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College Algebra

Course Details

Course Number
1233
Section Number
1233
Semester
Fall 2015
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
311
Days & Times

TR 8:00--9:20 AM

Professor
Sarah Cobb (view Profile)

Textbooks

A Graphical Approach to College Algebra
ISBN:
Course Objectives

Equations, inequalities, rational expressions, exponents, logarithms, radicals, functions, graphs, and systems of equations. This course is designed for students planning to take additional mathematics. 

 

Course Expectations

Homework: Homework will be collected at the beginning of most lectures. Your four lowest scores will be dropped– this is intended to allow for absence, emergencies, forgetfulness, oversleeping, and anything else that interferes with homework. Except in cases of prolonged unavoidable absence, homework may not be turned in late. I will accept homework by email if it is a high-quality scan in a single pdf document and is received before the beginning of class the day it is due. Otherwise, homework must be turned in on paper in class.

Homework should be carefully presented, legibly written, stapled, and clearly labelled with your name. Homework that does not meet these standards may be penalized, returned ungraded, or discarded.

The purpose of the homework is to help you understand the material for the class. I encourage you to take the homework seriously and put in as much effort as you need to to thoroughly understand the mathematics.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given most Tuesdays in class. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped. Quizzes may not be taken early or late.

Exams: There will be four midterm exams and a final. The midterm exams will be 17 September, 8 October, 5 November, and 1 December. If you must miss an exam, please let me know at least two weeks ahead of the test date and arrange to take the test early. Accommodations with less notice will be made only for unforeseeable emergencies where notice is given as soon as possible.

The final is Saturday, 5 December, 10:30 AM–12:30 PM and cannot be taken early or late for anything but the most dire emergencies.

Note that the final is common to all Math 1233 sections and is not scheduled according to course meeting time. The location of the final will be announced later in the semester. 

Attendance: You are expected to attend every class, if at all possible. If you must miss class, please consult the information on D2L and a classmate to find out what you missed. Students who miss more than four classes may be dropped from the course.

Computers: I do not allow the use of computers in the classroom. This includes laptops, cell phones, tablets, and other similar devices. Students using such devices will be asked to leave the class. If this policy is a serious problem for you, please talk to me. (Calculators, of course, are allowed.)

Calculators: You will need a graphing calculator for this class. I will be using a TI-84, but any graphic calculator will work. Some portions of quizzes and exams must be completed without a calculator.

Working Together: Collaborating on homework is allowed and encouraged. Please make sure that the work you turn in represents your own understanding of the material. Working together on quizzes or exams, of course, is not allowed.

Classroom Behavior: Please be respectful in the classroom. Don’t sleep, talk to each other, do homework, eat noisy food, text your friends, use a computer, or anything else that might distract you or your fellow students. Anyone disrupting class will be asked to leave.

Academic Misconduct: Cheating on any work in this course will result in no credit for that work. Egregious or repeated incidents may result in more serious consequences, including a failing grade in the course or dismissal from your academic program. All incidents of academic misconduct will be reported as specified in your student handbook.

Changes: Parts of this syllabus may alter in the course of the semester. Whenever possible, I will both announce this in class and send an email. You are responsible for knowing everything I email to your university mailing address as well as everything I say in class. If it is unavoidable that you miss class, make sure you talk to someone who was there.

Communicating with me: The best way to reach me is by email. I will generally respond to email within 24 to 48 hours. I will also be in my office during my office hours and often at other times; you should feel free to drop by. Any communication not in writing or by email should be considered unofficial.

ADA statement: 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 leg- islation 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 accommo- dation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

D2L: This course will have an active D2L page. You should look there for grades on quizzes and exams, review materials, the secondary textbook, and announcements. 

 

Grading Standards

Your grade will be computed based on homework, quizzes, and exams:

Homework 15%
Quizzes 15%
Midterm exams 40%

Final exam 30%

Your final grade will be based on the percentage attained:

  1. A:  at least 90%
    B:  80–90%
    C:  70–80%
    D:  60–70%
    F: Less than 60% 

 

Final Exam 12/05/2015 10:30 AM
Submission Format Policy 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

No late work will be accepted.

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

Attendance: You are expected to attend every class, if at all possible. If you must miss class, please consult the information on D2L and a classmate to find out what you missed. Students who miss more than four classes may be dropped from the course.

 
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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, 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 https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.