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MAT 161: College Algebra Fall, 2013 Section 04, MWF 10:30-11:20 am, GI202 Instructor: Office Location:

Office Phone #: Email Address: Lori Bean Giles 212 704-330-6017 (office); 704-330-6281 (division) Lori.bean@cpcc.edu Email is the preferred method of contact. *Students must send email from their CPCC account to ensure instructor will receive the message. M 2:30-3, T/Th 9:30-10:45 am, T/Th 2-3 pm COURSE INFORMATION Course Description This course provides an integrated technological approach to algebraic topics used in problem solving. Emphasis is placed on equations and inequalities; polynomials, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; and graphing and data analysis modeling. Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following: 1. Analyze basic mathematical functions, their graphs and properties. 2. Solve polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic equations algebraically and graphically. 3. Solve polynomial and rational inequalities graphically. 4. Solve application problems that can be modeled by a polynomial, rational, power, exponential or logarithmic function. 5. Describe the key characteristics of the graph of a function, including increasing/decreasing intervals, asymptotes and intercepts. 6. Select and use appropriate technology, instruments and formulas to solve problems, interpret results and communicate findings. Prerequisites DMA 080 with a grade of P, or MAT 080 with a grade of C or better, or appropriate placement test scores. Credit Hours 3 credit hours Required Materials st Textbook: Custom version of College Algebra Graphs and Models by Coburn and Herdlick (1 edition) bundled with ConnectMath (ISBN: 9780078131684 for our bookstore). A student with a copy of the text may purchase the code for ConnectMath separately (ISBN: 9780077431655) Online Learning System: ConnectMath Graphing Calculator: TI-83 or TI-84. Final Exam 11 1:30pm, Wednesday, December 11 GI202 Available Services Tutors are available in the Academic Learning Centers on all campuses. Call 704-330-6474 or visit http://www.cpcc.edu/academic_learning/services/math-lab for more information. This service is FREE to CPCC students.

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COURSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Evaluation / Assessment HW: There will be regular homework assignments. These will be assigned and graded on the http://www.connectmath.com website. Homework deadlines are posted online and will be announced in class. (15% of your grade) Tests: There will be four exams. Missed exams will result in a zero. Makeup exams are not permitted. (60% of grade) Will be cumulative and count as 20% of your grade.

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Course Competency IT/Quantitative Literacy: Applies basic mathematical concepts to interpret, manipulate and critique quantitative data and ideas that arise. Students will complete a project that assesses their ability to apply the concepts through mathematical modeling. (5% of your grade). Grading Scale Grades will be assigned based on a students performance on tests, homework, project, and the cumulative final exam. The grades will be distributed as follows Homework Avg 15% GRADING SCALE Test Avg 60% A 90 100 Project 5% B 80 89 Final Exam 20% C 70 - 79 Total 100% D 60 -69 F Below 60 Online Learning Management System http://www.connectmath.com will be used to assign homework throughout the semester. Students will need frequent and reliable internet access for this course. Attendance Policy Your attendance is critical to your success in this class. You are expected to be present and on-time at all class meetings. You are responsible for all material covered and all announcements made in class whether or not you are present. Failure to attend class for a 12.5% consecutive period will result in a stopped attending and F in the course. Regular class attendance is required to remain entitled to financial aid and veterans benefits. Faculty are required to report irregular attendance to the College which may result in the loss of benefits. Failure to attend class and/or withdrawal from class may impact your financial assistance. For more information, go to http://www.cpcc.edu/financial_aid/fyi/withdrawal Make-up Policy There are no opportunities to make-up an assignment, or test. If you know that you must be absent on a particular test day, your final will count twice and replace the missed test. Student Code of Conduct Students are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct. Detailed information may be found at http://www.cpcc.edu/student_handbook/conduct. Note: no cell phone use in class as noted in the handbook. Academic Integrity Any student who violates the CPCC Code of Student Integrity is subject to academic disciplinary action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, entry of the incident in the records of the Office of Student Development,
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reduced grades, and dismissal from college classes, programs and activities. For additional information, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/administration/policies-and-procedures/7-10-student-academic-integrity Special Services Certification Students who have a documented disability or who may think that they may have a learning problem may contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities at 704-330-6556. Instructors will provide the necessary accommodations upon the advice of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. For additional information, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/disabilities. Withdrawal Policy While withdrawing from a course is sometimes necessary, it is advisable to discuss this with the instructor before withdrawing. For those experiencing academic difficulty, CPCC's Academic Learning Center offers free individualized and small group tutoring, computer tutorials, and strategies for improving learning skills. Additionally before withdrawing, consider whether this course is a prerequisite for another course; whether the course will be offered again in the future; whether withdrawing will delay plans to transfer graduation; or whether withdrawing will affect eligibility for honors designation, health insurance benefits, or other financial arrangements. When a student determines that he/she will be unable to complete courses in which he/she is currently enrolled, it is the student's responsibility to initiate procedures leading to a formal withdrawal ("W") in order to avoid a failing ("F") grade. For additional information, go to the following links: http://www.cpcc.edu/administration/policies-and-procedures/5-09-withdrawal-from-classes http://www.cpcc.edu/administration/policies-and-procedures/5-10-grading-policy The last day to withdraw for this class is Tuesday, September 24 A grade of W will not be assigned to any student who does not withdraw before the deadline without proof of extenuating circumstances as to why they can not complete the course.

Your Course Code is: 49CED-GWTKD Your Financial Aid Access Code is: 4E006-F9202-F6C2E-FF24E The Financial Aid Access Code does not add an additional two weeks to your account.

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MAT 161: College Algebra