College Algebra (3 credits)

Spring 2011 Syllabus


INSTRUCTOR:         Dr. Kristine Roinestad

           Office:            ASC 119


            Phone:            (502) 863-8099



Office Hours:            Monday: 1-1:45, 3-3:30

                                    Tuesday: 9-10

                                    Wednesday: 1-1:45, 3-3:30

                                    Thursday: 10-10:45

                                    Friday:  9-10

                                    And by appointment


TEXTBOOK:             College Algebra with Modeling and Visualization (4th Edition), by Gary K. Rockswold, Addison Wesley:  2009.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of algebraic techniques and functions. Topics include theory of equations and inequalities; graphs; transformations of functions; inverse functions; and exponential and logarithmic functions. Can be used as preparation for calculus. Not applicable to a major or minor in mathematics.


PREREQUISITE: Math ACT subscore of 19, GSS 105, or bypass credit for GSS 105. Fall and Spring.


GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES:  As a member of the Georgetown College academic community, you will cultivate skills in inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, and quantitative literacy. This course will help you learn to think mathematically and prepare you for future academic and real-world pursuits. And don't forget that math is everywhere and without math we wouldn't have the Internet, the i-Pod, the i-Pad, cell phones or TV.


LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Students who pursue the study of mathematics are trained to solve problems and to communicate such solutions effectively. After completing this course, you should be able to demonstrate basic content knowledge of functions, graphs of functions, equations and inequalities on homework, quizzes, and exams. You will also be able to apply problem-solving skills to arrive at correct solutions on homework, quizzes, and exams and improve critical thinking skills and written communications skills.


GRADING:    The following percentages will be used in grading:                                  

            15%     Homework    

              5%     Class Participation

            15%     Quizzes

            45%     Tests (3 Tests—15% each)

                                    20%     Comprehensive Final Exam


NUMBER to Letter Grade Scale:   A:  93–100;   A/B:  88–92;   B: 83–87; 

B/C:  78–82;   C:  70–77;   D: 60–69;   F:  below 60. I reserve the right to adjust this scale slightly.


CLASS:  Every student in MAT 107C will attend two 75-minute sections each week.  The class will be in the scheduled classroom, ASC 133, and will be the same days each week.


ATTENDANCE Policy: Attendance is required. I will take attendance daily. You will be allowed 2 unexcused absences. If you miss a class for a Georgetown College sponsored event I need to be informed IN ADVANCE. It is your responsibility, not your coaches, to let me know when you will be missing class.


PARTICIPATION: In class participation is required. This is including, but not limited to the following: volunteering to work out a homework problem on the board, answering questions posed by me, asking questions about class material, etc. You MUST participate in class often to receive full participation credit.


QUIZZES:  There will be three to four in-class quizzes during the semester. These quizzes will be in-between each of your exams, including the final. Think of these quizzes as "mini-exams."  Make-up quizzes will be given only in extreme circumstances determined by me.


HOMEWORK:  Homework will be due at the beginning of class and collected. I will only accept ONE late homework assignment. Any other homework assignment turned in after the start of class on the due date will not be accepted. Homework may be worked on in groups; however, all work turned in must be written up by you and you alone. You must attempt every problem and show work for every problem to receive credit for your assignment. Homework will be graded as follows: two to three questions will be graded for correctness for a total of 6 points; completeness will earn 4 points (i.e., you did every problem, correct or not).


TESTS:  Three tests will be given throughout the semester. Excused absences consist of medical issues or emergencies approved by me BEFORE the test is given. In the case of a DOCUMENTED excused absence I will most likely replace the test score with the grade of your final. Unexcused absences will result in a zero score. I will inform you of the exams at least one week in advance.     


FINAL: There will be a cumulative final. If you miss the final for anything other than a DOCUMENTED EMERGENCY you will receive a score of ZERO.  MAT107B final is Tuesday, May 10 from 3-5 and MAT107C final is Wednesday, May 11 from 3-5.


WEB RESOURCES: Announcements, course information, homework assignments, review sheets, etc., will be posted on Moodle. It is your responsibility to check for any updates before each class.


HELP: There are three main sources for you to get help. First and foremost are your fellow classmates. I encourage you to work together on your homework assignments as well as studying and learning the material in groups. The second source is your instructor. Please come to the posted office hours. If you cannot make any of the office hours, you may schedule an appointment. The third source is your peer tutor. More information on tutoring will follow in the first week of class.


ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY: I take cheating very seriously. If you are caught cheating, you will most likely end up with a failing grade. Students should read the Academic Honesty Policy in the Honor System section of their Georgetown College Catalog.