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Class Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 pm
– 6:45pm in PrayHarrold 202
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Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
I. Course description
Properties of real numbers; equations and inequalities; functions;
sequences; mathematical induction; polynomial, rational, exponential
and logarithmic functions; introduction to probability.
II. Prerequisites
Placement or at least a C in MATH104
III. General Education Rationale
Math 105 College Algebra was
approved as a QR course in May 2011. Math 105 will help you
to refine and extend fluency with algebraic skills. Additionally,
the focus of this course is on the conceptual understanding
of functions. The course makes the case for using functions
to model physical phenomena and simultaneously teaches methods
to analyze these functions in a meaningful way. The course presents
a catalog of functions – linear, power, quadratic, polynomial,
rational, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions.
By the end of the course students should know the basic properties
and graphs of these functions along with using them as models
for real world applications.
For these reasons, Math 105 will count for the Quantitative
Reasoning Requirement in the general Education program Education
for Participation in the Global Community.
IV. Goals of the course
A primary goal of Math 105 is to prepare students for calculus.
However, this is a terminal math course for certain students
whose program does not require Calculus.
V. Textbook
Larson, College Algebra: Real Mathematics, real People, 6th
Edition (Custom edition).
VI. Technology
This course requires that all students have a graphing calculator.
However, the class will be run such that any graphing calculator
is adequate. The Math department recommends TI 84. I can help
you with the calculators I am familiar with (always Texas instruments
but not Casio). However, the tutors in the Math Lab (4th level
of PH) may be able to help with various models of graphing calculators.
VII. Evaluation
There is one midterm and a final exam. There are daily short
quizzes from the material presented during that week.
Midterms: November 7, October 3
Final: December —to be announced
Quizzes: every week
Quizzes have attendance value; they can’t be made up later!
All exams are hold during the regular class
sections.
The final grade in this course is computed
using the following weights:
Midterm I 20 %
Midterm II 20 %
Final 20 %
Quizzes 40 %
The cutoffs for the final grade in this course will be calculated
as follows:
A 95 %
A 90 %
B+ 85 %
B 80 %
B 75 %
C+ 70 %
C 65 %
D 60 %
E <60 %
