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College Algebra -- Fall 2014
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MTH 130 College Algebra. 3 hrs. Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphs, systems of equations and inequalities, sequences. (PR: Math ACT 21 or above)
- Time and Place: 5:00 - 6:15 pm Tuesday-Thursday at 511 Smith Hall.
- Instructor: Peter Saveliev (call me Peter)
- Office: 713 Smith Hall
- Office Hours: MTR 3:00-4:30, or by appointment
- Office Phone: x4639
- E-mail: saveliev@marshall.edu
- Class Web-Page: math01.com
- Prerequisites: solid algebra skills, some knowledge of Cartesian coordinates, familiarity with basic functions
- Texts: College Algebra by Sullivan 9th edition
- Computer Restrictions: graphic calculator TI-83 or TI-83+
- Outcomes: the student will learn to recognize and use functions, including the major classes of functions, graph these functions, solve equations, and become prepared for calculus
- Activities: the student will practice each outcome via the homework given in the textbook and online.
- Evaluation: the student achievement of each outcome will be assessed via:
- quizzes: taken from the textbook's exercise sets
- homework: accessed and graded online, provided by Webwork, http://webwork.marshall.edu/webwork2/F14-Math-130-Saveliev/
- tests: based on the textbook's exercises
- Grade Breakdown: TOTAL = .05×A + .55×(Q + H) + .40×F
- attendance and participation: 5%
- quizzes and online homework: 55%
- final exam: 40%
For details, see Course policy.
Mathematics Tutor Lab: Smith Music 115
1 Lectures
They will appear exactly as you see them in class and, as the course progresses, will be updated weekly.
2 Schedule
Follow this link: Webwork
Please start with the Orientation set.
- week 1, 8/25: First HW called Review_set is due Friday 8/29 at midnight. Quiz
Review Chapter
R.1 Real Numbers
R.2 Algebra Essentials
R.3 Geometry Essentials
R.4 Polynomials
R.5 Factoring Polynomials
R.7 Rational Expressions
R.8 nth Roots; Rational Exponents
- week 2, 9/1: Second HW called Sections1.1-1.2 is due Friday 9/5 at midnight. Quiz
Chapter 1. Equations and Inequalities
1.1 Linear Equations
1.2 Quadratic Equations
1.3 [Complex Numbers; Quadratic Equations in the Complex Number System]
1.4 Radical Equations; [Equations Quadratic in Form; Factorable Equations]
1.5 Solving Inequalities
1.6 Equations [and Inequalities] Involving Absolute Value
1.7 Problem Solving: Interest, Mixture, [Uniform Motion, and Constant Rate Job Applications]
- week 3, 9/8: Third HW called Sections1.4-1.5-1.6 is due Friday 9/12 at midnight. Quiz
Chapter 2. Graphs
2.1 The Distance [and Midpoint] Formulas
2.2 Graphs of Equations in Two Variables; Intercepts; Symmetry
2.3 Lines
2.4 Circles
- week 4, 9/15: Fourth HW called Sections1.7-2.1-4 is due Friday 9/19 at midnight. Quiz
Chapter 3. Functions and Their Graphs
3.1 Functions
- week 5, 9/22: Fifth HW called Sections3.1-3.2 is due Friday 9/26 at midnight. Quiz
3.2 The Graph of a Function
- week 6, 9/29: Sixth HW called Sections3.2-3.3 is due Friday 10/3 at midnight. Quiz
3.3 Properties of Functions
3.4 Library of Functions; Piecewise-defined Functions
- week 7, 10/6: Seventh HW called Sections3.4-3.5 is due Friday 10/10 at midnight. Quiz
3.5 Graphing Techniques: Transformations
3.6 Mathematical Models: Building Functions
Chapter 4. Linear and Quadratic Functions
4.1 Linear Functions and Their Properties
4.2 Building Linear Functions from Data
- week 8, 10/13: Eighth HW called Sections3.5-4.2 is due Friday 10/17 at midnight. Quiz
4.3 Quadratic Functions and Their Properties
4.4 Quadratic Models; Building Quadratic Functions from Data
Chapter 5. Polynomial and Rational Functions
5.1 Polynomial Functions and Models (through the middle of page 330)
- week 9, 10/20: Ninth HW called Sections4.3-5.2 is due Friday 10/24 at midnight. Quiz
5.2 Properties of Rational Functions
5.3 The Graph of a Rational Function
5.5 The Real Zeros of a Polynomial Function (pages 374-377)
- week 10, 10/27: Tenth HW called Sections5.2-6.1 is due Friday 10/31 at midnight. Quiz
6.1 Composite Functions
- week 11, 11/3: Eleventh HW called Sections6.1-6.2 is due Friday 11/7 at midnight. Quiz
Chapter 6. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
6.2 One-to-One Functions; Inverse Functions
- week 12, 11/10: Twelfth HW called Sections6.2-6.3 is due Friday 11/14 at midnight. Quiz
6.3 Exponential Functions
6.4 Logarithmic Functions
6.5 Properties of Logarithms
- week 13, 11/17: Thirteenth HW called Sections6.3-6.6 is due Friday 11/21 at midnight. Quiz
6.6 Logarithmic and Exponential Equations (through solving logarithmic eqs. Top of page 461)
6.8 Exponential Growth and Decay Models; Newton's Law; Logistic Growth and Decay Models
THANKSGIVING BREAK
- week 14, 12/1: Fourteenth HW called Sections6.6-8.1 is due Friday 12/05 at midnight. Quiz
6.9 Building Exponential, Logarithmic, and Logistic Functions from Data
8.1 Systems of Linear Equations: Substitution and Elimination
3 Exams
College Algebra -- Fall 2014 -- final exam, Tuesday, December 9, 5:00-7:00 pm, same place.
Each old exam is a small (<5%) sample of the types of problems that may appear: