MATH 1314 (M 6:00 – 8:40) SPRING 2016

Math 1314: College Algebra

Instructional Syllabus

(MW) MATH 0320 Course Content Spring 2012


A. Course Description (as stated in the bulletin, including necessary pre-requisite courses, credit hours)

Mathematics 1314. College Algebra. Three semester hours credit. Polynomial, rational, logarithmetic, and exponential functions; inequalities, matrices; theory of equations, complex numbers, solutions of linear and quadratic equations; sequences and series, and variation. Students are required to have a graphing calculator. Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Mathematics 0330 or a minimum THEA score of 270 (or equivalent score of 86 on Accuplacer). (NOTE: A grade of C or better is needed in order to transfer this credit to most major universities and is a required grade for entry into MATH 1350.)

B. Instructor

F. Herb Blackmon

Office Location: Crockett Center Phone: (H) 936-544-9709 (C) 936-546-1924

E-mail Address:

Office Hours:


11:30 AM - 1:50 PM


III Required Textbooks, Materials and Equipment

1. College Algebra by Robert Blitzer (Pearson – Prentice Hall), sixth edition (6e).

2. MyLabsPlus Software will be used for online homework. This is packaged with all new textbooks purchased in the AC bookstore or may be puchased as a stand- alone item or ordered online at

3. A graphing calculator is required. A graphing calculator (TI-83) will be used by the instructor in classroom demonstrations. TI-89 &/or TI-92 calculators may not be used. "Smart Phones" may not be used as "calculators" and must remain out of sight!

IV Course Policies – This course conforms to the policies of Angelina College as stated in the Angelina College Handbook.

Academic Assistance – If you have a disability (as cited in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) that may affect your participation in this class, you should see Karen Bowser, Room 208 of the Student Center. At a post-secondary institution, you must self-identify as a person with a disability; Ms. Bowser will assist you with the necessary information to do so. To report any complaints of discrimination related to disability, you should contact Dr. Patricia McKenzie, Administration Building, Room 105 or 936-633-5201.

Attendance – A student will be dropped after two consecutive or three cumulative absences. A student with more than four (4) cumulative absences by April 4th will be dropped. Do not assume that non-attendance in class will always result in an instructor drop. YOU must officially drop a class or risk receiving an F. Refer to the Attendance Policy and Procedures found in the Handbook for Students at Angelina College.

Additional Policies Established by the Individual Instructor:

•  Conferences outside of class are available during office hours or by appointment.

•  No eating or drinking is allowed in the classroom. Tobacco products may not be used anywhere on the campus except in your private vehicle.

•  Children and other guests are not allowed.

•  Turn off or put in silent mode and put away all cellular phones and similar electronic devices when you come to class. These devices may not be used in lieu of calculators in class and/or on tests.

•  Any email to your instructor should come from your Angelina College email address.

•  Students are expected to participate in the instruction through courteous, relevant comments and questions during class. Behavior that interferes with the learning environment is not tolerated.

•  Any student or students caught cheating (plagiarism, collusion, copying, etc.) on an exam or an assignment will receive a zero for that exam or assignment and may result in expulsion from the course.

•  Should classes for this course be cancelled due to weather emergencies or other contingencies, notification will be available through KIVY radio (92.7 FM or 1290 AM). Notification will be available by 3 PM. An e-mail will also be sent if the e-mail system is functional.


A. Grading Criteria (percents, extra credit, etc. )

1. Your grade will be assessed by:

a. Four major exams valued at 100 points each for a total of 400 points. Make-up tests are not provided. The final exam will replace the lowest test grade of the four scheduled tests of the semester.

b. Daily homework valued at 100 points total. All online homework has a due date of a week after the material is covered in class. Exercises may be completed up to a week after the due date, but will be subject to a 5% penalty. If you feel you need more time, you may contact the instructor prior to the due date and request an extension of the due date. The instructor may or may not grant the request.

c. A comprehensive final exam valued at 100 points.

B. Determination of Grade (assignment of letter grades)

Grades will be assigned according to the scale below:

90% - 100% = A

80% - 89% = B

70% - 79% = C

60% - 69% = D or IP* * IP means “In Progress” and the course must be repeated.

59% & below= F or IP* A grade of IP will only be assigned if a student has continued to attend and participate throughout the entire course.

The instructor reserves the right to adjust grades from this scale.


The instructor may modify the provisions of the syllabus to meet individual class needs by informing the class in advance as to the changes being made.


1 / 1/25 / Mon / P2 / Exponents & Scientific Notation
P3 / Radicals & Rational Exponents
P5 / Factoring Polynomials
2 / 2/1 / Mon / 1.1 / Graphs & Graphing Utilities
1.2 / Linear Equations & Rational Equations
1.3 / Models & Applications
3 / 2/8 / Mon / 1.4 / Complex Numbers
1.5 / Quadratic Equations
1.6 / Other Types of Equations
Practice Test 1
4 / 2/15 / Mon / Exam 1 (P2, P3, P5, 1.1 – 1.6)
5 / 2/22 / 2.1 / Basics of Functions & Their Graphs
2.2 / More on Functions & Graphs
2.3 / Linear Functions and Slope
2.4 / More on Slope
2.6 / Combinations of Functions; Composite Functions
Practice Test 2
6 / 2/29 / Mon / Exam 2 (2.1 – 2.4, 2.6)
3/7 / Mon / SPRING BREAK!
7 / 3/14 / Mon / 3.1 / Quadratic Functions
3.2 / Polynomial Functions & Their Graphs
8 / 3/21 / Mon / 3.3 / Dividing Polynomials; Remainder & Factor Theorems
3.4 / Zeros of Polynomial Functions
3.5 / Rational Functions & Their Graphs
Practice Test 3
9 / Mon / Exam 3 (3.1 – 3.5)
10 / 4/4 / Mon / 2.7 / Inverse Functions
4.1 / Exponential Functions
4.2 / Logarithmic Functions
11 / 4/11 / Mon / 4.3 / Properties of Logarithms
4.4 / Exponential & Logarithmic Equations
4.5 / Exponential Growth & Decay; Modeling Data
Practice Test 4
12 / 4/18 / Mon / Exam 4 ( 4.1 – 4.5)
13 / 4/25 / Mon / 6.3 / Matrix Operations & Their Applications
6.4 / Multiplicative Inverses of Matrices & Matrix Equations
8.1 / Sequences & Summation Notation
14 / 5/2 / Mon / 8.2 / Arithmetic Sequences
8.3 / Geometric Sequences & Series
15 / 5/9 / Mon / FINAL EXAM (Comprehensive, Multiple Choice)