Course Syllabus - Spring 2008

Course Number: MATH 1111

Course Title: College Algebra

Hours Credit: 3 hours

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Varies (multiple sections)

Instructor Office Hours: Varies (at least 10hrs/week)

Course Description: This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and, linear, quadratic and piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included. Credit for this course is not allowed if the student already has credit for a higher-numbered mathematics course.

Topics: Functions and Their Graphs, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, and Systems of Equations.

Text:Precalculus by Robert Blitzer

Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to demonstrate:

1. An understanding of how to solve inequalities including absolute value inequalities
2. An understanding the equations of circles and lines and using these to graph
3. An understanding of functions and how to graph functions
4. An understanding of operations on functions including function composition
5. An understanding of polynomial and rational graphs, including intercepts and asymptotes
6. An understanding of how to find the zeros of polynomials and factoring polynomials
7. An understanding of inverse functions and how to find them graphically and algebraically
8. An understanding of the properties of exponential and logarithmic expressions and
9. An understanding of how to solve a system of linear equations

Grading Methods: Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam, Homework; Percentages decided by instructor

Grading Scale:

• A= 90-100%
• B= 80-90%
• C= 70-80%
• D= 60-70%
• F= below 60%