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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please write Math 1050 in the subject
Class website: www.math.utah.edu/~guajardo/Math1050
Office: JWB 115
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.
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
Math 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.
- Textbook: "Precalculus", Larson/Hostetler (7th
edition). You can purchase an e-book edition of this text at the
bookstore for $82.90 or the actual hard copy for $108.25. If you
want to pay less than this, find the text at an internet site that
sells textbooks. Some of my favorites are:
- You may use a scientific calculator for your
HOWEVER, I will not allow the use of calculators on quizzes, exams, or
the final unless we are working on a section where they are absolutely
cover the material in Appendix A, Chapters 1-3, and Chapters 7-9.
These chapters cover:
a tentative course schedule.
inverses and graphs
rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions
of equations, inequalities, and matrices
of the above
and geometric sequences and series
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.
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.
- The homework solutions you submit should be written neatly and
in an organized manner. Generally, solutions to math problems require a
sequence of steps, rather than scattered ideas that are brought
together at the end. As you present a solution, it should be easy for a
reader to follow how one step leads to another. The examples in the
text are good guides to follow in this regard, as are any examples I
may work in class. Some problems may be difficult and require multiple
attempts before finding a successful strategy. Use scratch paper for
scratch work, and only include the successful attempt on your submitted
- Your homework must be written up in pencil. Homework
written in pen will not be graded.
- Your solutions should be clearly labeled and in order. If
multiple sheets are required to complete an assignment, label each
sheet with the name of the assignment and the section you are currently
working on and STAPLE them together. Finally, please
write your name, the date, and the assignment number on the front page.
- Your written solutions should contain enough explanation so that
one of your classmates would be able to easily understand what you have
done and so that a grader is convinced that you know what you are
doing. Generally, it is inadequate to merely write down a final answer.
If you use a calculator to perform a computation, write down all work
you have done up to that point, and then write "Calculator" (without
quotes) to indicate that the next step was performed by a
calculator. I would recommend that you attempt your
homework without a calculator as they will not be allowed on exams.
- You are encouraged to study and work together on homework
assignments. However, each of you must submit your own assignment.
Everything you submit should be in your own words and you should
thoroughly understand everything you write down.
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.
There will be quizzes given at the beginning of the Tuesday class,
the first day of class and on test weeks. The
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
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.
Three exams will be given. Students must bring a valid ID to
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:
The grading scale for this course is:
|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
up to class on time. There will be weekly quizzes and no
make-ups are allowed for any reason. If you are late, then you
will have less
time to work on the quiz. Attendance will not be taken, but
regular attendance is necessary to succeed.
in any form will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating
during a test or quiz, then your test or quiz will be taken from you
and you will receive a grade of 0% for that particular test/quiz and
possibly the course.
cell phones, ipods, laptops, etc. will not be allowed during exams or
class. Please turn these devices off during all classes.
no do anything to disrupt the learning/testing of others. This
includes, but is not limited to, eating loud food or candy, having an
mp3 player on, having your cell phone ring, etc. Please put all
electronic devices on silent mode when in class.
insist on the use of a pencil for all mathematical work.
In Math, mistakes happen, but I expect you to be able to erase these
mistakes on a quiz or an exam. Please practice writing neatly in
your homework and boxing your anwers. This will help
the quality of your work on a quiz or exam. I expect you to take
pride in your work and present your work in a legible fashion. If
it is not, then I will be unable to read it and therefore, unable to
grade it. This is no more than would be expected in the
workforce, and is therefore good practice.
proactive about your education. After all, you or someone else is
paying a lot of money for you to learn valuable skills. So, ask
questions when you do not understand; either in class, after class, in
office hours, by email, or at the tutoring lab.
you know you are going to be absent for any part of the semester, make
arrangements with me before, not after.
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.
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
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.