This course will be over chapters 1-5 of A Graphical Approach to College Algebra by Hornsby, Lial, and Rockswald, 5th edition. Your primary objective will be to learn correct use of mathematical terminology and notation. You will also be learning problem solving skills from the point of view of a mathematician. A student who completes this course with a grade of C or better may take Trigonomery.
A graphing calculator is required. The instructor will be using a TI-84. Other models or brands of calculators are acceptable. Graphing calculators are available at discount stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) and at the campus bookstores.
Your grade will be based on weekly homework assignments, five in class exams, and a final exam. There will be between 12 and 16 homework assignments but only your best 10 homework scores will count. These items will be weighted like this:
10 quizzes @ 20 points each 200
4 Exams @ 100 points each 400
Final exam 200
Grades will be computed on the usual basis, 90% for an A, 80% for a B, etc.
All graded work will submitted on either a long scantron or on forms provided by the instructor.
By enrolling in this class you have made 30 Doctors appointments with Dr. Farris. Please come to class. If you should need to miss a class, arrive late, or leave early, then you should inform me in writing of your need to do so. You may either hand me a note in class or send me an e-mail. Students absent more than 6 times may be dropped, but you will not be dropped for excessive absences as long as you maintain a passing average.
If you need to miss an exam, you should notify me before the exam is given. If you miss an exam due to an unforeseen situation, such as an accident, you should notify me as soon as possible. No allowances will be made for missed exams unless an adequate reason is given in a timely fashion.
Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook for university policies on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.