Mathematics and Computer Science

MAT 1070 College Algebra

Instructor: Raymond E. Lee, Ph.D.Semester: Spring 2014
Class Location: SCI 1237BTime: MWF 1:25 to 2:15 pm
Section: 011 

Description
This course involves the study of both the real numbers and complex numbers as applied to basic Algebra.
Topics covered: Equations, inequalities and functions along with their graphs, exponents, exponential functions and logarithms, systems of equations, and conic sections.

Goals
To provide students with an appreciation for and a better understanding of mathematical principles.
Emphasis will be on the application of critical thinking skills in order to identify and solve problems through interaction and collaboration in the course.

General Education Objectives
This course will address the following areas of student learning:

I Basic Skills of Communication, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving.
II General Knowledge of Mathematics.
III Lifelong Appreciation.

Course Materials
Textbook(s)
College Algebra, fourth edition, Beecher, Penna and Bittinger, 2012, Pearson.

Other
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Course Outline:

Chapter 1, Sections 1 - 6
Chapter 2, Sections 1 - 5
Chapter 3, Sections 1 - 5
Chapter 4, Sections 1 and 2, 5 and 6
Chapter 5, Sections 2 - 6
Chapter 6, Sections 1 and 2
Chapter 7, Sections 2 - 4
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Tentative test dates

Test # 1 January 24
Test # 2 February 7
Test # 3 February 21
Test # 4 March 14
Test # 5 March 28
Test # 6 April 11
Test # 7 April 25

Final Exam Date:
Friday May 9 @ 10:45 am
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Course Resource Links
Assignments
Use this link to 'Academic Calendar' for important dates during this semester

Grade Components
 Name 
 Weight 
 Subject
Tests†(7) 700†points Each test will be 100 points.

Final Grades
 A: 90-100  B+: 88  C+: 78  D+: 68  
 A-: 89  B: 80-87  C: 70-77  D: 60-67      
     B-: 79  C-: 69  D-: 55-59      

Attendance Policy
Attendance will be taken but is not part of your grade for this course.
However, poor attendance tends to lower grades.
Students are responsible for all material covered even if a class is missed.


Student Conduct & Honor Code
UNCP Academic Honor Code

Homework
A few problems will be assigned from each section in order to point out the important concepts covered in that section.
The tests will be derived from the homework as a method of checking progress.

Tests
There will be 8 tests given during the semester. Each test will cover the previous materials.
No make-up tests will be given without the permission of instructor and only for a valid reason.

Religious Holiday Policy
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has a legal and moral obligation to accommodate all students who must be absent from classes or miss scheduled exams in order to observe religious holidays; we must be careful not to inhibit or penalize these students for exercising their rights to religious observance. To accommodate studentsí religious holidays, each student will be allowed two excused absences each semester with the following conditions:


1. Students, who submit written notification to their instructors within two weeks of the beginning of the semester, shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith. Excused absences are limited to two class sessions (days) per semester.
2. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for a religious observance.
3. Students should not be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic activity because of religious observances.


A student who is to be excused from class for a religious observance is not required to provide a second-party certification of the reason for the absence. Furthermore, a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.


Other Information
Office: SCI 1229 Phone: 521-6309
Office Hours: MWF 11:00 am to 12:15 pm and 2:15 to 2:45 pm.

Federal laws require UNCP to accommodate students with documented learning, physical, chronic health, psychological, visual or hearing disabilities.


In post-secondary school settings, academic accommodations are not automatic; to receive accommodations, students must make a formal request and must supply documentation from a qualified professional to support that request. Students who believe they qualify must contact Disability Support Services (DSS) in DF Lowry Building, Room 107 or call 910-521-6695 to begin the accommodation process. All discussions remain confidential. Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively. More information for students about the services provided by DSS and the accommodation process may be found at the following links:


http://www.uncp.edu/dss/students/currentstudentfaq.htm


http://www.uncp.edu/dss/policies/html/faqfaculty.htm


http://www.uncp.edu/dss/faculty/syllabistatement.htm


This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Disability Support Services, DF Lowry Building, Room 107 or call 910-521-6695.

I reserve the right to amend, change and/or alter anything on this document if the need arises.

Updated January 13, 2014 | raymond.lee@uncp.edu | Copyright © 2014 The University of North Carolina at Pembroke