DIVISION OF MATHEMATICS & SCIENCES
A. Catalog Description: College Algebra- rational equations, complex numbers,
constructing functions, graphs of functions, quadratic functions, piece-wise
functions, algebra of functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems
of equations, determinants, Cramers Rule.
B. Textbook: Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Seventh Edition, Allen R. Angel, Pearson Education, Inc.,
C. Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra or MATH 1300
D. Suggested calculator: TI 83, 84, 85, TII30
Assessment and Evaluation
(Class Procedure and Grading)
Attendance: All students are expected to attend all class sessions and are responsible for knowing the material covered. No quizzes or exams can be made up unless arrangements PRIOR to the absence have been made. Any student missing more than 25% of the class will FAIL the class.
Academic Honesty: Disciplinary action for academic misconduct is the responsibility of the faculty member assigned to this course. The faculty member is charged with assessing the gravity of any case of academic dishonesty, and with giving sanctions to any student involved.
I. Method of Assessment:
Your final course grade will be determined by your performance in terms of:
1. Three “hour long” examinations
2. A final exam
A. The “hour-long” examinations will be conducted during the normal class period and will be “closed book” examinations. There will be five of these examinations, each of which will represent a maximum of 100 points for a total of 300 points. Make-up examinations will be provided for students who have notified my in person and in an email. If you do not notify me of your absence, you are ineligible for a make-up exam. If you know in advance that you must be absent on the day of a scheduled examination, you must make PRIOR arrangements with your instructor to take the exam early. Students who do not follow the above procedure may be assigned a zero for the examination. You will be given 1 weeks notice prior to each exam. Average (as a percentage) on these selected assignments will be applied to the possible total of 100 points.
As indicated above, there will be a maximum possible score of 750 points in this course. The points are distributed:
“Hour long” Exams 300 points
FINAL EXAM 150 points
Homework 100 points
TOTAL 550 points
Letter grades will be assigned on the basis of the following grade scale:
A: 90 – 100%
B: 80 – 89%
C: 70 – 79%
D: 60 – 69%
F: Below 60%
The role will be called at the beginning of each class and after the break. Students are encouraged to be prompt and not to miss any class. In case of an emergency, make arrangements with the instructor to cover the material. "Any student who misses 25% or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of F in the course. There are no exceptions to this policy. A student's reason for absence is irrelevant."
IV. Adding or Dropping Courses:
If, for whatever reason, a student decides to drop a course, it is the student’s responsibility to go in a timely manner to the Wayland-San Antonio office and make the necessary arrangements. The student must complete the proper forms and pay all associated charges and tuition. To simply stop attending a class will result in the student being given a grade of “F.”
V. Miscellaneous Comments:
A. Don’t fall behind!!! If you are having trouble, please come to me and ask for extra instruction or help BEFORE you are so far behind that you cannot recover.
B. I help students on a “first-come, first-served” basis unless you have made an appointment.
C. Come to class prepared. Ask questions. Class participation is always welcomed and encouraged.
D. Late homework will not be accepted. If you miss a class, it is up to you to do the homework and turn it in on time. I suggest exchanging phone numbers with a classmate. You can e-mail me also.
E. No extra credit or partial credit.
F. Feel free to email me at: SOCHOA@MAIL.ACCD.EDU
G. Turn off cell phones. Do not leave class to answer your phone.
H. Group tutoring is available.
I. The number of exams can be adjusted to fit the semester.
J. Make-up exams maximum grade is 70.