Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics  (302) 8577516 (main), 7517 (fax)
College Algebra 1
Math121 (17008) : MWF,
1:00–1:50 pm EH #241, R,
1:30–2:20 pm EH #217
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Grading recipe (no makeups are given, except in cases of proven medical emergency):
Component 
Time 
Remark 
% of Grade 

Late HW = 0 credit !!! 
20% 

Classwork/Quizzes 
12/week, unannounced 
current material 
20% 
Midterm 
comprehensive up to date 
20% 

Final exam 
Last week of semester 
comprehensive, entire semester 
40% 
This course is a review of the basic concepts relating to real numbers, and then proceeds introducing, discussing and applying (1) equations and inequalities, (2) graphs and functions, and (3) polynomial and rational functions. This course lays the foundation for the study of mathematics and its applications in science, business, economics, social science, art, and music. It is the first part of a twocourse sequence preparation for calculus and other mathematics courses.
“Success = 1% inspiration + 99%
perspiration”T.A. Edison
But, learning is still 100% learning!
§R: Real numbers, Polynomials and rational expressions, Rational exponents and radicals
§1: Equations and inequalities
Midterm exam§R–1: 02/21
§2: Graphs and functions
§3: Polynomial and rational functions
Final examcomprehensive: (almost) everything: 05/089
Daytoday schedule: Students are required to read ahead
01/17: Introductory Matters, §R.1
01/18: Real numbers & their properties
01/19: Real numbers  practice
01/22: Order and Absolute value: §R.2 [R.1 HW due]
01/24: Polynomials: §R.3 [R.2 HW due]
01/25: Polynomials  practice
01/26: Polynomials  practice
01/29: Factoring polynomials, rational expressions: §R.46 [R.3 HW due]
01/31: Radical expressions: §R.7 [R.46 HW due]
02/01: Polynomials  practice:
02/02: Polynomials  practice:
02/05: hour exam
02/07: Linear equations: §1.1 [R.7 HW due]
02/08: Linear equations  practice
02/09: Linear equations  practice
02/12: Modeling with linear equations & complex numbers: §1.23 [1.1 HW due]
02/14: Quadratic equations and applications: §1.45 [1.23 HW due]
02/15: Linear and quadratic equations  practice
02/16: Linear and quadratic equations  practice
02/19: Other types of equations: §1.6 [1.45 HW due]
02/21: Midterm (§R.1§1.6)
02/22: Midterm solutions' review
02/23: Midterm solutions' review
02/26: Inequalities: §1.7 [1.6 HW due]
02/28: Absolute value equations, inequalities and graphs: §1.8, §2.1 [1.7 HW due]
03/01: Absolute value equations, inequalities and graphs  practice
03/02: Absolute value equations, inequalities and graphs  practice
03/0509: Spring Recess
03/12: Graphs and functions: §2.12 [1.8 HW due]
03/14: Graphs and functions  practice
03/15: Graphs and functions  practice
03/16: Graphs and functions  practice
03/19: Linear functions: §2.3 [2.12 HW due]
03/21: Equations of lines, curvefitting: §2.4 [2.3 HW due]
03/22: Equations of lines, curvefitting  practice
03/23: Equations of lines, curvefitting  practice
03/26: hour exam
03/28: Graphs of basic functions and graphing techniques: §2.56 [2.4 HW due]
03/29: Graphs of basic functions and graphing techniques  practice
03/30: Graphs of basic functions and graphing techniques  practice
04/02: Function operations and composition: §2.7 [2.56 HW due]
04/04: Quadratic functions and models: §3.1 [2.7 HW due]
04/05: Quadratic functions and models  practice
04/06: Quadratic functions and models  practice
04/09: Quadratic functions and models  practice
04/11: Synthetic division: §3.2 [3.1 HW due]
04/12: Synthetic division  practice
04/13: Synthetic division  practice
04/16: Zeros of polynomials: §3.3 [3.2 HW due]
04/18: hour exam
04/19: Zeros of polynomials  practice
04/20: Zeros of polynomials  practice
04/23: Polynomials  graphs, models, applications: §3.4 [3.3 HW due]
04/25: Rational functions  graphs, models, applications: §3.5 [3.4 HW due]
04/26: Rational functions  graphs, models, applications  practice
04/27: Rational functions  graphs, models, applications  practice
04/30: Variation and inverse functions: §3.6, §4.1 [3.5 HW due]
05/02: Review [3.6, 4.1 HW due]
05/078: Final Exam
All homework assignments are due in class, on the day indicated. Late homework will not be accepted, except in cases of proven emergency.
Collaboration policy
Collaboration  but not blind copying  on the homework assignments is strongly encouraged; students should use this to learn from each other. All exams and quizzes are open text and open classnotes (including notebooks and class handouts), but no collaboration is allowed; by signing the exams and quizzes, the student implicitly agrees to abide by this policy. Violation of this policy is covered under University regulations on academic dishonesty and cheating.
Presentation and organization
While a neat presentation of home, quiz and examwork is not required for full credit, it certainly makes it easier to assess the quality of the work and give the proper credit due. Where necessary, include all units and symbols to avoid confusion; clearly indicate the result and include details of your work.
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