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-89 or higher on exams.
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
Attendance policy: Attendance is calculated out of 20 points. The point breakdown is:
number of absences: 0-1 2 3 or more
points for attendance: 20 11 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.
Exams: There will be three exams and a final exam. The dates of the three exams are:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
The final exam is on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 10:30am-12:30pm.
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-89 or higher on exams.
Additional Assistance: You are welcome to stop by Dr. Knox’s office at any time during office hours if you have questions or need extra help with this course. Also, the math department offers help sessions in Bolin 101. The hours are
The math help sessions will start on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
NOTE: Dr. Knox will be working in the math help lab Thursdays 3-4pm.