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MAT 1105 College Algebra
Reference Number:________ Term: Spring 2008
Instructor’s Name: ________________________ Office: Math Lab, room 2223
Office Hours:___________________________ Email: _______________________
Mailbox location: Math Lab (2223)
To leave messages for the instructor, call:305-237-3834
Course Description: This course introduces the student to the concept of functions and their

graphs. Students will graph linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, logarithmic, radical, power,

and absolute value functions and transformations; perform operations on and compositions of

functions; find the inverse of a function; apply the laws of logarithms to simplify expressions and

solve equations; graph non-linear inequalities; solve related applications and modeling problems.
Learning Outcomes: The competencies and objectives included in this course will address some of the recently adopted Miami Dade College General Education outcomes, a set of 10 learning outcomes we expect graduating students to master in the years to come.

Miami Dade College General Education Outcomes

As graduates of Miami Dade College, students will be able to:



  1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

  2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.

  3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

  4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.

  6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.

  7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.

  8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

  9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.

  10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.

The learning activities designed in this course will address outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8.
Subsequent course: Depending on your major, you may take MAC 1140, MAC 1114, or MAC 1147 after you successfully complete (C or better) MAC 1105. Education majors may take MTG 2204 and MTG 2204 L after successfully completing this course, and are strongly encouraged to take MAC 1105 L concurrently with MAC 1105. You may take STA 2023 concurrently with this course or (suggested) after completing it. Education majors: We offer MAC 1105L as a one-credit enrichment course that you may take concurrently with or after this course.
Course Competencies: The competencies for this course are on the department’s web site, http://www.mdc.edu/wolfson/departments/math/
Prerequisite: MAT 1033 with grade of C or better or equivalent
Textbook: College Algebra Enhanced with Graphing Utilities, 4th Edition, by Michael Sullivan
Assistance: You can obtain assistance for mathematics classes in the Mathematics Laboratory, room 2223. There, you will find course-related videotapes and computer software, and tutors that can help you to successfully complete this course. The Math Lab is open these hours:

MTWR 8:00 AM-9:00 PM, F 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.

You do not need an appointment. The telephone number for the lab is 305-237-3834. If you have a problem with the Math Lab, please contact Arcides Acosta, Maliya Beylin, Jose De Paz, or Verdieu Lucas at 305-237-3834.
Classroom and Laboratory Etiquette: Please refrain from bringing food or drinks into any classroom, lab, or into the courtyard. Please turn off any cellular phones and set pagers to "vibrate." You are expected to arrive on time to class, depart when the class has concluded, and treat others respectfully. You are encouraged to ask questions. The tutors in the lab must help all the students and take turns; they cannot work with one student for a prolonged period of time. For additional help, please see Arcides Acosta, Maliya Beylin, Jose De Paz, or Verdieu Lucas.
Problems with Instructor: If you are having a problem with your mathematics instructor, please see that instructor during office hours. Before or after class is generally not a good time to discuss a problem with an instructor who is either about to start class or on the way to the next class. If after speaking with your instructor during office hours you cannot resolve the problem, then you need to visit the chairperson, Dr. Alicia Giovinazzo (office 1540) as the next step.
Withdrawal: If you feel that you will be unable to complete the requirements for passing a class, it is important that you drop the class by the college's "drop date" as established by the registrar's office. You should speak to your instructor prior to making the decision to drop. Remember that it is your responsibility to drop a class, not the instructor's. If circumstances such as illness, accident, change in employment situation, etc., prevent you from continuing to attend your class BEFORE the drop date, speak to your instructor and see the Dean of Students (room 1201) for your options regarding an appeal. If such a situation occurs AFTER the drop date, you should contact the instructor for information as to how you can complete the requirements for passing the course.
Homework: Homework is assigned each day in class. Homework for each unit is turned in to the instructor at the instructor’s discretion and is generally checked for completion. All work must be shown. Your name, instructor’s name and reference number, book section numbers and problem numbers must be clearly written on your homework. Section numbers must be highlighted. It must be turned in stapled together in order. Homework may not be turned in late. Your instructor may assign online homework instead of, or in addition to, the homework listed on the syllabus.

