**Course
Syllabus - Spring 2008**

**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:

- An understanding of how to solve inequalities including absolute value inequalities
- An understanding the equations of circles and lines and using these to graph
- An understanding of functions and how to graph functions
- An understanding of operations on functions including function composition
- An understanding of polynomial and rational graphs, including intercepts and asymptotes
- An understanding of how to find the zeros of polynomials and factoring polynomials
- An understanding of inverse functions and how to find them graphically and algebraically
- An understanding of the properties of exponential and logarithmic expressions and
- 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%