Course Number: MATH 1111

Course Title:  College Algebra

Hours Credit:  3 hours

Prerequisites:  Satisfactory placement scores and two years of high school Algebra/MATH 0099.

Requirements:  Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-83 or equivalent graphing/scientific calculator

Instructor:  Jim Graham



Office:  Rm Number 213 Library, Phone Number (678) 797-2424, Cell (770) 365-3226

Instructor Office Hours:   MW 3-5  Other:  Call or e-mail for appointment.

Course Description:  This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included.

Topics:  Functions and Their Graphs, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, and Systems of Equations.

Text:  Precalculus (3rd Edition) by Bittinger, Beecher, Ellenbogen and Penna

Grading Methods:  Ten Quizzes and Projects 10 points each, four Tests 100 points each and a Final Exam for 200 points.  

Grading Scale:  A= 90-100%, B= 80-90%, C= 70-80%, D= 60-70%, F= below 60%

Attendance Policy:     Students are expected to attend all classes.  If a class is missed, the student is responsible for material and assignments.  Tests and quizzes can’t be made up. 

Sections Covered:      Review R.1-R.6 1.1-1.7, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.6 and 4.1-4.6

Recommendations:    It is recommended that students review new material before class, take notes, ask questions, complete all assignments, review material weekly and work chapter reviews.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns during the semester, please feel free to contact me.

Team Goal—Mathematics: The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical thought and methods.

Related Team Outcomes:

·        Students will be able to model concrete problems and arrive at solutions.

·        Students will be able to graph relationships other than functions.

·        Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving inequalities.

·        Students will be able to graph a real-life function.

·        Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations.

·        Students will be able to graph an abstract function.

·        Students will be able to use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding.

·        Students will be able to interpret a real-life function.


Students who find that they cannot continue in college for the entire semester after being enrolled, because of illness or any other reason, should complete an official withdrawal form.  Forms may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. 

Students who officially withdraw from the university with the approval of the registrar before mid-semester (including registration days) will be assigned grades of “W”, which will not affect their grade point average.  Students who officially withdraw after mid-semester (and before the last three weeks of the semester) will receive a "WF," which will be counted as an "F" in the calculation of the grade point average.  Those students who stop attending classes without notifying someone will be assigned failing grades, which jeopardize their chances of future academic success. 

Students may, by means of the same withdrawal form and with the approval of the university Dean, withdraw from individual courses while retaining other courses on their schedules.  This option may be exercised up until June 29, 2007. 

This is the date to withdraw without academic penalty for Summer Term, 2007 classes.  Failure to withdraw by the date above will mean that the student has elected to receive the final grade(s) earned in the course(s).  The only exception to those withdrawal regulations will be for those instances that involve unusual and fully documented circumstances. 

Academic Integrity: 

Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.  Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University's policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards.  Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an "informal" resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct's minimal one semester suspension requirement.

Classroom Etiquette:


1.      Come to class prepared, having attempted all homework problems and having previewed the material that will be covered during the class period.

2.      Be punctual.  People coming in late disrupt the flow of the class and places them behind in material covered in class.  Occasionally, being late cannot be helped, and that is fine.  On these occasions, I would rather have you enter the classroom late rather than miss the entire class. 

3.      Be attentive.  If you need to engage in other activities (e.g., studying for another course), please do not do them during class.  If you get drowsy during class, please feel free to leave the classroom and get a drink of water.  Simply leave and return quietly.

4.      No side conversations.   Discussions with your neighbors while I am presenting material or while one of your classmates is speaking are disrespectful to us all.  If you missed something that was said, let me know and it can be repeated.

5.      Behave in a dignified and respectful manner toward your fellow students and the instructor.

6.      Turn off all cell phones and pagers.  Cell phones must not be on the desk.

7.   Please ask questions when they occur to you.  No questions are “dumb” questions.  Failure to ask your question can hamper the learning process.  If I must move ahead with additional material at that time, I will address your question at the end of the class period.