Grading:
Best 3 out of 4 Departmental Exams: 60%

Departmental Midterm: 20%

Departmental Final Exam: 20%

Grading scale:

Average of 90-100% A

Average of 80-89% B

Average of 70-79% C

Average of 60-69% D

Average below 60% F


Incomplete: The grade of I (Incomplete) is given in the rare case that a student is PASSING a class but for some extenuating circumstance is unable to complete the last part (usually the final exam) of the class. If you are not passing your class, it is not possible for your instructor to give you an I. Note that you will have one full term (Fall or Winter) to complete the requirements of your Incomplete contract. If you do not complete your requirements in that time, the I generally will automatically change to an F on your records. The instructor makes the determination as to whether you are eligible for an Incomplete.
IMPORTANT DATES for 16-week classes


Classes begin

T Jan 8

Last day for drop with W (regular 16 week classes only)

T Mar 18

Classes end

F Apr 25

Final Exam Week (You MUST take the Final Exam on the date and time assigned; you MAY NOT take the Final Exam early)

S Apr 26 -

F May 2


Holidays or days there are no classes and the Math Lab is closed


Jan 19 - 21

Mar 6


March 21-23


COURSE SCHEDULE:





Week

Sections

Exams

Pages and Problem Numbers

1

Intro. , 1.1




P. 98 31-49, 55 - 97




1.3, 1.4





P. 121 #s 13, 15, 21, 29, 31, 45, 51, 57, 63, 65, 73

P. 132 #s 9-49, 53 – 57, 69

2

1.5




P. 139 #s 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, 47, 49, 79, 89, 101, 103, 105, 123, 125





1.7




P. 160 #s 11-15, 23-37, 53-81, 85-101




1.8




P. 176 # 7 -83

3

1.9




P. 185 #s 5 – 25, 31 - 43







Departmental Exam 1







2.1




P. 203 #s 7 - 43

4

2.2




P. 216 #s 17, 19, 27, 29, 35, 39, 41, 45, 47, 49, 51, 61, 63, 79, 81




2.3




P. 224 #s 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 25




2.4




P. 237 #s 11 – 25, 29 – 41, 45

5

2.5




P. 249 #s 11 – 29, 31 – 39 all, 57




2.6




P. 263 #s9 – 15, 17, 19, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35, 45

6

2.7




P. 275 #s 7 – 29, 35 – 57, 65




2.8




P. 282#s 1, 3, 5

7




Departmental Exam 2










Review for Midterm




8




Departmental Midterm Exam







3.1




P. 312 #s 11 – 25, 35 – 49, 53 – 57, 59-65

9

3.2




P. 330 #s 11 – 31, 37, 39, 45, 47, 57-73, 91, 93




3.3




P. 344 # 23 – 27, 41

10

3.4




P. 356 #s 7, 11, 17, 19, 21, 23




3.5




P. 365 #s 3 - 43

11




Departmental Exam 3







4.1




P. 402 #s 7-35; 45 - 49

12

4.2




P. 415 #s 9 – 43, 47 - 59




4.3




P. 431 #s 11 – 43, 45, 47, 53, 61, 75, 77, 79

13

4.4




P. 444 #s 9 – 45, 67 – 73, 75, 77, 91, 93, 107, 109, 115, 117, 121




4.5




P. 456 #s 9, 11, 15, 17, 31 – 45, 51, 65

14

4.6




P. 461 #s 5 – 15, 21 - 25




4.7




P. 470 #s 1 - 39




4.8




P. 482 #s 1 – 9, 25

15

5.1




P. 516 #s 7 - 15







Departmental Exam 4










Review




16




Departmental Final Exam





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