MTH 4: Intr Mth:Bus/Soc Science
Spring 2010: MTH 4.001

Class Schedule: M W 11am-12:20pm Professor: Steve Liebling
Classroom: HM 129 Office:  Pell Hall 210
Text: Barnett, Ziegler, Byleen's College Algebra 8th Edition Office Hours: M W 1-2pm
Web: Phone: 299-3439

Course Objective: Students will learn the fundamentals of college algebra, including sets, numbers, polynomials, the solutions of equations, inequalities, functions, and graphs. Students should gain sufficient mastery to be prepared for courses in finite mathematics and calculus. Grading Policy:
Quizzes 20%
Classroom Participation 10%
Average of Best Two Tests 40%  
Final Exam 30%
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit or extra credit papers, Do the homework, and take the quizzes and tests.

Homework: Homework assignments will be presented in class and will generally consist of problems from the required text. The homeworks will not be graded. Instead, quizzes will cover the material and problem solving skills. Even though the homework will not be graded, the homework problems must be done in order to gain mastery of the material and skills necessary for both the quizzes and tests.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be roughly 15 minutes long given in class and will cover the current material. I will drop your lowest quiz grade.

Tests: The class will have two tests as indicated on the syllabus. Each test will cover the material presented since the previous test (to be precise, much of what we will learn applies throughout all the chapters, however, the questions will be geared towards specifically covering material presented between the tests). The tests will be given during classtime.

Final: The final is comprehensive/cumulative, and will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week.

Cheating: You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, you must work alone on quizzes and tests. On quizzes and exams you may use only a calculator and writing utensils;

Other Resources: Tutors, library books, office hours, and supplemental texts.

Syllabus: Below is the anticipated schedule of what we'll cover. The dates of the tests are fixed; on principle I do not change them so that students can plan for them. Near the end of the semester, I generally have flexibility in what we cover. If you have a preference for what we might cover, please feel free to provide feedback.

Week 1 Jan. 20 Algebra & Real Numbers   Course Overview; . Ch. R
Week 2 Jan. 25   Ch. R
Jan. 27   Ch. R
Week 3 Feb. 1 Equations & Inequalities   Ch. 1
Feb. 3   Ch. 1
Week 4 Feb. 8   Ch. 1 
Feb. 10   Ch. 1 
Week 5 Feb. 16 TUESDAY Tue: Test 1 Tue: Test 1
Feb. 17 Graphs   Ch. 2
Week 6 Feb. 22   Ch. 2 
Feb. 24 Functions   Ch. 3 
Week 7 Mar. 1   Ch. 3 
Mar. 3 Polynomial and Rational Functions   Ch. 4  
Week 8 Mar. 8   Ch. 4
Mar. 10 Test 2 Test 2
Week 9 Mar. 15 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions   Ch. 5 
Mar. 17   Ch. 5 
Week 10 Mar. 22 Additional Topics in Analytic Geometry   Ch. 6 
Mar. 24   Ch. 6 
Week 11 March 29 S P R I N G     B R E A K S P R I N G     B R E A K
March 31 S P R I N G     B R E A K S P R I N G     B R E A K
Week 12 April 5 Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Matrices   Ch. 7  
April 7   Ch. 7  
Week 13 April 12 Test 3 Test 3
April 14 Sequences, Induction, and Probability   Ch. 8  
Week 14 April 19   Ch. 8  
April 21    
Week 15 April 26 Review  Review
Monday, May 3 10:55am-1:35pm EXAM Period  

Homework Assignments

Extra Credit Assignment:

Complete using a spreadsheet such as Excel: Excel format......PDF format

Practice Test for Test 3:

Last updated January 18, 2010.
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