MA135 College Algebra

for F2T 2010

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MA 135 College Algebra


F2T 2010 DLA


Kump, Richard L.


Senior Instructor


Master of Science, Systems Management, University of Southern California
Bachelor, Management, University of New Hampshire


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Semester Dates

18 Oct - 12 Dec 2010

Credit Hours



You do not have to purchase a textbook if you so choose.  A digital eBook version of the text is available inside the course shell.  If you would like to purchase a hardcopy, you may order it from the MBS bookstore.
Title:  College Algebra, 10th edition
Authors:  Lial, Hornsby, & Schneider
Publisher:  Addison-Wesley
ISBN:  0321499131
CALCULATOR:  You will need a scientific calculator.  A graphing calculator is optional.  There are many web-base graphing calculator sites which you can access free of charge.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
MA135 College Algebra: Prerequisite:MA125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent to MA125, or an ACT math score greater than 23, or an SAT math score greater than 510, or a COMPASS score greater than 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMPASS score 0-45 in the College Algebra domain. A consideration of those topics in algebra necessary for the calculus. Topics include:Solving equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, complex numbers, the theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:

Introductions - By the end of the first week of the course submit a short paragraph to introduce yourself, and respond to someone else's introduction

Each week you will have these regular learning activities:

Reading – Read the assigned chapter sections in your textbook 

Lecture –
Read the Content Lecture Files contained within the course

Media - View videos, flash files, and PowerPoint presentations

Webliography - Enhance the learning experience with varying presentations and examples of the weekly topics beyond the course lectures, textbook, and MyMathLab.

Discussions - Answer one question by Friday at midnight (Central Time) each week, and post a response to someone else's answer by Sunday each week (graded activity).

Homework - Complete the MyMathLab weekly homework assignment (graded activity)

Quiz - Complete the MyMathLab weekly quiz (graded activity)

Final Exam - Complete the proctored final exam in week 8. (graded activity)





Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

Discussion Answer  

10 pts each



Discussion Response 5 pts each



Homework 20 pts each




20 pts each



Final Exam

160 pts







Letter Grade


Number of Points



540 - 600

90 - 100%


480 - 539

80 - 89.9%


420 - 479

70 - 79.9%


360 - 419

60 - 69.9%


000 - 359

00 - 59.9%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. Therefore, all assignments are expected to be completed by set deadlines. An exception to the rule is a 24 hour extension provided only for initial weekly thread postings (answering a question) but using it will mean you will be assessed with a 50% penalty on earned points for the assignment. The only other considerations for allowable late assignments are limited to the following valid list of emergency reasons. Please note even these reasons are only acceptable at the discretion of your instructor.

  • A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will accept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.
  • An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).
  • Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney stating you had no advance notice of duty to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.
  • Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer stating you had no advance notice of deployment or activation.
  • Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect everyone to treat other members of the class with courtesy and respect.  Professional Net etiquette is required of all students.  See

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1The material we’ll cover during week 1 and week 2 is a review of the topics you have studied in the previous math courses that you will need for the study of college algebra. These basic concepts represent the fundaments to further develop the subjects in this course. Because we want to give the students the greatest chance to succeed we are reviewing pre-college algebra in two consecutive weeks.

Week 2:  This is the second part of the review chapter. Because we want to give the students the greatest chance to succeed we are reviewing pre-college algebra in two consecutive weeks. This material covers a review of the topics you have studied in the previous math courses that you will need for the study of college algebra. These basic concepts represent the fundaments to further develop the subjects in this course.
Week 3:  This week is about equations and their applications. We are going to study several kinds of equations. We will start with linear equations, then quadratic equations and radical equations. This week we will cover chapter one of the textbook, this chapter includes 8 sections 
Week 4:  This week is about functions, their graphs and some applications. We are going to study graphs in general and in specific as it relates to some basic functions or relations. We will start with linear functions, then circles and quadratic functions. This week we will cover chapter two of the textbook, this chapter includes 8 sections.
Week 5:  This week we will study polynomial functions. Polynomial functions, their graphs and some applications. We already know what polynomials are. Polynomials in x are expressions involving sum of terms which have only x raised to a positive integer power. For example x^2 + x  - 3 is a polynomial because the variable x is only being raised to the first power and to the second power. A polynomial function is just a function based on a polynomial. For example the function f(x) = x^2 + x – 3  is a polynomial function. We can graph it, we can find zeros of the function and etcetera. We will study half of chapter 3 of the textbook.
Week 6:  This week well be divided into two parts. The first part is the conclusion of chapter 3 we started week 5. The second part is a single section on inverse functions from chapter 4. This might seem a bit unusual but the reason we are doing that is for matters of balancing the load in each week.First part is related to rational functions. A rational function is related to rational expressions. Rational functions have unique characteristics related to continuity. For example the basic rational function y = 1/x is discontinuous at x = 0. As a matter of fact the behavior of the function around x =0 is quite pathological. To the left of x = 0 the function can be as small as you want, and to the right of x= 0 the function can be as large as you want. Inverse functions on the other hand are part of a basic concept needed to understand logarithmic and exponential functions. We will study half of chapter 3 of the textbook and the first section of chapter 4.

Week 7:  We will study logarithmic and exponential functions now. We know about inverse functions by now. For every logarithmic function there is an associated exponential function that is its inverse and this is based on the base. A base for this type of function is a real positive number different than one. For example 2 can be a base, 0.5 can be a base, Pi can be a base. For example we know that 2^2 = 4 and 2^5 = 32. The base in this case is 2 and the logarithm of 4 is 2, and the logarithm of 32 is 5. We always need to refer to the base. We normally say logarithm of 4 base 2 is 2, logarithm of 32 base 2 is 5. The expressions we have just discussed relate the exponential function y = 2^x and logarithmic function y = log2(x).  

Week 8:  This week we will study linear systems, matrices and determinants. We can have 2x2 systems or 3x3 systems or 4x4 systems and etcetera. ( we say 2 by2 system or 3 by 3 system, etcetera.)  A 2x2 system consist of two equations with two variables. In general we solve these systems by using matrices, especially if we are using computers. The reason we do that is because the process of solving a system using matrices is very easy to write as a set of steps that involves just adding and multiplying numbers. We are going to study determinants not only to solve linear systems but because determinants are of theoretical interest.

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Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
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