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Note: Students enrolled in Section 14490/ instructor A Radulovic/MW 12-12.50pm in GS 101 have some modifications to the course syllabus.

 

SYLLABUS FOR MAT 1033: INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA,  SPRING 2011.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course prepares students for MAC 1105, College Algebra.  Topics include sets, properties of real numbers, exponents and radicals, factoring of polynomial expressions, algebraic fractions, linear, quadratic and radical equations and their applications.

This course does not satisfy GORDON RULE mathematics graduation requirement but is a necessary prerequisite for GORDON RULE math courses.  This course counts as elective credit only.

 COURSE OUTLINE: (Click to view)

 GENERAL INFORMATION:

Instructor:

Class time:

Office room #:

Class location:

Contact #:

MyMathLab Course ID:

Email address:

 

Office hours:

 

 

Software: MyMathLab will be used in the course for graded homework assignments and posting of both quiz and 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  Boca Raton Campus as well as the math department computer lab in SE271 or you may complete the homework assignments at your home if you install the requisite software in your personal computer.   When registering for MyMathLab make sure you register the appropriate Course ID for your section.

Materials: You are not required to purchase a textbook for this course.  You will have access to the e-book, Intermediate Algebra by Sullivan & Struve,  Prentice Hall, 2nd edition(2010), online through MyMathLab.  You may use a scientific calculator for quizzes and exams and final.  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.

Website: http://math.fau.edu/web/intermediate/ - All important information pertaining to Intermediate 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 quizzes or exams!  

GRADING POLICY

MYMATHLAB HOMEWORK (15%):  Homework 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 computer, power outages, or scheduled maintenances are NOT valid excuses for missed or incomplete assignments.

QUIZZES (15%): A 15 minutes quiz will be given every Friday except on exam day.

CLASS PARTICIPATION (10%): Students are expected to complete problems given by instructor in class and hand them to the instructor.

ATTENDANCE:  A student may have at most 5 unexcused absences.  A TOTAL OF 6 OR MORE  UNEXCUSED ABSENCES WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF A F IN THE COURSE.  "Attendance" means arriving on time and staying until dismissed by the instructor.  Roll will be taken in lectures.

MIDTERM EXAMS (40%):  A total of four 50 minutes written midterm exams will be administered.  Each midterm exam will count in towards student’s final grade and no midterm exam grade will be dropped.  Any grading errors or problems have to be discussed with the instructor within a week you received your exam.  Exams will not be reviewed at the end of the semester.

COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM( 20%): Final exam time and location TBA.  You must take the final exam to receive a passing grade.

GRADING CRITERIA:

Percentage

Score:

93%-

100%

90%-

92%

87%-

89%

83%-

86%

80%-

82%

75%-

79%

69%-

74%

63%-

68%

57%-

62%

0%-

56%

Grade:

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

D

D-

F

MAKE-UP POLICY:

There is absolutely no makeup for any missed exams (except in cases of severe illness, in which case a written evidence from the hospital or a physician should be submitted, if possible in advance of the scheduled exam, otherwise, your absence will result in 0 points on the exam.) 

IMPORTANT COMMENTS

Academic Honesty: Florida Atlantic University expects students to be honest in all of their University class work.  Please remember that you committed yourself to academic honesty when you registered as a student here at FAU.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences expects you to follow the academic guidelines as stated in the course catalog.  Matters of violations of academic dishonesty are pursued to the fullest extent. Any form of cheating will result in an F in the course and a visit to the Dean’s office.  DO NOT CHEAT!

WORK: On exams and all kind of assignments, pay particular attention on how you write.  Be neat!!!  Messy written solutions may result in unnecessary loss of points.  Keep in mind: You write mathematics as you would write your essays; a line after a line and from left to right.  If applicable, give an explanation or reasoning for every step in your computation.

CREDITS: The rule is: NO WORK=NO POINTS.  To receive any credit for the solution of a problem one must show all necessary work.   

RESPONSIBILITIES:  

1)You are responsible for appropriate behavior in class: Please refrain from excessive talking, rudeness, extreme late arrivals or early departure and possession of items that disrupt the class such as cell phones or beepers. (The instructor has every right to remove any student(s) from the classroom who cause(s) disturbances during lectures.)

2)Lecture notes will not be posted online.  If you are late or miss a class it is your responsibility to obtain the lecture notes from fellow students.  Please be aware that “getting the lecture notes” is not equivalent to attending class.

3)You must have a valid FAU email address so that you can be contacted.

4)You are responsible for staying informed about the course by checking periodically on MyMathLab  for changes and updates.

5) You should keep your exams and other materials until the end of the term in case there is a disagreement about a grade.

SUCCESS: To achieve success in this class you should

        Attend class regularly.

        Read ahead the section before class.

        Complete homework assignments as soon as possible.

        Attempt to do more problems other than those assigned.

        Regularly review your notes and use supplemental materials such as MyMathLab to master concepts etc.

        Seek help immediately when necessary.

NOTE: This syllabus provides a general plan for the course.  Some deviations may be necessary.  It is your responsibility to keep up with the course by periodically checking on MyMathLab for updates on syllabus and announcements.

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