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, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will
TI-83 or equivalent graphing calculator is required.
Course Content: Selected sections from chapters 1-3.
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 TI-83 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 mid-semester. Withdrawals after mid-semester 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 FloydCollege catalog or web site
for general academic information.
The mid-semester date for Spring 2009 is March
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 real-life 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 real-life 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.
Make-up tests: No make-up 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 take-home project grades will not be replaced under any circumstances.
Therefore, any uncompleted take-home projects will count as a zero in the calculation of students' averages.
Time Limits on Exams:
Students are expected to complete the in-class 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 in-class 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 appropriate FloydCollege committee for investigation.
seeking reasonable accommodations under ADA should contact the Floyd College ADA coordinator (Rome campus) for information
Sheryl Ballenger, Director of the AccessCenter –Disability Support
or (706) 802-5003 voice or (706) 802-5123 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
This is a tentative schedule
and the instructor reserves the right to alter it as and when necessary
Topics for College Algebra
• Graphing Functions
• Combination of Functions
• Inverse Functions
• Quadratic Functions
• Polynomial Functions
Rule of Signs
• Rational Functions
• Exponential Functions
• Logarithmic Functions
• Exponential & Logarithmic
Precalculus, 3rd edition
TI-83 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
Twenty-one sections are included above. This format should allow for three
review days, four exam days, and two days for final exam review, if the