MATH 70.22: Algebra II

Spring 2008 Syllabus

Instructor: Kristen Freeman, SCI 264,

Meetings: TTh 9:35-10:50am, in HSS 107

Office Hours: TTh 3:00-4:00pm and by appointment

Bulletin Description

Algebra II (3)

Equivalent to second year high school algebra. Exponents, radicals, logarithms, systems of linear equations, complex numbers, quadratic equations. Units and grades earned do not count toward graduation requirements.


The purpose of this course is to prepare students for success in future mathematics courses. During the course students will have the opportunity to develop their ability to use algebra to make mathematical models, solve systems of equations, and represent/solve polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions.


Students must have a score in the range of 42-48 on the Entry Level Mathematics Exam (ELM) or a passing grade of C or higher in MATH 59/60.

Textbook and Tutoring:

Required: Explorations in College Algebra (Special edition), by Kime, L., & Clark, J.

Free Tutoring: All Math 70 students can obtain free tutoring on campus from the Community Access and Retention Program, the Learning Assistance Center, the Mathematics Study Room, and my office hours.


Final grades will be based on weekly homework, class participation, daily quizzes, three chapter tests and the final. Homework may include problems worked on in class and as homework. Students are expected to attempt every exercise on every assignment, and if they cannot complete an exercise to explain where they had difficulty. No late homework will be accepted; however the lowest homework score will be dropped. Homework will be assigned during every class and will be due on Thursday of the next week. The tests are all comprehensive and the lowest score will be dropped. The percentages below represent the approximate weighting for grades:


Class Participation10%


Chapter Tests (3)30%

Final Exam20%

Homework Requirements:

Homework will not be graded unless it is neat, i.e. it must be stapled, ruffled edges removed, answers all boxed in, no scratched out work, and finally all exercises and sections should be in numerical order. Minor lapses in these requirements will be ignored (i.e. forgetting to box an answer, switching the order of a few questions, or scratching out something minor) but otherwise you will receive no credit, not even partial credit—I have to grade too many assignments.

Course Outline:

Chapter 2, Sections 6 & 7: Rates of Change/ Linear Functions

Chapter 3, Sections 1 & 2: Systems of Equations, Systems of Inequalities

Test Date: February 21st

Chapter 4, Sections 1-3, and 5: Laws of Exponents and Logarithms

Chapter 8, Sections 1-3: Logarithmic Functions

Test Date: April 3rd

Chapter 5, Sections 1-5: Exponential Functions

Chapter 6, Sections 1-4: Quadratic Functions and Equations

Test Date: May 13th

Final Exam: May 22, 8:00am – 10:30am ***

Withdrawal Deadline

Students needing to withdraw from the course must do so before the withdrawal deadline in the academic calendar—April 24th. Late withdrawals are almost always not accepted by the College of Science and Engineering—this is from experience.


Students with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the instructor early in the semester. The ResourceCenter (StudentServicesBuilding, Room 110, (415) 338-1041,) is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process.

Religious Holidays

Reasonable accommodations will be made for you to observe religious holidays when such observances require you to be absent from class activities. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor during the first two weeks of class, in writing, about such holidays, particularly if they conflict with test dates.