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Textbook: Algebra for College Students seventh edition; Robert Blitzer. Prentice Hall 2012 packaged with MyMathLab Description MAT 120(Formerly MA 116) – College Algebra This collegelevel course is designed to prepare students for further study of college mathematics. It commences with a review of intermediate algebra concepts and progresses through subject matter within college algebra. Topics to be covered include algebra and problem solving, factoring techniques, linear functions and inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, polynomial functions, rational expressions and functions, radicals, radical functions, rational exponents, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphing techniques and analysis (3 Credits). Objectives By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1.
Classify, perform arithmetic operations, understand properties of real numbers and determine the domain of a variable.
Evaluate expressions containing exponents, work with Laws of Exponents and use Scientific Notation.
Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials; and use formulas for Special Products. They will also be adept at manipulating Rational Expressions.
Factor polynomials using G.C.F., Special Case and Factor by Grouping concepts.
Work with the properties of radicals.
Evaluate expressions with Fractional Exponents and simplify radical using Rational Exponents.
Use the Pythagorean Theorem and other Geometry formulas.
Solve and graph linear, quadratic and higher degree types of Equations & Inequalities. They will be adept at using set and interval notation.
Work with concepts regarding Rectangular Coordinates, Graphs of Equations, Lines, and Circles.
Work with concepts regarding Functions, their graphing techniques and operations.
Work with concepts regarding Synthetic Division and Complex Numbers.
Students will be able to work with concepts regarding Inverse Functions, Exponential Functions, and Logarithmic Functions
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Due Dates and Late Penalties Late assignments will not be accepted. Any assignment/quiz/test not completed by the due date will receive a grade of 0. Please follow all deadlines listed in the syllabus and course calendar. Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.
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January 28 Syllabus and Getting - February Started 3 5.1 Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
Discussion Questions Syllabus Scavenger Hunt
5.2 Multiplication Polynomials
of 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 Homework 5.3 Greatest Common assignments in Factors and Factoring MyMathLab by Grouping 5.1 - 5.3 Quiz in MyMathLab 2
February 4 5.4 Factoring - February Trinomials 10 5.5 Factoring Special Forms
5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 Homework 5.6 General Factoring assignments in MyMathLab Strategy 5.7 Polynomial 5.4 - 5.7 Quiz Equations and Their in MyMathLab Applications
Chapter 5 Test in MyMathLab
February 6.1 Rational 11 - Expressions and February Functions: Multiplying 17 and Dividing
6.1, 6.2, 6.3 Homework 6.2 Adding and assignments in Subtracting Rational MyMathLab Expressions 6.1 - 6.3 Quiz 6.3 Complex Rational in MyMathLab Expressions
February 6.4 Division of 18 - Polynomials February 6.5 Synthetic Division 24 and the Remainder Theorem 6.6 Rational Equations
Discussion Questions 6.4, 6.5, 6.6 Homework Assignments in MyMathLab 6.4 - 6.6 Quiz in MyMathLab Chapter 6 Test in MyMathLab
February 7.1 25 - March Expressions 3 Functions
Radical Discussion and Questions
7.1, 7.2, 7.3 7.2 Rational Exponents Homework 7.3 Multiplying and Assignments in Simplifying Radical MyMathLab Expressions 7.1 - 7.3 Quiz in MyMathLab
March 4 - 7.4 Adding, Subtracting, Discussion March 10 and Dividing Radical Questions Expressions 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 7.5 Multiplying with Homework More than One Term Assignments in and Rationalizing MyMathLab Denominators 7.4 - 7.6 Quiz 7.6 Radical Equations
March 11 - 7.7 Complex Numbers March 17 Course Evaluation Final Exam
in MyMathLab 7.7 Homework Assignment in MyMathLab Chapter 7 Test in MyMathLab Final Exam
*This course outline is subject to amendment as class needs and progress dictates. Requirements& Instructional Methods Instructional methods include lecture, discussion and interaction, video analysis, and shared reflection. Assignments include:
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Evaluation Rubrics provide details on the objectives of your assignments. Use these as a guide, checking off each item before turning in your assignments, and there is no reason why you cannot earn every available point! Below is the rubric that will be used for scoring discussion postings. Classroom Discussion & Group Interaction 20 points each week for a total of 120 points In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are crucial. This means that you are reading and contributing. There is a resource in Handouts and Links called Good Discussions to help you understand the meaning of substantive. Responses such as, “Well said.” Or “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. You should also NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said. This rubric can help you to formulate an effective discussion response. Create substantive responses in the following ways: · 3 points : Responding to each of the posted
Discussion Questions · 3 points: Interacting with two or more classmates · 3 points : Posting no less than 8 times per week · 6 points: Crafting a response that: · Answers the question · Provides an example to
explain your answer · Relates your answer to the
course reading/notes, to your own everyday life, or to both · Provides the class with a
response that is non-generic – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed · Encourages classmates to
respond to you · Use proper spelling and
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MAT 120 OA Syllabus Spring 2013
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