Math 102  College Algebra ... Course Syllabus
Math 102  College Algebra (3 credits) Dakota State University, Fall Semester 2010
Professor Dr. Jeffrey S. Palmer Office: Science Center 146 I Phone: 2565190 Email: jeff.palmer@.dsu.edu Office Hours: MTWF 09:0010:50 am and MW 02:0002:50 pm Homepage: http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj/
PrerequisiteMath 101 (with a grade of C or better) or appropriate math placement.
Catalog DescriptionEquations and inequalities; polynomial functions and graphs; exponents, radicals, binomial theorem, zeros of polynomials; systems of equations; exponential, logarithmic, and inverse functions, applications and graphs. Other topics selected from sequences, series, and complex numbers. (20102011 DSU Undergraduate Catalog)
Required TextCollege Algebra, Third Edition by Beecher, Penna, and Bittinger (Pearson / Addison Wesley). This text and MyMathLab can be accessed using an access code that is available for sale at www.coursecompass.com or from the DSU Bookstore. The access code is required, while the textbook is optional. Once you have purchased the access code, you may sign up for this College Algebra course using the Course ID # palmer16734.
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Introduction and MethodologyThis course will probably be very different from any mathematics course you have previously taken. Typically, mathematics is taught by the “plugandchug" method; students are given a number of examples of certain problem types and asked to practice these manipulations on a long list of related problems. The hope is that through repetitive manipulation, skill and understanding of important concepts will be attained. Too often, however, it seems that this is not the case.
I hope you will develop knowledge of, skill in, and understanding of those fundamental calculations that are needed in your mathematical toolbox. Mathematics is not moving symbols around on a piece of paper and obtaining the correct answer. You should always be asking yourself what you are doing and why you are doing it. We will use our mathematical toolbox to examine applied problems from a variety of disciplines. Applications from biology, chemistry, physics, business, economics, and other areas form an integral part of the course. Mathematics is not a cookbook discipline; the ultimate validation of your skills and understanding is reflected in your ability to develop solutions to problems that are new and unfamiliar to you. You will encounter, in course assignments and evaluations, activities that require problem solving and critical thinking. Finally, I hope that you will come to understand and appreciate both the power and the shortcomings of technology, particularly the computer, as a tool for understanding mathematical concepts and for solving applied problems. In conclusion, as a student in this course you are expected to
Class time will be devoted to the presentation, principally lecture/discussion and computer demonstration of new material. When appropriate the computer (in particular the computer algebra system Maple and Excel spreadsheets) will be used as a tool to help us explore and better understand the mathematics we are studying. The core of the course will roughly cover material contained in chapters 15 of your textbook. Certain sections and parts of sections will be skipped and some additional material from outside sources may be introduced.
Lecture time is at a premium, so it must be used efficiently. You cannot be "taught" everything in the classroom. It is your responsibility to learn the material. Most of this learning must take place outside the classroom. In order to succeed, you must do your homework assignments on a daily basis. I expect that, for an average student, each will take approximately two or three hours of solid time to complete. It is critical that you not only solve the problems but that you also understand what you did and why. Expect this course to be both extremely challenging and yet fair. I subscribe to the philosophy that if challenged, students will respond to meet that challenge.
System General Education Goals This course satisfies Regental General Education Goal 5: Students will understand and apply fundamental mathematical processes and reasoning.
These outcomes shall be addressed through our study of the theory and application of linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their use as mathematical models. Assessment will be through assigned homework, quizzes, worksheets, and examinations.
Evaluation ProcedureHomework quizzes will be
assigned on a regular basis, usually at the completion of our classroom discussion of
each of the course lessons. Your percentage score on all such assignments
will be used to calculate your homework quiz grade (out of 60 points) for the course. Additionally, there are
four 60point examinations scheduled
during the semester. Each exam will be cumulative, covering material from the
beginning of the course through the preceding Friday, however, the emphasis will
be on new material.
Your grade will be calculated using your accumulated point total (four 60point examinations and 60 points for assigned homework). The grading scale is
Students near a cutoff may receive the higher grade at the discretion of the instructor.
AttendanceWhile there is no policy of required attendance of lectures in this course, it is unlikely that you will be able to earn a good grade without regularly attending the lectures. When you miss class, whatever the reason, you really miss important material from three lectures not one. Obviously the lesson covered that particular day is missed but you also miss out on important connections of that days material with the previous days lesson and the following days lesson. Also, if you are on academic probation or are an atrisk student, you are required to attend every class meeting. You are expected to arrive at lecture on time and to remain for the entire class period. If for some reason you must arrive late or leave early please do so quietly. Talking or other behavior that disrupts lecture will not be tolerated. If for any reason I am late for the start of class and you have not received official notification that the class has been canceled, you are expected to remain for 15 minutes before “assuming" that the lecture has been canceled for the day. Above all else, show respect for your classmates. Your attendance, behavior, and participation in the class have effects on others beside yourself.
Academic HonestyCheating and other forms of academic dishonesty run contrary to the purpose of higher education and will not be tolerated in this course. Academic dishonesty includes giving, receiving, or using unauthorized aid on any academic work. All academic work done contains an implicit pledge by you that no unauthorized aid has been received. A student guilty of firstoffense academic dishonesty will receive a grade of zero for the work attempted. A student guilty of the second offense will receive a grade of “F" for the course. DSU’s policy on academic integrity (DSU Policy 040500) is available online at http://www.departments.dsu.edu/hr/newsite/policies/032200.htm
Freedom in
Learning Statement ADA
Statement Student ConcernsThere is an established policy for resolving concerns regarding grades and other academic matters. This policy may be found in the university catalog. If you should have a complaint or concern about grades or any other aspect of this course you are responsible for following this established procedure.
The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments in this course!
Academic OrientationYou are no longer in high school. The great majority of you, not having done so already, will have to discard high school notions of teaching and learning and replace them by universitylevel notions. This may be difficult, but it must happen sooner or later, so sooner is better. Our goal is more than just getting you to reproduce what was told to you in the classroom.
Expect to have material covered at two to three times the pace of high school. Above that, we aim for greater command of the material, especially the ability to apply what you have learned to new situations (when relevant).
The instructors’ job is primarily to provide a framework, with some of the particulars, to guide you in doing your learning of the concepts and methods that comprise the material of the course. It is not to "program" you with isolated facts and problem types, nor to monitor your progress.
Lecture time is at a premium, so it must be used efficiently. You cannot be "taught" everything in the classroom. It is your responsibility to learn the material. Most of this learning must take place outside the classroom. You should expect to put in two or three hours outside the classroom for each hour of class. 

