MATH 111-75, Fall 2010

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Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 231
Primary office hours: Monday 12:30–13:30, Tuesday 11:00–12:00
Secondary office hours: Monday 16:00-17:00, Thursday 12:00–13:00
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Nathan Olds
Office: Natural Sciences Building ???
Office hours: Monday 13–15, Wednesday 13–15
Kris Wease
Office: Natural Sciences Building 321
Office hours: Monday 13–14:30, Tuesday 9–10, Wednesday 13–14:30, Thursday 9–10
Chad Money
Office: Natural Sciences Building 321
Office hours: Wednesday 12–13, Thursday 11–12
Lecture: MW 17:30--18:45 in Davidson Hall 110.
Recitation: W 19:00--19:50 in Natural Sciences Building 212E/108/212C.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework.
Description: Advanced topics in algebraic and rational expressions and factoring; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; applications.
Special notes: Does not count toward mathematics major or minor. Credit not allowed for both MATH 111 and MATH 190 or ENGR 190. MATH 111 is a general education course and may not be taken pass/fail.
Textbook: College Algebra, by J.S. Ratti and Marcus McWaters.
Learning Goals: In this class, we will learn to construct and manipulate functions, specifically polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. We will use these functions for modeling and problem-solving. This course fulfills a General Education requirement in Mathematics. One goal of the course will be to practice and develop critical thinking skills. Key elements of critical thinking include: identifying the question or problem, developing an abstraction or model, and drawing practical conclusions based on theoretical analysis.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for attending class on a regular basis and maintaining comprehension of the scheduled class objectives for each day. You are expected to be active participants in class, and to attend the weekly quizzes and examinations in your scheduled recitation section. Assignments are provided for your benefit and you are expected to work on them for your own benefit in order to grasp concepts for the course.
Special needs: Any scheduled absence during a quiz or examination, or any other special needs, must be brought to my attention during the first week of class. Unscheduled absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with exceptions generally made only for documented emergencies.
Calculators: Calculators are unnecessary for any in-class work, and may not be used on quizzes or examinations. Calculators will also be unnecessary for most homework problems, but may be used at your discretion. For any calculation more complicated than simple arithmetic, you are expected to show your work.
Honesty: There are many outside resources available to help you succeed in this class, including consultation during office hours and cooperation with other students. It is important, however, that all papers handed in be the result of your individual comprehension of the course material. Duplication of others' work is both a disservice to your own education and a serious violation of the university's academic honesty policy.
Grades: Homework is ungraded and is provided for study purposes. Quizzes will be based on the homework problems, and will account for one-sixth of your grade. The three midterm examinations will each be worth one-sixth, and the final examination is worth one-third. A 90% overall guarantees a grade of A–, 80% guarantees a B–, and 70% guarantees a C–.
Changes: The syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced in class and updated online.

Course schedule

This schedule is tentative and may not reflect our progress at any particular time in the class; treat this as a rough guide only.

Week Monday Wednesday
August 23
Sections P.1–P.3
August 25
Section P.4–P.6
Add/drop date
Quiz #1
August 30
Sections P.7, 1.1
September 1
Sections 1.2, 1.3
Quiz #2
September 6
Labor Day
September 8
Sections 1.4, 1.5
Quiz #3
September 13
Sections 1.6, 1.7
September 15
Sections 1.8, 2.1
Quiz #4
September 20
Sections 2.2, 2.3
September 22
Section 2.4
Exam #1
September 27
Section 2.5
September 29
Section 2.6
Quiz #5
October 4
Section 2.7
October 6
Section 2.8
Quiz #6
October 11
Midterm break
October 13
Section 3.1
October 18
Section 3.2
October 20
Sections 3.3, 3.4
Quiz #7
October 25
Sections 3.5, 4.1
October 27
Section 4.2
Exam #2
November 1
Section 4.3
November 3
Section 4.4
Quiz #8
November 8
Section 4.5
November 10
Section 5.1
Quiz #9
November 15
Section 5.2
November 17
Section 8.1
Quiz #10
November 22
Section 8.2
November 24
November 29
Section 8.3
December 1
Exam #3
December 6
December 8
Final exam, 17:30–20:00

Schedule of assignments

Boldface problems are particularly advanced and will test problem-solving skills often involving synthesis and initiative.

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