COURSE DESCRIPTION: The main focus of this class is on solving problems involving linear, quadratic and exponential relations with an introduction to the concepts of functions and mathematical modeling. Topics include solving and graphing linear, quadratic and exponential equations, systems of linear equations, rational exponents, root equations, quadratic inequalities, the distance and midpoint formulas, circles exponential growth/decay.
The "Rule of Three" applies: any problem in mathematics can be addressed through the analysis of
(1) tabulated data
§ systems of linear and quadratic equations in several variables
§ powers, root and polynomials functions
§ exponential/logarithmic functions
§ circles, parabolas and other conic sections
Intermediate Algebra, Functions, and Graphs by Yoshiwara.
EXAMS: We are planning 7 chapter tests (one after each chapter) and a cumulative final exam. Keep in mind that the point of these exams is to test your understanding of the concepts covered; that is, they will not necessarily consist of just homework problems with the numbers changed, but may involve novel problems testing your understanding of how to use basic principles of calculus in context.
CALCULATORS: A scientific calculator is required for this course. Though the text book devotes a large amount of material to using a graphing calculator, a graphing calculator is not required for this class. Whenever textbook problems request the use a graphing calculator (as is often the case), use pencil and paper instead.
ATTENDANCE: You are required to attend all lecture and lab sessions: 6 hours per week for 16 weeks: a total of 96 hours. The two most significant indicators for success in this course are attendance and completion of the homework. If you're not there doing what it is that defines the class, you missed it.
GRADE: Your grade in this class will be a weighted average of your attendance, homework quiz, chapter test and final exam scores, using the following apportionment: