MATH 121 Fall 2008

Section 2 = 10:00 – 10:50 MWF

**Instructor**: Mr. Bill White

**Office**: Hodge 210

**Phone**: 503-5359

**e-mail**:&=
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bwhite@uscupstate.edu

**Web Page**: http://faculty.uscupstate.edu/bwh=
ite

**Office Hours**:

M-F: 9:3=
0 - 10:00
am

Other ho=
urs by
appointment

**Note: I am on campus every day. If =
I am
in my office, I will be glad to help you.**

** Course Objective**: After successful completion of Co=
llege Algebra,
the student will have knowledge of functions-polynomial, rational, exponent=
ial
and logarithmic, graphing, equation solving, solving and graphing inequalit=
ies,
and other topics time permitting, adequate to proceed to calculus and other
courses where strong algebra knowledge is required. The student should be a=
ble
to read, interpret, and solve problems where algebraic equations are requir=
ed.

__Textbook____: Essentials
of College Algebra, Alternate Edition, by Lial,
Hornsby, Schneider; published by Addison-Wesley. Course topics are found in
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.__

** MyMathLab**: This class will utilize an online
course management system called MyMathLab (MML)=
. (See
the handout.) Each student wi=
ll be
enrolled in this program and use it for graded homework and quizzes. Other
information on MML will include the class syllabus and a daily calendar for=
the
class where you can see what we covered in class for a particular day, along
with any assignments. There are a number of other features that students may
find helpful. Class handouts, whenever possible will be distributed through=
MML.
I will post much of this same information on my webpage with a link to MyMathLab.

** Calculator**: Each student will need a calculat=
or. It
can be a scientific calculator; a graphing calculator would be helpful. It =
can
be any brand you like. I will use the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus graphing
calculator for any class instruction.

__Homework____: Homework will be assigned on a da=
ily
basis. Graded homework will be done
through MyMathLab. There is also practice
homework available through MyMathLab as well as
practice problems in the textbook.__

** Quizzes=
**: We will possibly have some online
quizzes. Grades for any quizzes will be treated like homework grades.

** Testing=
**:&=
nbsp;
(tentative) There will be four in-class tests. These will be concept=
ual
(short answer, fill-in-the-blank, etc.) as well as computational. I will gi=
ve a
review sheet before each test.

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nbsp; Test
1: Chapter 1, Sections 2.1, 2.=
2

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nbsp; Test
2: Sections 2.3-2.7; 4.1

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nbsp; Test
3: Sections 4.2-4.6

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nbsp; Test
4: Chapter 3, Chapter 5

**Any
student who scores less than 60 on a test is encouraged to meet with me ind=
ividually.**

** Final Exam**: The final exam is a cumulative ex=
am
based on the material from the tests. Any material covered after the last t=
est
will also be on the final exam. If all tests are taken, the final exam grade
will replace the lowest test grade (if it is higher). If a test is missed, the final will
replace it; note that the final exam will replace only one missing test gra=
de.

*Over*

** Grading=
**: The grade for the course will be
determined as follows:

Quiz / Homework average … ..10%

Test average..<=
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. . . . 70%

Cumulative final exam . . . . . . <=
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** Attendance**: I do take roll. Because of contin=
uity
of material, consistent attendance is important. You are allowed 5 absences=
.

** Grading Scale**:&n=
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-90%
=3D A; 89-87% =3D B

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Below 60% =3D F

__Math Lab____: The Mathematics Tutoring Lab offe=
rs free help to students. It is Loca=
ted in
Hodge 242. Hours will be established after classes begin.=
__

** Important Dates**<=
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September 1 &n=
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Day

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Th-Fri, October 9-10&=
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p; Fall
Break

**<=
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nbsp; Last
day to withdraw without penalty** (change to audit)

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Tuesday,
November 4 &nb=
sp; Election
Day

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Wed-Fri,
November 26-28 =
; Thanksgiving

Friday,
December 5 &nb=
sp; Last
Day of Class

**Friday,
December 12 &n=
bsp; Final
Exam (8:00 – 11:00 am)**

__Disability<=
/u>____: In keeping =
with
University policy, any student with a disability who requests academic
accommodations should contact Disability Services at 503-5195 to arrange a
confidential appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator.
Students are encouraged to seek an appointment as early in the semester as
possible, as accommodations are not provided retroactively. Letters of
accommodation must be signed and printed on letterhead from the Disability
Services office. It is the student’s responsibility to provide
these letters to professors in a timely manner so that accommodations may be
put in place.__

__Note__: All students are expected to abid=
e by
the Codes of Academic Integrity and Student Behavior. See page 45 of the
current USC Upstate Academic Catalog.

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**Note=
: the
instructor reserves the right to make changes in this syllabus upon written
notice.**