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College Algebra (MAC 1105) 3 credits
Suitable placement score
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MAC 1105 is a fast-paced Algebra course designed to
prepare students for university level courses using
mathematics. Topics include linear and quadratic
functions, systems of equations and inequalities,
polynomial functions and equations, rational
exponents and radicals, exponential and logarithmic
Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Simplify expressions involving fractions, exponents, and radicals.
2. Solve equations and inequalities involving polynomials, radicals, absolute values, and rational expressions.
3. Understand the idea of a function, including its graph, domain, and range, as well as operations on functions,
composition of functions, and one-to-one and inverse functions.
4. Apply basic graphing techniques, including symmetries, asymptotes, and transformations.
5. Utilize polynomial and rational functions to model and solve applications.
6. Understand the properties of logarithmic and exponential functions, and use these properties to model and solve
7. Evaluate and graph a basic library of functions, including polynomial, absolute value, logarithmic, and exponential
8. Set up and solve systems of linear equations.
MyMathLab will be used in the course for
graded homework assignments and posting of exam
scores. YOU MUST PURCHASE ACCESS TO MYMATHLAB,
either at the bookstore or directly through the
website www.coursecompass.com. Assigned homework in
MyMathLab can be completed in any
open lab on the Boca campus as well as the math
department computer lab in SE 271, or you may
complete homework assignments at your home.
Materials: You are not
required to purchase a textbook for this course.
You will have access to the e-book Algebra and
Trigonometry, by Michael Sullivan, Prentice Hall
8th Ed. (2008), online through MyMathLab. You may
use a scientific calculator for exams. You may NOT
use a graphing calculator (or any calculator which
can perform symbolic manipulations), cell phones, or
any other electronic devices. Calculators may NOT
be shared during exams. All sections require iClickers, which can be
purchased at the bookstore or online. Students must
bring their iClicker to every class.
- All important information pertaining to College
Algebra will be disseminated via the course
website. You should check the website daily.
(The course homepage will also be accessible through
MyMathLab.) Ignorance of posted
information is NOT a valid excuse for missing
assignments or exams! The course calendar is
you may print it out to keep track of important
dates. Course questions can be sent to
Lectures meet Monday, Wednesday and
Friday and are the main presentation of the material
in the course.
Lab Sections meet once per week on the
day and time which you chose during registration.
Your main resource person is your lab section
leader, who is also available to help you during
tutoring hours in the Math Tutorial Lab (PS 112).
You should check with your lab section leader
periodically to verify that your worksheet grades
have been properly recorded. If you have any
problems concerning your lab section or lectures
which you do not feel free to discuss with your lab
leader, please contact the course coordinator at
You should attend all lectures and lab sessions and
actively participate in classroom discussions and
group activities. Once the lecture or lab
discussion has begun, all electronic devices must be
turned off. “Attendance” means arriving on time
and staying until dismissed by the instructor or lab
section leader. Roll will be taken in both lecture
and lab sessions. Any student with a combined
total of 6 or more unexcused absences may receive a
zero for attendance.
is available in PS 112; please see the schedule at
for tutors and hours of operation. For other
tutoring resources, visit
Course Grade: The course grade
will be calculated from MyMathLab homework (10%),
lecture attendance and completion of lab worksheets
(10%), six midterm exams (totaling 60%), and a
comprehensive final exam (20%). Grades will be
coursecompass.com; check your grades regularly
to make sure that they correctly reflect your scores
in the course. Keep all of your worksheets and
exams or a change in grade will not be honored.
Midterm Exams 1-6
and graded within MyMathLab.
Worksheets—given each week in lab; covering
material from lecture and homework; completed and
turned in at the end of class.
must be completed by the posted due dates. Give
yourself ample time to complete assignments well
before the posted due date. Lapses in internet
access, faulty computers, power outages, or
scheduled maintenances are NOT valid excuses for
missed or incomplete assignments.
Exams: Six midterm exams (each
90 minutes) will be taken on the days and times
stated in the course calendar, in rooms to be
assigned. Every exam will count toward your
final grade. (No exam grade will be dropped.)
Students are only allowed a number 2 pencil, eraser,
scientific calculator, and valid picture ID during a
testing session. DO NOT BRING CELL PHONES, BOOKS,
BOOK BAGS, NOTES, OR ANY OTHER ITEMS TO THE EXAM
ROOM! Entrance to the exam requires a valid
picture identification card: Only FAU Owl
Cards, U.S. Passports, or Florida Driver's Licenses
will be accepted!
Comprehensive Final Exam will be
given. FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2011. Location and time
will be announced in class. You must take the final
exam to receive a passing grade!
will be given only under exceptional circumstances.
If you miss an exam, you must provide a written,
verifiable excuse, if possible in advance of the
scheduled exam. Approval for a makeup exam must
be obtained from instructor.
Academic Honesty: Florida
Atlantic University expects you to be honest in all
of your university class work. By registering for
this course, you agree to follow the academic
guidelines stated in the university catalog.
Instances of academic dishonesty will be prosecuted
to the fullest possible extent.
This syllabus is subject to reasonable changes at
the discretion of the instructor.