** Course:** MATH 1101- 02, Mathematical Modeling - 3 credits
PREREQUISITE: NONE.

** Course Description:** This course is an introduction
to mathematical modeling using graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal
techniques to describe and explore real-world data and phenomena. Emphasis is
on the use of elementary functions to investigate and analyze applied problems
and questions, supported by the use of technology, and effective communication
of results.

** Learning
Outcomes:** Students should be able to:

1.
Use graph,
tables, and numerical descriptors to represent single variable data.

2.
Represent
functions with tables, graphs, equations, and function notation.

3.
Understand how
representation of data can be biased.

4.
Calculate and interpret
average rates of change.

5.
Find a solution
for a system of two linear equations.

6.
Use systems of
linear equations to model some social and physical phenomena.

7.
Write
expressions in scientific notaion.

8.
Simplify
expressions using the rules of exponents.

9.
Use exponential
functions to model growth and decay phenomena.

10. Understand the basic properties of common and
natural logarithms.

11. Develop a sense about the relationship
between size and shape.

12. Recognize, evaluate, and graph quadratic
functions.

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** Instructor:** Mr. Jim Bellon jbellon@westga.edu office phone: 770) 836-4353

** Office & Hours:** Boyd,
room 330 Mon/Wed 8:30-9am,
10-11 am, 12-1 pm, and 4:45-5:30 pm

Fri 8:30-9am, 10-11 am. Other hours by appointment.

** Class Meets:** MWF 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Room 305 Boyd Building

__Text:____Explorations in College
Algebra__, by Klime & Clark, 2nd edition, 2001.

A graphing calculator is STRONGLY recommended, preferably the TI-83.

** Grading:** There will be 3 class session tests
(100 pts each), 1 group project (150 pts), a comprehensive Final exam (200
pts), 8-10 quizzes (best 6 will count for 15 pts each, totaling 90 pts),
classroom group work (totaling 150 pts), and 110 class points. This totals 1000
points. Final grades will be determined
as follows:

** 800
– 899 ( 80% to 89% ) B**

** 700
– 799 ( 70% to 79% ) C**

** 600
– 699 ( 60% to 69% ) D**

** 599
and below ( 59% and below ) F**

** Project:** Group project (1 to 3 students)
requiring some research and calculation, to be handed in by April 7th. Description will be handed out at a later
date.

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** Quizzes:** Expect about 1 quiz every week
lasting about 15 minutes (except during a test week).

There
will be some quizzes on our class website on WebCT.

** Group work:** There will be several
classroom group projects with instructor guidance.

** Class Points:** The purpose of the class
points is to reward students for effort and not be based on math
performance. Class points can be
obtained as follows: 2 pts. for each
day present when attendance is taken.
10 pts. for each homework assignment completed and collected. Various points awarded for activities on our
class “

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** Homework:** Homework will be assigned for each
textbook section. They will
periodically be collected and checked for effort. Collected work will count towards class points.

** Final Exam Date:** Monday, May 5th 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m.

** Attendance Policy:** Students are expected to attend
class and complete all work when assigned. Grades are not directly affected by
absence. However, the student is responsible for the topics covered and
assignments due whether present or not. “

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__Last Date to Withdraw:__*Thursday, February 27 ^{th}
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