NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

College Algebra

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: College Algebra
    B. Course Number: MA 113 - 10057
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 11:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Youngblood, Patricia
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 218
    H. Email Address: PYoungblood@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2815
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:30:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:30:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 1:30:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 1:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 1:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    For my on-line classes I will answer Canvas mail within 24 hours M-F. I will have my SKYPE account on when I am on my computer. I will check in on you Tuesday and Thursday afternoons but I will not have "set virtual hours". Canvas and I argue a lot. If I do not respond then I have not seen your correspondence, PLEASE try contacting me a different way. My office hours on Thursday 12:30-2 will be spent in the computer lab in HH108. Do not expect to find me in my office.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): MA113A Intermediate Algebra or appropriate placement test score.
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: HH108
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This college algebra course is designed for pre-engineering, mathematics, and science majors. The subject matter covered in this class includes a brief review of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra topics, as well as a more extensive study of graphs of functions, complex numbers, theory of equations, matrices, determinants, conics, inverse functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: MA113A or equivalent or appropriate score on a placement test.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed to be the foundation class for many more advanced math classes such as statistics,business analysis, and trigonometry.
    College Algebra should transfer to most colleges for mathematics credits.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84.
    Suggested:
    None.Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84.
    Suggested:
    None.Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84.
    Suggested:
    None.Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84.
    Suggested:
    None.Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84.
    Suggested:
    None.Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84.
    Suggested:
    None.Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84.
    Suggested:
    None.Required:
    Course work may be done using a traditional text book or online using MyMathLab.

    Online course materials are with "Preasonmylabandmastering.com" (aka "MyMathLab" or MML). Instructions for access to MML are in Canvas and will be discussed in class. An access code is required unless you have already worked on College Algebra over the previous semester.

    OR

    The traditional text book: College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)


    In addition a graphing calculator is required
    such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84

    Suggested:

    Graph paper, pencil and paper

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Grading:
    Homework: 15%
    Chapter Tests: 25%
    Mid-Term/Assessments: 60%

    Classroom Policies:

    Homework: Expect to do at least three hours of homework for each hour in class. Assessment of written homework assignment will consist of a random selection of one of the following:
    1. This is a Web Enhanced class your home work will be done on MYMATHLAB.
    2. There are written assignments in this class. These are NOT optional just because they are not in MYMATHLAB. As these have to come to me by courier due dates are NOT flexible.
    3. Reviews are required and will be graded
    It is recommended that you keep your homework assignments or work needed to complete homework well organized in a three-ring binder and have them with you each class session, so that you are prepared to respond ask questions about the homework when we have time. If you are working on MML feel free to print out the exercises you have questions on and bring them to class. I will not have the same problem you do if you do not bring it to class.
    Homework: Make-up work will be accepted ONLY IF the student presents an acceptable excuse to the instructor on or before the day of the absence.
    Note: I try hard to return papers in a timely manner. For all handwritten papers, if I have turned back a paper you may not turn in make-up work. I do not care if the envelopes passed. If I do not know it is in your monitor’s hands before my envelope leave my hand I will not take it.

    Chapter Exams: These exams can be taken up to 3 times, this and chapter reviews are on your own time.
    Assessment: You will be given a handwritten test after Chapter 2 which should occur around midterms. I have a review in Canvas for this test. There will be 4 Assessments given at the time of finals. The midterm and Assessments must be taken in a testing center or if you are an ITV high school student they can be taken with the monitor at your school. You may take any given Assessment (not midterm) up to 3 times as long as you are finished by Tuesday of finals week.

    CAUTION!!!

    o Assessments make up 60% of the course grade and there is only one attempt on each. Minimum score requirements on homework and chapter tests will cause grades to appear good. This could lead to a false sense of security. All instruction and course work during the semester leads to PROVING LEARNING on final assessments in key skill areas. Lack of preparation, fatigue, apathy, misunderstanding or any other reason for doing poorly on assessments dramatically decreases final grades. Be practiced, be prepared and be confident before taking assessments. (Simply put, the average score on assessments pretty much determines your course grade. You can sabotage your entire grade in the course by failing to prepare for the assessments. PLEASE do not let that happen!)

    o NMJC’s Academic Success Center employs tutors whose job it is to help you LEARN. They are happy to assist you while you work through “Practice”, but they will not help with a “Quiz” or with chapter tests (unless it is to help you understand mistakes after submitting an answer). Also, they are extremely busy at the end of the semester. There will be limits on the amount of time allowed with tutors. The priority will be in helping students prepare for final exams. They will NOT prioritize students who fell behind in their work and are trying to catch up at the last minute.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    College Algebra (MA113) is designed to emphasize graphing functions, solving various equations, using functions and solving real world problems.

    The course content of College Algebra (MA113) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    ·       Graph various types of functions.

    ·       Solve various types of equations.

    ·       Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.

