Mathematics and Computer Science

MAT1070: College Algebra

Instructor: Dr. Mary J. Russell 

Description
This course involves a study of the real and complex number systems, algebraic expressions and equations, polynomial and rational functions and their graphs, inequalities and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs, systems of equations, and conic sections.
It's important to remember that learning mathematics is not a matter of just reading mathematics and writing mathematics: You have to DO mathematics.

Goals
• To provide students with a working knowledge of algebra so that they can take course in more advanced mathematics.
• To develop critical thinking skills needed for problem solving, and to use them to identify and solve problems.

General Education Objectives
This course addresses the following areas of student learning:
I. Basic skills of communication, critical thinking, and problem solving
II. General knowledge of mathematics
III. Lifelong appreciation of the subject

Course Materials
Textbook(s)
The textbook materials are: The online tool “MyMathLab” (MML) for this textbook, ISBN 0-321-72481-X, is required. The textbook itself, "College Algebra, 4rd Edition", by Beecher, Penna, & Bittinger, Pearson, 2012, is optional, as all of the printed material is available online. If you are used to studying from a printed book, you may want to buy the book. On the other hand, if you are comfortable with studying at a computer, you may want to buy just the online tool, as it costs considerably less than the textbook. If you have a credit card or debit card, you can purchased this product online.
Reference
Other
MyMathLab: The course is being taught under MyMathLab, not under UNCP's Blackboard. The course code will be given to you in class or on Blackboard. It is in the form "russellxxxxx", with your professor's last name in lower case letters followed by some numerals. For Fall 2013, the access code for section 010 is russell58793 and the access code for section 800 is russell14887. The access code is the very long number you will find under the pull-away strip inside the MyMathLab package. The web site is "www.mymathlab.com". You also need to know the zip code for UNC Pembroke: 28372.

Grading Policy
Your numerical grade for the course will be the result of your scores on the chapter tests during the semester, your score on the final examination, your grade on online quizzes, your grade on the online homework, and class participation. Class participation includes coming to class regularly, answering questions in class, putting answers to problems on the board in class, and refraining from disruptive behavior in class. Coming to class does not mean just showing up for class. You must be awake, paying attention to the discussion, and participating in the learning of mathematics. That is why we speak of "class participation." Remember that class includes time spent in the computer lab as well as time spent in the classroom. Your letter grade will be determined by the chart shown below in the section entitled "Final Grades". Your letter grade will be the highest letter listed below whose numerical equivalent is not greater than your numerical grade.

Grade Components
 Name 
 Weight 
 Subject
Tests during semester
30%
MyMathLab is used for this part of the course.

Most tests will be on two chapters and will be no longer than a 50-minute meeting. No makeup tests are given. The lowest test grade will be dropped.
 
Online homework
40%
MyMathLab is used for this part of the course.
 
Final exam
20%
MyMathLab is used for this part of the course.

The final exam is held at a time and place determined by the university.
 
Class Participation
10%
This portion of the class consists of coming to class regularly, on time, remaining awake and in class until being dismissed; participating in class discussions; not disrupting class (including refraining from asking questions not related to the topic being taught); and keeping electronic device such as cell phones and music players out of sight and not being used. For online sections, class need to remember that for a classroom section, you would need to spend three hours per week in class plus the time it takes you to do homework. The time needed to be spent outside of class is usually thought to be at least two or three times that spent in class. Thus, class participation consists of working on online learning and homework for an average of at least six hours per week unless you have an average of at least 72. If your average is below 72, you can raise this portion of your grade by using the "ask my instructor" feature for homework problems you do not understand.
 

Final Grades
 A: 92  B+: 88  C+: 78  D+: 68  F: <60  
 A-: 90  B: 82  C: 72  D: 62      
     B-: 80  C-: 70  D-: 60      

Attendance Policy
For most students, preparing well for class and regular attendance in class, as well as paying attention during class are all necessary parts of doing well in the course. Attendance will be taken each meeting. If you sign in to a class meeting you are expected to remain in class until class is dismissed or you have been given permission to leave; failure to do so will be considered cheating. You are allowed one unexcused absence per semester for each class meeting per week your section meets. (If the section meets twice a week, you are allowed two unexcused absences; if the section meets three times a week, you are allowed three unexcused absences.) Each unexcused absences after the limit will result in your final grade being lowered one letter grade. Tell your instructor ahead of time, preferably in writing, of any event that will require you to be absent, and your instructor will let you know whether the absence will result in an excused or an unexcused absense. If you become ill or another event prevents your attending class, try to get word to your instructor as soon as you can, preferably the same day. Also explain ahead of time in the rare event that you need to leave class early. If it becomes necessary, coming to class late or leaving early will count as one-third of an absence. Don’t let either become a habit.
You are responsible for knowing what is covered in each class meeting whether you attend or not, and whether the material is in the textbook or not.
For online sections, attendances consists of regualr appearances on the Internet to work on homework, quizzes, and tests. If you find you need to be away from the Internet for more than two or three days, please let your professor know via an email message.

Student Conduct & Honor Code
Student Conduct and Honor Code: Students are expected to act in a manner that promotes learning. The instructor will not allow disruptive behavior or rudeness in the classroom. Students are also expected to do their own work, and to refrain from helping other students to cheat. All students are expected to know and to abide by the UNCP Academic Code, which states that "Students have the responsibility to know and observe the UNCP Academic Honor Code. This code forbids cheating, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, fabrication, or falsification of information, and complicity in academic dishonesty. Any special requirements or permission regarding academic honesty in this course will be provided to the students in writing at the beginning of the course, and are binding on the students. Academic evaluations in this course include a judgment that the student's work is free from academic dishonesty of any type; and grades in this course therefore should be and will be adversely affected by academic dishonesty. Students who violate the code can be dismissed from the University. The normal penalty for a first offense is an F in the course. Students are expected to report cases of academic dishonesty to the instructor." Cheating will not be tolerated, and any student who cheats or help another student to cheat will be punished severely.
UNCP Academic Honor Code

Updated August 13, 2013 | mary.russell@uncp.edu | Copyright © 2013 The University of North Carolina at Pembroke