, Lial, and Rockswold,
You are also required to have a graphing calculator and bring it and your textbook to class every day. NOTE: You are not allowed to use a TI-86 or higher on exams.
Grading: The student’s final grade will be calculated out of a total of 670 points. The breakdown of points is as follows:
attendance 20 points
quizzes (10 pts each) 100 points
exams (100 pts each) 400 points
final exam 150 points
total 670 points
The grading scale is A 90%-100% 603-670 points
B 80%-90% 536-602 points
C 70%-80% 469-535 points
D 60%-70% 402-468 points
F less than 60% 401 points or less
Attendance policy: Attendance is calculated out of 20 points. The point breakdown is:
number of absences: 0-1 2 3 4 or more
points for attendance: 20 15 8 0
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.
Homework: Homework is not counted as a specific part of your grade and will not be collected on a regular basis. However, quiz and exam problems are based on homework problems, so it would benefit you to complete every homework assignment. Dr. Knox reserves the right to collect homework at any time.
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 Dr. Knox. If an exam is missed, every effort must be made by the student to notify Dr. Knox as soon as possible. (A phone call to Dr. Knox is better than an email in this situation.) NOTE: You are not allowed to use a TI-86 or higher on exams.