College Algebra CIS
Lake Superior College Math 1100 (4 credits)
Ms. Jaime Wolfe
Major Topics Covered
1. Equations and Inequalities
2. Functions and Graphs
3. Polynomial and Rational Functions
4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
CIS College Algebra Learning Outcomes
In addition to the general topics listed above, students will have to master the following learning outcomes as identified by Lake Superior College to obtain CIS credit in College Algebra:
1. Set up a mathematical model of a given situation and use given data to evaluate this model.
2. Solve linear, quadratic, and special form polynomial equations.
3. Solve equations containing absolute value.
4. Solve linear and non-linear inequalities.
5. Solve equations containing exponential and logarithmic expressions.
6. Review solving equations containing radicals and rational expressions.
7. Use function notation and evaluate functions.
8. Combine functions with arithmetic operations.
9. Evaluate compositions of functions and write a given function as the composition of two other functions.
10. Find and graph inverse functions and identify intervals for which functions are one-to-one.
11. Graph linear, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions.
12. Use function translation rules; rules for symmetry when graphing functions.
13. Find all zeroes of polynomial functions.
14. Find the vertex of quadratic functions.
15. Sketch the graphs of polynomial functions.
16. Perform polynomial division.
17. Completely factor polynomial functions.
18. Use exponential and logarithmic functions to model real-life situations.
19. Evaluate exponential and logarithmic expressions.
20. Write exponential equations in logarithmic from and write logarithmic equations in exponential form.
21. Use properties of logarithms to simplify logarithmic expressions and to solve equations containing exponential and logarithmic terms.
You will be responsible for bringing the following items to class each day:
Sharp Pencil and Eraser (or Mechanical Pencil with lead)
Folder or Binder (optional)
Calculator: TI-83+ or TI-84 (this will be provided for in-class use only)
Attendance and Expectations
You are expected to attend every class. Unexcused absences and tardiness will not be tolerated. Excused absences must be cleared with the school office. However, excused absences may not excuse you from any course requirement or deadline.
You are responsible for any information that was presented in class while you were gone. Work assigned before your absence is due the first day that you return. You are responsible for turning in any homework that was assigned while you were gone and making up any tests within three days of your return to receive full credit.
You are expected to come prepared for class, complete necessary readings, complete in-class and out-of-class assignments, and take tests. If you fail to complete and deliver an assignment according to instructions, you may not receive full credit for your work.
I will be in my room before school for tutoring on most days with the exception of Wednesdays and Thursdays. This may be extremely beneficial to students who do better working one-on-one or those who need a boost in their homework grade. You should make arrangements with me a day in advance.
Homework will be assigned daily. Part of the assignment is the reading of a lesson. If you experience difficulty with an assignment, be sure to read the lesson carefully and take notes. Do not skip any questions on the homework.
Late work must be correctly labeled (name, assignment, and date) and placed in the correct late basket. If it is not correctly labeled, it will not be corrected. You are docked a letter grade if it late. Do not get in the habit of procrastinating!
Cheating can be considered to be any of the following: copying answers from another student, giving answers to another student, using a digital device such as a phone or calculator to give or obtain answers to a test, discussing a test with another student, using a “cheat sheet” of any kind during a test, plagiarizing of any sort, or any other immoral and dishonest means to complete an assignment or test for yourself or someone else. Anyone caught cheating will immediately receive a zero and will not have a second opportunity to make up the assignment or test. Someone who has cheated may also face additional consequences as seen fit by the teacher or the administration.
You may complete up to two extra credit projects per quarter. Only those students who have all of their work turned in may attempt extra credit. Those who cannot turn in their regular work should not attempt extra work! Please see the class webpage for extra credit guidelines.
Cell Phones/MP3 Players
Cell phones and MP3 players are a distraction to learning and are not allowed to be used during class without permission. This means that you cannot text, make calls, play games, watch videos, listen to music, or browse the Internet during class at any time. Cell phones must be turned off and set upside down on the desk at the beginning of each class period. If any of the above rules are broken, your cell phone/MP3 player will be confiscated and brought to the dean of students.
Grades will be weighted as follows:
Tests: 60% (Re-takes are allowed for original scores below a C- with a 70% maximum grade allowed on the re-take.)
Semester and LSC Final Grade
Semester grades and LSC final grades will be weighted as follows:
Quarter 1: 40%
Quarter 2: 40%
Final Exam: 20%
Letter grades will be determined using the following scale:
92-100 = A
90-92 = A-
87-90 = B+
82-87 = B
80-82 = B-
77-80 = C+
72-77 = C
70-72 = C-
67-70 = D+
62-67 = D
60-62 = D-
0-60 = F