    ·       Set up and solve various types of application problems.

    ·       Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.

     

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    A student who successfully completes College Algebra should be able to:

    ·         Use a graphing calculator to graph equations and solve problems.

    ·         Graph equations in the Cartesian plane.

    ·         Use a graphing utility to create models of data in the Cartesian plane.

    ·         Identify functions and write the equations in function form from either an equation or a graph.

    ·         Find the domain and range of functions.

    ·         Graph functions as well as their transformations.

    ·         Perform the algebra of functions.

    ·         Manipulate quadratic functions and make models on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Find the zeros of polynomial functions algebraically and graphically on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers.

    ·         Apply the fundamental Theorem of Algebra.

    ·         Graph rational functions by using the important characteristics of rational functions.

    ·         Solve and graph exponential and logarithmic functions.

    ·         Find exponential and logarithmic models on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Solve linear systems of equations in two and three variables.

    ·         Solve systems of inequalities and linear programming problems.

    ·         Graph conic sections: the parabola, the ellipse, the circle, and the hyperbola.

    ·         Use matrix methods to solve linear systems of equations.

    ·         Perform operations on matrices including finding the determinant.

     

     

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Assistance:

    If you are having problems you are encouraged to come see me during my office hours. There are tutors available, free of charge in MH121. You may also use your Brain Fuse account. You can find a link for this under students in the T-Bird Web Portal.

    Conduct:

    1. Cheating will not be tolerated and will result in a zero on the paper or test. Cheating will make you ineligible for the test replacement. There are cameras in the Testing center. If you make it into the testing center with ANYTHING I have not approved you will get a zero on the test. This also applies to cell phones. Please see the Academic Honesty portion of your student handbook or the NMJC portion of this syllabus for a definition of Academic dishonesty.

    2. All students in this classroom are adults and will act as such. Disruptions in the class will not be tolerated. Students causing disruptions will be asked to leave and your grade for attendance will be changed to zero for that day. No make-up work will be allowed. A conference with the Dean will be necessary before you may return to class.

    3. Leaving and returning to the classroom during lecture and quizzes is a disruption to the students around you, disruptions will not be tolerated.

    4. No headphone in the classroom except the ones used with the computers.

    5. Cell phones and pagers will be turned off while you are in the classroom.

    6. NO FOOD OR DRINK EXCEPT WATER.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    College Algebra Course Outline. Tentative outline subject to change at the discretion of the instructor

    Date

    Category

    Section

    Objective

    Assignments

    Week 1

    HW

    1.1

    Linear Equations

    This is a Web Enhanced class. All homework will be done in MyMathLab


    HW

    1.2

    Applications and Modeling with Linear Equations

    Each assignment here is a grade. Grades are updated in CANVAS every two weeks.

    Week 2

    HW

    1.3

    Complex Numbers


    HW

    1.4

    Quadratic Equations


    HW

    1.5

    Applications and Modeling with Quadratic Equations


    Week 3

    HW

    1.6

    Other Types of Equations and Applications


    HW

    1.7

    Inequalities


    HW

    1.8

    Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities


    Week 4

    TEST


    Chapter 1 Test






    Week 5

    HW

    2.1

    Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs


    HW

    2.2

    Circles


    HW

    2.3

    Functions


    Week 6

    HW

    2.4

    Linear Functions


    HW

    2.5

    Equations of Lines: Curve Fitting


    HW

    2.6

    Graphs of Basic Functions


    Week 7

    HW

    2.7

    Graphing Techniques


    HW

    2.8

    Function Operations and Composition


    Week 8

    TEST


    Chapter 2 Test



    Midterm


    Midterm


    HW

    3.1

    Quadratic Functions and Models


    HW

    3.2

    Synthetic Division


    Week 9

    HW

    3.3

    Zeros of Polynomial Functions


    HW

    3.4

    Polynomial Functions: Graphs, Application, and Models


    HW

    3.5

    Rational Function: Graphs, Applications, and Models


    Week 10

    HW

    3.6

    Variation


    Week 11

    TEST


    Chapter 3 Test






    HW

    4.1

    Inverse Functions


    HW

    4.2

    Exponential Functions


    HW

    4.3

    Logarithmic Functions


    Week 12

    HW

    4.4

    Evaluating Logarithms and the Change-of-Base Theorem


    HW

    4.5

    Exponential and Logarithmic Equations


    HW

    4.6

    Application and Models of Exponential Growth and Decay


    Week 13

    TEST


    Chapter 4 Test






    HW

    6.1

    Parabolas


    HW

    6.2

    Ellipses


    Week 14-15

    HW

    6.3

    Hyperbolas


    HW

    6.4

    Summary of Conic Sections


    TEST


    Chapter 6 Test







    Finals week

    FINAL


    4 Assessments. Graphing, Solving, Notation and Application.

    All Work must be finished by Tuesday of finals week.