MA135 College Algebra

for S1B 2013

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MA 135 College Algebra


S1B 2013 BL


Moreno, Richard Eric


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (New Mexico State University)
Master of Science in Mathematics (New Mexico State University)

Office Location

Bldg 616, Rm 10

Office Hours

by appointment


Semester Dates

January 14- March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


MA 125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent to MA 125, or an ACT math score >_ 23, or an SAT math score >_ 510, or a COMPASS score >_ 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMP

Credit Hours


College Algebra w/ MyMath Lab 10th edition

Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider

There are several ISBN numbers for this textbook.  It is imperative that you select one that includes the MyMathLab access code.  Go to  Two appropriate numbers are:
ISBN: 978-0-321-82812-5  This includes a hardback textbook and access to MyMathLab
ISBN:13-978-0-321-79149-8  This includes an electronic version of the textbook and access to MyMathLab

Additional Resources:
Access to a scientific calculator is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.  A graphing calculator is an acceptable choice, but is NOT required.

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Course Description:
A study of the algebra necessary for calculus. Topics include: Linear and non-linear equations, inequalities and their applications; inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of linear and non-linear equations; matrices and determinants. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This facilitator's educational philosophy includes discussing and interacting with various mathematical topics from a variety of viewpoints.  The facilitator engages the learner through a questioning Socratic methodology as well as through lectures, activities, examinations, quizzes, and homework.  Finally, this facilitator firmly believes that learning is both hard work and extremely fun!

Class Assessment:
Homework 25%

Labs 10%
Quizzes 10%
Midterm 25%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

90-100 A

80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
below 60 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Student must contact and receive permission from the instructor prior to submitting any late work. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner.  Please turn your cell phones off or set to vibrate before coming to class.  Important calls happen at all hours of the day; please conduct your conversation outside of the room.  I consider it academic misconduct to use your cell phone or other electronic device (calculator excluded) while in the classroom during an exam or quiz.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 (1/14- 1/18)

Ch. 1, R.3, R.4
HW 1
Lab 1
Quiz 1

Week 2 (1/21-1/25)
HW 2
Lab 2
Quiz 2

Week 3 (1/28-2/1)
HW 3
Lab 3
Quiz 3

Week 4 (2/4-2/8)
HW 4
Lab 4
Quiz 4

Week 5 (2/11-2/15)
HW 5
Lab 5
Midterm Exam (2/14)

Week 6 (2/18-2/22)
HW 6
Lab 6
Quiz 5

Week 7 (2/25-3/1)
4.5-4.6, Ch. 5
HW 7
Lab 7
Quiz 6

Week 8 (3/4-3/8)
Final Exam Review
Final Exam (3/8)

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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.
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  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".
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  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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