Math 1050-003: College Algebra, Spring 2008 (This syllabus is subject to change!)
Location: HEB 2008
Time: TR 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Guajardo (You can all just call me Jen)
Email: (Please write Math 1050 in the subject line.)
Class website:
Office: JWB 115
Phone: 801-581-3901
Office Hours: Tuesday 3-4pm, Thursday 4:45-5:45pm.
Note:  I send out frequent announcements to the emails you have registered with the University of Utah.  Please check these email addresses often so as not to miss something potentially important.

Important Dates: Write these dates in your calendar!!!
Exam 1: Tuesday, February 12
Exam 2: Thursday, March 13
Exam 3: Thursday, April 10
Comprehensive Final: Tuesday, April 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

ath ACT score of 23 or better, or a grade of C or better in Math 1010.  This means that you should come in here knowing how to manipulate variable expressions, work with simple linear equations, graphs, fractions, exponents, and know the basic properties of simple geometric shapes.  The first few class meetings will be review of this material.  If you find you are struggling with the review, you may want to drop down and take Math 1010 over again.  I especially recommend this for students who have not taken a Math class in a number of years, say 3 or more years.

Required Materials:


We will cover the material in Appendix A, Chapters 1-3, and Chapters 7-9.  These chapters cover:
Here is a  tentative course schedule.
Homework Policy:
Expect to spend at least 2 hours on homework per one hour of class time.  This means that you should be spending at least 8 hours per week on homework, especially if you struggle with mathematics.
Homework problems will be assigned from each section and a non-predetermined subset will be graded. 
I will have a grader for the homework and I will instruct this person to give a grade of zero if the following homework instructions are not followed.
You will need to come and see me or go to the tutoring center if you have questions about homework.  I will allow time for questions before and after each class in addition to office hours. 
Note: This is your homework.  So, when you ask someone else for help, please do not expect them to do all of the work for you.  Also, if you have not read the section from the book (so you have no idea what the lesson is), then you can't expect someone to be able to help you.  You must have tried to help yourself before anyone can help you.  If you are working on your homework in the Math Lab, please bring your book with you so that you have a lesson with examples to refer to.  Also, it is not fair to the tutor to expect them to have all of your formulas and lessons memorized.  Remember, they are doing you a service.  Please be respectful of that.

Quiz Policy:
There will be quizzes given at the beginning of the Tuesday class, except on the first day of class and on test weeks.  The problems will be similar to the homework and examples done in class.  No make-up quizzes will be given, but the lowest one or two quiz grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.  Please write neatly in pencil, show all of your steps, and circle your answers on any quiz.  No calculators will be allowed unless I specifically say they are needed.

Exam Policy:
Three exams will be given.  Students must bring a valid ID to the exam.  There will be no make-up exams, UNLESS a student can provide verifiable evidence that he/she has a significant illness or serious family crisis that will prevent him/her from attending.  Except under extremely unusual circumstances (i.e. jail or car accident), you must inform me in advance of the missed test.  In the event this happens, you are expected to promptly make arrangements with me to make up the test.  Please write neatly in pencil, show all of your steps, and circle your answers on any exam.  No calculators will be allowed unless I specifically say they are needed.

Your grade will be based on the following:
3 Exams
15% each
Final Exam

The grading scale for this course is:
92.1 - 100
72.1 - 76
89.1 - 92
69.1 - 72
86.1 - 89
66.1 - 69
82.1 - 86
62.1 - 66
79.1 - 82
59.1 - 62
76.1 - 79
< 59


You may withdraw from the class without consulting anyone and without a tuition penalty until Wednesday, January 16.  The last day to withdraw from this class with tuition penalty is Friday, February 29.

Mathematics Tutoring Center:
The Mathematics Tutoring Center offers free, drop-in tutoring to students enrolled in Math 1050, amongst others.  The tutoring center and adjoining computer lab will be open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday - Thursday and 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday.  The tutoring center is closed on the weekends and University holidays.  The tutoring center also offers weekly group tutoring sessions for 5 or more students (by request) to serve students more effectively.  If you are interested in this, you can schedule a meeting time at the tutoring center.

ADA Statement:
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that reasonable accommodations be provided for students with physical, cognitive, systemic, learning, and psychiatric disabilities.  Please contact me at the beginning of the semester to discuss any such accommodation you may require for this course.