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College Algebra

Course Details

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Summer I 2014
Bolin Hall
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Days & Times

MTWR   10:10am-12:10pm

Dr. Guy Bernard (view Profile)

Course Attachments


A Graphical Approach to College Algebra, 5th ed.
Authors: Hornsby, Lial, and Rockswold
Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to continue the study of algebra started in high school and to prepare students to take

further courses in mathematics (e.g. Trigonometry and Calculus I).  Concept of Function and its Domain, Range and

Graph will be seen. Linear, Quadratic, Polynomial and Rational functions and equations will be covered as well

as Logarithmic and Exponential functions.

Course Expectations



     A graphing calculator is required (suggested make: TI-84. This calculator will be used by the instructor).

     There will be quizzes (nearly) every lecture.

     Three tests will be given during the semester.

     The (compulsory) final exam will be comprehensive.

     All quizzes, tests, and the final exam are closed book tests with the use of the calculator permitted and required.


Grading Standards


                        A     85% and above

                        B     75% to 84%

                        C     65% to 74%

                        D     55% to 64%

                        F     below 55%

Final Exam 07/03/2014 10:10am
Submission Format Policy


      Students will write their quizzes, tests, and final exam on a provided test form.

      Students are required to show all their calculations on tests.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy


       Make-up tests will be given only in exceptional circumstances. Students must make the request for a 

       make-up test several days before the class-scheduled test.

       Make-up quizzes will never be given.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


    Students must attend all lectures. There are two lectures per day between 10:10am and 12:10pm.

    Attendance will be verified at  every lecture.

    Students who miss more than five lectures will be withdrawn from the course (with a grade of WF

    if before June 18, 2014 or with a grade of F if after this date). 



Other Policies


    The course grade for each student will be the best of the following two evaluations:


    Evaluation 1:

                               Quizzes                               20%

                               Test 1                                  15%

                               Test 2                                  15%

                               Test 3                                  15%

                               Final Exam                          35%

    Evaluation 2:

                             Quizzes                                 20%

                             Best Test                               15%

                             2nd Best Test                        15%

                            Worst  Test                              0%

                            Final Exam                             50%


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at