Math 1111
College Algebra
Georgia Highlands College
Course Syllabus
Xiuming Quan
Course Description:
Mathematics 1111:
College Algebra 3 MATH 1111
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, piecewise defined, rational, polynomial,
exponential and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory placement scores/MATH 0099
Instructor: Xiuming Quan
Textbook: TEXTBOOK
Precalculus, 3rd edition
Blitzer
Pearson/Prentice Hall
TI83 or equivalent graphing calculator is required.
Course Content: Selected sections from chapters 13.
Grading Policies:
Points
Component
100
Test 1
100
Test 2
100
Test 3
100
Test 4
200
Final
100
Home work
700
Total
Four exams and a comprehensive final exam will be given during the semester. Each exam will count 100 points, while the
comprehensive final exam will count 200 points.
Students’ averages for the semester will be based on a total of 700 points (400 points from the exams, 200 points
from the final exam, and 100 points from Home work). The usual grading scale (90%—100% is an A, 80%—89%
is a B, etc.) will apply. If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive
a grade of F$ in the class.
Calculators: Use of calculators is allowed on all tests. Each student taking this course needs access to a TI83 or equivalent
graphing/scientific calculator. Students will use their calculator while participating in class, taking exams, and completing
homework exercises. Please note that sharing calculators during graded assignments is not permitted.
Academic Policies: If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive
a grade of F in the class. The last day for officially withdrawing from class without grade penalty is midsemester. Withdrawals
after midsemester are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of
extreme emergency or hardship.
Please refer to the Floyd College catalog or web site for general academic information.
The midsemester date for Spring is March 6
Student Learning
Team Goal—Mathematics: The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical thought and
methods.
Related Team Outcomes
· Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations.
· Students will be able to graph an abstract function.
· Students will be able to graph a reallife function.
· Students will be able to model concrete problems and arrive at solutions.
· Students will be able to graph relationships other than functions.
· Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving inequalities.
· Students will be able to use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding
· Students will be able to interpret a reallife function.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled class session. Since lectures begin promptly at
the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late to class. Participation is partially measured through attendance.
Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class session.
Makeup tests: No makeup tests will be given in this class. If a student misses a test then they will receive a grade
of zero on that test. At the end of the semester all students have the option of replacing one test grade with their grade
on the final exam. Students that know in advance they will be absent on a test day may make arrangements with the instructor
to take the test at a time prior to the time the class takes the test.
The takehome project grades will not be replaced under any circumstances. Therefore, any uncompleted takehome projects
will count as a zero in the calculation of students' averages.
Time Limits on Exams:
Students are expected to complete the inclass exams in a timely fashion. It is imperative that students prepare adequately
in advance of the exams in order to work quickly and efficiently during the tests. Students will have 1 hour 15 minutes to
complete the inclass exams and 2 hours to complete the final exam.
Cheating: Cheating (or even the appearance of cheating) will not be tolerated in this class. Any student that the instructor
suspects of cheating will be removed from the testing area. The issue will be referred to the appropriateFloyd College committee
for investigation.
ADA: Students seeking reasonable accommodations underADA should contact the Floyd College ADA coordinator (Rome campus)
for information and guidance.
Sheryl Ballenger, Director of the Access Center –Disability Support
8003322406 or (706) 8025003 voice or (706) 8025123 v/tdd
This message applies only to students receiving financial aid: Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend
classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly. Please
be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes
or completing requirements for each class. Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not
be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid
should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.
This is a tentative schedule and the instructor reserves the right to alter it as and when necessary
Topics for College Algebra
Math 1111
Georgia Highlands College
2009
TOPICS
• Functions
• Graphing Functions
o Shifting, Reflecting, &
Stretching
• Combination of Functions
• Inverse Functions
• Quadratic Functions
• Polynomial Functions
o Zeros
o Descartes’ Rule of Signs
o Rational Zero Test
• Rational Functions
• Exponential Functions
• Logarithmic Functions
• Exponential & Logarithmic
Models
TEXTBOOK
Precalculus, 3rd edition
Blitzer
Pearson/Prentice Hall
TI83 or equivalent graphing calculator is required.
SUGGESTED COURSE CONTENT
Chapter 1 Functions and Graphs
*1.1 Graphs and Graphing Utilities
1.2 Basics of Functions and Their Graphs
1.3 More on Functions and Their Graphs
1.4 Linear Functions and Slope
1.5 More on Slope
1.6 Transformations of Functions
1.7 Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions
1.8 Inverse Functions
1.9 Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles
1.10 Modeling with Functions (optional)
*Material from 1.1 may be taught as needed in other sections
Chapter 2 Polynomial and Rational Functions
2.1 Complex Numbers
2.2 Quadratic Functions
2.3 Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs
2.4 Dividing Polynomials; Remainder and Factor Theorems
2.5 Zeros of Polynomial Functions
2.6 Rational Functions and Their Graphs
Chapter 3 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
3.1 Exponential Functions
3.2 Logarithmic Functions
3.3 Properties of Logarithms
3.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
3.5 Exponential Growth and Decay; Modeling Data
Twentyone sections are included above. This format should allow for three
review days, four exam days, and two days for final exam review, if the
optional section is covered.
