SyllabiFALL 2nd 2023 SyllabiSainJMATH 1314 FA 2nd 2023

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Clarendon College Course Syllabus MATH 1314 - College Algebra Online Fall 2nd 2023 Instructor: Dr. Jeremy Sain Office: 201A e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: I will check my email 3 to 4 times a day. Required Text: MathXL account. See grading policy section below. Optional Text: Algebra and Trigonometry, 6e Blitzer, Pearson You DO NOT really need the physical textbook for this class, because you can access it on MathXL while working on homework, or by going to the "Study Plan." Of course, having a physical textbook is always convenient, but it is by no means necessary to have one. Recommended Readings: These books don't really have to do with the class, but they are fun and give either some nice mathematics history or show you what mathematics is about from a bigger picture standpoint: Number: The Language of Science, Tobias Dantzig. Gives a very comprehensive history of number systems up to our own and beyond, as well as a history of 16 th to 19 th century mathematics. Mathematics From the Birth of Numbers, Jan Gullberg. A mathematics overview book. Is fun to flip through and look at all the pictures. Flatland, A Romance of Many Dimensions. Edwin Abbott. A whimsical book designed to help people imagine a world with more than three dimensions. The Language of Mathematics, Making the Invisible Visible, Keith Devlin. One of any number of "popular math" books, which are written to give the reader a sense of higher mathematics and its relationship to the world, without the rigorous diction of a regular mathematics text. Anything by Lewis Carroll. While most famous for his two books about Alice, Lewis Carroll's primary vocation a mathematician. He wrote many logic puzzle books that are quite challenging. Democracy, the God that Failed, Hans Herman Hoeppe. This is a political science book, and a difficult read, but is an excellent example of deductive reasoning at its finest. Supplies: Reliable internet access and MathXL account (see below). A graphing calculator with matrices is an option, but online tools may be used instead. Purpose of the Course: College Algebra partially satisfies the requirements for the Associates Degree at Clarendon College and is designed for transfer to a senior college. Course Description: In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included. Prerequisites: Student must be TSI complete in Mathematics.
Core Objectives: Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, and inverses. (Assesses EQS with Quiz for Student Understanding of THECB Learning Outcome One) 2. Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations. (Assesses CT, EQS, and COM with Quizzes to Demonstrate Mastery of THECB Learning Outcome Two and Learning Outcome Three B) 3. Apply graphing techniques. (Assesses CT, EQS with Quiz to demonstrate Mastery of THECB Learning Outcome 2) 4. Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions. (Assesses CT and EQS with Quiz to demonstrate Mastery of THECB Learning Outcome Four) 5. Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices. (Assesses EQS with homework assignment followed by a quiz to check for understanding and mastery) Methods of Instruction: 1. Reading assignments. 2. Online lecture notes. 3. Problem assignment. 4. Discussion of problems. Grading Policies: All assignments must be completed on MathXL at . I will send you login information for MathXL when you send me a message in OpenLMS (aka Moodle). Homework: 40% Math takes practice, and the importance of homework cannot be exaggerated. Practice Tests: 5% Practice Tests are available for each of the regular tests and the Final Exam. They are generated with the exact same parameters as the real test, and you can take them as many times as you wish. As long as you give an honest attempt on each practice test before taking the real one, I will record them as 100 when I compute overall grades. So if you take each practice test at least once before the real test, and you score higher than zero on it, you will get these 5
points on your overall grade. Tests: 30% There will be three regular tests. I will reverse replace test grades, so that a test can replace the immediately prior test if the grade is higher. For example, if a student scores higher on the second test than the first, I will replace the first test's grade with the second. Also, if a student scores higher on the final than on the third test, then I will replace the third test's grade with the grade of the final. Long story short, if you do poorly on one test, working hard and doing better on the next test will allow you to drop the poor test grade. Final: 25% The final is comprehensive. For those of you who like formulas, the above says that your numerical grade will be computed using the formula Your grade = .40 (HW ave) + (Number of practice tests attempted at least once, +1 extra for Final Exam practice test) + .30 (max{T1, T2} + max{T2, T3} + max{T3, Final}) / 3 + .25 (Final). Grading Scale: 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D <60 F All work is to be turned in on time. All the homework and tests are already open. If you know you will be busy around the due date of an assignment, then you can do it early. The final exam date cannot be changed. (Part of the reason that I drop the lowest homework and reverse replace tests is to not penalize unexpected absences due to illness, being in jail, etc.) Academic Integrity Clarendon College is committed to a philosophy of honesty and academic integrity. It is the responsibility of all members of the Clarendon College community to maintain academic integrity at Clarendon College by refusing to participate in or tolerate academic dishonesty. Any act of academic dishonesty will be regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense. Academic dishonesty violations include, but are not limited to: (1) obtaining an examination, classroom activity, or laboratory exercise by stealing or collusion; (2) discovering the content of an examination, classroom activity, laboratory exercise, or homework assignment before it is given; (3) observing the work of another during an examination or providing answers to another during the course of an examination; (4) using an unauthorized source of information during an examination, classroom activity, laboratory exercise, or homework assignment ; (5) entering an office, classroom, laboratory, or building to obtain unfair advantage; (6) taking an examination for another person;
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