Math 110-02: College Algebra
4 credits MC 406, Spring Semester 2000-2001
MW 5.10 P.M. to 6.50 P.M. (Arrive about 4.10 P.M. for Q/A and Problem Sessions)
Instructor: Ramesh Misra Telephones: X 3656 (Office), 507/452-7723 (Home)
Course Description: Brief Review of Fundamental Algebra: Real Numbers, Integral and Rational Exponents, Polynomials, Factoring, Rational Expressions.
Linear Equations with applications; Quadratic Equations with applications and Quadratic Formula; Linear and other forms of Inequalities. The Cartesian Plane, Graphs of Equations, Lines in a Plane, Applications. Function, Graphs of Functions, Translations and Combinations of Functions. Inverse Functions, Quadratic Functions, and Polynomial Functions , approximating zeros of these functions, Complex Numbers. Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Exponential and Logarithmic
Functions. Properties of logarithms, Solving Exponential and Logarithmic functions. Properties of Logarithms. Solving Exponential and Logarithmic equations with applications. System of Equations in 2 or more variables. System of inequalities, Sequences and Summation Notation, the Binomial Theorem, Combinatorics. Probability.
Text: College Algebra: Concepts and Models by Larson, Hostetler, and Hodgins, Heath Publishing (2nd ed) 1996. Sections covered P1 to P7, 1.1 to 1.7, 2.1 to 2.5, 3.1 to 3.7, 4.1 to 4.5, 5.1 to 5.5, 6.1 to 6.4, 8.1 to 8.8 . Tentative
Homework schedule is given on the back page.
Skills toward CORE. Thinking and Solving Problems, Communicating, Global and Life, aesthetic issues
Teaching Style Usually a chapter including the chapter quiz will be covered in less than two weeks. Teaching is done in a hands-on style that consists of daily homework assignment and solving problems, and discussing concepts. The word is "DOING mathematics. Quiz is given in every class. Students are required to have a notebook where all their work ( homework assignment and glasswork) is done and they are credited for 10% of the grade for this. Calculators are only used as a tool and students will find one like TI 85 very useful. Midterm test is given around 6th week and is done on an individual basis. Final comprehensive examination will cover Chapter 3 to the end of the material covered.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Arriving late disturbs everybody in the class. All students are expected to come to all classes on time. Any excused absences should be informed preferably in advance or e-mailed. There is a 2% of the grade reserved for punctuality in attending classes, turning in assignments on time, and constructive participation.
Grading: A = 90% or more, AB = 87% or more, B = 80% or more, BC = 77% or more, C = 70 % or more, CD = 67% or more, D = 60% or more.
Examinations: Individual Test 1 (Midterm) about 6th week: 20%, Test 2 (Group of 2 or 3) about 11th week: 20%, Individual Final Examination (on Monday May 7 from 5.45 P.M. to 7.45 P.M.): 20 %, Quizzes: 30%, Notebook: 10%.
Plagiarism and any form of dishonesty will be reported to the office of Academic Vice-President.
American Disability Act: For disability and auxiliary aids and services, please contact Wayne Wojciechowski (MC 320), Campus ADA Coordinator and Learning Center within 10 days of your needs.