MATH 1111
College
Algebra
Summer 2006
Instructor: Dr. Abdollah Khodkar
Office: Boyd
309
Phone: 6788394126
Fax: 6788396490
Email: akhodkar@westga.edu
Office Hours:
Weekdays 
Morning 
Afternoon 
Monday 


Tuesday 
911 
35 
Wednesday 
1012 

Thursday 
911 
35 
Friday 


If you would
like to see me but cannot come during one of these times, please call
first or make
an appointment.
Prerequisites: None
Hours Credit: 3 hours
Courses Description: This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piecewise defined, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included.
Text: Precalculus (2^{nd} edition) by Robert Blitzer, PrenticeHall
Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to demonstrate:
Topics: The following sections of Blitzer’s book will be covered:
Section
1.2 Lines and Slope
1.3 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles
1.4 Basics of Functions
1.5 Graphs of Functions
1.6 Transformations of Functions
1.7 Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions
1.8 Inverse Functions
2.1 Complex Numbers
2.2 Quadratic Functions
2.3 Polynomial Functions and Graphs
2.4 Dividing Polynomials
2.5 Zeros of Polynomials ( Optional Topics include: Rational Root Theorem and
Descartes’ Rule of Signs )
2.6 Rational Functions
3.1 Exponential Functions
3.2 Logarithmic Functions
3.3 Properties of Logarithms
3.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
3.5 Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
7.1 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
7.2 Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
7.4 Systems of Nonlinear Equations in Two Variables
7.5 Systems of Inequalities
7.6 Linear Programming
Calculators: You are not allowed to use “advanced” calculators such as TI84 or better in your tests or final exam.
Homework: After each lesson, I will assign homework problems (from the text) that are not to be returned in and graded but that are meant to reflect the sort of question you can expect on tests. I encourage you to use my office hours if you have any questions about them. We will go over each homework together in the class before each test.
Tests: There will be three tests. Each will be
worth 25%.
Test 1: Tuesday, June 20
Test 2: Tuesday, July
11
Test 3: Thursday,
July 20
If you miss a test and you have a “convincing” reason you must take a
retest before the next test.
Final
exam: The final exam will be
worth 25% toward your final grade.
TuesdayThursday 111:45pm classes: Exam July 27, 12:302:30pm.
TuesdayThursday 57:45pm
classes: Exam July 27, 57pm.
Grading
Scale:
Grading: Your final grade will be determined as follows: Tests: 75%, Final exam: 25%.
If a student achieves a grade of A (87% or
more) in her/his final exam, her/his grades for the tests will be discarded and
her/his grade for this course will be an A.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Academic dishonesty is NOT tolerated. It will
result in failure on assignment(s) as well as possible disciplinary sanction(s)
as stipulated by university rules.
West Georgia Student Conduct Code defines
academic dishonesty as cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating or
allowing academic dishonesty in any academic exercise.
Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized
materials, information or study aids;
Fabrication: Falsification or unauthorized
invention of any information or citation;
Plagiarism: Representing the words or ideas
of another as one's own. Direct quotations must be indicated and ideas of
another must be appropriately acknowledged.
Academic dishonesty in any form compromises
your grade and lowers the quality of your diploma. A fellow student who cheats
may actually lower your grade, sometimes causing unfair and inflated grading
scales. I hope each of you values your college education enough to protect
yourself from dishonest classmates.