Approximate Schedule and Course Outline
01 Sep 
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Introduction and Overview  
02 Sep 
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03 Sep 
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Lesson 01  An Introduction to the Function Concept  
06 Sep 
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No Class  Labor Day  
07 Sep 
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08 Sep 
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Lesson 01 / Lesson 02  
09 Sep 
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Last Day to Add/Drop a Full Semester Class  
10 Sep 
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Lesson 02  Rectangular Coordinates  
13 Sep 
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Lesson 03  Graphs and Equations Revisited  
14 Sep 
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15 Sep 
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Lesson 03 / Lesson 04  
16 Sep 
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17 Sep 
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Lesson 04  Equations of Lines  
20 Sep 
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Lesson 05  Linear Functions  
21 Sep 
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22 Sep 
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Lesson 05 / Lesson 06  
23 Sep 
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24 Sep 
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Lesson 06  Systems of Two Linear Equations  
27 Sep 
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Lesson 07  Systems of Three Linear Equations  
28 Sep 
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29 Sep 
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EXAM 01  
30 Sep 
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01 Oct 
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Lesson 07 / Lesson 08  
04 Oct 
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Lesson 08  Matrix Operations  
05 Oct 
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06 Oct 
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Lesson 09  Quadratic Equations  
07 Oct 
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08 Oct 
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Lesson 09 / Lesson 10  
11 Oct 
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No Class  Native American Day  
12 Oct 
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13 Oct 
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Lesson 10  Quadratic Functions  
14 Oct 
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15 Oct 
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Lesson 11  Applied Functions  
18 Oct 
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Lesson 11 / Lesson 12  
19 Oct 
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20 Oct 
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Lesson 12  Maximum and Minimum Problems  
21 Oct 
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22 Oct 
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Lesson 13  Polynomial Functions  
25 Oct 
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Lesson 13 / Lesson 14  
26 Oct 
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27 Oct 
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EXAM 02 Midterm Deficient Grades Due 

28 Oct 
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29 Oct 
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Lesson 14  Rational Functions  
01 Nov 
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Lesson 15  Exponential Functions  
02 Nov 
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03 Nov 
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Lesson 15 / Lesson 16  
04 Nov 
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05 Nov 
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Lesson 16  Inverse Functions  
08 Nov 
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Lesson 17  Logarithmic Functions  
09 Nov 
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10 Nov 
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Lesson 17 / Lesson 18  
11 Nov 
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No Class  Veterans Day  
12 Nov 
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Lesson 18  Properties of Logarithms  
15 Nov 
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Lesson 19  Logarithmic and Exponential
Equations Last Day to Withdraw 

16 Nov 
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17 Nov 
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Lesson 19 / Lesson 20  
18 Nov 
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19 Nov 
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Lesson 20  Compound Interest  
22 Nov 
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Lesson 21  Exponential Growth and Decay  
23 Nov 
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24 Nov 
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EXAM 03  
25 Nov 
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No Class  Thanksgiving Holiday  
26 Nov 
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No Class  Thanksgiving Holiday  
29 Nov 
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Lesson 21 / Lesson 22  
30 Nov 
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01 Dec 
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Lesson 22  Composition of Functions  
02 Dec 
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03 Dec 
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Lesson 23  Iteration  
06 Dec 
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Lesson 23 / Lesson 24  
07 Dec 
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08 Dec 
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Lesson 24  Iterated Models  
09 Dec 
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10 Dec 
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Wrap Up and Conclusion  
13 Dec 
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EXAM 04 